Each year the Snow Industries of America (SIA) gives out awards to the raddest retailers and reps in the snow business. No, they don’t call it that. They call them Retailers and Reps of the year. Either way, these are the good people who keep this industry rolling. For real. Follow the jump to see if your favorite shop or rep made the list. Our’s did. Hint: It’s in Seattle, Washington. . . [click to continue…]
Today, a major snowboard company is excited to announce that both of its new flagship stores in a big city are now officially open and ready for the holidays and the riding season. Their new store on that one street opened its doors to customers for the first time today, and last month they opened another one in that other part of the city, just a quick stop off the highway on the way to the local resorts.
The newest store is located in the city’s historic neighborhood. The flagship store offers local snowboarders a curated selection of products, including boards, boots, bindings, outerwear, apparel, accessories and bags, in addition to limited edition items, collaborations, and one-of-a-kind collectibles.
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Signal Snowboards founder Dave Lee is reportedly helping peer-to-peer bike rental site Spinlister.com on a new venture to promote peer-to-peer snowboard rentals and sharing called Spinlister.com/Snow.
“I love sharing, that’s what life is all about for me – experiences and adventures – this is the opportunity that Spinlister gives the rider,” said Signal Snowboards Founder Dave Lee. “Local knowledge and the board you want to ride can change travel plans for the better. It’s the perfect time for a service that allows you to meet like-minded people and share or rent snowboards anywhere in the world.”
Guess the big questions is, how many people want to go meet a stranger at on odd location just to save a few dollars on snowboard rentals. Not us. And it’s the same reason we don’t buy much on Craiglist: we fear the freaks. Follow the jump for the official word from Spinlister.
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The Snow Industries America has placed their business-to-business resources online at a special website called SnowSportsB2B.org. Hard to believe all this info wasn’t already online, but it is nice of SIA to join the web revolution, isn’t it?
“We have literally hundreds of innovative and cost-effective business service members,” says Tom Davis, SIA’s supporting membership sales and marketing manager. “SnowSportsB2B.org is a streamlined way for brands, retailers, resorts and all industry professionals to conduct their vendor searches. Knowing all of their vendor options helps them find the most productive business relationships.”
Yes, it does make sense. For the official word from SIA, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Christian Hosoi takes his hammerhead skateboard design and transfers it to foam in the UNIV Work Shop and shapes a hammerhead surfboard. Now, we’d just like to see how it surfs. . .
In its continuing battle to throw off ballast, Billabong has finally sold Canadian action mall retailer West 49 to Candian mall fashion retailer YM, Inc. for approximately $10 million, according to a story on Reuters. These are the same stores that Billabong paid $93 million for in August of 2010.
Both companies have also entered into a two-year supply agreement while Billabong will retain its six eponymous stores and two Element stores in Canada. . . “The sale of West 49 is part of our broader strategy of simplifying our business and focusing on the core of what we do best, which is building strong global brands,” Neil Fiske, CEO of Billabong said in a statement.
Yeah, that and turning $93 million into $10 million in three years. Billabong had been trying to off load West since May 2013.
While it won’t surprise anyone who knows Agenda Show founder Aaron Levant, it is good to see that the show is continuing on the up and up with all kinds of expansion plans for New York City and Las Vegas in 2014.
This January 2014, Agenda:NYC men’s street wear and lifestyle show will be hosted at the 82 Mercer building in Soho, for the last time. Moving locations for Summer 2014 edition, Agenda:NYC expands to the Jacob K. Javits center, housed in the Javits North building. The newly constructed space provides more than double the square footage to the current New York footprint.
In Las Vegas the Agenda Show will double in size with the addition of a surf/lifestyle zone called Woods and the Agenda WMNS section.
“We feel AGENDA has barely scratched the surface of what is possible in the Vegas landscape. There are so many opportunities and an amazing potential to grow in this space,” shares Levant.
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The new balance numeric skate team of Levi Brown, Arto Saari, Tom Karangeloc, PJ Ladd, Tyler Surrey, and Jordan Taylor will be making an appearance at Allston, Massachusetts Orchard Skate Shop on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 5 PM. The evening will feature an Arto photo show and the premiere of the Zero video. Follow the jump for all the details. Orchard is located at 156 Harvard Ave, in Allston. [click to continue…]
Former surf, skate, snow retailer (K5) turned Specialty Retail Consultant Jurgen Schulz is happy to announce the grand opening of JTS Specialty Retail Consulting’s first project, Bing Surf Shop in Encinitas, California.
It was a pleasure working with long time friend Royce Cansler and new friends Matt and Margaret Calvani. The vision, energy and dedication of this group of people is incredible. I think you will like the results.
To celebrate they are hosting an opening party Saturday, November 2, 2013. Things get rolling at 5 PM. Bing Surf Shop is located at 802 N. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, California. For all the details, follow the jump [click to continue…]
To be honest, we’ve recently lacked the rigor required to stay up-to-date on the constantly changing story of Billabong debt, its pending demise, and who they’re going to depend on to save them. The most recent news is that company has landed a refinancing deal with Centerbridge Partners and Oaktree Capital (brave investors) to the tune of $386 million, according to a story in The Australian.
Private equity firm, Altamont Capital Partners, which only months earlier had agreed to recapitalize the group, has been shown the door. . . While Centerbridge and Oaktree, and their affiliates, have not bid to buy the business outright, the consortium will emerge from the deal, if approved by shareholders, with significant control. . . In addition to controlling most of the company’s senior debt, an accompanying $135m equity placement will see it owning up to 40.8 per cent of Billabong’s shares. It will also have the right to install three representatives on Billabong’s board and has brought a new chief executive to the table.
Oh, and Billabong is reportedly completely out of Nixon. That’s likely old news to you, but let us remind you of that rigor thing. Click the link of the rest of the story. Or, if you want to know what Jeff Harbaugh things about it, click here.
[Link: The Australian]