A Sweet Farewell to the Summer Hiking Season, with Danner

Say a sweet farewell to the Summertime hiking season with these inspiring photos from Dottie Bond at Danner Blog captured while hiking on the coast of Maine. Then click here to get free shipping on your next order of Danner boots at ShoppingBlitz!

Travel photographer, Dottie Bond, takes us on a 5-day tour of Maine. What do you think of when you think of Maine? I have always thought of lobster rolls and sailboats, coastal fog and thick-bearded lumbermen and the spruce-firs that line the Appalachian Trail as it snakes towards its northern terminus at Katahdin. My visits to the state over the years have confirmed this impression: Maine is a Vacationland par excellence.
So when the opportunity to spend a few days exploring coastal Maine arose, I jumped at it. After attending a wedding in Camden with my friend, Kate, and my dog, Romulus, we headed northeast along the coast to Acadia National Park where we began our 5-day odyssey. We slept at the Seawall Campground on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island—known as the “quiet side” of Acadia—right down the road from the famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse. There were wild blueberries and vistas of rocky outcrops galore. We stood atop Cadillac Mountain and lunched at Jordan Pond House alongside families beset with squealing kids who cried out for popovers and blueberry crisps. Each day we watched the sun rise and set from a new vantage point along the Atlantic—Bass Harbor, Schooner Head, Thunder Hole. When we were not welcoming the day or biding it farewell, we lazed around Bar Harbor enjoying slow, idle hours sipping coffee while basking under the midday sun. This was summer done right.  ..

Source: Sweet Summertime on the Coast of Maine — Danner – Blog

Caution: Shopping Blitz Showroom is UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

We’ve decided it’s time for change. Renovations to improve your shopping experience are underway at our showroom store in Union, NJ! Here’s a sneak-peek at what’s in store:

Better Layout. More space and less clutter is our goal and so far, it’s looking good! Wall space is being properly utilized to make items easily accessible while allowing breathing room as you walk around.

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More Brands! We still have the classics – our Life is good tees and Columbia jackets are still in full display, but soon you’ll be able to shop our New Balance wall and Dakine backpack section as well! Furthermore, our sales department is working feverishly to bring in the greatest brands out there. Be on the lookout for the latest brands added to also be displayed in our showroom!

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Dance Section. Calling all dancers, gymnasts, and cheerleaders! We’re soon to become your go-to place for dance and activewear products! With the recent launching of brands Body Wrappers  and Motionwear – and let’s not forget our pioneer Capezio in the forefront, we’re stocking our show room with more options than ever before! Leotards, tights, and dance shoes will be on display soon for customers that wish to see the products before they buy.

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A special “Thank You” to our fellow SB staff, Jill & Bern for turning our vision into a reality! Don’t be shy! Come on in and take a look, but please pardon our appearance as we continue to make Shopping Blitz your #1 choice for clothing and lifestyle products!

New Brands Spotlight

We have added several new brands to our collection and we can’t wait to fill you in on all the details! Everything from women’s hand-crafted sandals and bags, to travel hammocks and quick-dry performance underwear are available for purchase. Shopping Blitz has always prided ourselves on being a modern twist on the general stores of old, offering a variety of goods in an easy one-stop shop format. Our latest additions help to cement our goal of becoming the ultimate lifestyle destination.

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Sakroots is an accessories line that embodies the bohemian in all of us. Every purchase of one of their unique handbags or shoes directly supports local artists and their communities. Looking through their collection is like a visit to a gallery, colorful, innovative and always fresh. A brand rich in heritage and texture, Sakroots adds more than just style to your wardrobe, it invokes a lifestyle. Shop Sakroots today and double your karma quotient!

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The Sak is a collection of hand-crafted bags and footwear that bring to mind the casual, California lifestyle many of us crave. Interwoven into their fabulous collections are a sense of peace, harmony and freedom. Like Sakroots, The Sak believes in giving back to their community. The company operates within a culture of mutual trust and ownership. A bag from The Sak will designate you from the pack and give your conscience something to smile about.

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Grand Trunk offers a line of travel hammocks that brings to mind tropical locales and a sense of adventure. Created by two entrepreneurs who met while backpacking in Thailand, the company remains true to selling time-tested products good for the road. From seaside to mountaintop, Grand Trunk hammocks give travelers a sense of home. Invoke your inner explorer and take home a piece of the world today!

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In our pursuit of health and the perfect body we often forget the importance of base layers. Performance underwear can make the difference between an incredible workout and one that peters out before it even begins. AYG 365 is a collection of technologically-advanced underwear featuring quick-dry performance fabrics. Every product is made to wick away moisture while boasting anti-microbial properties, keeping you both dry and healthy. Give your body the gift of endurance and it will thank you later.

My Forever Boots: A Dr. Marten’s Love Story

No matter how many pairs of shoes I own, or how many more I’ll get my hands on and feet in, one pair is going to be with me forever. My original Dr Martens 1460 boots in cherry red. Dr. Martens 1460 Lace UP Boots

I got them in high school, as a present from my parent’s for doing well in school. Even though my parents couldn’t really afford such luxuries, they splurged on me and to this day it is the best present I have ever gotten. Many years have passed since, more than I’m comfortable to admit, but the Dr Martens are still with me. Though bruised here and there, the shoe is in wonderful shape altogether, without any leeks, lost eyelets or broken stitching. I had to replace the laces a couple of times, but that’s all there was to it, a part from cleaning the boots, giving them all-weather protection and a good polish once or twice a year.

The boots and I have done so much stuff together it would be too much to write here, but what is interesting is that that one pair of boots has been my go-to footwear for over a decade now. If it’s raining or snowing, sunny or “meh,” if I do not feel like thinking about what to wear, I simply lace those on and I’m good to go. Doc Martens are perfectly suited for shopping, walking with the dog or alone, going to the movies, dancing and anything you can think of! They are not the warmest boot though so I do put another pair of socks on if I’m going to the shop in a blizzard, but they do keep my feet dry. (As a side note, I had a car literary drive over my foot once (don’t ask), and thanks to the steel toe cap in the shoe, my toes went undamaged.)

To finish this story off, it makes my heart beat a little faster when I see someone buying the red 1460’s from us. I imagine a girl just like me, with all the adventures to come, and wish her all the best. I want her to go places and see things, to experience the joy of life I have experienced.

And then I look at my own feet and remember where my own 1460’s got this scratch, where I bought those crazy black but glow in the dark laces, how my pup tried to chew on them… It feels like one buys much more than a boot with Dr Martens, you know?

What is your go-to shoe? And the story behind it?

Manufacturer Spotlight: OOFOS

It seems like everyday here at Shopping Blitz headquarters we are adding new brands to our repertoire. And while everything we sell is high-quality and the best of the best, every once in a while one comes across our desks that really stands out. So the Editors of The Blitz have created the Manufacturer Spotlight.

Our first spotlight is on OOFOS, truly a sandal like no other. Picture a shoe that is contoured to fit every angle of your foot. Made with OOFOAM, a combination of compound and their patented footbed design. A sandal that bends when your foot does and supports it on the way down as well! OOFOS supports the bone structure of your foot while cushioning the impact of walking at the same time. Test results show that Oofoam technology is 37% more impact absorbing than any existing EVA, the most used material in footwear. What sets OOFOS a part from the pack is its restorative component. A lot of manufacturer’s claim their sandals provide support and comfort but OOFOS actually restores your foot’s energy and provides instant recovery

Poorly designed footwear can not only make your feet hurt but cause stress and impact on other joints; hips, knees and back to name a few. For this reason and many others we at Shopping Blitz are personal fans of the OOFOS brand. We spend a lot of time on our feet just like you do, and we want a sandal that can carry us from day to night. We love that due to OOFOS’ flexibility, the sandal can move with our foot rather in opposition to it.

At Shopping Blitz we believe in testing the merchandise before we sell and almost our entire staff now owns a pair of OOFOS. It only took one test drive for us all to become hooked! From music festivals to long days at the office… a pair of OOFOS keeps your tootsies refreshed and ready for more. Because of their reasonable price they are a great choice as wedding favors! No better way to thank your bridal party and guests than with sandals that will refresh their feet from a night of dancing and celebrating.

We like to hear ourselves type so we created a blog …

What started out as a dream and an empty warehouse, has evolved into a living, breathing, red stapler-stealing machine. We are still the goofy, immature, scooter-riding bunch of genius punks we ever were, but now we wear our adults hats with a little more style, wisdom and integrity.

We want to show you who we are, what we believe in, what we like and what we hope you will like too.

 

~ Happy Shopping from the Blitz