It’s starting to feel like Spring (at least on some days)! Come visit our Spring Break Sandal Sale and enjoy up to 33% off on a new pair of Spring Sandals!
This sale is in-store only, however we are happy to help long distance customers over the phone. Call us at 1-800-906-4225 and we’ll let you know what the sale price is on your favorite sandal.
Check out our newest press release! See the full version at: PRWeb
In a year that included a major Boulder flood, the Pedestrian Shops was able to serve its community in ways that illustrate how a family-owned small sustainable business can give back, as recognized by Small Business Saturday each year. For 43 years the shoe stores have been there for Boulder with comfortable shoes and community service.
Boulder, Colo. (PRWEB) November 18, 2013
As America honors its small businesses with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30, Boulder’s Pedestrian Shops celebrate their longtime family-owned business’s philanthropy, which along with selling the world’s most comfortable brands of footwear has contributed to its success.
Through personal service to the community:
– Pedestrian’s founder and President Richard Polk continues as board chair at The Dairy Center for the Arts and board member of the Colorado Chautauqua Association.
– Pedestrian’s Vice President Lauren Polk Brown, Richard’s daughter, runs business operations for the Pedestrian Shops from her home in Columbia, Mo., serves Boulder’s Meals on Wheels and its downtown Festival of Trees, and volunteers in Columbia at The Mustard Seed, a nonprofit supporting free trade.
– Younger daughter Zoe Polk, a recent graduate of DePaul University, has rejoined Pedestrian in Boulder as its operations manager and volunteers with Imagine!
Through direct support, ranging from gift card donations for elementary school fundraisers to helping when a 1,000-year rain and damaging floods hit Boulder in September:
– Initially Pedestrian donated four dozen pairs of shoes through the Bridge House for people who were homeless and needed dry shoes immediately.
– Then, as it became clear that more people were in need, Pedestrian solicited help from its shoe company suppliers. Hundreds of pairs of shoes were delivered to the Boulder Flood Disaster Assistance Center (FEMA, the Red Cross and A Precious Child), donated by companies including Teva, a company with heritage in the creeks and rivers that were flooding, and Naot, which donated 150 pairs from Israel. Additionally, reps from other shoe companies sent samples to donate.
– Meanwhile, Pedestrian continues to support the community through donating hundreds of gift cards to neighborhood schools and other charity fundraisers each year.
Through imagination-grabbing projects demonstrating that philanthropy can be an ongoing part of a small business model, addressing real community needs and benefiting both the community and the family business:
– This holiday season, for the seventh consecutive year, the Pedestrian Shops are again supporting Meals on Wheels of Boulder by participating in its Festival of Trees, raffling a holiday Comfortable Shoe Tree surrounded by thousands of dollars worth of footwear, socks, and accessories. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each on the Meals on Wheels website, beginning Nov. 24. The tree’s lucky winner will be able to choose any shoe style from Pedestrian’s inventory, from each brand represented on the tree. Their winnings will include shoes from Dansko, Keen, Haflinger, Merrell, Wolky, Ecco, Acorn, Saucony, Kalso Earth, Cobb Hill, Sperry, Tsubo, UGG, New Balance, Birkenstock, Chaco, Sorel, Columbia, Teva, & Patagonia, as well as socks, handbags and accessories, and apparel items from Columbia Sportswear. “It’s really fun to have this beautiful tree, overflowing with comfortable shoes, in the middle of our store,” said Richard Polk. The Pedestrian Shops’ tree can be viewed at their Downtown location at 1425 Pearl St., and many downtown merchants also participate in the Festival. Meals on Wheels will hold the drawing for each tree on Dec. 19.
– Pedestrian Shops’ annual Thanksgiving shoe drive collects footwear donations for the Deacon’s Closet at First Presbyterian Church and other local assistance organizations. Customers may bring donations of new or slightly used shoes to either Pedestrian location between Friday, Nov. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 10. Customers who donate shoes will receive a 10% discount on a purchase; however, a purchase is never required. Customers may use the discount to stock up on the Pedestrian’s most popular styles, such as the Dansko Professional clog or a warm Columbia jacket. This shoe drive is Pedestrian’s 49th. Another is held each April to celebrate Earth Day. More than 35,000 pairs of shoes have been collected for reuse by people in need.
– Other recent projects include handing out thousands of pieces of candy to trick-or-treaters at Munchkin Madness in downtown Boulder each Halloween, and collaborating with Patagonia Footwear as part of its Advocate Weeks to benefit Boulder’s Growing Gardens and the Center for Resource Conservation.
The Pedestrian Shops began doing business in Boulder shortly after the first Earth Day in 1970. The first shop was in a repurposed 1950s bookmobile. Its first bricks and mortar location opened in 1971 in downtown Boulder. Tales of the humble beginnings include its first store fixtures, carved from tree trunks, which required daily spraying for ants. Today, 43 years later, The Pedestrian is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading retailers of comfortable shoes, operating two Boulder stores and a website, http://www.comfortableshoes.com.
It’s time for our annual October Boot Sale! Visit one of our two Boulder locations to save up to 33% on a new pair of boots.
This sale is not available on our website, however, we are happy to help web shoppers on the phone. Give us a call at 1-800-906-4225 and we’ll be happy to let you know what the in-store sale price is of the boot of your choice. We’ll take your order over the phone and ship it to you for free!
A unique Earth Day collaboration has brought together the Pedestrian Shops shoe store of Boulder, the Center for Resource Conversation’s arts initiative featuring old doors and old shoes, and a national shoe brand, Patagonia. Add some enthusiastic middle-schoolers who’ve worked on art for the store’s windows, and the excitement begins!
Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB) April 20, 2012
The custom-built doors are part of a Center for Resource Conservation arts initiative using old doors that would otherwise be discarded. Ashleigh Hitchcock and Leslie Whiteside, the Scrapsisters, crafts artists who create art with found objects, worked on the doors with students from Casey Middle School.
Casey students helped install a door adorned with all sorts of yellow shoes, including Crocs, in the window at Pedestrian Shops’ downtown store.
Pedestrian Shops, a locally owned downtown Boulder business, specializing in comfort walking footwear for more than 41 years, is celebrating its Earth Day Shoe Drive in collaboration with Boulder-based CRC and Patagonia footwear.
Customers are urged to bring used shoes to the Pedestrian Shops from April 9 to April 23. Pedestrian will donate 5 percent of any purchase made by a shoe donor to the CRC, supporting conservation programs along Colorado’s Front Range that focus on waste reduction and energy and water conservation.
In addition, Patagonia footwear will donate $10 to the CRC for every pair of Patagonia shoes purchased at the Pedestrian Shops or its web site comfortableshoes.com between April 9 and April 23.
For more than two decades Pedestrian’s two annual shoe drives, commemorating Earth Day in the spring and Thanksgiving in the fall, have turned more than 35,000 pairs of old shoes into a commitment to resource conservation.
The donated shoes will help two locally based nonprofits:
– Running and athletic shoes in good condition will go to less developed countries through One World Running, founded in 1986 by local runner and writer Mike Sandrock, and those in poor condition will be turned into turf for playgrounds.
– Business and casual shoes will go to the Deacon’s Closet at First Presbyterian Church, for people transitioning into the workforce and in need of assistance.
“It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Richard Polk, president and co-founder of Pedestrian Shops. “We are delighted to help CRC in its efforts to conserve resources in the community.”
CRC also hosts its 10th Annual Earth Day 5K run/walk on Sunday, April 22, and will collect shoes at that event as well. Keith Frausto, CRC executive director, applauds the collaboration: “Kudos to Pedestrian Shops and Patagonia for collecting shoes and helping us celebrate Earth Day.”
The Pedestrian Shops is a longtime “green” retailer, since 2008 using a 10 KW solar array to generate nearly half the energy needs of its downtown store at 1425 Pearl St. Also that year, Pedestrian inaugurated a “closed door” policy, helping keep its carbon footprint to a minimum by closing the doors when air conditioning or heat is on. And Pedestrian follows numerous other practices that Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. See comfortableshoes.com/blog for more information.
The Pedestrian Shops is a locally owned family business operating two Boulder, Colorado stores, as well as the website comfortableshoes.com.
Downtown Boulder Mall: 1425 Pearl St., Boulder
The Village: Facing Folsom Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
Larkin and Vienna D’Jay from Casey Middle School in Boulder help install doors decorated with shoes, part of the BOLD Doors project for Earth Day at the Pedestrian Shops on Pearl Street