EB Spotlight: Kat at Charleston & Boulder

Before Kat transferred to Charleston, South Carolina, we interviewed her when she was in charge of our store on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado. You might remember that she helped us out with our Guide to our Favorite Places for Boulder! A great new manager has taken the reins at Boulder, but Kat is still rockin’ it for Earthbound as the store manager of our location on King Street in Charleston. We’re finally featuring Kat’s interview, and we’re excited for you all to get to know her a bit better!

Earthbound Team Spotlight: Kat at Charleston

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:
A: Love, Laughter, and the Pursuit of Glitter

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?
A: There is so much! I love everyone I work with from my team all the way up through store support; it is so great to actually enjoy coming to work and interacting with my co-workers. I also love the merchandise we sell, as anyone could tell if they walked into my home. Another aspect I love is being able to travel and see the different parts of the country and our company. However, the most enjoyable part of my job is seeing the people I have trained learn, grow, and succeed.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
A: Hands-down favorite thing to do is going to concerts and festivals, which is great with Red Rocks nearby. I also have a 7-month-old miniature longhair Dachshund puppy named Luna, and she’s one of my favorite things too…most of the time.

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?
A: Oh I hate to narrow it down! I listen to everything from bluegrass to rap, but I’m really into Wild Belle right now. I just love that brassy instruments are becoming more prevalent in today’s music.

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?
A: Backup dancer for Beyoncé??? Maybe a more achievable dream of mine, though, is to someday live in Scotland. But, after I have retired from backup dancing of course.

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?
A: LUNA! I need a companion; she can be my Wilson. I would also bring a Swiss Army knife because I’m sure it would come in handy; maybe get the deluxe version with the solar panel. From Earthbound, I would bring the Tree of Life tapestry beacause it’s so soft. I could make a tent, a blanket, a dress, a hat, a puppy bed, just so much out of it!

Tree of Life Tapestry

EB Team Spotlight: Katie at Colorado Mills

Today we’re turning the spotlight onto Katie, the stellar store manager at our location in Lakewood, Colorado. When she’s not hooping, hiking, and generally soaking up the beauty of her Colorado home, Katie can be found keeping our Colorado Mills store running smoothly.

Earthbound Team Spotlight: Katie at Colorado Mills

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:
A: Crazy, down-to-earth, colorful, energetic, Harry Potter lovin’ kinda gal.

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?
A: Opportunity! Not only do I get the opportunity to work with, meet and share stories with amazing people everyday, but I have the chance to travel to help open new stores. So much fun! Earthbound has also given me the opportunity to transfer to and live in the state I have dreamed about forever. I love Colorado and its majestic mountains!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
A: Well, here in Denver, we get the best of both worlds: mountains and city! I like to either head downtown to catch dinner or concerts with friends, or head into the mountains to hike with my dog, hula hoop in the woods, hit the hot springs or just take in the beautiful sights.

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?
A: I have recently fallen in LOVE with Björk! Thank you to satellite radio at the store. “Crystalline” is such a fun song, I cannot stop jamming to it!

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?
A: I want to see the world! I love to travel and experience different cultures, food, music and meet people from all over.

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?
A: A hula hoop for sure! TONS of entertainment there, and a great way to pass the time! I’ve been an avid hooper for 7 years now. Being stranded on an island would be a great excuse to get to play all day long! I would bring a silk wrap skirt as well. That way I could change up my outfits, you know, to keep island life fresh and exciting! Plus I could make it into a shelter. Lastly, I would bring my little Miniature Pinscher, Lina. I would love the companionship, shes a great hunter to find us food, she can alert me when unwanted critters are around, and well, what’s island life without your best friend?

Earthbound Trading Co. at Colorado Mills in Lakewood, Colorado

Stop by and say hello to Katie and her team at Colorado Mills! We’re in Suite 354 across from Nike. Come see us!

EB Team Spotlight: Amber at Battlefield Mall

We’ve been looking forward to sharing our interview with Amber, the manager of our store location at Battlefield Mall in Springfield, Missouri! She’s so good at what she does, and clearly has her priorities in order. We’re lucky to have Amber on our team! Read on to learn a little about this awesome lady.

EB Team Spotlight on Amber at Battlefield Mall in Springfield, MO

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:
A: Motivated, faith seeking, family oriented, fandom lovin’ kind of woman.

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?
A: There is nothing that I love more than working for a company that makes me really enjoy my time spent there. We get some of the most interesting people coming in through our doors, whether it be customers or staff. I love the fact that I can walk up to customer expecting to teach them about our unique products, and have them share so much more with me!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
A: My favorite thing to do when I’m not at work is to curl up in my coziest chair with a good book, a warm drink, and one of my cats. I tend to surround myself with books, and love getting lost in their pages.

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?
A: I am currently obsessively listening to Alabama Shakes, Imagine Dragons, and AWOLNATION. I will listen to the same albums on repeat until I am thoroughly tired of them, and it hasn’t happened yet with these three.

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?
A: To make sure that my family is happy and well cared for.

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?
A: The first thing I would need would be a tarp. I feel like I could come up with countless uses for it (even if just to make shelter). I would also bring along my family. I’m going to count that as one thing and include my cats so I don’t get lonely. My family is full of smart, creative people, so I feel like we could survive together. And finally, I would bring along one of our large Bali drums, so at the very least we could entertain ourselves by making a desert island band!

EB Team Spotlight: Amber at Battlefield Mall

We’ve been looking forward to sharing our interview with Amber, the manager of our store location atBattlefield Mall in Springfield, Missouri! She’s so good at what she does, and clearly has her priorities in order. We’re lucky to have Amber on our team! Read on to learn a little about this awesome lady.

EB Team Spotlight on Amber at Battlefield Mall in Springfield, MO

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:
A: Motivated, faith seeking, family oriented, fandom lovin’ kind of woman.

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?
A: There is nothing that I love more than working for a company that makes me really enjoy my time spent there. We get some of the most interesting people coming in through our doors, whether it be customers or staff. I love the fact that I can walk up to customer expecting to teach them about our unique products, and have them share so much more with me!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
A: My favorite thing to do when I’m not at work is to curl up in my coziest chair with a good book, a warm drink, and one of my cats. I tend to surround myself with books, and love getting lost in their pages.

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?
A: I am currently obsessively listening to Alabama Shakes, Imagine Dragons, and AWOLNATION. I will listen to the same albums on repeat until I am thoroughly tired of them, and it hasn’t happened yet with these three.

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?
A: To make sure that my family is happy and well cared for.

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?
A: The first thing I would need would be a tarp. I feel like I could come up with countless uses for it (even if just to make shelter). I would also bring along my family. I’m going to count that as one thing and include my cats so I don’t get lonely. My family is full of smart, creative people, so I feel like we could survive together. And finally, I would bring along one of our large Bali drums, so at the very least we could entertain ourselves by making a desert island band!

EB Team Spotlight: Rick in Fort Smith, AR

Today, we’re talking with Rick, the stellar Store Manager of our location at Central Mall in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A fan of Texas football, a loving father and husband, a seasoned retail professional, and a fella’ with aspirations of winning the lottery… all in all, he’s one cool dude, and we’re so glad he’s part of our team! Read on to learn more about Rick!

EB Team Spotlight: Rick at Central Mall

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:
A: Truly blessed and grateful for all that I have.

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?
A: We have the best group of employees (family) and the coolest customers on the planet! I have worked in retail for many years and I have never felt more at home than with Earthbound. I love my team, I love my customers and I love what Earthbound stands for!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
A: I enjoy painting, going to the lake, watching the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns with my three boys, discussing the woes of being a teenage girl with my daughter, and any moment I get to spend with my beautiful wife.

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?
A: I checked my most played list and apparently I listen to everything from George Strait to Harlem Shake. However, my most played song is Stellar by Incubus.

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?
A: My dream is simple: winning the Powerball!! Just kidding; as nice as that would be, my greatest dream in life is to travel the world and simply live every moment of every single day.

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?
A: I’m assuming that my desert island has wifi, so I’ll obviously bring my cell phone so I can keep up with the NFL season. Also, a picture of my family so I am never really alone and last but not least, an Earthbound rice hat so I can keep cool and look awesome at the same time!

EB Team Spotlight: Kris at McCain!

EB Team Spotlight time! Kris has been with Earthbound for ages, working at and managing several store locations in Arkansas and Missouri. She recently transferred to our Little Rock, Arkansas store at McCain Mall as the Store Manager, and we know the store and its team will benefit from her awesome leadership! When nominating her for a blog spotlight, one district manager said that Kris “has an amazing aura about her” and we can’t help but agree. Read on to learn more about this creative chica!

Kris at the McCain Earthbound

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:
A: Ooooh tough ones first, ok… Overly talkative yet excellent listener, creative to the point of heathenary (I like to make up words, like HEATHENARY), deeply philosophical and profoundly hysterical. Is that good? [Editor’s note: good, but a great deal more than ten words!]

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?
A: I was hired on as a seasonal employee a LONG time ago, and immediately fell in love with the mission statement I read. Once I started working I fell deeper in love with the atmosphere we have with our products, coworkers, and the amazing people who shop in our stores. When I am having a bad day due to whatever, I submerge myself into my customers and focus on making THEIR day the best and in return I get great satisfaction in realizing I am just a speck in the vast universe and my problems are not that bad. In short, the positive vibes! And where else can I waltz with a random customer and they actually like it!??!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
A: Making our own adventure with my sunshines (Kelten, age 10 and Izzy, age 6), listening to the indie-alt-folk station on iTunes radio (I’ve heard “The Stable Song” off of our Acoustic Cafe Cd on there!) while baking (usually with flowers and other edible plants no one thinks of putting in food but the French); debating light topics including but not limited to: religion, ethics, consciousness, parallel universes, politics, and the ever-so-great controversy: paper vs. plastic; painting and other messy activities, and of course, yoga!

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?
A: SUCH a loaded question. I am totally stuck in the 90’s musically. The Violent Femmes and The Pixies are 2 bands I must listen to daily. The newest (still over 10 years old) music I dig is Iron and Wine and my favorite song is “Beneath the Balcony” from their EP and my favorite album is “The Creek Drank the Cradle“.

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?
A: Being able to take my kids around the world to let them experience all the fantastic cultures that make up our world and then retiring to a missile silo and living off the land. Isn’t that pretty much standard?

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?
A: Obviously I would HAVE to have a swiss army knife, I would also need a radio that is solar powered for sure because I have to have my tunes, and I would also want one of our katanas because that would give me that extra edge of “Amazonian Woman that don’t take no mess from no one persona” that I would need to fulfill the role amongst the other creatures on the island.

EB Team Spotlight: Coty at Regency

t’s time for another EB Team Spotlight! Coty is the stellar store manager of our Romancing the Stone location at Regency Square Mall in Florence, Alabama. Learn a little about this open minded, music obsessed dad, and then swing by his store and say hi! Feel free to take advantage of some of our awesome sales while you’re there.

EB Team Spotlight on Coty at Regency

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less.
A: A beautiful being by intricate design.

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?
A: My favorite thing about Earthbound is feeling like I am apart of something bigger. I love to help people grow, and find themselves. I love being a leader, and continuing to learn myself. Every day here I have new opportunities to learn, and share my knowledge with those around me. I also am grateful to get to work in a place where work is greater than image. Here I can be who I am meant to be and help everyone understand the beauty in themselves and embrace others.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
A: I have to say spending time with my 2-year-old son. I also love anything music (writing, playing, listening). Some people call me a walking mp3 player due to the amount of music I listen to/know about. Also, anything about the Universe is another guilty pleasure!

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?
A: That’s a tough question… I can’t say a specific song, but I can give my current top artist/album in certain categories:

Rap: Ces CruConstant Energy Struggles
Rock: Life On RepeatStruggle + Sleep
Electro/Dubstep: ZomboyReanimated
Metal: VolumesVIA

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?
A: I have to say I have a lot of dreams I would like to achieve, but first and foremost, I want to be a great father to my son. I am so diverse in beliefs and I am not afraid of being who I am, and I just want him to know that it is ok to accept people based on their soul, not their appearance. I feel that I have been given this chance and I want to pass it on.

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?
A: I would say I would have to take a fishing pole to relax on the beach and get some delicious sea food! Also, I would bring a fire starter kit for those cold nights, and I think one of the awesome tapestries (maybe the great wave) to have a super awesome hammock during the day and a shelter during the night! I think it would also make a super sweet cape to have during the rescue!

Spotlight on Curbside Clothing

Spotlight on Curbside Clothing

We recently started carrying tees from Curbside Clothing, a young company formed by artists in Omaha. We love the wearable art created by these graffiti artists, tattoo artists, graphic designers and more. We’re excited to be selling Curbside’s designs in our 125 stores spread across the country, and can’t wait to see our customers’ response to these unique designs! We wanted to learn more about the story of this company, so we interviewedAdam Hogan, the founder of Curbside.

Curbside Clothing Tee at Earthbound Curbside Clothing Tee at Earthbound

Q: Tell us a little about the history of your company.

A: Curbside is an Omaha, Nebraska based brand that grew from the hunger of world travel, cultural immersion, and a lifelong passion for creativity.

In 2006, I decided to quit my 9 to 5 job and spontaneously purchase a few international plane tickets. After traveling 4 continents and finishing art school, I created Curbside as a form of creative expression. A few months later, with a portfolio of 20 designs, Shane and I launched CurbsideClothing.com from my apartment. After some online growth and pop up shop success, we knew it was time to grow.

In 2011, we opened our Curbside shop in Omaha’s historic Old Market District. Omaha is rich with creative culture and we wanted to show that off. We covered our walls with local art and began hosting events. Eventually we began collaborating with talented local creatives, and a Curbside family began to form. What started as a creative project grew into a community of artists, visually communicating through original art, and using clothing as a canvas.

In 2012, we converted an old bread factory into a print shop and creative studio. This allowed us a space to get our hands dirty and experiment with different design and print applications.

In 2013, we decided it was time to introduce Curbside to a larger market, and since then, our brand has really begun to grow.

Spotlight on Curbside Clothing

Q: What’s the meaning behind your company’s name?

A: While traveling, I was pulled into the culture and local life of every city and town. I constantly found myself drawing in sidewalk cafes, shopping at local markets, waiting in bus and train stops, exploring urban and rural environments; I was always on the curbside. The curbside became the common thread; the pulse and culture of each community.

Spotlight on Curbside Clothing

Q: How many artists and other staff members make up your team?

A: There are currently 7 staff members, 8 artists (3 of whom are staff members), and 6 guest artists.

Spotlight on Curbside Clothing

Q: Do you design and print everything in house at Curbside Clothing?

A: We do all design in-house and print almost everything ourselves. However, when orders get large, we have some good friends with fancy robots.

Q: What’s your favorite Curbside tee that we’re now carrying at Earthbound?

A: I’d have to say “Awake”, by Gerard Pefung, I love the depth and detail of the elephant, plus the explosive colors and street art texture make it jump off the t shirt.

"Awake" Curbside Clothing Tee at Earthbound

Q: Is there a story behind that tee’s design?

A: Born in Cameroon, Gerard grew up being exposed to the rich traditions and culture of West Africa. Symbolizing strength, honor, stability and patience, the elephant is a great representation of who Gerard is, as a person and an artist.

EB Team Spotlight: Hannah at Gretna!

We’re overdue for another EB Team Spotlight! This time we’re chatting with Hannah, the rockin’ store manager at our location in Gretna, Louisiana at the Oakwood Center. If you’re vacationing in New Orleans, be sure to hop over the Mississippi and go see Hannah and her crew in nearby Gretna!

EB Team Spotlight: Hanna at Gretna

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:

A: A messy, yet happy collaboration of eccentricity and enthusiasm.

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?

A: Honestly, everything. I love the products and the customers; I learn something new every day. I love the atmosphere and the energy that is infused into all of my staff; I smile fifty times more when I’m at work than I do anywhere else.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

A: Sleep? I’m actually a pretty big geek. I love playing video games, shooting pool, and watching old movies. I’m really into food; I love trying new restaurants with friends on my off days.

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?

A: Anything by Lana Del Ray. I love the bluesy, smoky feel of her music.

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?

A: My greatest dreams are to travel around the world; I love to learn about other cultures, to explore other places that feel like they are a world away from what I’m used to, and to eat. Eat all the food!

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?

A: My dog, of course. I would be extremely lonely without her! Taking a few liberties, and praying to every deity that solar powered energy is available to me, I’d bring my salt stone and my iPod. I don’t think I could survive without music.

EB Team Spotlight: Sharlene at Flagstaff!

We’re back with another EB Team Spotlight! We love getting to know members of the Earthbound family a little better. This time we’re chatting with Sharlene, the awesome store manager at our location in historicFlagstaff, Arizona.

Sharlene @ Flagstaff Earthbound Trading Co.

Flagstaff Earthbound Trading Co.

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:

A: I’m a light being working on making my light brighter!

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?

A: I love that everyday when I go to work it feels like I am not going to work! Earthbound has been such a fun atmosphere for me. I have met so many talented people and look forward to meeting more. The other thing I really enjoy about Earthbound is that even though we are a growing company I still feel like I am part of a very special family!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

A: I really enjoy baking and cooking. I especially like to find alternative recipes such as gluten free and vegan recipes. I always like accepting a challenge!

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?

A: This one is a tough one. If I had to choose at this moment, I would have to say Leafy Green!

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?

So many dreams, so little time! If I had to narrow it down, I would have to say living in a treehouse community somewhere in the Northwest. My neighbors would be all my beautiful friends!

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?

A: A wrap skirt for sure; gotta look sassy while being lost! I could probably even use it for shade coverage! I think a journal would be just dandy. I am sure there are means of making my own pen. Last but not least, a knife would do quite well on an island!