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Doors open November 2017 in Seattle, Washington
MODESTO, CA — November 1, 2017– Sherpa Adventure Gear, is pleased to announce its plans to open its first U.S. flagship store in Seattle, WA in November 2017. The store is located at 2000 1st Ave. near the booming tourist area of Pike’s Place Market.
It will be home to office space as well as prime retail space that will bring a sense of Nepal to Seattle and create a unique brand experience not previously available in the U.S. Many of the furnishings and decor is curated from Nepal. Iconic images and climbing memorabilia from Sherpa athlete and legendary climber, Lakpa Rita Sherpa, is also on display. The store will be managed by Mike Baker who brings many years of retail experience. Events such as educational seminars, travel clinics and athlete demonstrations will be held throughout the year.
“Opening a store in Seattle is something we’ve always dreamed of doing,” notes Tsedo Sherpa-Ednalino, COO of Sherpa Adventure Gear. “Being able to interact and create one-on-one connections with our customers while sharing our brand story and ethos with more people is what we’ve been striving for. This chapter will allow us to build our community and brand awareness. As our brand grows we will be able to do more to give back to Nepal by creating more jobs and empower more students with educational opportunities,” continues Sherpa-Ednalino. “There was no doubt that Seattle would be the place where we built our store in North America. Seattle is where Sherpa Adventure Gear was founded and where our family calls home, besides Nepal. Being able to bring pieces of Nepal to Seattle in this way is an honor.”
“The strategic growth of the brand was instrumental in the decision to open the store,” says Kelsie Costa, president of Sherpa Adventure Gear. “Not only will we be able to directly connect with our customers and learn valuable insights about our product offering we will also be able to observe how consumers shop our brand in a unique way that only this opportunity provides us. Furthermore the flagship store will be held to the same accountability as our wholesale and ecomm channels and follow the same policies as to not to interfere with other sales channels and bring a true omni-channel approach to our selling strategies.”
Grand Opening celebrations will be held on November 11, 2017, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The celebration will entail traditional performances, Nepalese food, complimentary beverages and giveaways. More information on can be found here.
Sherpa currently has four retail locations in Nepal that help outfit trekkers from around the world.
About Sherpa Adventure Gear
In the highest reaches of the Himalayas, the Sherpa people lead the world in mountaineering with warmth, grace and good humor. Tashi Sherpa—upon discovering that his uncle was on Sir Edmund Hilary’s celebrated 1953 expedition to the summit of Everest—founded Sherpa Adventure Gear in 2003 in this spirit, to honor his people by creating the best quality outdoor and lifestyle apparel and accessories that fully represent the region and the heritage found there. The company employs hundreds of individuals in Nepal creating safe and sustainable employment opportunities for its people. A portion of every sale benefits the empowerment and education of children throughout the region through the Sherpa Adventure Gear Fund. Sherpa Adventure Gear based in Modesto, CA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Innov8 Partners, LLC and distributes its products through specialty outdoor retailers worldwide. For more information, visit www.sherpaadventuregear.com.