We are suckers for a great romance, so this Valentines we are challenging our Vegas locals to a cutest couple contest for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Desert Birkenstock! #VegasValetines#DesertBirkenstock
2. Post a photo with your sweetheart and share your love story using #VegasValentine #DesertBirkenstock and don’t forget to tag us! @desertbirk
Winners are voted on by our incredibly good looking, insightful, kind and altogether lovely DB staff. Our lucky winner will be announced March 1st, 2020.
This $50 Gift Certificate is for locals only and must be redeemed in store, may not be used in conjunction with any other offers or discounts.
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Desert Birkenstock of Las Vegas and Henderson has been a family owned and operated business for almost 40 years. As a small business owner, nothing brings me greater joy than connecting my customer to the product best suited for them, with the kind of personal service that only a small business can provide.
A short history on me, my name is Amy Coykendall. I am the owner and operator of Desert Birkenstock. In 2011, our founder, Mary Hager (my mother-in-law) decided to embark on her next adventure, retirement. As with most huge decisions about next steps, my initial thoughts were less of “Oh no! I have to find a different job.” but more “Oh my gosh – what are my customers going to do…?” My heart was deciding for me and at that point I knew I had to take over the family business.
Since joining the team in 1995, I have served generations of comfort shoe lovers, creating personal relationships with the whole family….feeling old now. I enjoy finding the right shoe for the person that has decided nothing can work. There was a time when I was brought to tears as I came alongside a customers journey of disappointing shoe experiences. She became emotional and even cried because she was so happy she finally found a shoe that fit her foot. These are the moments that remind me WHY we do what we do. A great source of pride that I have in our stores are the personal relationships and guidance we can provide with our expertise. If we don’t have it, we will point you in the right direction.
We try to be innovative and make our stores as interesting as possible to keep you coming back. But you don’t have to trust me – I didn’t make this stuff up. I went on the internet to see what was being said about the benefits to shopping local and there might be a few things that surprise you.
Improve the local economy
When a consumer buys locally, an increased amount of the money stays in the community. For example when $100 spent at a local business, $68 remains in the city where as when that same $100 is spent at a chain store or ‘big box’ store only $43 remains in the city. This is accomplished through jobs provided to the community as well as the services we employ locally to run our own business – for example, maintenance on our stores, carpet cleaning, window washing, etc.
Know the people behind the product
*Did you know, the majority of small-business owners say their employees stay with their business for at least four years. Shopping regularly at a local store, you enjoy the benefits of a personal connection.
This ensures a reliability of that friendly voice on the phone and familiarity of knowing when your favorite person is working so you can come in and chat. This isn’t the case when you’re desperately searching Amazon in your bathrobe for shoes you’ll most likely return.
If being a Las Vegas resident has taught me anything it is that beyond the glitz and glam, the giant Statue of Liberty dawning her ‘100 story’ Golden Knights jersey or the “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” secrets, there is a strong community of unique locals. Vegas can seem like a city catered solely to the tourist with strip malls and fashion outlets. But Vegas is equally an underlying small town with weekly farmers markets, First Friday artists and makers, local restaurants, niche products and goods that only can come from the cultivated eye of a small business owner. The holiday season is an excellent opportunity to see what your local businesses have to offer. Shopping small means catching the sales on Small Business Saturday (Saturday after Thanksgiving) an extra savings day, what could be better? Supporting local businesses is beneficial for us all and ensures our local flair. We all want to keep the flavor of our unique and awesome city so #shopsmall, you’re going to be happy you did!
Better Customer Service
When you shop local, the business owner is directly connected to every employee in the store. Not only does that mean a personal approach but that we will tackle your problem seriously. I think most of us have waited on hold enough times and then get disconnected or
transferred around until you forgot why you even called. Those experiences we’ve all shared in which we just feel like a number to an employee daydreaming about texting on their break caring less about your purpose in shopping their store. “Small business owners strive to survive and one of the biggest advantages they have over large retailers is the ability to provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service.”
More Personalized Service & Products
Having direct contact with the customer gives a more unique read on likes and dislikes that can occur in a local marketplace. Most large chain retailers have buyers that acquire merchandise for an entire season for the entire country – the same in every store (aka cookie cutter stores). Locally owned stores have the opportunity to react much faster to trends in the market to tailor their products to local needs.
I realize it may not be as easy to shop locally as online or your larger retailers, but we appreciate your business so much more. We all started our businesses because we wanted to do something we loved and saw a need for it in our community. We wanted to be a part of the community we live in and help our neighbors with the service or product we feel we can offer better.
Being a small business owner is a labor of love. It means researching during late nights and rescheduling in early mornings, it means product knowledge and employee morale boosting and the logistics of it all. It’s the kind of fulfilling work that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I believe in the exceptional products from amazing companies we work with and the care and knowledge my unique team and I provide. I love my Las Vegas and Henderson communities and the impact Desert Birkenstock makes on them.
So if you take anything away from this post I hope it is –
Shop your local businesses because we want to stay around for you.
We’re excited to share the joy of the Holiday Season with these DEALS AVAILABLE IN-STORE WITH COUPON ONLY:
20% Off All Walking Shoes
15% Off Orthotic Insoles
20% Off One Item
The Fine Print
Coupons cannot be combined on same item. Cannot be be combined with any other discount. This sale is for use only in our physical store locations. Valid from today through 12/31/19 unless coupon specifies a different expiration date.
Compression socks have a bad rap. People don’t always get why they work. They help with a number issues in your legs and feet.
Minimize Leg Swelling
We carry SockWell Brand Compression Socks. They have some awesome colors and patterns as well as some more basic options. The following article that I am attaching has some real life wisdom that I think everyone can identify with.
SockWell incorporates wool into their blends so your feet breathe better. No, wool is not hot – its a natural fiber that wicks. Many compression sock are all synthetic –so that your feet are just hot.
I read the following post from the SockWell designer that I really liked and wanted to share.
Thanks for coming in for a visit to our blog – Amy
This year, I’m taking small steps, literally and figuratively, toward a more healthful life. Won’t you join me?
Written by: Mercedes Marchand, VP of Design at Sockwell
As I reflect on my personal wellness practice and how a healthy mind and body can positively impact the world around me, it only seems appropriate to focus on my favorite limbs as the topic of my very first blog post: legs and feet.
Through decades of effort toward creating the best version of myself and putting new intentions into practice, I’ve found that in order to have a positive impact in the world I have to take care of myself first. And from experience, I understand the importance of taking care of my feet first.
I know what you’re thinking, and it makes me laugh, too. I’m recommending that you literally dive “feet first into 2019”, but it’s with good reason—I promise. Here’s my logic: it’s the simple things we do for ourselves that help each day flow better, which help us to feel better, and ultimately influence how we are with those around us. In other words, what we do care for our physical body impacts our mental state (you know, the mind-body connection), so why not start with the limbs that carry our bodies through each and every day?
Let’s start with a simple question.
Are you putting your feet first?
Here are a few stunning facts to start this conversation with yourself:
Most Americans will have walked 75,000 miles by the time they turn 50, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
This data really makes me want to take care of my feet. I’m over 50, even though I feel 29. I consider myself more active than average, so who knows how many miles I’ve actually put on my lower limbs over the years. What’s more, I can personally attest to spending eight or more hours per day, five days a week, at my computer, which conservatively adds up to over 2,000 hours of sitting in year. Without my tried and true solutions, my feet and legs get stiff and swollen after long stretches of product design at my desk. Not to mention the added discomfort after sitting on a plane and driving in my car.
Do you relate? Stiff, swollen feet, legs and ankles from sitting and standing for long periods of time is terrible for your circulation and can cause serious health issues. That’s why I’m saying: we’re diving feet first into 2019.
Here the top three things I do to put my feet first.
I have studied, practiced, and taught Yamuna Body Rolling Methods on and off for decades, and have found nothing more redeeming for the feet than her Foot Wakers and Foot Savers routines. These routines include pairing unique tools with specific activities to help alleviate and prevent foot pain. Don’t have a Yamuna Ball? Check out 9 Foot Exercises via Healthline. All you need is your bare feet and a few everyday objects to start strengthening muscles and soothing achy feet.
Active sitting has become my movement of choice when sitting for hours at the computer. Personally, I don’t love standing desks, and this is a great alternative. For a truly energetic approach to hours of sitting, I use an exercise ball as my chair and wear graduated compression socks. It’s amazing how these little changes help me feel so much better after way too many hours of sitting.
If you’re familiar with the Sockwell brand, you know by now that compression socks no longer mean orthopedic and medical stockings.
Here is how I wear my compression socks in real life scenarios:
Traveling – I often fly across the country when meeting with our team or visiting friends and family. I always wear firm (20-30mmHg) graduated compression socks when I fly and dress around my socks when I travel. In the case of beach or warm weather travel, I’ll slip them on as I take my seat and pull them off before exiting my flight so I can hit the ground running at my destination.
City Trekking – my favorite city in the world is New York City. It’s my hometown and I can’t help but visit my old stomping grounds whenever I’m there. To make the miles on my feet more bearable, I pair a well-made boot or sneaker with ultra-light or light cushion moderate compression socks, depending on the look I am sporting and the weather.
Hiking – one of my favorites ways to enjoy my love of nature is hitting the trails! For hiking, I choose a light trail shoe and pair it with one of our styles, choosing compression level and sock height based on the terrain and difficulty level.
If you spend the better part of your day sitting at your desk or squished into an airline seat, find ways to incorporate “active sitting” and short spurts of movement every hour. On the flip side, if you spend the majority of your day on your feet, make sure you kick your feet up at the end of the day to help restore blood flow and relieve achy feet.
No matter how you spend your days, consider wearing compression socks throughout the day to take a proactive approach to caring for your legs and feet.
Every day is different, but it’s nothing your feet can’t handle. These simple changes can positively impact your day-to-day well-being, influencing your mood and ultimately the energy you project into the universe. When you put your self care first, you put the better you out into the world.
After nearly a decade of studying foot health and designing therapeutic socks, I’ve learned that a healthier you starts in your feet. Because when your feet feel good you feel better, from the inside out.
Join T-n-T as they answer questions from YouTube users! After doing a few of our Birkenstock cleaning videos, we were receiving questions in the comments from viewers with specific questions they had as they were watching. We wanted to make a video that would answer those questions about cleaning your Birkenstock sandals & shoes, the cleaning products used, and other shoe care and repair tips. If you don’t have time to watch the entire video, skip ahead to the times below to get right the answer you need.
T-n-T unveil the latest shoe styles that have arrived in the Desert Birkenstock stores! Watch this live video and get a look at the newest Birkenstock, Vibram, Dansko, Traq and Aetrex sandals and shoes for spring and summer. Lots of comfort shoes that are sure to please anyone who likes to walk in comfort and style.
Tiffany is back at it, picking up where she left off from part 1 of her live ‘how to clean your birkenstock sandals’ video. Learn how to clean your Birkenstock Sandals with a BirkoFlor upper (vinyl). Have gunk built up around your sandal buckles? Watch how easy it is to remove it. Don’t know how to seal your cork around the edges of your shoe? Watch how easy it is. All you need are the right tools and a few minutes to make those birkenstock sandals look refreshed. Tiffany also throws in a few ‘fun facts’ as she demonstrates the cleaning tips.
Our final video in the “How to help relieve foot discomfort” video series spotlights many miscellaneous foot support items you may not be familiar with. Moleskin, foot stretchers, arch supports, washable inserts for your shoes, etc… Join T-n-T as they show you some popular items that will help to make your feet feel better! Come to our store and ask one of our associates to help you if you are experiencing foot discomfort. We are here to help!