Unique UNEEK Birthday Bash @ The Shark

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What better way to celebrate our 27th birthday than a bash with our friends from Michigan Awesome and Keen Footwear? Here’s the program:

  • Free beer and wine from Saugatuck Brewing Company and Fenn Valley Winery.
  • Cookies from Deboer Bakery
  • Prizes for trying on Keen shoes and sandals
  • Tattoos for the young, and young at heart
  • $10.00 Off Keen shoes for Men and Women
  • $6.00 off Michigan Awesome hats and tees
  • A celebratory atmosphere with great customers, reps, and the crew at Landsharks.


We would love to celebrate with you. Thank you for 27 years of shopping small.


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The Relish of Pickleball

In a walk down Butler street, one can manage to revamp their closet, fill their tummies, find the perfect birthday gift for a friend…and watch a riveting game of Pickleball! You’ve might have seen the mysteriously nostalgic game being played on the tennis/Pickleball courts near “The Butler Pantry.” While Pickleball has shown its face across the country for quite some time, it has become growingly popular in West Michigan in just a quick year. A mix of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton, Pickleball is a great game for the entire family!

We know what you’re thinking: “I think I might have played Pickleball in high school…but I can’t remember how to play!” Pickleball is, in fact, a popular game for high school gym classes because it doesn’t demand a horribly large space, there isn’t much equipment involved, and you don’t have to be Serena Williams to play. Paddles (which look like large ping-pong paddles) and bright yellow, plastic, wiffle balls are the only things you need to bring to the courts. The game is played on a 20-by-44-foot court; a net splits the court in half. Like tennis, there are two service sections separated by a T-shaped line on each side of the net. Closer to the net lies a no-volley section called the “kitchen”…stay out of the kitchen! While we won’t drag on about the rules, you can check out the specifics in the following link

So why is Pickleball so popular in Saugatuck and Douglas? Pickleball is attractive for people of all ages because it is a competitive game that requires quick reflexes, strategic thinking, and minimal running (don’t be fooled, though – you won’t go a three-game match without breaking a sweat!) All that said, it’s the perfect game for Saugatuck/Douglas’ diverse age groups (particularly found in the summer). Pickleball is also a great way to get outside and be social, and we know most people in the Saugatuck/Douglas are always trying to do both.

So…want to join the local Pickleball crew? The Douglas Saugatuck Pickleball Club meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-1 for open play on Schultz Park’s eight newly constructed Pickleball courts in Douglass, and they welcome all levels of players! And if you’re looking for a new Pickleball outfit (workout shorts, skirts, shirts, shoes, etc.), stop by Landsharks on your way to the courts!

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An Ode To Dad

Dad’s of the world,

They really are the best

Even if they have nasty feet

And really hairy chests

Not to mention that they snore

During their 17 daily naps,

That listen to sub-par music,

And that they refuse to use a map

But, Dads, we love you anyways

Because you’re the family’s rock

You support the fam whether you’re a lawyer, Mr. Mom,

Electrician, builder, store owner, or doc

Every third Sunday in June

Is our time to honor the ‘ole man

Still haven’t gotten him a gift…?

Don’t worry, we have a plan.

Instead of buying him a tie

or another “World’s Best Dad” mug

Get your pops a gift from Landsharks

To accompany the breakfast-in-bed and 800,000 hugs

The Shark has it all

There’s so much from which to choose

Come see the amazing selection of shirts

and an even better selection of shoes

Did we mention we have Eno hammocks, Oakley shades,

Michigan Awesome merch, and Tilley’s

Frye boots, Olukai slip ons,

and coats for when it’s chilly?

So make this year’s gift one to remember

With a Landshark’s gift…it’s a sure homerun!

You’ll make “Dad’s Day” extra special

And they deserve it because, after all, Dad’s are #1

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Blue Star: the new M-22


Here at Landsharks, we are proud to promote “M-22” as a symbol of Pure Michigan. In case you’ve never heard of Highway 22, it weaves along the coast of Michigan’s pinky (also known as Leelanau County), alongside national parks, lively lake towns, and the crystal blue waters of Lake Michigan – scroll down this page to read a bit more about how the highway evolved into an awesome brand that helps keep Michign beautiful!

But we think that there’s another highway that deserves some serious recognition, and it’s right in our backyard! The BluenStar Highway (A-2) is a 50-mile stretch of scenic drive that hugs the lakeshore from Holland to Lake Michigan Beach (a town south of South Haven). You might be thinking, what’s the big deal? What makes these lake towns different from the ones Up North by M-22? These towns are a totally different kind of breed – they embrace their home-y ruggedness, they have an appreciation for art and craft beers, and they aren’t afraid to get a little crazy.

We know you’re probably thinking, “Blue Star Highway…haven’t I heard that name before?” You probably have! There are over 100 highways nationwide that are recognized as Blue Star Memorial Highways – these highways are marked to pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces. So while we like to have fun along the Blue Star, we also appreciate the reminder of those who fight and have fought for our freedom!BShwy1

Blue Star Highway stickers 

Landsharks is now offering awesome Blue Star gear that we want you to sport! Grab a sticker for the car, a t-shirt for your bestie, or a cozy sweatshirt for your cuddle buddy. Blue Star is all the buzz! To check out even more cool Blue Star Highway apparel and knick knacks, check out micoast.com!


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Snowshoe Sale – Great Deals!

Snowshoe sale

It’s time to update our rental equipment.  We’ll begin selling these on a first come first served basis on March 7, 2014. Call 269.857.8831 for availability.

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A Trip Down M-22

If you’ve visited our store during the last year or so, you may have noticed t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and stickers marked with a square that reads:

m22-medium-sticker-4-quot-450px-450px For some customers, this has been a source of confusion. Common questions include:

  • What is M-22?
  • Is that near here?
  • Isn’t that, like, waaaay up north?
  • Why do I keep seeing that everywhere I go? 

Clearly, it’s time for us to fill you in on the story behind M-22. 

m22Yes, M-22 is a highway. It runs through Northern Michigan, and it’s an incredibly beautiful ride. In the winter it sparkles, it’s lush and green in spring and summer, and the trees that line it are majestic in the fall. 


Michigan State Road 22 (M-22) in mid-October.

It’s very pretty. You get the picture. But you’re probably still wondering what it has to do with a family-owned business off of Blue Star, hundreds of miles away from Leelanau Co. This is where Matt and Keegan Myers (also known as “The Broneah Brothers”) come in. For them, M-22 is not just a road; it’s a way of life. In their mission statement, they explain:

“Founded by kiteboarders in search of epic wind and waves, M-22 was created to express a common passion for Northern Michigan. However, M-22 shares this passion beyond Michigan’s borders. It is marked by the simplicity and appreciation for natural wonders such as bays, beaches and bonfires, dunes and vineyards, cottages, friends and family everywhere.”

The Broneah Brothers aren’t just talk. Out of appreciation for the natural world that surrounds them, they have taken a holistic approach to business. They work with recycled, American-made materials as much as possible, embellish all products locally, and donate a percentage of all sales to the Leelanau Conservancy. Big believers in the 1% for the Planetconcept, they give $1,000 for every $100,000 in gross sales.

The Broneah Brothers, founders of M-22.

The Broneah Brothers, founders of M-22.

We may be several hours away from the Broneah Brothers’ wind and waves, but a passion for things like bonfires, beaches, vineyards, and good company is something we can certainly appreciate. The Sharks are all about nature, simplicity, and local pride, whether it’s found along a highway, atop a mountain, in an ocean, or by our very own Saugatuck Dunes. We’re pretty sure our customers share this devotion, which is why we’ve stocked up on goods by M-22!

We hope you’ll stop by the store to check out our M-22 sweatshirts, caps and stickers if you haven’t already. If you want to learn more about M22’s mission and product, visit m22.com. See you soon!

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How will you wear your impact?










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United by Blue cleanup on Cocoa Beach.

Imagine you’re going for a swim in Lake Michigan. You wade out until you can barely keep your chin above the waves, take a deep breath, and dive underwater. Everything is cool, calm, quiet, and peaceful until… THUNK! You flail for the surface, panicked and sputtering. One of the following items just smacked you in the face:

  • A voodoo doll
  • A 1990s computer mouse
  • This: 

Found on cleanup in Lake Merced, San Francisco.

  • A hot dog chew toy 
  • A bra
  • These:

Found on Trinity River cleanup in Dallas.

  • A cup (not the drinking kind)
  • A Spider Man action figure

What would you do if this happened to you? If you’re bobbing in West Michigan’s waters you probably don’t have much to worry about, but the reality is hundreds of thousands of pounds of plastic, rubber, and other refuse are clogging waterways across the country. All joking aside, this junk poses a huge threat to wildlife and water quality across the world. Scary, right? Apparel company and source of the “Weird Trash” list above United by Blue agrees, and they’ve come up with an awesome way to solve the problem. Check it out: 

For every product sold, United By Blue removes 1 pound of trash from our world’s waters.  Having organized and hosted 100 cleanups over the four years they’ve been in business, they take pride in doing their own dirty work. With the help of 3,500+ volunteers, they have removed 171,435 pounds of trash from oceans and waterways everywhere.

Want to get involved? There are a few things you can do.

1. Stop by Landsharks and pick up a United By Blue bag or t-shirt.

Currently, we’re carrying the accessories and apparel displayed here:


United by Blue men’s tees: $34.


United by Blue women’s tees: $34.  Small Pouches: $24. Jasper Foldover: $108.


2. Sign up for a United by Blue cleanup. 

Visit http://unitedbyblue.com/collections/cleanups for information about upcoming expeditions in states across the country, including Pennyslvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, and New York.

United By Blue and Brave New World cleanup in Maryland Ave. Beach, Point Pleasant.

United By Blue cleanup in Maryland Ave. Beach, Point Pleasant.

3. Support the movement via social media.

Put your trash where it belongs, and follow @unitedbyblue on instagram, tumblr, facebook, pinterest, and twitter. “Wether it’s a photo of your brother down by the river, a mountain peak on a foggy morning, or your well-traveled United by Blue bag ready for its next adventure, use the hashtag and help us spread the #bluemovement,” say the folks at United by Blue.

For more about the #bluemovement and United by Blue, visit unitedbyblue.com

For more about the #bluemovement and United by Blue, visit unitedbyblue.com


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Scholarly Sharks

Whether you’re headed back to school or simply gearing up for the season when the temperature drops with the leaves and all the food is pumpkin-flavored, we have the cozy fall gear you’re looking for!  Each of our classroom-bound employees has picked a Back to School Must Have from our inventory. Here’s what they’ll wearing as they roam the dorms and hallways this year:


Scholarly Shark: Marisa Darpel
Attending: Baker College
For: Their physical therapy assistant program
Back to School Must Have: Michigan Awesome Hand Crafted tee, $25. “Bring on the Saint Patty’s day fun!”
Most excited to: start new classes.


Scholarly Shark: Sierra Rodriguez
Attending: Grand Valley State University
For: Accounting
Back to School Must Have: Kuhl Flight Jacket, ($160) and TOMS Classic Canvas in Ash ($44) “It gets chilly at those Laker football games and TOMS are great for being on the go!”
Most excited to: move in with her new roommates.


Scholarly Shark: Lindsay Timmerman
Attending: Hope College
For: Marketing/Advertising
Back to School Must Have: Patagonia Fjord Flannel $89. “Cozy flannel is totally the trademark of a West Michigan girl.”
Most Excited to: Spend spring semester in Philadelphia! And turn 21, of course.


Scholarly Shark: James Broe
Attending: Either Kendall College for art or trade school for welding or the Navy/Air Force (plans TBD)
Back to School Must Have: Exofficio Give-N-Go boxer briefs, $26. “I already wear my underwear for weeks at a time. I might as well wear some that are designed for it.”
Looking forward to: Being old enough to legally purchase a hand gun. (Oh dear…)


Scholarly Shark: Margs Gregg
Attending: Gettysburg College
For: Psychology
Back to School Must Have: Lole Lorella Stripe Dress, $60. “It’s the perfect fall dress, let’s be real.”
Most excited to: “See all my east coast friends, obvi!”


Scholarly Shark: Jenna Westveld
Attending: Hamilton High School
For: Senior Year… ow ow!
Back to School Must Have: Ugg Classic Short, Sangria, $155. “They’re super cozy, duh.”
Most excited to: Graduate.


Scholarly Shark: Eva Gulotty
Attending: Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University
For: Graduate Teacher Certification in Secondary Math and Chemistry.
Back to School Must Have: Women’s Burr Jacket, $99, Two Tone Abstract Earrings, $10, Alloy Bracelet, $12. “The Burr Jacket is the perfect durable fashionable good deal fall layering jacket to match my sass for classes this fall.”
Most looking forward to: Yellow legal pads and coffee between classes.


Scholarly Shark: Summer Hoffman
Attending: Indiana Wesleyan University
For: Exercise Science, specializing in cardiac rehabilitation
Back to School Must Have: University ($54) and Crochet ($58) TOMS. “They’re the perfect shoe for bopping about campus and they’re a great back-to-school gift for a child in need.”
Most excited to: See all her friends and learn all sorts of life-saving sciencey things.


Scholarly Shark: Sir. Ryan Johnson
Attending: University of Kansas
For: Communications and Journalism
Back to School Must Have: Patagonia Refugio Pack 28L, $85. “I. Heart. Patagonia.”
Most looking forward to: Division 1 college sports, hanging with bros, and using Patagonia backpacks.

We hope you’ll stop by before these kids clock out for the school year! We’re sad to send them off, but at least we know they’ll be looking smart and repping the Shark in classrooms everywhere. Stop by soon and you too can spend the season kicking leaves in our coolest gear for fall.

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Where in the World is Landshark’s?

We are outfitters for active people. It says so on the sign outside our front door.  This means we know that you – our customers – like to get down and dirty. You go on adventures. You climb mountains. You wander about Europe sipping beers and staying in hostels. You travel by bike, plane, kayak, sailboat, and unicycle, and you tend have an affinity for snazzy retro German cars.

where in the world

In this post, we’d like to raise a toast to our traveling Sharks. Recently, we asked those of you who follow us on Facebook and Twitter to submit pictures of yourselves rocking our gear abroad, and we were flattered to discover Landshark’s is being repped all around the world. Here’s a sneak peak into some of our favorite Shark-clad adventures:

Skydive Chicago #1

Landshark’s Ambassador Corey took his Saugatuck tech tee on a free fall through the stratosphere.


Rockstar Shark Melissa meandered through Catalina State Park in Tuscon, Arizona wearing head-to-toe Landshark’s gear: a Shark Logo Tee, Kuhl pants, Keen hiking boots, and a Patagonia backpack.


Here’s Sarah, looking very ladylike in Venice, Italy. She’s wearing a Patagonia Bandha Top, a Patagonia Vitalti Skirt, and a pair of Chaco Z2s.


Staff Alumna Whitney bundled up in Shark Gear on her expedition to the “End of the World” in Patagonia, Southern Chile. 

941171_10153012971455492_986440359_nSupershark Steve posed with some friendly fries in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  “I’m wearing a Patagonia shirt, jacket and Stand Up Pants, and I would’ve had on Smartwool socks, ExOfficio underwear and most likely Keen shoes, all from #Landshark’s!” he claims.


No, that’s not snow…. Miss Sue went sand-surfing at the ‪‎Gypsum Dunes at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico! She wore her Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket and a pair of Keen boots.


In this pic, Mr. Keith is on his way up the 19,340 foot climb that is Mt. Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho Route from Forest Camp to Shira 1 Camp. He is wearing a Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight Crew and he is lovin’ life, if you couldn’t tell.


Someone caught everyone’s favorite Mamma Shark gazing out over the Dutch West Indies. She’s wearing Keen Waimea flips, a Patagonia Lithia Dress, and Maui Jim sunglasses. Looking good, Casey!


Jean McAlister DenHerder stood on top of the world in Norway, wearing her Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket from Landshark’s.


Finally, we have a shot of our Big Kahuna in Groding, Austria back in 1995. He has a Patagonia lightweight pullover, Ex-Officio convertible pants, a Patagonia logo cap, and a Lonely Planet map.

Pretty cool, right? This is why we try so hard to make sure the stuff we carry is durable as well as fashionable. We sell things that you can get a little (or a lot) dirty. We love brands like Keen, Kuhl, Chaco, Smartwool, and Patagonia because they’re sturdy AND stylish, just like you!

We want to hear about all your expeditions, so if you have stories or pictures to share please send them our way (you can post them on Facebook, email them to lindsay@saugatucklandsharks.com, or tweet @shoptheshark). Here’s to your adventures, near and far… may they be safe and may you feel the Landshark’s love wherever you go!  

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