green 3 – Company Store move

Green 3 is excited to announce that our retail store is moving!  After 3 years at our Oshkosh location, we will be moving our store to 523 W. Water Street in Princeton WI.  A logical question is “Why”?  Well there are several reasons why this made sense for us.

First and foremost, we are a wholesale company, whose focus is on designing, sourcing, manufacturing and distributing environmentally friendly, USA made products to great retailers nationwide.  What we learned over the last few years is that running a retail store takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to do it well.  While we were proud of our store in Oshkosh, and felt like we were doing a pretty nice job with it, we could never allocate the time, money, or energy to make it everything it could possibly be.  Once we came to that realization, we began to have dialog with retail professionals in the area who were successfully running their own stores, to see if there was an interest to collaborate with us on opening the first free standing Green 3 store.

We feel very fortunate to have found what we think is the perfect set of partners in Matt and Jess Greget, who for 11 years have successfully run Daiseye in the charming retail district in Princeton, WI.  Matt and Jess, will be opening the Green 3 store directly adjacent to their Daiseye location in a beautiful,  historic building with original wood floors, tin ceilings, huge windows and a view of the river out back.  The new Green 3 store will be open 7 days a week ( yeah!! ).  The soft opening for the store will be this Saturday, June 7th, with a grand opening to follow.

Thank you to everyone who has patronized our store in Oshkosh, and please visit the new location in Princeton.  It will be everything you have come to love about the original store, plus so much more!

- Green 3


NEW Store Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

moving 3Truck & trailer loaded up on 6/6/2014
IMG_1448New store front! 523 W. Water St, Princeton, WI 54968

 

Bella’s Debut!

Who remembers this cute little face from November?

Bella as a puppy

Bella is ready to make her debut here at green 3!

Bella (or LL Belladonna) is a Lagotto Romagnolo (Italian Water Dog). Written evidence places this breed in Romagna as early as the 1600 and throughout the 19th century. Aside from being a water dog the Lagotto was the breed of choice to hunt truffles between the two World Wars. Today the Lagotto Romagnolo is the only purebred dog in the world recognized as a specialized truffle hunter (AKC.org).

Bella participated in her 2nd photo shoot on Friday, May 9th where she modeled a couple dog sweaters for the 2014 Fall/Holiday line. A matching owner scarf will also be available so you can be as stylish as possible during your morning walks!

She spends most of her work days here at the office in the morning where she can watch over everyone and get her work done. Right away in the morning she must make the rounds and say good morning to each and every team member. She also alerts everyone when our UPS driver, Eric, is here with a delivery. Then in the afternoon she heads home for an afternoon nap and some R & R. Some work days she needs time away and visits her friends at Doggie Daycare for a day of fun and playtime (or the occasional grooming session).

Because Bella is a fashionable Italian, and now has experience as a model, she is looking to expand her role at Green 3.  We are excited to announce her new position as Fashion Consultant.  Bella will be tweeting her thoughts on upcoming Green 3 styles, colors, and trends.  She also will weigh in on trends in the marketplace and in popular culture in general. Beginning Monday, June 9, 2014 you can follow her tweets on all these topics and more!

You can follow her on Twitter @Bella_green3

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Photo Shoot & Development

Here at green 3 we are wrapping up our development phase and just waiting on a couple last minute samples – then the fun begins!

This week we started our photo shoot (see preview photos below) for Fall/Holiday! This is an exciting time for us as our artist, Alex, begins to design our new catalog filled with new products! We still have some holiday shots to take in a couple weeks and we’ll be all set to begin proofing followed by printing. Did you know our catalog is printed using soy-based inks on recycled paper?

Once that is done we start getting ready for our trade shows – this year we will take part in Wild Birds Unlimited, Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Market, NY NOW & Wisconsin Holiday Market in Kohler Wisconsin (list subject to change).

In between all these trade shows we will move on to spring development and the cycle begins again!

Here are some fun fall accessory images from our photo shoot – which is your favorite?

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You’re thinking Spring – We’re thinking Fall!

From most of us in the Midwest we’re finally able to say that Spring is here! The grass is turning green and the perennials are starting to emerge – but here at green 3 we’re thinking Fall & Holiday!

The Fall product line has been developed and we’re really looking forward to sharing this with you within the next couple months. Our first photo shoot is on Monday and this is when the excitement begins and we plow forward right into Fall & Winter.

The fall offering goes back towards nature and includes a re-colored classic. The mix includes long sleeve tees and double-ups. Double-ups  give the appearance of the layered look in one easy shirt.

We’re also excited to be offering Halloween products too! In this line we have 2 black long sleeve tees and 2 double-ups!

Stay tuned for more updates and we move forward into Holiday!

Here’s sneak peek at our color palettes…

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What is recycled cotton?

The process starts with pre-consumer textile waste; this ranges from errors during the weaving process to damaged/leftover finished goods – this would all normally be sent to the landfill or incinerated. The material is then ground up and re-spun into yarn. With this process there is no need to re-dye the yarn and it comes in many colors. The yarn can be used create a multitude of new products!

3 environmental benefits to recycled cotton:

  • - Recycled cotton doesn’t require land use (no watering, no new pesticides/fertilizers)
  • - Saves water & pollutants by not re-dying yarn
  • - Incinerator & landfill reduction

Green 3 offers many items in their product line that are made of recycled cotton, including hand warmers, scarves, mittens, hats, throw blankets and sweaters. All of these items are made with 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton and 25% acrylic. They are machine washable/dryable and super soft!

Recycled Cotton