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Community Choice Plaid Mob at Akinz!

Be Local put this month’s Plaid Mob to a community vote and Akinz was chosen as the destination!

What is a Plaid Mob?

From the Be Local website,

Known in cities around the country as a Cash Mob, we’ve fine tuned the idea to fit Northern Colorado. It’s a simple idea. On the third Tuesday of each month people show up at a pre-identified local business with at least $10 cash and mob the business with purchases.

Why “plaid mob” and not “cash mob?” Because Be Local is all about plaid, jump-started by Plaid Friday. Plaid represents the unique, quirky flair of our local community that we love so much.

We will be targeting small independent businesses that give back to the community. It’s really all about community – supporting local businesses owned by people who live in the community, who employ our neighbors, and are active participants in creating a sustainable economy.

So, we’re honored to be the Community Choice! And we’d be honored if you want to participate! The Facebook Event is the best place to get all the details and RSVP, but no RSVP is necessary to show up! Plaid Mobbers also get a stamp that gets you $2 off your first pint at the Forge Publick House (one of my favorite beer-drinking establishments) after mobbing! :)

Here’s the short and sweet of it: For this Plaid Mob, we meet at the Fountain in Old Town Square and bike over to Akinz (432 S. Link Lane). Come with (at least) $10 CASH to spend clothes, accessories, etc. at Akinz. Wearing PLAID is highly encouraged…but not mandatory. Then join us afterwards for celebratory drinks. The Plaid Mob stamp will get you a $2 OFF your first draught beer at The Forge Publick House (232 Walnut St. – in the center of Old Town Fire House Alley)… and $1 off subsequent draught beers (cash only accepted – ATM located on site).

NOTE: All mobsters will be entered to win a FREE I Love It Local re-usable bag!!

Akinz moving to Old Town Fort Collins!

After a lot of contemplation and discussion about what should be Akinz’ next step, we’ve decided to move towards opening a storefront in Old Town Fort Collins. We’ve secretly been scouting out new locations and are hoping to make the move soon. However, since we’ve never had our own physical storefront before, we need a lot of capital upfront to pay deposit, rent, setup for utilities, and expansion of our inventory! So, we’re running a fundraiser on Community Funded. What is Community Funded? Check out the video:

So basically, you guys can give a little or give a lot and help Akinz get to our goal for this fundraiser! Different levels of pledges are rewarded with different types of exclusive product. Give as little as $1 and help send us on our way! We’ll love you long time.

Can’t give any money right now? That’s ok, we still love you. If you could share the fundraiser with any friends that might be interested though, that would be great!

Bike Month Kickoff Party at Fort Collins Bike Co-op

Northern Colorado Bike Month Kick-off Party

This Friday we’re kicking off Northern Colorado Bike Month with a kickoff party at the Fort Collins Bike Co-op. We’ll have our bike t-shirts there for sale, food and bevvies for your enjoyment, and we’ll be donating 10% of sales that night to Trips 4 Kids, a non-profit helping kids grow by getting out on mountain bikes.

Come before the party starts and get your bike tuned up at the Bike Co-op shop, or come to hang out and shop with us from 5pm to 8pm.

Get more details and RSVP on Facebook here.

Congratulations Grads!

Congratulations to all those seniors and super-seniors out there who are now ready to move onto “real life”. I’m wondering what all those new grads have on their plate? Any exciting adventures planned?

I do know what one of those new grads is doing. Our part-time employee, Tyler, will be heading across the pond for a couple months of adventures hopping around Europe visiting music festivals, soccer games, and generally enjoying life! We conned him into keeping us updated while he’s having fun so that we can live through him while we’re stuck here working. Stay tuned for his updates over the next couple months!

Seems like everyone is escaping to Europe these days. One of our team riders, Kim Kirch, has been hopping around Europe wakeboarding and making new friends already this summer. You can check out what she’s up to on her Tumblr.

Winter Closeout Sale!

Akinz winter closeout sale

Spring has officially sprung and it’s time to make room for all the warm-weather clothes!

This year, we’re giving local Fort Collins folk a jumpstart on the closeout shopping by opening our showroom today from 1:00pm to 8:00pm with previews of the deals that will hit our website at midnight. Not only is everything marked down up to 80%!, but you also get Buy any 2 sale items, get the 3rd one free. Plus, we’ll have complimentary beverages for shoppers starting at 5pm.

Come check out the $5, $10, and $15 t-shirt tables, have a few drinks with friends, and celebrate the changing of the seasons!

The Akinz showroom is located at 432 S. Link Lane in the Link Lane Plaza (right off Mulberry).

Can’t make it to the sale? Don’t worry, what’s left of our inventory after tonight will go on sale on the website at midnight!

Anyone for Croquet?

I Fly Colorado trucker hat on top of the croquet set.

This past Sunday in Fort Collins, it was a balmy 80 degrees in the sunshine. It had everybody tricked into thinking it was time for summer. We started the day by riding our bikes all over Old Town to hang posters for our party next week. Then our friend Amanda made the discovery of a croquet set sitting at the end of a driveway with a “Take Me” sign, so we decided to head to the park for a proper game of croquet. A day full of brunch, bikes, beer and balls (croquet balls, that is).

Supposed to snow tomorrow!

Fort Collins Sunglasses at Night Party

Fort Collins Sunglasses at Night Party


RSVP on Facebook
Location: The Mayor of Old Town
Time: 6pm – midnight
$5 cover gets you:
-a pair of our new colors of sunglasses
-a chance at Akinz clothing giveaways
-AND… a drink ticket for a free Fort Collins Brewery draft beer.

Starts at 6pm and goes til midnight. Get there early as there’s a good chance the Mayor will reach capacity.

3rd Annual Sunglasses at Night Party

For the third year of Akinz Sunglasses at Night Party, we’re bringing the party to 2 different cities, both in Steamboat Springs & Fort Collins. Two different parties, two different nights, twice the fun. Details for the Steamboat Springs party below, Fort Collins party details coming soon.

Steamboat Sunglasses at Night Party

Friday, February 24th

RSVP on Facebook
Location: Sweetwater Grill
Time: 8pm – close

$5 gets you:
-a pair of our new colors of sunglasses
-a chance at Akinz clothing giveaways
-music from DJ Theory
-VIP Bottle service area
-AND… the PB&J Drink Special!! — a can of PBR and a shot of Jamo for only $7.

Starts at 8pm and goes til we get kicked out.
Promotions by SteamboatTonight.com

Fort Collins Sunglasses at Night Party

Early March

Location: TBA
Time: TBA

Pics from last year’s party:

Winter Bike to Work day and bike delivery

Just because there’s snow on the ground doesn’t mean you have to put up your bike for the season. FC Bikes is putting on a Winter Bike to Work day with 17 breakfast stations sponsored by almost 50 local businesses. And if we expect you to get out there and ride your bike, we’re going to prove that we will too by offering Free Bike Delivery to be delivered on Bike to Work day. If you want us to bike something to you, use promo code BIKEIT at checkout. Please refer to our bike delivery zone before ordering.

Tandem foxes design by local artist, Allie Ogg, with a small center back print of the commemorative bike to work 2011 tree. To help with the temp on your morning commute, we decided to make the bike to work shirt a bike to work sweatshirt in addition to the tshirt. $4 of each sweatshirt sale and $2 of each tshirt sale will be donated to the Fort Collins Bikes program to help improve your daily commute in the future.

Fort Collins winter bike to work day

Beanie Bash and Scavenger Hunt

Akinz is hosting a Beanie Bash party on Thursday the 13th of October at our new showroom space. And we’re sending you guys on a scavenger hunt to get excited for the party and to win free beanies. We’re hiding beanies all over Fort Collins. Some we are leaving for you without leaving clues behind and others will have clues supplied on our Facebook page.

If you find a mini beanie, you will win either a $5 off coupon, $10 off coupon, free t-shirt, free t-shirt with beanie purchase, or free custom beanie. If you take a picture with your mini beanie and send it to us at suzanne@akinz.com then you’ll also be entered to win a free hoodie. Keep an eye out around town and on our Facebook Page for hints to nab one.

Akinz Beanie Bash and Scavenger Hunt Fort Collins

Party details:

When: Thursday, October 13th 6:00pm – 10:00pm
What: Sales, deals, and free bevvies (for those 21 and up with a FB rsvp).
Why: To celebrate the start of winter and our new permanent custom beanie creation station.

Please RSVP on Facebook: Beanie Bash Facebook Event

and please ride your bike if you plan on drinking.