• Upcoming Sunglasses at Night Parties!

    We have some really fun events coming up at the end of this month!

    The first is our 5th annual Sunglasses at Night Party this Thursday night (the 23rd) at the Downtown Artery in Fort Collins. Doors open at 8:30pm and a DJ will be spinning from 9pm-1:30am, so be ready to get your dance on! Equinox Brewing is doing a tap takeover and the first 50 people through the door get rewarded with a free beer! Continue Reading

  • 5 Essentials for your Next Road Trip

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    We’re thinking the May snow we got this weekend is the last we’ll see for the season so now our brain is focused on Summer Adventures! Hopefully you have at least 1 or 2 summer road trips planned so we wanted to share our 5 Akinz picks that we believe are essentials for any road trip.

    1. The perfect pair of shades
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    Pick from our new selection of polarized wayfarer sunglasses. Our fave is the black with teal mirror lens.

    2. A cozy pullover
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    Everyone needs a cozy sweatshirt whether you’re driving thru the night or sleeping under the stars. Our fave is the Ride More, Work Less crewneck. It has super soft sponge fleece and whether you’re headed to Mt. Hood or Moab, the message still rings true.

    3. The perfect beanie
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    Whether you’re trekking into the mountains or strolling along a breezy beach, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you won’t need a beanie. Grab our lightweight and machine washable fold beanie in your choice of color.

    4. An everyday tee or tank
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    Never leave home without a t-shirt or tank top that you’d be willing to wear the entire road trip, even if you don’t have to. We’ve got a ton of tank top options for you, but our current fave is the “I Just Wanna Ride Bikes” muscle tank.

    5. Summer Hat
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    Something to keep the shade out of your eyes and tame the messy road trip hair. Go for a basic black 5 panel or our new fun Dappled Mesh Snapback.

  • Steamboat Sunglasses at Night Party TONIGHT!

    Late notice as we had a scare with the delivery of our sunglasses this year, but they are worth the wait!! Come out to the Taphouse tonight for all the fun. Beat the Clock drink specials starting at 9pm.
    $1 drinks from 9-10
    $2 drinks from 10-11

    Click on the pic for more details on the Facebook event.

  • 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:

  • Shenanakinz featured in Skiing Mag’s 2011 Gear Guide

    Can you hear my excitement coming through the keyboard? A while back Skiing Mag asked us to send them a sample of our sunglasses. We did so gladly and they ended up featuring them in an online spread about Summertime Sunglasses. We were pretty stoked when that happened.

    But then last weekend when I was in Steamboat, a friend of mine said congrats on getting in Skiing Mag. I thought they were referring to this fun little online slideshow and said thanks appreciatively. But then when a second person told me the same thing way more enthusiastically, I knew there was something going on. So I strolled over to Al’s Newstand in Fort Collins today and checked out the Skiing Mag 2011 Gear Guide and there I am!

    Our Akinz Shenanakinz in Fluoro were featured in the sunglasses section on p. 100, right there next to names like Dragon, Oakley, and Smith. As you can imagine, I’m stoked. So go out and pick up a copy for yourself if you feel so inclined. Or better yet pick up a pair of Shenanakinz sunglasses from our shop, and we might just send you a little something extra since I’m in a great mood!

    Akinz in Skiing Mag Gear guide

    Me displaying my level of stoke. Yes, my eyes are almost popping out of my head.

    Akinz Shenanakinz in Skiing Mag

    There they are! Glowing in all their fluoro glory!

  • Selling Shenanakinz at the Fort Collins Block Party

    Old Town Square in Fort Collins was celebrating its 25th Anniversary, so the committee decided that they should Party Like it’s 1985! The party was a blast with 80’s cover bands, Coopersmith brewery beer, the Ghostbusters car and actors, and old General Lee.

    Akinz was invited to come out and sell our Akinz Shenanakinz sunglasses in the crowd, so we dressed up like cigarette girls with an 80’s dress code.






  • Sunglasses at Night After Party Recap

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    I’m just now getting the recap up from the Akinz Sunglasses at Night After Party because I have been recovering up until this point. The party was April 3rd at Amante in Steamboat Springs and was tunes were provided by local djs, DJ Theory and DJ Dicon.

    The party started at 9 and the early party-goers started up the dance floor by 9:30 and it didn’t stop bumping until the party ended at 2:00am. Team skiiers Josh Satterfield and Brandon Krentz, being the youngun’s they are, avoided the mayhem that was the bar and dance floor area and started up their own hacky sack game by the entrance… enticing others tipsy and sober alike to join in.

    I don’t think Amante knew what was coming their way, considering they had to make 2 separate beer runs to the local liquor store and still ran out of beer before midnight. Of course, after the beer was gone, the liquor was soon to follow. By the time we decided to stop taking cover at the door around 11:45 , they had already run out of vodka, and were on to rum and whiskey. At the end of the night, they only had 2 bottles of white wine left.

    Overall, there were plenty of shenanigans for stories the next day and everybody was of course wearing the new Akinz Shenanakinz sunglasses which was a lovely sight to behold. I’ve heard reports of them being spotted all over Steamboat for the past couple weeks and there were quite a few Akinz sunglasses spottings at the Copper closing weekend.

    Shannon Johnson of Shayboarder.com

    Josh Satterfield

    Akinz owner Suzanne with team skiers Brandon Krentz and Josh Satterfield

    Check out all the photos from the party in our Facebook album.