Take A Closer Look

Take a closer look.

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Are you seeing what you thought you’d see?  Did we peak your interest?  Do you want to see more?

Merchandise.  Displays.  Promotions.  Events.  We continue to mix things up at Shepherd & Schaller, where today “Sports For All Seasons” means something different to you and to us, than it did in the 1950’s, 1980’s, 2000’s and even last season!  When things change it’s good to take a closer look.  GA7A0417-Edit

Right now we’re all about skiing and snow sports, biking, hiking, paddling, yoga, disc golf, footwear, outerwear and sportswear for the trendy, smart Athleisure lifestyle we all embrace.  But you’ll also find handbags, home decor, skincare and unique products that compliment your active outdoor lifestyle.  Surprised?  When was the last time you experienced honest expert customer service, fun decor and cool technical products – all in one place?

Wausau’s local sports store is more than it’s ever been.  It’s time to take a closer look.

 

Hey Mom! Let’s Go Outside and Play!

Mom probably likes flowers, perfume and candy.  But you know the gift she really wants  this Mother’s Day is time with you.  Remember when she taught you how to love playing outside?  This year, return the favor.  The Wausau, WI area is flush with great outdoor spots to enjoy.  See what mom needs to make her outdoor adventures complete (we can help if you need ideas ) and cap off a great gift with time together doing something you both love.

Gift ideas (with each photo) and a list of nearby campgrounds, boat launches, hiking and bike trails, disc golf courses and tennis courts is just a click away.  But click quick, then get outside!  Happy Mother’s Day mom, from all of us at Shepherd & Schaller 🙂

 

 

New for Spring 2014

It’s sunny and bright in our shop, whether it is chilly outside or not! We have brand new spring & summer merchandise in the store so you’ll have it in time to travel for Spring Break (or just to brighten your mood).

Stop in the store to see new warm-weather merchandise including swim, yoga & summer apparel, luggage & purses from Kavu, prAna, Kuhl, Patagonia, and Dakine; and footwear from Teva, Minnetonka, and Salomon. You’ll also want to check out Diamonback bikes, Prince tennis gear, HO watersports equipment & accessories, golf discs from Innova & Discraft, and more!

We’re here year round to help you have the most enjoyable outdoor experiences possible. We’ll talk with you about apparel, equipment & accessories and make sure you’re set for the adventures that lie ahead. Stop in and get ready for sunshine and 80 degree days!

Styles for the guys from Kavu, Patagonia, Teva, TNF, Kuhl & more!

Be casual & cute in Kavu’s summer apparel. Effortless styles that you’ll want to wear daily.

You’ll end up taking prAna’s lifestyle pieces from the farmer’s market to dinner (just because you can).

Be ready for the beach with a new suit from prAna, a beach bag from Dakine & sun protection & beach toys from Sun Bum.

When you make your way to yoga, show up in prAna & Teva and be confident of your style.

What’s SUP?

SUPs – Getting Started

What It Is

Maybe you’ve been hearing about SUPs, (Stand Up Paddle Boards)… they’re gaining popularity quickly. There are a number of reasons for the widespread interest, one main one being versatility in the sport. Kids, parents, athletes and relaxed beach-goers alike find a good time atop a SUP.  

Whether your trip out paddling is a time for relaxing, full of adventure, or a great workout depends on where you go and what you’re setting out for. You control your experience (well, unless you’re on raging waters). You put into it what you want, and sometimes a smooth, relaxing venture is just what you need other times it’s all about trying something new, like Yoga on your SUP.  Where can you take your SUP out in Central Wisconsin?  Anywhere there’s water! (public access allowed of course.)  Try Lake Wausau on the Wisconsin River, the Rib River or even Manmade Lake at Sunnyvale Park in Wausau, or one of hundreds of lakes nearby.

What You Need

Get this: you need a SUP and a paddle!  Besides that, we suggest playing it safe and always wearing a PFD. We also know the benefits to wearing the right clothing, so we like to recommend swimwear (for days on the water when you’re participating in all sorts of water activities), wet suits when the air or water is cold, or fast drying, wicking performance wear to keep you cool and dry. Sun protection is a biggie too.

After gathering those things, all you need is to get going!

How You Do It

Carry the SUP under your arm or on top of your head and make your way to the water. Starting in shallow water makes stepping onto the board a breeze, but starting kneeling or by sitting then standing works too.

Look for the balance point, and plant your feet there. You don’t want the tail underwater, and you don’t want the nose up in the air. You’ll find a spot that allows your board to stay level. 

Your feet should be about shoulder width apart, centered on the board. Be conscious about keeping your knees soft and back straight and use your hips to keep you centered. Tipping your head or shoulders dramatically will throw you off balance! Ground yourself with your hips.

Hold your adjusted paddle on one side, with your right hand on top when the paddle is on your left side, and vice versa. Be sure the blade of the paddle is all the way under water, and twist with your core to push the paddle back. Keep your strokes small until you’re comfortable. Repeat. And repeat. Change sides after every few strokes to keep yourself heading straight ahead. (You just learned the side stroke.)

You can backpaddle to turn your board, by paddling from the tail of the board to the tip. Stepping back on the board or leaning to the inside of the board will help your board pivot more, making your turn easier and faster.

These are the basics. After you get a hold of these techniques, you’ll have a feel for the board and can manage more water conditions.

What Shep’s Offers 

We’ve done our part to have all that you need to get into the sport. We have two boards to choose from, adjustable paddles, life vests, apparel, and yes, even sun screen and sun glasses!

Conquest GURU Inflatable SUP, Backpack & Pump ($799)

California Board Company 10 SIX SUP, paddle & roof rack kit (Shep’s Price $599)

 

PrAna: Now at Shep’s!

Shep’s yoga selection just got even better! We’ve added PrAna to the mix!

PrAna is an attractive brand for those whose days include early morning yoga, and for those whose don’t. With performance fabrics, tailored fits, and styles ranging from sporty to earthy, their apparel is livable for a nearly any lifestyle.  Whether you’re a yoga enthusiast, an athlete of another sort, or just a woman who loves to look and feel good, you’ll feel right at home in PrAna’s active or casual wear.

Check out this photo album for a preview of what’s in store.

Read PrAna’s Story:

prAna, an ancient Sanskrit word for breath, life and vitality of the spirit, has helped guide our actions and lift our aspirations since day one.

We started in 1992 making clothing that worked well for climbing and yoga. It turned out that the clothing worked well for lots of other passions too, so we added new products with “purpose” in mind and scoured the world for design inspiration.

We cut and sewed clothing in our garage and shipped it to customers in surplus fruit boxes gathered from the local grocery store. For hangtags, we ground up old newspapers, added essential oils and cut out the handmade paper with a pizza cutter. Our first employee slept on a hinged bed that turned into a shipping table by day.

What’s changed since then?

Not much – and a lot. We’ve grown a bunch, but most of our original employees are still here. We participate in business with like-minded folks who want to promote conservation and create positive change, which reflects the same intention as the old days, just taken up a few notches. Organic cotton, fair trade and wind power initiatives are on the short list of what we support.

We are inspired by athletes like climber Chris Sharma – who’s been with us from the beginning – and yoginis like Shiva Rea. These friends, and many of our customers, help inform our designs and keep us legit. Which is why our founder, Beaver Theodosakis, still answers customers’ letters.

Looking back, we think that the name prAna fits us pretty well. Looking ahead (because we love change), we’re excited to see what the future holds. That’s our story. We hope you like our products.