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Brian Wilson is the friendly and enthusiastic owner of Cariloha in Shipshewana, located at 133 Harrison St. Cariloha specializes in products made from bamboo, like incredibly soft mattresses and bedding, as well as a large selection of clothing and performance gear. Find out more about Brian below!

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

A: My wife Kim and I have been married 34 years. We have enjoyed many years of just being ourselves when we can. 11 years ago we were introduced to the Cariloha brand while on vacation and enjoyed the products in many, many ports and different countries throughout the Caribbean. We have been blessed with owning our store the last five years, and like getting to know the locals and visitors.

Q: Can you tell everyone more about Cariloha?

A: Cariloha was started in 2007 with a wonderful green textile made from bamboo. Cariloha is the world’s only store that’s completely merchandised with ultra-soft, comfortable clothing and bedding made of bamboo. Bed and bath sets, clothing, home decor, mattresses and more. Cariloha is a certified B corporation. (B corporations have been verified by B Lab as meeting high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. B Corps are leaders in the global movement for a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable economy.) Cool clean green. Cariloha was started in the Caribbean islands, and now there are 70 stores worldwide.

 

Q: What are you surprised that people do not know about Shipshewana?

A: That there’s a Cariloha in Shipshewana! How friendly and safe a community can be. How there’s so much to do in a small town.

Q: What is the most interesting thing you get to see or do in your professional life?

A: I get to pray with people I’ve never met before, and just spend time talking to new people.

Q: Is there anything coming up in 2024 that you’re particularly excited about?

A: We are launching a new resort line of sheets and a new resort mattress in our store. Stop in and see!

 

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