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Posted by Brad Maniscalco on 4/23/2014
Andrew, Steve, and I pride Lems Shoes' minimalism. We often preach that not only our products our made using a minimalistic approach, but with the minimal amount of materials possible. Not only do we focus the Lems' brand on minimalism, we try to incorporate the same attitude towards our lifestyles. Therefore, anytime we see a company or brand that we feel resonates well with us, we like to spread the word to our customers as well.
Bearded Brothers is a wholesome snackfood company that specializes in energy bars made with only natural, organic ingredients. Have an allergy? Not too worry, their bars are raw, vegan, gluten, soy free, not to mention they are pretty damn good as well.
Posted by Brad Maniscalco on 4/9/2014
Hillbillies. Rednecks. Farmers. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, we have heard it all. I didn't realize how "hick" our little Valley of Shenango actually appeared until I joined a Penn State fraternity where Sweater Vests and Boat Shoes were standard uniform for night of drinking. So since the first time I showed up in my overalls and cowboy hat, my friends have never let me forget how "backwoods" home happened to be.
While I admit that we do not live in the most urban of places, there are many things to be said for the little place the Lems' Office sets up shop, and no, one of them is not the setting for Deliverance.
7 Things I Bet You Didn't Know About The Shenango Valley
1.) We have the only free golf course in the world.
2.) Joy Cone is located in our backyard.
Next time you grab an ice cream cone, ideally four scoops loaded with oreos, snickers, peanut butter, and then thrown into a deep fryer, take a look at the cone before you scarf it down. Odds are that the wonderfully edible cake or sugar ice cream holder was made right here in the Valley.
3.) Western PA Landmarks!
Self proclaimed as the largest shoe store and off-price fashion store (whatever that means), these two downtown Sharon gems have been landmarks for ages. Unfortunately, much of our area has been taken over by restaurant chains and football field sized Wal Marts, so its nice to see the Mom and Pop chain stores still holding strong after all of these years. And although we cannot speak for the Winner, Reyers stocks some pretty cool shoes (ahem Lems ahem).
4.) Celeb Status
Oh what's that you say, you don't have an Olympic Archer and a Super Bowl Record Holder from your hometown?? Enter, Hermitage, Pennsylvania: home of Olympic Gold Medalist Rodney White and Former NFL receiver Andre' Coleman. If these two happen to be reading, just know that as soon as an order of 100 pairs of Lems comes from each of you, I will be the biggest advocate in making sure those statues are finally built in your honor.
5. Hickory vs. Hickory Hills vs. Hermitage
Back in the day, there was a little indecisiveness about what to call this little area. Therefore the townsfolk decided to put it to a vote with the options of Hickory, Hickory Hills, and Hermitage. Well kids, Hermitage won. In my opinion, either of the other two would have been significantly better as Hermitage sounds like something straight out of Middle Earth.
6.) Chocolate Rivalry
So if I haven't sold you on taking your next family vacation our way, then you better hold on to your butts. This little piece of land between Cleveland and Pittsburgh not only has one of the best chocolate stores in the country, it has two. Daffins and Philadelphia Candies (Why the name of Philadelphia I have no clue) both offer tours of their factories equipped with free smells and free chocolate. And although it is hard to tell which chocolate is more scrumptious-diddily-umptious, Daffins does have an land made entirely out of chocolate. FYI Life-sized Chocolate bunnies wins us over every time.
Book your flights and pack your cameras because once you drive over that hill into the valley, those lights are gonna gleam like Vegas!
Posted by Brad Maniscalco on 4/7/2014
Posted by Brad Maniscalco on 4/1/2014
Damn, the man. Save the Empire!!
Corporate America can be a bitch. We have all had a job or two that makes us want to shove pencils through our eyelids and burn the TPS Reports to the ground.
Companies often blur the line between professionalism and uptight, often times creating a workplace and more importantly a company that takes themselves way too seriously.
Well, if you happen to know us or follow us on our social media (Uhhh what are you waiting for?), then you know we are not that company.
Today is April Fools, which Mark Twain claims.. "is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four."
Yes Mr. Twain, I admit I am a fool, a joke if you will. Often laughed at instead of with. But if I am going down, I try to take as many down with me. Therefore, pranks will be had. In my younger days, I have Toilet Papered houses (We called ourselves SWAT aka Sabotage With All Toiletries) I have drawn on a passed out friends face with Sharpie, and in a rare instance or two, I have shaved an unexpected friends head.
Now that I am grown (in age, not stature) I like to think I have matured, at least a little bit. Instead of the aggressive acts of vandalism or physical defamation of a friend's face, I like to throw Jello at a friend's face instead.
So go ahead and play a prank on that uptight boss of yours. You may be sitting on your couch looking at the Classifieds tomorrow, but in the end, it will be all worth it. I mean besides telling you the Black Nine2Five was coming out months ago, have we ever steered you wrong before?
Posted by Brad Maniscalco on 3/26/2014
Let's face it, you're not going to buy crab legs to feed your dog. So why would you buy a pair of minimalist shoes if you are not going to use them properly? Hell, I would love to sell a billion pairs of shoes so I can roll up to the office with my Lambo sittin on 22" rims....what what, but I also don't want to be accountable for customers heading to the hospital. And more importantly, I care about our customers (You should be proud ma!).
Therefore, when someone new to the game buys a pair of zero drop shoes, the last thing we need is for them to run around the track like they are having a muscle spasm. Not only does it make you look bad, but what are people going to think of minimalist footwear and more specifically Lems Shoes if we have people representing our products doing this?
In order to perfect something, we practice. You don't step into the ring with Ali just because you think you can box (so stole this from Fast and the Furious) and you don't start booking gigs if you want to learn to play guitar. Well my friends, I hate to break it to you but running is no different. It takes practice to learn how to run properly. Don't believe me? Then I suggest you take a little trip to your nearest Planet Fitness and I challenge you to call whatever is happening on those treadmills "running".
Luckily, Chi Running is there to answer all of your running and (yes) walking questions. So maybe instead of looking like a duck the next time you decide to "go for a run", you will be the smoothest mother...SHUT YO MOUTH, in the gym.
Whether you run a mile in the park or are an elitist marathoner, Chi Running teaches how to engage your core to run more efficiently without losing speed or exerting too much energy.
Pain in the joints, a rapid heartbeat, and simple fatigue can all be eliminated by learning to run correctly by eliminating a heel strike and utilizing a correct alignment a posture. All can be taught by logging on to www.chirunning.com and reading an article or two next time you're on the pot instead of checking out Buzzfeed's latest post on the "top ten most adorable kittens".
Don't take our word for it, but don't look worse than this guy after running a single mile either.
Check out Chi Running at http://www.chirunning.com and get on the right foot.