by Susan LucasWelcome Cariloha. It’s not a typo. Cariloha (from the words Caribbean and Aloha) is a recently opened King Street shop that features a unique assortment of products all made from bamboo. If you’re thinking fishing poles and flower arrangements, think again.
According to Cariloha’s website, “Bamboo is largely considered a woody plant; however, it's really a true grass. It can be found in many parts of the world but is primarily grown in East Asia and South East Asia, where it’s used for everything from building materials to food sources! Bamboo’s soft, silky feel, its antimicrobial qualities, its ability to take colors well and its breathability are designed to appeal to those who seek the very best in natural luxury. Bamboo means soft, cool and clean.”
And green. Bamboo is cut and soaked in an environmentally friendly solution that breaks down the fibers, which are dried into parchment-like sheets. They are milled into fluffiness, spun into threads and voilá, cloth twice as soft as cotton and nicely comparable to cashmere and silk.
The beautifully appointed, compact and charming space at 341 King Street is now filled with soft apparel, bath items, handbags, bedding, blankets, towels and robes. They even have those ubiquitous second skin yoga tanks and pants seen everywhere on people with perfect bodies. And some that aren’t. ‘nuff said. Stop in, look around and say hello to husband/wife managers Ryan and Ashley Porter. It’s a friendly, pretty place. And soft. Very soft.