The first full days of spring are finally here, and despite the up and down weather, there’s one thing we know for sure: you can bet you’ll find everything for spring break, weekend getaways, and outside fun right here at Jesse Brown’s. Here are some of our favorites for the new season!
The official footwear of the season, Chaco has a new, wider strap and softer midsole for spring 2017. New colors, too! Amazingly comfortable, unbeatably durable; a spring and summer staple since 1989.
Columbia Sportswear Travel Dress
Go anywhere, do anything in the Columbia Sportswear Travel Dress. Wrinkle-free, easy to pack, UPF protection, and darned good looks come together in this adaptable one piece.
Patagonia Stand Up Shorts
There are a million reasons this spring and summer go-to is a favorite around here. Durable, long-wearing organic cotton Patagonia Stand Up Shorts get better with each wearing and wash.
Yes, Mountain Khakis for ladies, too! One of our hometown faves has a whole new look and feel for the season. Relaxed, comfortable style that speaks to your adventurous side. We think you’ll love it, too!
Southern Tide polos
One of Jesse Brown’s favorite brands for warm weather, Southern Tide delivers a fresh new line of colors and stripes. Traditional looks with modern cut and fit; spot on for spring break, spring semester, and into the summer.
KAVU Rope Bags
Take it with you in style. KAVU over the shoulder rope bags are now in even more colors and patters for this spring. These comfortable, easy to carry bags are just right when a daypack is too much, but you need more than just an extra pocket.
YETI Rambler Tumblers
No cooler way to keep your drinks cold than with a YETI Rambler tumbler. The 20 ounce and 30 ounce Ramblers are still the standard by which all others are measured. On the go, on the porch, or on the sidelines; always the perfect fit.
Sorry, Mr. Tennyson, but it’s not just a young man’s fancy that lightly turns to thoughts of love this time of year. We can’t imagine anyone not being head over heels with the idea that Spring is nearly here. Granted, the Winter that hardly was didn’t keep us pinned to the indoors, but we’re ready for the bright colors, adventures, and travels that come with the new season!
Move over, Ms. Winfrey. Here’s what Jesse Brown’s loves for Spring!
The guys and gals at YETI Coolers upped the ante with this one, we think. All of the cold-keeping, ice-for-days awesomeness we love about our hard-side YETI Coolers and drinkware, but in an easy-to-carry, easy-to-open, zip-top soft side cooler. Perfection.
Fly Fishing Film Tour
Nothing, and we mean, nothing gets us excited about the coming season like the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Great photography, incredible soundtracks, and scenic locales take this show way over the top. You don’t even have to like fishing to appreciate this one!
You’re never too old – or young – to enjoy the simple pleasure of an ENO hammock. We’ve managed to find a place a hook up an nearly every outdoor event. From ball games to the beach, picnics to camping trips, and around campus… just don’t forget the straps!
Patagonia Organic Cotton Tees
Nothing’s more cool and comfortable than a soft, organic cotton tee. This year, we’re again in love with Patagonia’s mix of vintage and new logos on these tees. Colors that’ll wash-up looking good, or maybe even better, time after time. Sometimes “business casual’ just isn’t casual enough.
The official footwear of the season, in our opinion. We know some of you never really put your Chaco sandals away for the winter around here, and that’s even more reason to see the new colors and wider strap patters here at Jesse Brown’s.
Got travel plans this Spring? We’d love to see you in here and out there! Tag us on your Instagram posts at @jessebrownsclt to share your adventures!
Jesse Brown’s with Capture Happy Photography
We had the pleasure of hosting our man Micheal C. Hernandez from Capture Happy photography here at Jesse Brown’s. No, seriously. It was more than a pleasure, actually. Michael dropped tons of knowledge about how to take rock star pictures no matter what kind of camera or phone you’re using. Whether you’re headed to the park, the mountains, or a backyard barbecue, the rules are the same. Apply them to make ordinary photo opportunities extraordinary. And as Micheal says, once you learn them, then you’ll know how to break them to take ever better pics!
Here’s what we learned!
Lighting is everything.
Early light and late day light make for the best picture taking. They don’t call it the “golden hour” for no reason! If you’re shooting outdoors, these are times you’ll want to have your camera at the ready. And always have the sun at your back.
Obey the rule of thirds.
Your view screen is divided into thirds. Most cameras have this grid visible, and now you know what it’s used for! Check the camera on your phone, too. Respecting this balance gets you a end result that’s a real eye pleaser!
Keep it rock steady.
Nothing ruins that perfect shot like the shakes. There are plenty of ways to steady that camera, like leaning against a wall, table or tree. Want to really kick it up? Invest in a simple tripod. Yes, there are even inexpensive models that will hold your iPhone, too!
Let the camera do (some of) the work
If your camera has a “P” mode, set it to that and let the camera do some of the work. Then you can concentrate on composition.
Selfies are not as interesting as you may think.
Yes, make your pictures be about YOUR experience… but before you shoot, think about how you want to remember where you are and what you’re doing. As Michael says, everyone’s seen the ”postcard image” of the Taj Mahal. But what did YOU see there that made it meaningful to you, and could be of interest to someone else.
Perspective changes things.
Look at your subject from a different angle. Get close. Get low, go high. You and those with whom you’ll share the pictures may see something in a whole new light. And frame your shots so you don’t have to crop later.
Pro tip. If you really like a picture, print it. If you plan to keep your pictures on a digital format, back them up. Twice.
Bottom line, pictures and photography can show and create all sorts of emotion. And if you want to improve your ability, take your camera everywhere and photograph everything that catches your eye. Shoot with intent, passion and purpose and you’ll create lasting memories!
A Tax Break We Can All Enjoy
From Friday, April 15 through Monday, April 18 Jesse Brown’s will foot your tax bill!* In fact, we’re so tired of crunching numbers, we’ll just go on ahead and round it up to take a full 10% OFF any in-store purchase of $55 or more.
*Yes, Uncle Sam still gets his money. Offer applies only to in-store purchases at Jesse Brown’s made between 4/15/16 and 4/18/16. Includes regular priced and sale priced merchandise in any combination of $55 or more.
Our Carolina Panthers host the Arizona Cardinals at home this weekend for the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. A big game? You bet! Cam Newton said it’s, “just a football game,” but it’s fair to say he – and the rest of Panther Nation – know how much this game means.
We talked to WBT Sports Director and radio voice of the Panthers, Jim Szoke about the big game. Naturally, we had a ton of questions. For starters, can we agree… home field advantage is huge, right?
“It’s never happened before in 21 seasons,” said Szoke, “The Panthers have played in this championship game three times, but never at home.”
Szoke said it’ll be great for the team, of course, and great for the fans, too. Tailgating here at home before a game like this? The energy outside the stadium will be immeasurable! And we love us some tailgating, too.
And what about that turf? Lots was said about the field conditions during last week’s game versus the Seahawks. Reports say both teams have been practicing outdoors and with longer cleat spikes – although, it’s been 75 and sunny out in Arizona. Even with winter storm warnings or some other presumably wet weather in the forecast, Szoke expects the field will be just fine.
“It’s not exactly, ‘grass growing’ season, but even with all the rain, the college game, and all, they’ll have the field ready for game day,” said Szoke.
When Cam Newton and Carson Palmer take the field, this will be the first time two former Heisman-winning quarterbacks have faced each other in the playoffs. Both have experience rallying their teams to late-game comebacks, both are MVP-caliber signal callers, and both have plenty of weapons to work with in their receiving corps.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Carson and Arizona come out early trying to test the Panthers’ secondary,” said Szoke, “and you could very expect that the Panthers know that and are preparing for the long ball.”
The Panthers and Cardinals haven’t played each other since last year’s playoff matchup, so without real-time, head-to-head experience, both teams will be utilizing a lot of film in preparation for Sunday’s game. Szoke said he expect the unexpected, as both teams will show new looks and plays that haven’t been on display so far this season.
As for predictions, Szoke says there’s no reason not to believe the Panthers are the best team, “so long as they stay hungry and take nothing for granted… and understand that no lead is safe.”
Win or lose, the future looks more than bright for the franchise, too, said Szoke.
“With Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis locked up long-term, this is a team that’s going to contend for Super Bowls for the next several years.”
Indeed these are high times to be a Carolina Panthers fan!
It’s BACK! Storyteller’s Night Returns January 28th
Mark your calendars now, people! We’ve got a jaw-dropping line-up for the first Storyteller’s Night of the new year. You’re in for stories that will inspire, awe, and straight-up entertain. We hope you’ll join in on this one as we welcome Tom Bohr, Muriel Epling, and Cameron Wright to the stage. Pop in early for a little meet-and-greet. As always, snacks and beer on us!