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WETSUIT WEARHOUSE INCREASES ITS RECYCLING & WASTE REDUCTION EFFORTS!

October 1st, 2014

Making positive environmental changes is a high priority for the local business.

Williamsport, MD – Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. is taking its environmental efforts up a notch by increasing the already existing recycling and waste reduction initiatives.

Chris Moleskie, President & CEO of Wetsuit Wearhouse, plans to make certain that recyclable materials from the company don’t end up in a landfill. “My goal is to do the right thing for the environment while minimizing waste and conserving energy,” said Moleskie.

The company’s green initiatives began eight years ago with a cardboard recycling program. Over the last two years, there have been major strides that include the recycling of thousands of plastic hangers, laser toner cartridges, Keurig-cups (K-Cups) and the  majority of daily trash. The business also recently received an energy grant from the Maryland Energy Administration which is being used to upgrade the entire facility to energy efficient lighting. This upgrade will save about 20,000 kWh of electricity a year. 2014-10-01_0946

To ensure correct disposal of the Wearhouse’s recyclable materials, the company utilizes the recycling program at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Washington County. Employees from the correctional facility come to Wetsuit Wearhouse and pick up large amounts of accumulated wood pallets, cardboard boxes, and plastic hangers.

Officer Rick Martin leads the recycling program at the correctional facility. “The recycling started about 15 years ago because the prison was generating so much paper and cardboard,” said Officer Martin. “The recycling program has been up and running ever since. Good portions of the recyclables we receive still come from the prison but also from other organizations including Wetsuit Wearhouse.”

“The plastic hangers from Wetsuit Wearhouse are taken to Chambersburg Waste and Paper where they are then recycled and are prevented from ending up in a landfill,” Officer Martin said. “The cardboard is compressed by machines and packed in large bundles that will then be properly recycled.”

Officer Martin also said that wood pallets, including those from Wetsuit Wearhouse, are turned into pellets for pellet stoves. He also mentioned that the proceeds from the recycling program stay in the prison system to pay salaries and help to keep the program active.

Why is Wetsuit Wearhouse so environmentally focused? “It shows commitment that we are stewards of the environment, good neighbors, and different from our competition,” Moleskie said. “We could take the easy way out, but we choose to go above and beyond.”

Employees at Wetsuit Wearhouse now have recyclables only trash cans at each workstation. This recent addition has amplified the company’s dedication to its going green initiative. Plans to add a 19.8 kW rooftop solar array to the warehouse are also in the works. These solar panels should produce 100% of the company’s electrical needs without reliance on the electric grid.

Posted by: Lauren Belt 10/01/2014

Staff Product Picks – Part 3

September 19th, 2014

With the crisp air and the changing colors of the leaves, fall is only days away. Time to put away the short sleeves and the shorts and get the sweaters, boots, and well, warmer wetsuits out!

Coming in with fresh staff product picks this week is our customer service rep, Kim.

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Hey everyone, Kim here (a.k.a. JoJo) with my picks for the week!

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O’Neill Men’s Heat Suits

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O’Neill Women’s D’LUX Suits

O’Neill is the pioneer of warm wetsuit technology and it’s no surprise that they make some of the best suits on the market. I’ve always been a big fan of the Heat and D’Lux wetsuits. It’s priced in the mid-range market, but the suit is packed with high-end technology. If you’re looking for lot’s of warmth, bring the Heat (as well as the D’Lux).

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3mm Billabong FOIL Split-Toe Boots

These boots are my favorite booties and the price is right. They have everything you need for surfing moderate water temps without any bulky frills. They’re are easy to get in and out of, have seamed seals, and the split-toe is great for board control!

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Posted by: Lauren Belt 09/19/2014

Staff Product Picks – Part 2

September 12th, 2014

That’s right, everyone! It’s Friday which can only mean two things: 1) You are so very close to the weekend, and 2) We have a new staff product pick for you!

Without further ado, this week’s pick comes from our Customer Service Rep, Lindsay. And here’s what she had to say:

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Hey guys, Lindsay here with my pick for this week! Enjoy!

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Women’s Xcel Calf Length Tights

As one of my favorite products we sell, these tights are super versatile and can be worn for virtually any water sport. They are made from a light and flexible poly fleece which is perfect for evening wake boarding sessions. They are comfortable enough to even wear jogging and working out at the gym! If you’re looking for an addition to your water sport(s) collection; these Xcel tights are an essential!

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Psssst! Don’t forget to check in next Friday for a new staff product picks post!

Posted by: Lauren Belt 09/12/2014

Staff Product Picks – Part 1

September 5th, 2014

What’s new in the world of Wetsuit Wearhouse? Well, a lot, but in the blog-o-sphere, we will be doing weekly Staff Picks posts! We know what you’re thinking… best. news. ever, right?! Well, maybe not exactly what you were thinking, maybe more like why in the world are we doing this?

As it is our sworn wetsuit duty to help our customers on a daily basis with their quest for the best wetsuit, we also find it imperative to share our knowledge of the products. What better way to do so than to get top picks from our helpful and awesome staff?

Look out for these posts weekly throughout September!

Up first is Chris AKA Mole, as the hat says (see below!)

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Mole here with two solid wetsuit picks for this week. Here we go!

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2.5mm NeoSport XSPAN Vest – Front Zip

I love the versatility of this $60 front zip vest. It’s made of the stretchiest neoprene on the market, low profile, and has an easy front zipper. I always recommend this to divers, paddlers, swimmers, and water aerobics customers.

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Men’s 5/4/3mm Billabong Foil Fullsuit w/ Free Hood

Billabong started a revolution when they came out with this sub $200 winter weight fullsuit. Talk about bang for your buck! You get serious warmth, serious stretch, an easy back zipper, and a free bibbed hood to boot. This is one of our all-time best sellers!

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Don’t forget to check in next week!

 Posted by: Chris Moleskie 09/05/2014

All About Rashguards and Watershirts

August 1st, 2014

This year, soak up some rays and play in the waves safely by rocking a rashguard! Rashguards, Lycra shirts, rashie, water shirts – whatever you might call them – come in all styles, sizes, colors and sleeve lengths.

So what is a rash guard? What purpose do these functional tops serve? Let’s get down to the basics:

What it’s all about.

Whether you’re surfing or body boarding, or just want some extra protection in the water, a rash guard is worn (under a wetsuit or alone) to protect your upper body from rashes, abrasions, and chafing. Because let’s face it, rashes don’t look or feel good! That was one of the major reasons why surfers invented rash guards. Their surf board wax would hold sand and the sand would then dig into their chest and armpits creating some serious discomfort.

High sun protection and quick drying properties make these tops great for any water activity. With a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) Rating of 40+, rashguards help prevent the unpleasant experience of sunburn by blocking almost 98% of harmful sun rays. Sunscreen is a great way to prevent burning, but add a rashguard on top of that and your skin will seriously be thanking you! Plus it won’t wash off or need reapplied which is why kid’s rashguards are so popular.

Most rashguards contain anti-microbial properties which help to combat not-so-nice smells.  These tops also take minimal time to dry thanks to quick dry technology and fabric. Oh, did we mention the fabric?! Rashguards are composed of fabric that creates a breathable as well as lightweight top.

Loose vs. Regular Fit. You may notice that websites or shops selling rashguards mention a loose fit, regular fit, or even a tight fit. What’s the difference between these fits?

A loose fit rashguard is similar to a t-shirt and offers a comfortable and non-restricting feel while still providing rash and UV protection.

A regular fit rashguard is tighter and clingier than a loose fit but is still super soft and comfy. Regular fits are great for water performance or as a base layer because they prevent any riding up!

Made of soft and stretchy Lycra spandex, rash guards are great for all ages with tons of options. Shop for men’s rashguards, women’s rashguards, and kid’s rashguards!

Oh, and we couldn’t finish this post without adding some of our rash guard suggestions!

Women’s O’Neill BASIC S/S Rashguard

Women’s O’Neill BASIC L/S Rashguard

Men’s Body Glove Regular Fit Rashguard

Men’s O’Neill BASIC S/S Rashguard (also available in long sleeve)

 

Posted by: Lauren Belt 08/01/2014

WETSUIT WEARHOUSE TO RECEIVE AN ENERGY MAKEOVER!

July 7th, 2014

WETSUIT WEARHOUSE TO RECEIVE AN ENERGY MAKEOVER!

Specialty shop will upgrade its lighting with an energy grant funded by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

Williamsport, Md. (July 7, 2014) – Wetsuit Wearhouse Inc., based in Williamsport, Md., is pleased to announce that it is one of twenty-three recipients to receive an energy efficiency grant through the EmPOWER Maryland Commercial & Industrial Grant Program.

“I was surprised and honored to have been selected,” said Chris Moleskie, President and CEO of Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. “Due to our facility residing in the Town of Williamsport, we were not otherwise eligible for any energy efficiency rebates/incentives. Without the Governor’s grant through the Maryland Energy Administration, we would not have been able to afford the upgrades.”DSC05665

As the only grant recipient in Washington County, Wetsuit Wearhouse plans to start upgrading to energy efficient fixtures and bulbs this summer, and have it completed shortly after. This will ultimately allow the business to save around $2,000 in energy expenses per year and about 20,000 kWh of electricity.

This grant provides updated lighting throughout the building and assists the business with its current and future environmentally-friendly efforts. “We’ve already cut our consumption dramatically through insulating our building and replacing our old boiler heater with two energy saving heat pumps,” said Moleskie. “Once our energy usage is dialed in, we’ll be ready to proceed with our planned 19.8 kW rooftop solar array. With the addition of the efficient lights, we should be able to produce 100% of our energy needs.”

The MEA energy efficiency grant will cover 40% of the lighting upgrade expenses for Wetsuit Wearhouse.

For additional information, contact Lauren Belt, at 301.223.1982 x243 or lauren@wetsuitwearhouse.com

Posted by: Chris Moleskie 07/07/2014

POSITIVE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AT WETSUIT WEARHOUSE RECOGNIZED VIA INCLUSION IN THE GOOGLE TRUSTED STORES PROGRAM

May 14th, 2014

Williamsport, Md. (May 15, 2014) – Wetsuit Wearhouse Inc., based in Williamsport, Md., is pleased to announce it has been selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program.DSC05665

To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service.

When visiting the Wetsuit Wearhouse website, shoppers can hover over the Google Trusted Store badge and see metrics on the store’s shipping and customer service performance. Wetsuit Wearhouse is pleased to showcase a 100% rating for excellent service and 90+% rating for on-time shipping.

“Customer service and satisfaction have been our top priorities since we opened in 2001,” said Chris Moleskie, President and CEO of Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. “Inclusion in the Google Trusted Stores program is a great honor, and will help us grow our business.”

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with Wetsuit Wearhouse and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases. Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like Wetsuit Wearhouse attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.

Wetsuit Wearhouse, the largest wetsuit specialty shop in the world, stocks a wide selection of triathlon, surfing and scuba wetsuits, as well as wetsuits for wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, water aerobics and more. Other product lines include rash guards, boots, hoods, gloves and repair products.

Customers interested in current inventory can visit our full service website at wetsuitwearhouse.com, or stop by the Williamsport, Md., location Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and select Saturdays.

Posted by: Chris Moleskie

5/14/14

Time for Springsuit Wetsuits!

April 28th, 2014

Finally! It’s warmed up enough across the States to put away the parkas and break out the watersports gear. As the mercury keeps rising, your wetsuit needs may soon take you to a springsuit cut wetsuit. Springsuit wetsuits often cause some confusion, but we are here to cover all the basics!

A springsuit style wetsuit simply refers to any one piece suit that does not provide full coverage. The styles vary:

 

  • Shorty: A wetsuit with short arms and short legs, called a shorty, is the most common springsuit style. The shorty cut works well for a wide range of climates and water conditions.

  • Long Sleeve Shorty: This wetsuit has long arms with short legs and works well for those in conditions where the water is warm, but the air temperature is cool. A morning sessions is a perfect example. Some also like the added sun protection of the long sleeves.

  • Short Sleeve Fullsuits: Suits with long legs and short arms work well in conditions of cooler water but warm air temperatures. The short sleeves help regulate body temperature, while still having the insulating neoprene covering the lower body while you wait to catch a wave.

  • Short/Long Johns: “John” style suits (or “Jane” for ladies) are sleeveless options available with either long or short legs. These cuts work well for those that want full range of motion in their shoulders (or those with shoulder injuries) and are OK giving up a bit of sun protection and insulation from sleeves.

Note: Most springsuit style wetsuits will have a thickness around 1.5 – 2.5mm. As far as thickness is concerned, don’t sweat it too much; anything in the 1.5 – 2.5mm range will do the job and have a very similar insulation value.

Other than cut, the other big decision is your desired price point. There are three price points to consider:

 

Entry level suits, $50-70: These suits are great for individuals needing a wetsuit only a few times a season or for a once-in-a-lifetime trip. These suits are made of durable grades of neoprene and the flatlock stitched seams will last forever.

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Mid level suits, $70-100: Suits in this price range are great for frequent users or those in high performance sports. These suits are made of a soft grade of super stretch neoprene to ensure a better fit and ease of movement.

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High performance/competition suits, $125+: Suits in this category are made to be as light and stretchy as possible. Expect buttery soft super stretch neoprene that is especially lightweight. Suits in this category are for the discerning performance sports enthusiast/professional that needs high-end stretch and lightweight materials.

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Should you have a specific question about springsuits or need a recommendation, we’re here to help! Give us a call, (866) 906-7848 or email us, service@wetsuitwearhouse.com with whatever is on your mind.

Posted by: Dave Mentzer 4/28/2014

Wetsuit Wearhouse Coupon Code for Spring 2014

March 27th, 2014

Wetsuit Warehouse Coupon Code

Shop our warehouse superstore of over 25,000 wetsuits today and save 10% + FREE USA Shipping! Use coupon code SPRING14 at checkout, by phone, or at our retail location in MD to receive 10% off orders over $50. Hurry, this offer expires as soon as the water warms up!

Posted by: Chris Moleskie 3/27/2014

WETSUIT WEARHOUSE NAMED FINALIST FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

January 20th, 2014

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WETSUIT WEARHOUSE NAMED FINALIST FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Williamsport, Md. (January 17, 2014) – Wetsuit Wearhouse Inc., based in Williamsport, Md., is pleased to announce it has been named a Small Business of the Year Award finalist by the Washington County, Maryland Business Awards Committee.

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“Being nominated for this award is a great honor and adds to our company’s   excitement as we continue to expand our operations,” said Chris Moleskie, president and CEO of Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. “Whether you’re running a triathlon, surfing or scuba diving, our goal has always been to serve as the one-stop wetsuit shop.”

The largest wetsuit specialty shop in the world, Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc., retail and online stores carry a wide selection of triathlon, surfing and scuba wetsuits, as well as wetsuits for wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, water aerobics and more. Other product lines include neoprene boots, hoods and gloves.

Customers interested in current inventory can visit our full service website at wetsuitwearhouse.com, or stop by the Williamsport, Md., location Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Currently, Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. employs eight full-time employees and one part-time student.

All Washington County Business Awards nominees will be recognized Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Hager Hall Conference and Event Center in Hagerstown, Md. Criteria for the Small Business of the Year award include demonstrating any or all of the following: product or service quality, job creation, innovation, strong community involvement, high standard in business practice and commitment to the community.

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 About Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc.

Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. was established in 2002 in San Diego, Ca. and relocated to Hagerstown in Wetsuit Wearhouse Building2006 to more closely align with our large east coast customer base. Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. operated a distribution warehouse in downtown Hagerstown for 6 years. Over the years, we have grown to be recognized as the largest wetsuit retailer in the world. A true specialty shop, WetsuitWearhouse.com now stocks over 25,000 wetsuits and accessories, every day of the year, for surf, scuba diving, triathlon, kayaking and even water aerobics. We serve individuals, organizations, public service agencies and the U.S. Government (including U.S. Special Forces). In the summer of 2012, Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. purchased and relocated to a 21,000 square foot warehouse in Williamsport, Md., furthering our commitment to our customers, employees and Washington County.

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