I poured a quick cup of coffee, grabbed my laptop, and greeted Christa to open the store this morning. Christa was already working hard to take receipt of our new Corkcicle tumblers as well as our new Unbreakable Piper and Dune Silipints. Then, no sooner did I turn around to find UPS making a delivery of our second shipment of Orvis goods. For us, it’s like Christmas morning when we get new packages at the store, we get so excited to see the new merchandise - this is especially true with Orvis since it’s our newest brand. I knew we might have a winner with Orvis when my son Patrick started stopping by the store everyday to check and see what might have been delivered.
Piper and Dune started as an on-line gift store in the fall of 2019. COVID-19 hit shortly afterwards. We waited until October of 2020 to open a pop-up shop in Bennett Square for the holidays. During conversations with our customers at the pop-up, they were asking us to open a permanent brick and mortar store in Southbury, so we did. On February 1 we opened a store that was twice that of our pop-up - this allowed us to expand our offerings. Our customers were asking us to carry more casual clothing - especially for Men, so we started to look for an anchor brand with roots in New England. We wanted to find a clothing line that was well made, yet affordable, and that fit our New England lifestyle.
Having shopped at Orvis’ headquarters in Manchester, Vermont, we knew the brand would be a great match for Piper and Dune. So, after a couple of months of pursuing Orvis, we are excited to announce that we are the only ORVIS dealer in Western Connecticut and on our website at PiperandDune.com. We now carry a collection of Men’s and Women’s ORVIS clothes - the new spring 2021 products have just arrived in our store. We have some Orvis fly rod kits, hats and other fishing accessories to get you and your dog ready for the spring season as well. As an Orvis dealer, we can order additional items we may not stock in our store as well.