• Recognizing our Footwear Family with Five Anniversaries

    By Diana on Monday, August 25, 2014

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    ​At Dansko, we believe the best kind of business success happens in a positive, rewarding workplace environment. Because our employees develop a sense of belonging in this community, they tend to stick around. The result: many anniversaries to celebrate!

    Why do we recognize anniversaries, you may wonder?

    For starters, we never need an excuse to have fun. That’s a given. But we celebrate our co-workers because we understand that Dansko is bigger than ourselves. The decisions we make don’t just affect our individual role, or our particular department; they affect the company as a whole.

    So, how do we celebrate?

    We always begin by sharing a meaningful gift that tells a piece of our story. For five-year anniversaries, we give employees a ceramic bowl handcrafted by a local artisan; for ten years, we give an elegant-yet-classic watch; and for 15 years, we give a platter made of 100% recyclable materials. Sometimes touching or humorous poems accompany these gifts, while other times co-workers present thoughtful tributes. Regardless of the method, we make sure our employees feel valued and appreciated for serving Dansko.

    Recently, we recognized the anniversary of five Dansko employees. Each received a thoughtful (and in some cases, hilarious) tribute as they accepted their gift. We caught up with three of these employees to learn more about their passion for Dansko.

    Jamey M., Finance
    15 years of service
    “A lot has changed at Dansko since my journey began, yet there is a consistency about our culture that remains, which is why I am extremely proud to belong to an organization that cares about people and their community. At Dansko, we treat one another like family, working under with the mentality that we’re in this to succeed together.”
     
    Jess B., Accounts Receivable
    15 years of service
    “Watching Dansko’s growth from 19 employees to more than 170 has been such an incredible experience. Though Dansko symbolizes my ‘work life,’ its values and beliefs have molded a path for my personal life, too. I never want to leave this wonderful, healthy, happy environment, built by the finest family of professionals!”
     
    Nate B., Customer Service
    10 years of service
    “At Dansko, I have learned to think outside the box. I use this philosophy on a daily basis to ensure that our customers receive the best customer service experience possible.”
     
    Click here to learn more about our mission, values, and role as a 100% employee-owned company.
     
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  • Touring Dansko Headquarters: Our Five Favorite Spots

    By Christy on Thursday, August 14, 2014

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    Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Pennsylvania, our LEED® Gold certified headquarters perfectly illustrates our passion for sustainability—and our passion for local living! Paintings from community artists hang throughout the building, solar panels turn sun rays into electricity, and fun little details, like copper rain chains shaped like flowers, enable us to make the most of our resources.

    With these features (and so many more) in mind, we can’t help but feel privileged to work in such an inspiring space. We don’t want to take our beautiful facility for granted, so we decided to pick our five favorite spots.
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      Vegetated Roof
      When the weather feels just right, we walk up to our rooftop garden for a peaceful, sun-soaked lunch. Shrubs, grasses, flowers and other plants take up two-thirds of the roof’s surface, offering the perfect insulation for reduced heating and cooling usage. We’re thrilled to “do our part” for the environment—and we’re glad our efforts helped create the ultimate outdoor café!

       

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      Living Wall
      Stacked vertically from floor to ceiling, our living wall houses all kinds of garden life—including orchids, philodendron, ferns and other colorful plants. The living wall acts as a natural filter, improving air quality to create a clean, healthy workspace. And of course, the cascading waterfall serves as an “occasional” distraction between meetings, providing a calm, cool breather in the middle of the day.  

       

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      Outdoor Pool (with a mermaid, too)
      Just outside our front door, a mermaid sculpture watches over our grounds, sitting in the middle of a small pool. Sometimes we forget she’s there at all, though our visitors often take pictures, walk around the edge of the pool, and explore the various plants that sit by her side.

       

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      Second-Floor Balcony
      Our second-floor balcony provides a perfect view of our living wall—and offers a quiet location to gather our thoughts. Surrounded by elegant local art and fresh flowers from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, we often find ourselves sitting in this spot for a few extra minutes. After all, fresh flowers and a living wall make for a nice, relaxing break!

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      ​​Popcorn and Coffee Corner
      Sometimes we just need a salty, crunchy afternoon snack, and sometimes we just need a little caffeine! When a craving hits, we grab a fresh bag of popcorn from our vintage popcorn machine, fill our mug with warm coffee, and head back to our desk feeling satisfied and refreshed.

       
       
      To learn more about our delightful (and sustainable) facility, check out our virtual tour on Dansko.com. You’ll be glad you did! 
       

       

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  • Summer Days at Dansko: A Dip & Dessert BBQ Spectacular

    By Nick on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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    ​On a warm and breezy July afternoon, seated on the patio of our state-of-the-art distribution center, we indulged in a variety of dips and desserts – from homemade salsa to cannoli dip to everything in between! Although this “foodie paradise” represents a common occurrence at Dansko, the event offered a new take on our typical food gatherings.

    This time, Dansko employees brought their favorite recipes as part of our first-ever “Dip and Dessert” day. While a team of grillmasters served up delicious hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers, we filled our plates with sides from the tastiest potluck in Southeastern Pennsylvania. And then we ate.

    When we finally stopped eating, a thought came to mind: why not share something great and pass along three of our favorite recipes? Below, we offer something salty, something sweet and, in typical Dansko fashion, something local. Eat up! We hope you enjoy.

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      Jerry’s Spicy Pretzel Bits
      Ingredients:
      • Bag of sourdough pretzels
      • 1 packet of ranch dressing powder mix
      • 1 cup of oil (vegetable or canola)
      • 1 ½ teaspoons of garlic powder
      • Red pepper flakes

      Directions: Partially open the bag of pretzels and break the contents into small pieces, making sure to avoid poking holes in the bag. Mix ranch packet, oil and garlic powder. Pour mix into bag and shake. After pretzels are covered with the mix, spread the pieces onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle red pepper flakes over the pretzel pieces. Bake at 300 degrees for seven minutes. 
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      Christina’s Out-Of-This-World Peach Pie
      Ingredients for the crust:
      • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • ¼ cup cold water
      • 1 cup (2 sticks) of chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

      Combine all ingredients and mix with a dough hook or blend in food processor and knead by hand. Divide dough in half and chill each for 30 minutes.
       
      Ingredients for the filling:
      • 3lbs of peaches cut into quarter-inch slices
      • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
      • ¼ tsp of salt
      • ¾ cup of sugar
      • Juice of one lemon
       
      Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Fit pie crusts to 12-inch plate. Chill pie crusts for 30 minutes. Spoon peaches into chilled crust mounding in the center; add lattice top. Chill entire pie for another 20-30 minutes. Place pie dish on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes on 400 until crust is golden, and then turn heat down to 350 and bake for another 40-50 minutes.

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      Community Garden Shredded Cucumber Dip
      Ingredients:
      • 1 (8 oz.) container chive cream cheese, softened
      • ½ cup mayonnaise
      • ½ cup sour cream
      • 1 large cucumber shredded, after removing seeds (ours came from the Dansko community garden)
      • 2 green onions, sliced using whites and greens
      • ¼ cup chopped red onion
      • ½ tsp. garlic powder
      • ½ tsp. onion powder
      • Fresh chopped dill, about ¼ cup or to taste (another community garden special!)
      • Squeeze of ½ lemon
      • Cayenne Pepper—a couple of shakes or to taste (optional)

      Directions: Blend all of the ingredients together and refrigerate for several hours to allow flavors to blend. Serve with your crackers of choice. 

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  • Summer Days at Dansko: Team Day 2014

    By Nick on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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    From tossing bean bags to snacking on kettle corn to catching up with friends, we never miss an opportunity to have fun at Dansko. So, when our annual “Team Day” arrived, we took full advantage.

    The main event—a bean-bag toss tournament—drew participants from each of our various departments. And though the competition grew fierce, and new rivalries developed, the tournament helped strengthen company-wide friendships.

    After crowning a pair of champions, employees participated in a variety of other activities, from wiffle ball to volleyball to Dansko-ized bingo. Along the way, they enjoyed the opportunity to spend time outdoors, on our campus, beside our blooming community garden.

    This week, we caught up with three tournament participants to hear a little more about their day—and about the activities they’re looking forward to this summer.

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      Marco I., Distribution Center
      “Team Day was a blast this year. Of course, my highlight was the bean-bag tournament. It was an intense game, and after coming in second this year, my teammate Mike and I will look forward to a rematch next summer. Away from Dansko, I can’t wait to head into the city to support my hometown Philadelphia Phillies.”

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      Wendy C., Operations
      “Team Day is all about the Dansko community coming together, eating food and relaxing. And although I wanted to win the bean-bag tournament, I eventually became a spectator and discovered how passionately I wanted my colleagues to win. This year, I’m looking forward to summer nights and cookouts with my family. My husband always makes tasty burgers on the grill!”

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      Bo P., Information Technology
      “Team Day reminded me of a weekend barbecue with my friends and family; holding the event outdoors left room for everyone to find an enjoyable activity. As summer continues, I’m most looking forward to one pastime: a round of golf without any shanks (fore!).”

      How will you spend your summer 2014? Whether you toss bean bags or eat delicious barbecue, we hope you soak up some fun during the summer season.

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  • Kickstart Your Art Collection with these Five Artsy Tips

    By Nick on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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    ​We’re a creative group, here at Dansko HQ in West Grove, PA. We work beside a living wall, under a vegetated roof, and beside beautiful paintings and sculptures, the majority of which arrive from artists in our community.

    But for Dansko co-owner and COEE (Chief of Everything Else) Peter Kjellerup, collecting art stands for so much more than creating an attractive workspace, or following modern trends. For Peter, art symbolizes a relationship, a means of fulfilling our mission of improving people’s lives by supporting local, up-and-coming artists. And, as a result of Peter’s passion, our workspace cultivates comfort and happiness (much like our shoes).

    Peter’s appreciation for art got us thinking: How can we go about building an art collection at home? Check out our five tips below:

    1. Define your style
    For many budding art connoisseurs, the beginning stages serve as the most enjoyable (and least intimidating) part of building an art collection. Start by making day trips to local art museums and galleries to investigate a variety of paintings and prints. Jot down a few notes, and be sure to take your time—it may take a few visits to nail down your style!

    2. Locate your dealer  
    Experienced buyers often build their repertoire at local auction houses, though this doesn’t mean you need to start your collection by visiting a higher-priced venue. According to many experts, local galleries—and even online shops—provide the best value. Before you buy, start building a relationship with gallery directors, engage with local artists and visit a preview event or an artist spotlight.
     
    3. Ask thoughtful questions
    Once you establish your style and budget, continue to “get your feet wet” by asking yourself a series of key questions. Is the particular piece signed? If so, where? Are you the first, second, third or tenth owner? Do you notice any damages to the piece? These questions will help you set a baseline for future art purchases.
     
    4. Start small
    Sometimes, entry-level collectors immediately “go big,” buying original pieces from newer artists. While there’s nothing wrong with jumping right in, you may want to invest in a series of prints from well-known artists first. As you learn the ropes, and further develop your style, start experimenting with bigger-ticket items.  
     
    5. Think long term
    Because art collecting typically serves as a long-term investment, only purchase paintings or prints you genuinely love. Of course, you can always “flip” paintings later if your style evolves, but the most value often lies with collectors who hang onto their paintings. So, take your time, shop wisely and purchase timeless paintings you’ll cherish forever.
     
    With these tips in mind, don’t forget: collecting art is a personal quest. No matter how you start your collection—whether you go right for an original Mona Lisa, or start the process slowly—don’t take yourself too seriously! 
     
    Artist credit, from top right to bottom left: Mark Rowland, Irma Shapiro, Kelly McConnell-Cox, Stan Smokler
     

     

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