We love Boston retailer ROSTER so much that we bestowed them with our “Retailer of the Month” award a few years back and they do such an amazing job of merchandising (among other things) that they really could be given that honor every month. Case in point? This quite awesome 3 minute Roster Style Report video featuring Laura featuring US! Enjoy & if you’re ever in Boston make sure to Shop with them!
We were looking for some Friday fun. We found some with Ali Spagnola. The multi-talented musical/comedic/ice skating juggernaut who invented the Power Hour drinking game spent a few minutes with us & now we are in an amazingly good mood. We’ll show you where to check her out after you read this brief interview & we bet it will put you in an amazingly good mood too.
Andy: Let’s get straight to the “Power Hour drinking game.” How does that work?
Ali: Basically I do a live show where I perform 60 1-minute songs and do a shot of beer to go along with each song. Of course the people in the audience do the shots along with me which makes for a guaranteed good time (Looks like it; see below)
Andy: I need to know where your next performance is.. And speaking of performance, your videos on Youtube are outstanding and show your vast range of talent; i.e, drumming, guitar playing, organ playing, singing, etc. Where’d this all come from – did you grow up in a musical family?
Ali: Actually I did. My Dad is a bass player and set up a recording studio in the house so it was something I was definitely influenced by. I learned how to play piano when I was 5 which led to the drums which led to the guitar.
Andy: ..which led to doing them all at once really well. I played drums for years but still could never twirl my sticks as good as you do. Your talents go beyond the music and quirky comedy combo; You are a fresh new member of the Pittsburgh Penguins Ice Crew! How’d that happen and can you relate performing in front of an NHL crowd to one of your normal shows in Vegas or elsewhere?
Ali: My brother was a huge hockey fan growing up and we were always on the ice (The Spagnola family lived in the Pittsburgh, PA area). I was a competitive figure skater and in a dance company.
That background is why I wanted to try out for the team. As far as the differences in performing my regular gig and for the Ice crew is nerves. I’ve been performing on stage for years and it’s pretty much second nature. Skating in front of a packed arena for NHL games is totally new & nerve racking. I’m gonna fall.
Andy: Haha, no you won’t! Thanks for wearing our Retro Brand Pens gear too. You look fantastic in your posts I must say. Your fans on Social Media seem to agree based on all the positive comments. Anything in particular you like about Retro Brand?
Ali: Oh yeah, I love them! The shirts are just very, very, comfortable. Some people pointed out that I wore your shirts an awful lot in my posts. What can I say? I can’t help it…
Andy: We so appreciate the pub and wear away! What would you say is the favorite part of your job?
Ali: My favorite thing is having blogs call me to do interviews for their tee-shirt websites. No, but really it’s getting to do exactly what I want when I want all the time. It’s not lost on me on just how lucky I am. Life is pretty good right now.
Andy: You mean we weren’t the first tee-shirt site to ask for an interview? Well we’re happy it’s one of your favorite things! And Yes, we’d agree your life is pretty dang good right now and thanks for making ours pretty good too.
Now if you want to get into that aforementioned amazingly good mood we were talking about, then you’ll check out her latest video below and then do the following:
1) Get her App!
2) Follow her on Vine – It’s Crazy Good! https://vine.co/alispagnola
3) Go to her website & follow everything HERE
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are heating up. The skating is faster. The hits are harder. The fans are crazier. And the beards are beardier. The Original Retro Brand & the guys at BEARDGANG, want you to know that having a beard is a privilege… having the style to match is a necessity. Join us! NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Blood, Sweat, & Beards. Exclusive NEW gear brought to you by Retro Brand & BEARDGANG available now HERE.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight. Six weeks of perhaps the most exciting of all playoff tournaments in all of professional sports will unfold and Retro Brand is ready to to gear you up proper. Behold as we unfold our TOP 10 newest NHL tees just in time for Lord Stanley.
10. Boston Bruins flex fit: I know I said top ten tees, but this “Back in Black,” hat is ferocious. Gotta give props to the team with the best record in all of hockey.
9. Philadelphia Flyers cropped tank: Flyers hockey gals won’t tank in this winner. Flyers looking to not tank against the Rangers.
8. Minnesota Wild tailsweep: A sweep against the #1 Western Conference seed Colorado Avalanche would be Wild.
7. Columbus Blue Jackets crest: Congrats to the Jackets for making the Playoffs for the second time in their brief 14 year history.
6. St. Louis Blues raglan: There’s nothing ragtime about these Blues.. Watch out Chi-town!
5. Los Angeles Kings stick crossing: Crossing fingers & sticks for second Stanley Cup title in 3 years.
4. Quebec Nordiques double hit: Well, they kinda made the playoffs being that they eventually became the Avalanche, right? Simply cannot leave any new Nords gear off a TOP 10 list when it comes in!
3. Montreal Canadiens: “Les Habitants, ” looking to add Stanley Cup title #25 to their all time total – the most of any NHL franchise in history.
2. Colorado Avalanche long sleeve crew: Looking to ride first division title in 10 years (they have 9 total) to 3rd Stanley Cup Championship. I know, another non-tee entry but it’s too cool.
1. Detroit Redwings Zip up hoodie: Breaking them rules again. The #1 newest NHL tee is a hoodie. Original 6 team. Original Retro Brand look.
Seems like yesterday when Bickell and Bolland each scored goals in the final 1:16 to give the Chicago Blackhawks their second Stanley Cup Championship in three years to finish off a stunningly spectacular season.
Well it’s yesterday once more as another stunning and spectacular moment will take place tonight at the United Center when the Blackhawks unfurl and raise their newest Stanley Cup championship banner before the puck drops against the Capitals to officially begin the 2013 NHL season.
In honor of this event, we thought it would make perfect sense to unveil our Retailer of The Month for October in which we feature Clark Street Sports – one of the most famous and prestigious retail chains in the Midwest.
I had the sincere pleasure to speak with Sarah Yeazel – the uber enthusiastic Social Media Director for Clark Street Sports, about what it was like to be in on the action from her point of view (that’s her in the cap & Retro Brand Blackhawks tee below).
Andy: I am SO PUMPED for the new NHL season to start tonight – hey my Islanders are a team on the rise! Again, speaking of rise, does Clark Street Sports and/or you specifically have anything special planned for the Stanley Cup Banner raising tonight?
Sarah: The Islanders may be on the rise, but the Blackhawks are on the prowl for another Cup victory! Clark Street Sports, as always, will be outside of the United Center to greet fans and make sure they have all the Blackhawks gear they need for the “Madhouse on Madison.” We are also putting together a contest through our Facebook page to win two tickets to have your picture taken with the Stanley Cup. As the Cup makes its rounds in the Windy City, we are fortunate enough to be able to have two tickets for a lucky fan to get up close and personal with Lord Stanley, which is very exciting. We also have a few new designs we’ll be rolling out for the beginning of hockey season to add a fresh look to the celebration of the Blackhawks, and one shirt we’ve done is a custom collaboration (see blue shirt below) with Retro Brand that we’re very excited about. So, a lot is happening with the Blackhawks this year, especially at the start of the season, and we’re very excited to celebrate the return of hockey with hockey fans.
Andy: Love the contest, Sarah. Before we get into the Hawks run from last year, I want to talk a little about what you do for Clark Street Sports. I mean I love your blog posts – so filled with passion, enthusiasm, sarcasm, and good humor. Which came first – your obvious love of sports or your skills of the scribe?
Sarah: Thank You! I grew up in a Chicago sports home in Indiana. I have always been a Chicago sports fan, and I’ve always loved writing. English was my favorite subject throughout school, and I have a degree in English. When approaching the blog for Clark Street Sports, I wanted to make it fun; it needed the perfect blend of Deadspin’s sarcasm, the solid facts that every sports fan thrives on, and the die-hard Chicago dedication of Bill Swerski’s Superfans. Clark Street Sports is more than a store; this is a community built of sports fans who love the players, the game, and Chicago sports culture. When I got this job, I not only wanted to convey that sense of community and fandom, I wanted to showcase it in the best way possible. I’ve always been a huge sports fan, and I wanted to construct a blog that was by an enthusiastic sports fan for other enthusiastic sports fans.
Andy: From one enthusiastic sports fan to another… it’s working. Now back to the Hawks. Last year was simply a dream season for the team. Tell us how the amazing run affected you personally and professionally.
Sarah: Professionally, I have never been so busy at a job in my life. Every moment was making sure that shirts were in stock, making sure our various stores and tents had enough merchandise, and making sure that, as the director of social media, I was in the right place at the right time. Everyone was on top of their game and working long hours to make sure we could get merchandise to the fans. Everyone was incredibly busy and making sure we had enough merchandise for the fans who were getting geared up for the rally, the Blackhawks Convention, and other celebrations happening around the city. Personally, it was so much fun. I was in Wrigleyville on Clark Street with all the fans partying in the street the night that an amazing seventeen seconds got us the Cup, I attended the Blackhawks rally, and I got to see the Cup at the Blackhawks Convention. This year, as a Blackhawks fan, was one amazing celebration in Chicago. Personally, it was great to see strangers embracing each other as friends in celebration of the Blackhawks.
Andy: Sounds like you’ve got your dream job, Sarah – good for you! With all this talk of merchandise, I must ask what it is you like about our Retro Brand gear?
Sarah: Retro Brand gear is just great quality. I have personally recommended it outside of work to friends and family. The shirt quality, which I am a big snob about, is just fantastic and the designs are unique, straightforward and wonderfully done. I think Retro Brand offers great apparel that is both comfortable and a wonderful way to show support for the Blackhawks!
Andy: Appreciate all the kind words Sarah, and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with you and Clark Street Sports. And just so you know, Retro Brand would like to throw in a few of our shirts as prizes for your “Up close and personal with Lord Stanley,” contest on Facebook. Thanks again and have fun tonight!
In addition to her job as Social Media Director for Clark Street Sports, Sarah Yeazel is a major sports fanatic and big fan of the Bears, Bills, Blackhawks, Sabres, and Celtics (she’s often conflicted by her teams battling it out). She looks forward to football season like small children look forward to Christmas morning. Check out what Andy has been fussing about here, and click below to enter the Cup contest!