Companies are working together on ice cream, cupcakes, camping gear and more.
Collaborations between companies can lead to pretty impressive products. Think about site crashes at Target or one-day sellouts of big sneaker designs.
Pacific Northwest companies are also getting in on the game. Here are some fun finds for summer that have local ties.
Filson The Smokey Bear Watch ($1,000 at Filson, Sodo). Local firm Filson has a new line of products celebrating every camper’s favorite fire-preventing forest ranger. And they’re anything but childlike. The limited-edition watch adds just the right number of Smokey Bear touches to a stainless steel and leather heritage piece. But if the price is too high, there are also great tees, a cap and a water bottle.
Dooney & Bourke MLB Mariners Crossbody ($188 at dooney.com). This coated-cotton bag covered in Mariners insignia is the ultimate in athleisure-style fangear. It’s perfectly portable for gameday, and chic enough to show your team support around town.
Tillamook Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream ($5 at grocery stores). Oregon’s Tillamook adds Portland’s Stumptown cold brew to its creamy, delicious ice cream for the ultimate Northwest dessert treat. Pop a scoop into a glass of cold brew to create a coffee float for the ages.
Cupcake Royale Brick Cupcakes ($5 at Cupcake Royale cafés). If you still haven’t been to “The Art of the Brick” exhibit at Pacific Science Center, this may be the motivation you need to check out the Lego-based works of art. If you buy a Brick cupcake, you’ll get a coupon for $2 off admission. Or bring to a café a Lego brick to donate to the exhibit, or your Pacific Science Center membership, for $2 off a Brick cupcake. The offer is good through the end of the month.
Brooks Cascadia Shell ($100 at REI). Local running expert Brooks created this pullover, hooded shell just for local outdoors expert REI. That means it’s water-resistant and breathable, but also has camping-related features, such as an expandable back panel that can cover a daypack.