Last week Polar Bottle asked our Facebook fans to tell us the name and location of their favorite bike shop for a chance to win $100 gift card to their suggested retailer.

The response from our fans was overwhelming, with close to 100 of our followers immediately commenting on the post and oohing and awing over their favorite shops. In the end, Jonathan Stillman won the gift card to his favorite shop, Plaine and Son Bike Shop in Schenectady, New York. A The giveaway was an effort to better connect with, and further support, bicycle retailers around the country and we plan to organize other events, meetings and giveaways in the coming weeks.

At Polar Bottle, our company history has always been closely intertwined with the bicycle retailers that carry our product. We got our start back in 1994 thanks to a handful of shops willing to take a chance on a new product with the first insulated sport bottle on the market. Since then, though our customer base has expanded significantly, small bike retailers continue to represent a significant percentage of our business.

On a broader scope, we recognize that retailers are key players in the success of our entire industry.