So let's get started!
The entrance and reception area are very welcoming with loads of bright colors and of course shoes, lots of shoes
After chatting with Megan and her colleague at the trailhead store, soon Raffaela, the social media specialist, arrived to give us a tour of the headquarters building. We started by learning about the building itself. It was built with high energy efficiency and that spills over to the employees While this building has five floors and elevators, it is rare to see an employee on the elevator. The stairs are enclosed with glass and give you a birds eye view of the street and of course the opportunity to say hello to your fellow employees! The windows are large and provide a great deal of natural light which saves on energy zapping light fixtures. A special sculpture has been positioned in the lobby to show just how dedicated Brooks is to low energy consumption. This sculpture of brass flowers has the capability of revealing how well energy consumption is going at any given moment. In a nutshell, if the flowers are in bloom, everything is going well. Wilted flowers mean improvements are necessary!
One of the fun perks for employees is the Beastro, the lunch and snack place. As expected, the chef makes great healthy food options and the atmosphere is even conducive for meetings, In fact, a group of eight was sitting around one of the tables when we visited so the only photo I took was this sign,
After rounding out the tour by seeing the rooftop deck that is used as a yoga studio during the warmer months, we headed back down to trailshead for photos and a look around the store. While this is a store and you can purchase shoes and clothing, it is really much much more. The employees want to connect to with you as runners, not just as a potential sale that day.
|lots of runner goodies|
While out on a run, we all have moments when we wish we had an extra gel, some Body Glide on that spot we missed, or a tissue. Brooks has this station set up in the store for those out running in the vicinity. If you need anything, just check this box and you are most welcome to take what you need. I have a feeling you will get a little encouragement from the staff too, if you need to stop by for any of these items.
|sunscreen, gels, bandaids, tissues, chapstick, Body Glide,gum and encouragement|
Thanks to Raffaela for showing us around and also to the staff at the store. Next time I visit Seattle, I will definitely have to try running the Burke-Gilman Trail. It sure beats the hotel treadmill!
|With Raffaela and of course I am holding the Ravenna 5|