​It's a pretty cool story...if you're interested?

​It's a pretty cool story...if you're interested?

Dec 6th 2016

It's a pretty cool story...if you're interested?


Ok, so here it goes. Todd grew up in Boston and was a business guy. He opened a tuxedo rental place...not cool, then a dry cleaner...cool if you need your clothes dry cleaned, I guess? Then he got hungry and opened a pasta joint...lots of carbs for Todd back in the day. Todd got smart and decided he was so good at opening, running and selling successful businesses that he should start his own deal to help others...very nice of Todd. The Gates Group was born! Then, this cool chick named Sarah, who also grew up in Boston and graduated from Boston College, meets Todd, Todd hires Sarah, Todd and Sarah consult with a bunch of franchise companies on franchise development and recruitment.

Now, here is where it gets interesting. Todd and Sarah head to Vegas for a convention. Sarah has uncomfortable shoes. Sarah has to walk, which makes Sarah very, very unhappy. This in turn, makes Todd and anyone with her very, very unhappy. Sarah NEEDS a pair of flip flops. Sarah searches far and wide through Vegas but can't find a pair of flip flops to save her life. She asks the question, why is there not a shop that simply sells flip flops! Why oh why?

Light bulb...Sarah and Todd return to Boston, for some chowda and some wicked conversation about flip flops. They do some research and take the plunge! The first Flip Flop Shops opens in the beautiful, sunny paradise known as Boston or Baaston if you really mean it. The concept catches on, but not as fast as they thought. Another light bulb...why don't we open Flip Flop Shops® in a warm climate like Arizona or California? Great idea they both said. So, Sarah and Todd started opening Flip Flop Shops® and sharing their passion for flip flops with the rest of the world...at least in Arizona and California.

Meanwhile, a guy named Brian, who grew up skating, wakeboarding and skiing in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was all about freedom of his toes. Now that could have come from his love of the water and summer in general, or it could have come from his dad who was a world famous foot doctor, or podiatrist if you want to get fancy. Ok, maybe not world famous, but one of the best in his time. Brian then decides after spending summers at the Lake and winters in Chicago going to school, it was time to move to warmer weather. So, he packs up and heads to the wild west of Arizona. He helps build a little cigar company back in the glory days of the cigar biz, takes it public and then trades his tobacco pedaling days for the much healthier biz of ice cream...ok, so maybe not so healthy, but it sure was good.

The stars align...Calls are made, these entrepreneurs can make magic. They share a pizza, hammer out a deal and finally, Flip Flop Shops is the authentic retailer of the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and the first-ever franchise of its kind.

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