Aardvark is re-opening on Friday, June 5th.
Aardvark is excited to announce that we will be re-opening for in store business on June 5th. These last few months have been a challenge for everyone, and we are looking forward to seeing you in person and thank you for your continued support! For the first few weeks, we will have slightly altered hours:
- Friday, June 5th from 10-6p
Beginning June 6th, our store hours will be:
- Monday through Wednesday, 10-5 pm
- Thursday through Saturday, 10-8 pm
- Sunday, 12-5 pm
During your next visit you will notice a few changes, designed to keep our customers, employees and their families safe and healthy. We are committed to keeping surfaces (fitting benches, counters, dressing rooms) virus free. We also will have social distancing reminders throughout the store, have installed sneeze guards at the front counter, and will have a sanitizing station at the entrance of the shop for your use.
As part of the re-opening we are requiring all staff and customers to wear a mask when in the common area of the store. If you arrive without a mask, we will provide one for you. We are also limited to 10 people (including sales staff) on the sales floor at any time. Unfortunately we may ask you to wait outside the store for a brief period if we are at capacity.
In addition, we encourage you to take advantage of the following ways to shop safely!
- For those customers who have underlying health conditions (or have members of their households who do) and would like to take extra precautions, we are offering Scheduled 30 Minute Fittings during mornings Monday through Wednesday. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please visit Shoe fitting calendar to schedule a time to meet with an Aardvark staff member. While the store will not be empty, it will ensure that you will not have to wait for a fitting.
- We are also continuing to offer Virtual Fittings using Zoom. For now appointments are available on Monday and Friday afternoons. These fittings are similar to our in-store fittings, but obviously customers are unable to try shoes on. They can be scheduled at Virtual Shoe Fitting Appointment
- Make your purchases online at shop.aardvarksportsshop.com
- Call the store at 610-866-8300 and order over the phone!
We are happy to ship your purchase over $40 for free while the Lehigh Valley is under the “Yellow Stage” designation. We are also offering Curbside Pickup when we re-open. Currently the Bethlehem Parking Authority has two meters set aside for Curbside Pickup in front of the store on Main Street. Just call the store at 610-866-8300 when you arrive and we will run your package out to you!
Finally, those of you who made online or phone purchases while we were closed don’t forget to bring your Aardvark Dollars in when the next time you visit. Just like those distributed during the holiday season, they are redeemable for in-store purchases until 12/31/2020! We will stop distributing our special spring edition Aardvark Dollars on Thursday, June 4th.
Aardvark is excited to announce that we will re-open for in store business this Friday, June 5th from 10-6.
Later this week we will be outlining a few short term changes with our re-opening that are designed to keep our customers and staff safe and healthy.
We are thankful for all of the support we have received from our customers and community and look froward to seeing you soon!
Aardvark Sports Shop
We are proud to announce our winning of one of the 50 Best Running Stores in America! In order to receive this honor we were voted in by our customers. Once the votes were read we were secret shopped. The secret shopper evaluated our greeting, fitting process, overall experience with sales associate, store appearance, store operations, purchase details and overall experience. Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us this wonderful experience. The announcement for the Number One Running Store in America will be later this year. Stay tuned for more information on that.
Hey, everyone! We hope you are staying safe & healthy! Just a reminder the Aardvark team is here to help you! The store may be closed, but staff are there each day to process on-line and phone orders.
Don’t hesitate to shop on-line at https://shop.aardvarksportsshop.com/ or call 610-866-8300.
We will be in the store processing orders from 10-3 Saturday (4/25), 12-4 Sunday (4/26) and Mon-Fri we will be available 10a-3p.
Aardvark dollars with each purchase over $10 until we re-open!
Stay safe and we will see you soon!
Team Vark is the name we have given to the members of our stores running group. What started out as a small group of runners has now turned into 30+ members. We have runners of all abilities. Everyone in this group is supportive of each other no matter the distance you are covering or the time it takes you to finish. We are very proud of these individuals. Team Vark has decided to come together and help out their favorite running shop. A fundraiser has been created to purchase Aardvark Sports Shop gift cards. In return, for every $100 raised,
Aardvark will donate $25. These gift cards will be distributed to local mail carriers. Thank you Team Vark for all you do to support our shop. You are the ones who make this running community the best! Click on the link below to make your donation.
TEAM VARK Goes an Extra Mile for Essential Workers
Let’s get the kids involved! We want you to share their Aardvark Coloring page with us. Tag us on social media and you might be added as a story or post! (Social Media links are at the bottom of the page).
Click here to print the coloring page.
As you are aware, these are challenging times for businesses like ours. With Aardvark closed for regular business, we have to come up with new ideas to serve our customers.
That’s why, together with our friends at On, we’ve developed a new way to offer you their Swiss-engineered shoes, apparel & accessories through a temporary Aardvark Sports Shop online store hosted on their website.
Follow the link below and you’ll be taken to the official On webshop, but any purchases you make will support us here at Aardvark. On has committed to not tracking any data from your visit.
Whether you are still able to get out for a run, have transitioned to indoor training or are looking for all day comfort, you’ll find the right high performance products in On’s rapidly growing lineup.
As most of you know by now, Gov. Wolf has issued a “Stay at Home” order for Lehigh & Northampton counties in Pennsylvania effective March 25th at 8pm. This order will last until at least April 6th, and may be extended at that time.
Because of that, and in order to protect our staff, Aardvark is no longer processing orders for merchandise by mail or phone.
However, we are able to process gift certificates! The next few months, as crazy as they will be, include Easter, high school and college graduations, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day!
These are prime times to give gift certificates Aardvark Dollars Spring 2020 to your loved ones, and we are including Aardvark Dollars as a special bonus to anyone who purchases a gift certificate until we are allowed to re-open!
Gift certificates never expire and Aardvark Dollars can be redeemed in the store until the end of 2020. We have set a goal of selling 100 gift certificates by April 6th! Gift certificates can be purchased here.
Stay healthy and we hope to see you soon!
Aardvark Sports Shop
As many of you have seen by now, Gov. Wolf has ordered all non-essential businesses to close beginning tonight at midnight.
We are taking this seriously, but we also want to be available for our customers.
Therefore, although we will not be open beginning Tuesday, we do plan on answering phone calls and emails. We will also be able to process any orders for gift certificates or merchandise that are placed through our website or by phone. For now, an Aardvark staff member will be available from 10-5 Mon-Sat to answer any questions you might have.
If you decide to place an order, we have two ways for you to get your order:
- Curbside Pickup – Call us at 610-866-8300, let us know what items you would like and we will process your transaction over the phone. Call us again when you arrive and we will meet you at the curb on Main Street with your items.
- Delivery or Free Shipping – Call us at 610-866-8300 and we will ship your package using USPS 2-day service or deliver it to you for free ourselves. This will depend on staff availability and distance to your home or place of work. If we need to send USPS, our free shipping offer will be expanded to any purchase over $40.
As we all know, running outside is a great way to relieve stress. As long as safe practices are followed (no high fives or fist-bumps, for example) it should also be a safe one as far as the Covid-19 virus is concerned.
For more information about running outside safely during this time, check out this article from Runners World
Unfortunately, we will temporarily stop our Wednesday night runs from the shop, and we have cancelled our Track & Field night scheduled for 3/26.
We will continue to monitor the situation and review other events as they approach.
Stay healthy and we hope to see you soon!
Aardvark Sports Shop