Lodi Alpacas–an alpaca farm located near Okee–officially cut the ribbon on their “Lodi Alpacas Uptown” store on Monday. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the City Hall, the Lodi Police, and the Lodi-Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce.
The “Uptown” store (located downtown on Main Street), features a wide array of products made from alpaca fleece. Their herd is made up of “Suri” alpaca–a breed that makes up barely 10% of the South American alpaca population. The fleece from the Suri is said to be similar to silk (rather than wool, as the majority of alpaca fleece is), and has been utilized by fashion designer Giorgio Armani to fashion suits for both men and women.
“Uptown” owner Jan Clingman offers a wide variety of products ranging from socks to scarves to throw rugs. Lodi Alpacas Uptown is located at 133 S. Main St (across from City Hall), and can be found on Facebook.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.