Let’s Play: Merriment Hardware

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Enjoy the day! That’s the goal, right? Whether at work or play, we all want to add a little joy and merriment to the mix.

Enter Merriment Hardware. Here to provide “Goods to Enjoy the Day,” this small start-up has a much bigger mission: to get us outdoors into open spaces for some paddleball fun.

The sport is frescobol. Merriment founder Adam Zloto and his co-founder friends Jake Bayham and Kyle Parrish discovered it on their travels in Brazil. “From the beaches of Rio to almost any outdoor space, we saw tons of people playing frescobol. We picked up a set at a local supermarket and it was hard not to play everywhere we went,” Zloto explains.
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When the three friends returned home to their full-time jobs in San Francisco, they began prototyping paddles. But instead of low-quality pinewood typically used, they sourced 100% reclaimed wood, learning to woodwork each piece by hand as they went and keeping sustainability and style as top priorities. A year later and building on quite a media buzz, they’re receiving orders from all over the world—Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Turkey, Israel and beyond.

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Alternative Apparel also offers the paddle sets as a featured accessory in-store. Mollie Culligan, Alternative’s Director of Women’s and Accessories, shares why Merriment Hardware is a perfect partner: “They align so well with our core values of impact and play. We love that the paddle sets are locally made by hand with reclaimed wood and that they donate a portion of their profits to California Parks, and of course, frescobol is pure play. We love that.”

The beauty of the Merriment paddle sets is that they’re one-of-a-kind. The reclaimed hardwood is sourced from all types of high-quality fallen timber including chestnut, walnut, mango, eucalyptus, monkey pod and Hawaiian kamani. Merriment is also now using selvedge denim to make denim park blankets with pockets perfect for your paddles or any other day-in-the-park essentials.

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