Increased functionality, upgrades to our payment options, and much more will soon be live at www.statesidemangoods.com. Great changes to our website are coming folks and we’re pretty excited about it all. Here’s a sneak peak…
Stay tuned for our latest giveaways, specials, and new products by liking our Facebook fan page here.
Until next time everyone!
Founder of Stateside Man Goods
For those of you following us on Facebook, you may have noticed that we posted the image below a few days back along with a promise of a BIG Giveaway soon to follow. Well folks, meet Mr. Jerry Levine, WWII veteran and founder of Jerry’s Nut House. Jerry’s Nut House has been spoiling the Denver, Co. area with gourmet nuts, popcorn, and sweets for decades. And now, we’re spoiling all of you who visit www.statesidemangoods.com for that perfect gift/care package, as we’ve been working hard to incorporate several fantastic products from Jerry’s Nut House into are specialty line of gift packages, military and college care packages, and our executive/corporate gift combos, as well. We’re also announcing our next big Giveaway. Keep reading for details…
The Jerry’s Nut House Story
For over 60 years, Jerry’s Nut House has been supplying the Denver/Rocky Mountain area with delicious, high quality nuts and snacks.
Jerry first got the idea for the business when he came home from serving in the Army during World War II and began attending the University of Denver.
You see, while he was a student at the University of Denver, to help support himself Jerry worked part time with his brother delivering snacks like Atomic Pickles, deviled eggs and nuts.
The nuts so intrigued Jerry that he began studying how they were grown and processed. Then after he finished college and stopped working with his brother, Jerry decided that nuts were his real passion.
Quickly, Jerry began buying, roasting and selling nuts throughout the Rocky Mountains.
Today, more than 60 years later, Jerry’s Nut House has become well-known for its attention to detail and high standards in producing freshly roasted nuts and other snack items.
Here are just a few new items from the good folks at Jerry’s Nut House that we guarantee you’ll love!
Sizzlin Sweet- Spicy and sweet, with just a touch of salt… practically perfect. Hot and Spicy Peanuts, Cajun Hot Corn Sticks, Taco Sesame Sticks, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Butter Toffee Peanuts.
Happy Hour Mix- Perfect for snacking when you get the munchies. Mini Pretzels, Toasted Corn Nuts, Sesame Sticks, Cheddar Sesame Sticks, Cheddar Whale Crackers, Blanched Virginia Peanuts R&S, Chili Lemon Corn Sticks, Salsa Corn Sticks, Garlic Rye Chips.
Hot Creole Crunch- Comin’ straight out of the bayou to your house. This Cajun Hot trail mix will treat you right. Cajun Hot Corn Sticks, Chili Rice Crackers, Hot and Spicy Peanuts, Spanish Peanuts R&S, Toasted Corn Nuts, Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds) R&S.
Colorado Medley- Dark Raisins, Blanched Virginia Peanuts R/No, Diced Papaya, Diced Pineapple, Unblanched Almonds Raw, Cashew Pieces Raw, Walnuts Raw.
Milk Chocolate Mint Cookie Malt Balls- Maybe you’re thinking, “What’s the big deal about Malt Balls?” We thought the same thing, at least until we tried them. Let’s just say that everyone who tried these things were pretty amazed at how darn good they taste!
We’re launching a free giveaway of a select combination of these new gourmet snacks from Jerry’s Nut House. How do you enter? It’s easy! Just tell us on our Facebook Fan Page which one of these new hit snacks you would most like to try. By commenting, you’re automatically entered in the giveaway. That’s it!
You have until Friday, March 1st to leave your comments. Then, we’ll simply choose the winner at random from all of you who have entered.
Check out our full product line from Jerry’s Nut House here.
Well, here we are- the last day of 2012. A huge thanks from all of us at Stateside Man Goods (SMG) to all of you for your business and support. We were able to accomplish a lot this year- with new product launches, countless donated/free care packages to deployed service members, and other charitable projects we were blessed to be involved with. We’d like to sincerely thank all of you who have helped Stateside Man Goods be where it’s at today, and we appreciate all of you spreading the word about us!
We look forward to an even better 2013!
- New products- unique, specialty/gourmet, and very high quality.
- More FREE Care Packages to the Troops- through generous donations from folks like you.
- More great specials, promotions, and deals- especially through our Facebook fan page.
- New videos- we’ll give you a more in depth look at what we are all about.
Our military has been slugging it out on more than one front for some time now. We all know this. But, we’re not finished yet, and a small contingent won’t be for the foreseeable future. We still need your help! Let’s not forget that our nation still has men and women in harms way. At this very moment there is a soldier, Marine, sailor, or airman far from home, and they sure could use a pick-me-up in the form of one of our premium care packages. For the price of a couple fancy coffee drinks or a fast food meal, you can help donate towards a free care package to the troops. For those interested, you can donate here.
We’re always open to learning about new products at SMG. As long as it passes our stringent test of being unique, gourmet/specialty, and of superior quality then we might just add it to our line. And, if that happens- you could reap a reward yourself! Email: email@example.com with your product suggestions and we’ll outline how you can benefit from doing so if we add the product you suggest to our line.
Thanks again for your part in making 2012 a great year! We look forward to a fantastic 2013 and hope this next year is a great one for each and every one of you!
Founder, USMC veteran
Stateside Man Goods, LLC.
We were a little hesitant at first when approached with the idea of adding Caramel to the Stateside Man Goods’ product line. Partly due to the fact that I personally don’t eat much caramel. It’s not that I don’t like it, though. I just prefer chocolate- plain and simple. But, when people offer to send us samples of a specialty product, we bite (no pun intended). Especially when it’s award winning, gourmet, and hand crafted in small batches. We like stuff that’s unique and super high quality. Oh, and when it comes from cool places like Bozeman, MT, too. After all, I lived near Bozeman years ago, having spent time in what was then a small college town in a beautiful part of the West. So, yeah- “Send us some Caramel. We’ll try it,” I said.
Well, the gourmet caramel samples arrived from Bequet Confections a few days later. I gave several pieces out to a number of folks and then tried some myself.
Holy #*%! That stuff is good!
Again, I’m not a guy who normally has to satisfy a caramel fix. Needless to say, I was sold. Oh, and so was everyone else I gave the samples to.
Skip to the present- here’s what we now have at Stateside Man Goods from Bequet Confections, fantastic Award Winning Gourmet Caramel:
1.8oz Grab & Go Bags (5 pieces)
- Soft Vanilla Butter Caramel- a traditional soft, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth caramel.
- Celtic Sea Salt Vanilla butter caramel- has a subtle Celtic Sea Salt® finish that accentuates the buttery caramel flavor. One taste and you will know why this award winning caramel is so popular.
- Espresso Butter Caramel has a rich, robust espresso accent- a caramel latte in a wrapper!
- Green Apple Butter Caramel- combines crisp, green apple flavor with our soft, silky, vanilla butter caramel. A delightful caramel apple experience. Winner! 2011 Gourmet Product Award
2oz Gift Box (8-9 pieces)- Soft Vanilla Butter Caramel
4oz Gift Box (14-15 pieces)- Celtic Sea Salt® & Salt Chocolate Butter Caramel
- Celtic Sea Salt® Vanilla Butter Caramel
- Salt Chocolate Butter Caramel- A soft, dark chocolate caramel with a Celtic Sea Salt® subtle finish. Brings 3 incredible tastes together in one amazing treat.
ABOUT BEQUET CONFECTIONS
- Award winning
- Hand crafted in small batches by Montana Artisan Caramel Maker
- Only the finest, all natural ingredients are selected for making our caramel.
Robin Béquet has always enjoyed creating fine confections for her friends and family. When her 25 year career in technology sales management and business management ended with the telecom crash of 2001, she saw an opportunity to think seriously about what she wanted to do next. Having great passion for fine confections and having received rave reviews for her homemade caramels, she began thinking about an artisan caramel business.
She was only interested in creating a business if she could be certain that her caramel was the best. Blind taste tests showed 17 out of 18 adults tested preferred Béquet Gourmet Caramel over 4 other high-end, gourmet caramels. At the encouragement of friends and family, Robin launched Béquet Confections in December 2001, near their home in Bozeman, Montana.
Since then, Béquet Confections uncompromising commitment to quality has resulted in wide recognition as the finest caramel and 7 national awards.
So there you have it folks. Whether you’re already a caramel fanatic, or not (like me), we guarantee you’ll enjoy our selection of gourmet caramel from Bequet Confections.
Try some today! It makes a great Holiday Gift.
Founder, Stateside Man Goods, LLC.
Happy Holidays from Stateside Man Goods! We’re well underway with our mission to be one of your favorite online stops for great Gifts- especially unique, specialty, gourmet, and premium ones. Particularly if you’re shopping for a guy, a Man, or a dude.
Sure, we have a good number of ladies ordering our awesome jerky, super popular Paleo, gourmet snacks in general, our apparel… okay, so we’ve got a great number of awesome women out there that love our stuff, too. So, is SMG just for guys? Obviously not. However, we don’t recommend giving a Man a Gift Basket…
That’s why we use Wood Crates! Or, rugged Burlap Sacks, which could be used as a sand bag later on, by the way. There’s just something cool about that for some reason.
Anyway, let’s get to it. Here are a few Holiday Gift suggestions for the Man in your life, or the Woman that rocks because they love this kind of stuff, too.
You could create your own Gift Package. We have that option at SMG. But, if you want an easy choice, or you’re lacking time, or you’re just lazy (it’s cool), order one of these fantastic Gift Packages in custom Wood Crates instead:
Exotic Jerky & Summer Sausage Gift Package- Here’s a new member to our line of premium Gift Packages for Special Occasions and Holidays. Ideal for your Hunter/Outdoorsman. This baby is full of very high end gourmet exotic jerky to include: Elk, Buffalo, Venison, Antelope, and soon- Wild Boar.
Healthy Man, Paleo, & Paleo Plus Gift Packages- These are perfect for the health fanatic, workout stud, or crossfit nut. Men and women alike love these very popular Gift Packages.
Hercules Gift Package- The name is cool enough. That alone is a reason to get it. Well, and it comes with tons of award winning Jerky and great tasting nuts.
Gourmet Coffee Package- We don’t stock a lot of coffee at SMG. Why? Because we’re picky about quality. So, rest assured what gourmet coffee we do offer is just that- gourmet and great tasting. This makes a great gift for a Coffee Lover.
There’s just something about stuff that is hand crafted…
Handmade Leather Belts- These sturdy handsome belts are quite popular. Especially for that rugged dude that needs a belt to hold up his holster or work tools.
Handcrafted Bows & Arrows- Heard of the T.V. shows Hunger Games or Revolution? Well J.E.K has been crafting wood self bows and arrows long before those hit shows came out. Now it seems these things are quite popular with young people- especially girls!
Spartan Blades Folding Knife- Coming next week! This eagerly awaited knife is creating quite a stir in the knife world. It’s made of the finest materials, it’s expensive, and it rocks. A true masterpiece of sharp steel. Giving your Man a Spartan Blades knife guarantees much love in return.
Men strive to survive. It’s in their nature to be prepared. Or, it should be. Here are a few great products to ensure the Man in your life is that much more able to take care of his family during an emergency.
Adventure First Aid 2.0- The Adventure First Aid 2.0 is fully stocked for the most common injuries and illnesses encountered on the trail: sprains, fractures, cuts, scrapes, headaches, and allergic reactions. With enough supplies to treat a group of four on a day-long outing, the 2.0 is ideal for families, scouts, and anyone else who enjoys outdoor adventure. AMK’s exclusive Easy Care™ First Aid System organizes items by injury with injury-specific instruction cards to help anyone quickly and confidently give first aid.
SOL Origin™- Redefines the survival kit from the ground up. In one product that fits in the palm of your hand, the Origin™ gives you the collection of tools you need to survive the unexpected and make it back alive. Think of it as the ultimate cross breed of the traditional ten essentials and a survival kit, all wrapped up in one lightweight, easy to carry, indestructible package.
Cuma Ram Tactical Pen- Designed for writing as well as for self-defense. Includes training DVD and Lanyard- FREE! 100% Made in U.S.A of ultra durable aircraft grade aluminum and features the patented “High Speed, Quick release, Clip-Cap” eliminating the need for a sheath. When drawn, the Secondary cap stays secured to the paracord so that you won’t lose the cap when it’s drawn.
120 Serving freeze dried FRUIT & snack Grab & Go Food Kit- Each individual packet of fruit has been designed to mix and match (as desired) with long-term yogurt, pudding, and caramel sauces to boost the overall taste, calorie, and nutritional content. With up to a 20 year shelf life, this package is for any type of emergency, not to mention great for everyday use.
Wise Company assorted freeze dried fruits are packaged in individual Mylar pouches, and then encased in durable plastic containers thus preserving food and eliminating waste.
The Freeze Dried Fruit and Gourmet Snack combo pack has been uniquely designed so that you can mix and match each individual fruit with shelf stable yogurt, pudding, and caramel blends.
OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF NAT GEO’S DOOMSDAY PREPPERS
Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with an expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality.
RE Factor Tactical Survival Band- Designed to help you survive anytime, anywhere with all the essentials on your wrist. The RE Factor Tactical Survival Band features everything from hidden fishing and hunting gear to a buckle with a built-in whistle (useful for all kinds of situations). The P51 can opener can be removed from the bracelet without causing damage to the rest of the band for use in a survival situation. The flint can also be used as a sink weight for the fishing hook and line.
90 Servings Freeze Dried Survival & Emergency Food- These emergency freeze dried foods are perfect for any food storage program. You can open these freeze dried food packages, take out the number of servings convenient for you and re-close the package with the zip lock top, saving your remaining freeze dried meals for future use.
Sacrifice V-2- This uniquely original design is printed on a 30-single 100% cotton tee.
There you go- a strong list of fantastic Holiday Gift Choices from Stateside Man Goods!
Stateside Man Goods
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Refer someone to www.statesidemangoods.com and get 15% off your next order! If they order, of course. They have to do more than just check out our home page…
Here’s how it really works:
- YOU tell someone about us.
- Your friend, family member, old girlfriend, enemy, etc… places an order (must be at least $20). There’s always a catch.
- This fine individual who just ordered well above $20 worth of great stuff tells us that he/she was referred by YOU, and provides us with your name and email (in message box at check-out). Or, YOU can let us know yourself. We don’t care which.
- We then send (okay, email) YOU a Discount Code for 15% off your next order.
Pretty cool, right? Of course it is.
Put another way:
- Tell a #%@! load of people about Stateside Man Goods.
- Get them to order, by force or otherwise.
- They order a ton of premium snacks or other great non-food items.
- They, or YOU, give us your name and email, so you benefit from your hard work.
- We email YOU a fancy 15% off code as our way of saying thanks for introducing others to Stateside Man Goods and for convincing them to buy our stuff so that they could get your next bunch of snacks and other stuff for cheaper.
After all, isn’t that how most these deals work?
So, to sum up this killer program… (yes, just one more time- repetition is key, even if it is borderline annoying):
Tell people about SMG. Convince them to buy our stuff. Somebody lets us know who told them about us (preferably at the time of their order in the message box provided- remember the $20 minimum), we send that Hero a 15% off code to use on their next massive SMG order.
Then the cycle goes on and on. And on and on. And on some more.
In theory, anyway.
You get the picture.
So, what are ya waitn’ for? Tell someone today about us!
We thank you in advance. Seriously.
I haven’t written a new blog post in several weeks, as some of you may have noticed. Why? Times are busy and I don’t like writing just to write. So, I plan on keeping this post rather short and sweet and just let everyone know about a few cool things going on with Stateside Man Goods.
There has been a lot going on with us lately and there’s a lot of great stuff in the pipeline, from new products to great specials and giveaways, unfolding almost weekly. As far as new products coming to SMG, here’s what we’re working on bringing on board:
Gourmet Coffee- we’re looking forward to sampling gourmet coffee from Lock-N-Load Java, as we’ve heard a lot of great things about their coffee and we love the fact that it’s a veteran owned company and a huge charity supporter.
Summer Sausage- We’ll be bringing on premium summer sausage by the end of the summer. We’re picky about the specialty snacks and foods we carry, so it takes a bit of time to find the best then sample them out to people like you for final approval.
Barbeque- new BBQ assortments will be coming to SMG. As some of you realize, we are just south of Kansas City, which is well known for its fantastic barbeque. We just sampled a few new barbeque products and man we can’t wait for you to do the same.
Handcrafted bows and arrows- more are coming. Talk about a cool gift. Thanks to the new TV show Hunger Games, we’ve got folks buying these up for their daughters, too!
New T-shirts- from Ranger Up and Milifidel.
More Survival & Emergency stuff- we’ll be sampling 20 year shelf life emergency/survival food and we’re looking at bringing on a few more unique items perfect for the outdoor enthusiast.
FREE MILITARY CARE PACKAGES TO THE TROOPS
Of course, we’ve been getting out those all important care packages to the troops, thanks to donations from patriotic Americans and a patriotic member of the Royal Dutch Airforce. Yep, a wonderful young lady by the name of Lizzy Her of the Netherlands has donated not just one entire military care package to the troops, but TWO! After the second donated care package was ordered I finally had to ask her why she was being so generous. After all, it’s not often we receive donations from individuals that are not Americans, yet Lizzy has graciously donated not just a few bucks towards a specialty care package to the troops, but two entire custom care packages. That’s incredible! You know what she said? “I did this because I am a kind of colleague (I serve in the Royal Dutch Airforce) and because I just like to do these kind of things.” Well, that’s pretty damn cool.
Anyway, I forced her to cough up a picture so we could brag about how awesome she is. The Netherlands is now my 2nd most favorite country in the world thanks to Lizzy. Thanks again Lizzy- you rock!
KENTUCKY SUMMER SAUSAGE
If you’ve been following us on Facebook you know that we keep bragging about this Venison summer sausage we got our hands on.
Okay, how should I put this… How about, “I guarantee this is the best Deer sausage you’ve ever had. Period.”
We’ve been giving away this stuff to raise money for the troops and I haven’t found anyone that claims they’ve had a better Venison summer sausage. So, keep your eyes open for our next special when we’re giving away a 1.5lb. roll of this stuff! (at 1300 followers on our Facebook page, we’ll give a roll away to a random winner).
I’m trying to keep this short, so I’m out. Busy days over here and we want to make sure we keep things cranking on behalf of the troops and all you awesome customers.
Thanks for your support! Feel free to donate to the troops here.
Stateside Man Goods, LLC.
And sometimes they give it all… Yes, I’m talking about our service members in harm’s way. It’s probably safe to say that our nation as a whole is little tired of war. Understood. We’ve been duking it out in more than one country for the past decade. That being said, I’d like see if any of you are interested and willing to make a difference in how our men and women serving overseas bear out their long deployments from their loved ones. You can help by donating as little as $10 towards a fantastic care packages to a deployed service member.
As most of you know by now, I’m a USMC veteran. My mission in launching Stateside Man Goods was to create extraordinary military care packages for those serving abroad. My goal was to use my experience, coupled with feedback from currently deployed personnel, to design a line of care packages that went well beyond anything presently available to our brave men and women in the military. This, we have done.
Right from the get go we also started a Round Robin list of deployed service members that were eligible to receive free premium care packages from donations we collect from people like you.
Thanks to your help, since launching less than a year ago Stateside Man Goods has sent countless donated care packages to the troops. We’ve also grown into offering College Care Packages, Executive/Corporate Care Packages, Gift Packages for special occasions and holidays, as well as several other non-food items such as apparel, medical/survival gear, tactical pens, knives, and handmade bows and leather belts.
We enjoy growing into a strong company that offers very high quality and unique items that make great gifts for people. But, I must say that we still get the most enjoyment from each and every FREE care package we send to a soldier, Marine, sailor, or airman serving far from home. We know how great our products are and we know based on continuous feedback how much the troops downrange enjoy them, too. It is amazing how just a few high quality great tasting snacks and food items can make a difference in moral.
I have the unique opportunity to still travel to the Middle East on occasions to get a closer point of view of how things are for some of our service members. This allows us at SMG to stay tuned to what service members really want and enjoy in a care package. It also allows us to test new products with the very individuals that will one day be on the receiving end of them. Very few companies can claim this.
We receive names and addresses of deployed service members every week. Yet naturally, the influx of donations to the troops, perhaps given the length that our country has been in multiple conflicts, is quite ebb and flow. And right now, we are in need of donations. In other words, the names on our Round Robin list are piling up and we could use your help and generosity.
Even if it’s just $10.
Whether we have the funds available or not, I personally direct our organization to keep sending out donated care packages to the troops. Not just any care package, but an average of 15 very high quality specialty food and snack items in each and every care package. Specialty nuts, Award Winning Beef and Buffalo Jerky, unique Snack Mixes, ultra healthy Paleo food, and more. Our gift/care packages are guaranteed to please.
For the price of a couple of specialty coffee drinks, a fast food meal, or a nice Dominican cigar you can really help us continue to make the lives of those overseas that much better. And trust me, sometimes just taking moral up a notch makes a world of difference to our troops.
Thank you in advance for your donation! Please click HERE to donate right now. And please pass on our request to others!
We know that many of you do a ton for our country and our military already. A huge thank you for all that you do! Although, if you can part ways with a few bucks we’d great appreciate it. We know the men and women downrange will too!
Thank you for your support!
Founder of Stateside Man Goods, LLC.
Rather than brag about Stateside Man Goods this week, I figured I’d showcase a very talented individual, his work, and his studio- Jason Swarr and Straight 8 Custom Photography, a disabled USMC veteran owned studio that specializes in enhanced portrait work and stock photography.
Stateside Man Goods is always looking for great talent to partner up with on its own projects, which is why I personally feel lucky that I met Jason through a friend of mine that served with him in the military. Jason is a retired United States Marine and a combat veteran. His passion for photography and videography started in 2003 and the enthusiasm grows stronger every day.
ABOUT STRAIGHT 8
A few days ago I told Jason that we wanted to post a write-up about him and his studio. Naturally, he was all about it. Then I asked him if he wanted us to say anything in particular about him and Straight 8. His response was classic Jason with an all familiar Jarhead tone. I cleaned up the down and dirty description he provided me about Straight 8. It may not seem toned down, but it is…
“Just mention that we specialize in enhanced portraits and graphic design…..but not some *%@!# shit. We want tough guy, extreme, kick you in the balls work. Want a normal family portrait? Go to JCPenneys. Want a family portrait with assault rifles and your kid sister water boarding a booger eater? Then we’re your studio (ok, that may be a bit extreme….but you get the idea).”
Extreme or not, you get the picture (no pun initially intended). Straight 8 puts out some kick ass stuff, and even the cool pics throughout this post don’t show the extent of Jason’s talent. In fact, I haven’t even seen all that he is capable of doing.
Jason Swarr puts most graphic designers to shame. And, he’s a former Marine. His combination of artistic awesomeness and warrior makes him a top choice for any design and unique photographic needs you might have.
A few areas Straight 8 specializes in:
Want a little more out of your portrait? Try Straight 8’s Enhanced Service! They will work with you to design a unique background setting that will make your photo stand out among the crowd.
ATHLETIC & MILITARY PHOTOS
Capture the best in your Athlete or Service Member!
Straight 8 doesn’t use gawdy graphics and backgrounds like most studios. They believe in focusing on what’s important- the individual. Each portrait uses Straight 8′s signature lighting and solid color backgrounds. Then they add your school or team logo for the final touch, resulting in breathtaking images.
Plus, they will not force you to buy a bunch of prints that you don’t want. Whether it’s one print, or one hundred, the choice is yours.
PRINT MEDIA DESIGN
Straight 8 offers affordable DVD / CD Wrap, Sell Sheet, and One Sheet Design. All you have to do is call or email them for a quote.
Check out why Straight 8 is Arizona’s premiere studio for Headshots, Enhanced Portrait Work and Stock Photography.
3454 N. San Marcos Pl. Suite 8
Chandler, AZ 85225
If I can leave you with a final thought it would be this- Jason and Straight 8 can do damn near anything you need done graphically, period.
So, check em out!
Mike, Founder of Stateside Man Goods, LLC.
**Don’t forget!! Stateside Man Goods sends FREE specialty care packages to the troops through donations from people who still care about our men and women in harms way. Please think about making a $10 or $20 donation towards one of our fantastic care packages to a service member downrange! To do so, click here. Thank you in advance!