We are naming our fourth design after my late grandfather, Bernard Dougherty, “Doc”.Doc was a gritty WW2 veteran from South Side Chicago. I r member him always wearing a plain crew neck sweatshirt. His nickname comes from the correct pronunciation of my last name “Dougherty”. In the old country you don’t say “Doorty” you say “DOCKerty” and thus, “Doc” stuck.
Born in the early 1920’s to Irish Catholic parents in South Side Chicago; my grandfather, “Doc”, was an unsuspecting member of what historians would later call the greatest generation. This group of young people were raised with few luxuries and naturally molded into tough, gritty, self-sufficient Americans.Doc spent his early years in the heart of the great depression. He used to watch his own dad collect potato peelings from diner to pack for lunch the next day.
When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor my grandfather, then 17, adjusted his age and signed up for the Navy. Doc was the helmsman on the USS Peterson a Navy Destroyer escort.The Peterson escorted merchant ships across the Atlantic and chased German U-boats up the US East coast. After the European theatre, the Peterson with Doc was sent to Pearl Harbor and was prepping to be a decoy for the invasion of mainland Japan. During this time, the atomic bomb was dropped, ended the war and Doc went home.
After the war Doc moved to Leroy Minnesota a small town on the Iowa border. He married my late grandmother Loraine, had six kids, ran a pool hall, was a volunteer fireman and worked for a new computer startup, IBM. In 1965 he transferred with IBM to Boulder, Colorado.
I remember Doc to be strong, stoic, steely eyed, smart and a craftsman. My dad tells how Doc never once called an electrician, plumber or contractor for any reason. He was uneducated by today’s standards but was one of the smartest people I have ever met. I remember hearing about how he read the encyclopedias, all of them.He was the volunteer librarian on the WW2 battleship, because “he got first shot at the new books”. His basement book shelf had hundreds of national geographic and popular mechanic magazines that he frequently read.I remember him listening to NPR on a small silver radio and always seeing a stack of books next to his chair.Doc educated himself because he believed knowledge to be paramount.
Doc and his generation were born to endure a depression, save the world and build a country. The only long sleeve shirt I ever saw him wear was a crew neck sweatshirt. Our fourth design was made tough for Doc but fashionable enough for the world he built.
We ship for free every time. We also offer free exchanges. We want you to love your product and make sure that happens.
* We ship for free, every time. Your order will go out on the following business day and should take about 3-10 days for arrival.
* Exchanges: We want you to have a product you love. If there is anything wrong just let us know and we will exchange it or issue a refund.
WHY DO WE SHIP FOR FREE?
We started Maroon Bell Outdoor with the idea that we could bring distinct value back to consumers. Over the last five years we have spent hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars, designing products we personally use everyday. We priced these pieces in a way we believed made them accessible to a larger group of people. When it came to shipping, the last thing we wanted to do was tack on an additional cost. If the buyer was not happy with the design or wanted a different size, we didn't think they should have to pay extra to get the right fit, so we decided to cover exchanges as well. We know what it feels like to buy something and truly feel like you won. That is our goal with every purchase and we are not going to disrupt that experience with nickels and dimes and extra fees.
WHY DO WE US THE US POSTAL SERVICE?
Why do we ship USPS? For one it is the most cost effective option, however; this is not the only reason. In the previous section we mentioned pricing and how our aim was to create a scenario where our designs were available to a larger group of people. Our love for the US Postal Service has to do with that idea.
The USPS as an organization has been around since 1775 during the second continental congress. Benjamin Franklin was the Post Master General at that time. For 245 years this child of the revolution has been a corner stone and a foundation for our democracy. Our ability to communicate with each other is an unwavering anchor for our nation. Because of that, this service has been an affordable, cost effective option for almost everyone in the country. When we started Maroon Bell Outdoor, it was the post office who reached out to us. They set us up with an account, explained how everything worked and helped us grow into what we are today.
Sometimes we get the question, why do you personally deliver all of the packages to the post office? Can't you schedule deliveries? Our answer is always the same; "Yes, we could schedule deliveries but then we wouldn't be part of the process". You see, shipping your package is a process for us that we love being involved with. We know the folks at the post office, we say hi to them, they are part of our community, part of our company and they are helping us, as well as thousands of other small businesses achieve their dreams.