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Issaquah-based Combat Flip Flops Makes Deal with Three Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank

After four years of failing and succeeding, creating new roadmaps for manufacturing in war zones, employing former drug runners, educating women, clearing land mines, and supporting veterans, Combat Flip Flops has succeeded in winning the hearts and minds of three of today’s most prominent investors and Shark Tank’s self-made millionaires.  Mark Cuban, Daymond John and Lori Greiner made a deal of $300,000 for 30% equity in Combat Flip Flops, spread equally between the three investors.


“Having our mission of ‘Business, Not Bullets’ validated by the Sharks is powerful,’ said Matthew ‘Griff’ Griffin.  “It’s not just a good idea, it’s a legitimate course of action now backed by dominant players in the fashion, retail, and tech sectors.”

The $300,000 investment from the Sharks will be used for inventory and to build up Combat Flip Flops’ staff.  The three co-founders have, for the majority of their time in business, been working side jobs.  Investment will allow them to focus 100% on the business and add staff when needed.


“Combat Flip Flops will be able to book solid, consistent orders with our manufacturers.  This will enable those manufacturers to hire more staff and have a larger impact in their communities.  For the charities, we will be able to provide steady, substantial support.  More Afghan girls in school, swaths of land cleared of mines, and supporting positive transitions for SOF veterans,” said Griff.

When asked what, besides the deal, was the most exciting part of being on Shark Tank, Donald Lee joked, “We’ve heard Kevin talk about his money being soldiers, going to war, and other military analogies.  When he dropped out, handing him the red chem light was the only logical thing to do.”

In 2015, Combat Flip Flops’ sales increased 150% over 2014 while the company donated over 60 years of school to Afghan girls and cleared 1533 square meters of land mines in Laos, keeping kids and villagers safe. Through its Unarmed Forces, the brand has spread stoke and empowered mindful consumers to make a difference.

PRESIDIO RESIDENTIAL CAPITAL AND SUMMIT HOMES OF WASHINGTON BREAKS GROUND ON COPPER RIDGE IN ISSAQUAH, WASH.

New Neighborhood Next to Issaquah Highlands Will Offer 15 High-End Homes Presidio Residential Capital and Summit Homes of Washington recently broke ground on Copper Ridge, a 15-unit community on 4.59 acres at 24424 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road in East King County. The first home sales are expected to close in December 2015. The retail value of this project… Continue Reading

Issaquah FASTSIGNS to host a week-long Open House

On Sept. 14 through Sept. 18, locally owned and operated sign and visual graphics provider FASTSIGNS of Issaquah will host an Open House week to celebrate its newly remodeled facility and introduce the center’s team to the community. The center is located at 60 NW Gilman Blvd., Suite C, Issaquah, WA  98027 and is open from 9 a.m. to 6… Continue Reading

Mosby Cogswell Promoted to Director of Pacific Learning Academy

Pacific Learning Academy has announced Mosby Cogswell as a new Director at the Issaquah educational service and accredited private school. Mosby Cogswell has been promoted from Assistant Director to Director. Mosby provides support to Pacific Learning Academy staff and instructors in order to create an exceptional experience for families. In her new role, she will… Continue Reading

SIP Adds Emran Chowdhury as Executive Chef

Sip at The Wine Bar & Restaurant has hired Emran Chowdhury as their new Executive Chef. Born in Bangladesh, Emran Chowdhury moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 3. He started gaining his kitchen experience at the age of 15. His early training took him to Terroni and Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto. Chowdhury had a… Continue Reading

Learn About the Many Benefits of Driving Electric

Driving Electric is more fun, more convenient, and less expensive than driving a gas car. Find out more at the largest ever gathering of electric vehicles in the Pacific Northwest at Issaquah’s world-famous XXX Root Beer Drive-In. It’s Official! Governor Jay Inslee has declared that September 15-21 is Drive Electric Week for the State of… Continue Reading