Not sure what the availability is in the USA but Dawes make very good touring bike with a good range.
In terms of panniers, have a look at Carradice. They produce a great range of kit, panniers, bar bags saddle bags etc. And they're totally different from the usual Ortleib, Arkel etc.
And if they're good enough for Josie Dew...
Best of luck with the new venture.
Dawes in the US is a crap brand, owned by BikesDirect.com Total junk. I wish we COULD get the UK Dawes.
I like Carradice myself, but the cost keeps them as a very, very specialised "boutique" item here. Velo Orange has some similar style bags. I DO sell Velo Orange stuff.
I think I'll be selling Arkel panniers and OMM racks... Less strict terms than Ortleib, friendlier email, and I can't afford to have 2 different brands. Not at the moment, at least.
I also picked up the Solar Monkey charger. (Every time I read that, I think of the PG Tips "Munkey" commercials...)