Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Get Wind of this: Fair Trade in Fairfax

Being a Fair Trader in the Washington, DC area just got even better. There is a new store, Fair Trade Winds, that is hosting a World Fair Trade Day event this Saturday, May 15 at 1:00 in Fairfax, Virginia. If you are around as resident or tourist, come join us and support a new local business!

I can't wait to see the more than 2,000 square feet of Fair Trade products from around the world, but the best part will be the chance to meet the owners and their customers. Fair Trade Winds is the second fully fair trade store run by Paul and Lois Culler. They opened their first store in Bar Harbor, Maine in 2007 (lucky for those of you up North!) and now are expanding in their hometown of Fairfax, Virginia. This kind of socially responsible entrepreneurial spirit is just what the Fair Trade movement needs. It gives consumers more chances to shop their values and more chances for artisans and farmers to grow their marketplace.

On Saturday our time together will be focused on how to
"Fair Trade Your Home," which is the theme of 2010's World Fair Trade Day celebrations. I will be telling some stories behind the products available for sale and discussing how Fair Trade enhances your life and helps the lives of others. I'll be looking forward to hearing from those who turn out what Fair Trade means to them, and how they practice Fair Trade. The DC area, for example, is starting a movement to consider some neighborhoods Fair Trade Towns, and we will consider how Fair Trade is more than buying great items from wonderful businesses. Saturday afternoon will be a great chance to immerse yourself in Fair Trade and deepen your commitments. Plus we'll just have fun!

The location is:

Old Town Plaza of Fairfax
10420 North Street
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-877-0577 and
you can find them on Facebook.

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