Super Fabulous Fair Trade Shop in Chicago!
Hi there, Warriors!
What a fabulous weekend! I hope that you can say the same. The weather in Chicago this weekend was akin to San Diego-like weather. Nice and sunny but breezy, not oppressively hot. Truly the perfect weekend weather, if you ask me!
On our way to the annual Hot Dog Fest, we passed this cute shop on Wells. I told Mike that we had to stop on our way back without a doubt. So naturally on our way back we stopped and we might have stopped in the bakery and cheese shop that are just next store. Might have. Ha! Might I add they had gluten-free options.
OK, back to business. So we walk into this gem, the Greenheart Shop and my heart immediately soared. Mike was even excited and what male gets excited about shopping? Check out all of these cutesy greeting cards that they have. Oh and look down a bit further and you'll see some of their blankets. How fabulous are those?
So I need to add that this store is also very affordable before I even go any further about our fun finds! You can definitely go in this store and get a gift for under $25!
The jewelry that they have at this store is so fun because it is rather unique and so different than what I am used to seeing. This shop has been around since 2007 and it's been noted as Chicago's premier nonprofit shop that carries a seriously wide selection of fair trade, social enterprise and eco-friendly products that are from all around the world. The focus at this store is more than just external beauty. They are very mindful of the entire production process, the resources used to make them, the wages that are paid to the producers, and the overall social and environmental impact. Those details are very important to me as well naturally.
The whole idea of a store that takes into consideration that working conditions are fair and safe is really important to me. Plus the fact that they really focus on the detail of the artisans that they purchase from taking the concept of the conservation of the environment as well as the rights of children seriously.
I'm looking forward to going back and checking out the new things that they get in, especially around the holidays. I spoke with both of the employees that were working and I couldn't believe their vast knowledge of the products that they carry. Those details are definitely something I will want to share with the recipients of the gifts that I give from there.
Naturally they have the cutest gifts for the munchkins. I swear you will love this place. It's filled of so many goodies.
So perhaps I'm a tad over excited about this place but they really have the most fabulous finds and I think if you're anything like me, you will love this store. It's like taking a trip around the world visiting artisan after artisan, yet you're in one store!
Happy shopping, Warriors!
Love & light,