by Kate Petersen

Global Village

How would you like to have the opportunity to discover an assortment of unique treasures from all around the world AND make an impact on someone’s life? Go no further. Your destination is right here in downtown Logan: Global Village GiftsNo passport required!

Upon entering this eclectic shop [which has recently moved to their new location of: 69 East 100 North], you’ll notice that it feels more like a friendly home than it does a typical retail store. Whether greeted by the beautiful and original historic woodwork found throughout the space, interesting and vibrant merchandise, or warm and welcoming staff you’ll undoubtedly feel right at home in this non-profit fair trade shop (cool fact: it’s currently the only fair trade shop in Utah).

What is fair trade? As outlined by the Fair Trade Federation, fair trade is when money earned by the artisan is distributed equitably back to the artisan (regardless of gender) while treating the artisan with respect, ensuring the rights of children and supporting a safe and empowering work environment. As described by fellow fair trade store Ten Thousand Villages, “Fair trade provides artisans in developing countries with the opportunity to earn vital income and improve their quality of life.”

Knowing such a positive, feel-good result can happen simply by purchasing something (a really, really, cool something I might add) from a fair trade store such as Global Village Gifts makes it a gift that gives twice. As shared by store manager, Beth McEvoy, “Every time you spend a dollar, you are sending a message.”

Other ways to give back include volunteering. You can apply by visiting their website or pick-up an application in the store. They’re always eager for new volunteers and for ways to help educate the community. Beginning June 4th, they’ll also be offering a Summer Story time for children every Wednesday at 12:30 until August 13th. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Popular summer items include….organic cotton cloth bags (perfect for taking to the Farmers Market), colorful hand-made children’s puppets from Peru, a variety of hand-woven baskets from Bangladesh, mouthwatering chocolate from Ghana…..the discoveries are truly endless, so be sure to come on in and get acquainted with this lovely hidden gem of a store – you’ll be so glad you did!