Finally, a fair trade boutique that carries a variety of fair trade brands and products within driving distance of Charlottesville!
Don’t get me wrong, the local Ten Thousand Villages is amazing and the staff is kind and knowledgeable, but Ten Thousand Villages’ products tend to be seasonal or gift items – it’s not a one stop shop for ethically produced goods.
Daniel and I decided to spend the afternoon in nearby Staunton last Saturday, because it has a charming, historic downtown and I swore I saw a shop that carried fair trade goods last time we were there. Funnily enough, Latitudes just opened, so I wasn’t thinking about this particular store (there are a couple other shops that carry Made in USA and fair trade stuff, so I was probably thinking of one of them).
It was clearly fate.
There was a Mata Traders dress on the mannequin in the front window and a huge Thistle Farms selection on display as soon as I walked in the door. I felt like a kid in a candy shop, gushing and pointing at all the familiar labels.
Latitudes carries Greenola Style, Matr Boomie, Manos Zapotecas, Serrv, Mata Traders, Maggie’s Organics, Thistle Farms, Level Ground, Equal Exchange, and lots of other reputable fair trade brands.
They’ve got clothing, home goods, accessories, jewelry, food, cards, and gift items, plus lots of free literature on the fair trade movement.
I bought a pound of Level Ground coffee and a Thistle Farms candle, which I am happily burning as I write this post.