Fair Trade Winds celebrates grand opening in Ballard


New Ballard store addition, Fair Trade Winds housewares and gifts (5329 Ballard Ave NW) is hosting an official grand opening celebration this Saturday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Throughout the day, the store will offer free samples of its edible fair trade offerings from local fair trade companies, including chocolate from Theo Chocolate, Seattle’s own Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Factory, tea from Choice Organic Teas, the first tea crafter in the United States to offer Fair Trade Certified™ tea, and Cold Brew coffee from Anchorhead Coffee. Attendees can also enter a raffle for fair trade prizes and try their hand at block printing, a traditional art form that originated in India.

Fair Trade Winds moved to Ballard from Wallingford on August 1. “We are enjoying our new space and are excited to be part of this vibrant and thriving community,” said Paul Culler, owner and founder.

The store aims to empower customers to become an integral part of a global, cooperative effort that benefits farmers, artisans, and the environment. Culler and his wife Lois own six other Fair Trade Winds stores across the country. “Because we are a small, family-run store, we make an effort to offer handcrafted goods made by smaller artisan cooperatives from all corners of the globe, and provide them with retail space to shine.” 

The store has many items on offer including fair trade, reclaimed wood furniture, eco-friendly lighting, organic bedding, home décor, wall art and frames, kitchen textiles, housewares, handmade jewelry, woven goods, greeting cards, bath and body products, musical instruments, seasonal gifts, chocolate, coffee, tea, and dry goods.

The store is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Click here to find out more on the Fair Trade Winds website.

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