As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was there to talk about fair trade and women in celebration of International Women’s Day. And, I was nervous. I’m not a public speaker, and I thought I’d be stumbling my way though facts and figures, and get grilled on which fair trade certification I have. Well, it didn’t happen. Laurie Morin, Hoopla’s owner, did a fantastic job of creating a warm, welcoming, and open space for people to share their views, ask questions, talk with one another, make connections, ask about advice for starting a fair trade business, discuss vegan views on silk and wool, and drink lovely organic red wine.
It’s my hope that the Hoopla “model” could make it to cities around the country. As it stands now, the Adams Morgan ‘hood of DC is indeed lucky to have such a lovely boutique that holds such great programs.
I’m sure to make the trek down from the Three Stone Steps Worldwide Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland USA to continue to be inspired and amazed by the people and topics found at Hoopla’s Living Green Salons.