Here at Three Stone Steps we had such a delightful time talking about Hoopla Traders, that we decided to focus on other retailers of Three Stone Steps’ line of fashion accessories made from silk, cotton, and recycled materials.
Three Stone Steps will be working with fascinating and fun and funky boutique owners with a variety of strong commitments, including to fair trade, eco-friendly products, buying locally, or just making sure they have a welcoming shop with a strong aesthetic sense, into this blog.
I hope you enjoy this occasional feature As always, I welcome your feedback!
Three Steps Steps wants to turn alert all its already alert readers to fellow Co-op America member Norma Lehmeir Hartie’s great site, Harmonious Environment. Norma’s background includes working as an interior designer and being an environmentalist for two decades. Her award winning book, Harmonious Environments adds these two elements together to equal a book that shows people how to create, beautiful, green, and harmonious environments. And, who doesn’t want that?!?
And, that’s not all! Norma has included me in her the section of her website that highlights green experts and green business owners! So, if you haven’t had enough from me in this blog or thewebsite for Three Stone Steps, you can get even more about me and my business on Harmonious Environment’s website right here.
Please let me and Norma know what you think!
A fantastic group of people braved the rain and getting early election results to make it to Hoopla Traders for their first ever Living Green Salon. (Really, I love that word, salon. It so conjures up images of writers, artist, intellectuals and others who make a difference.)
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.
Ahhh, exciting times we live in, especially this first week of March.
Tomorrow, in early celebration of International Women’s Day, I will be leading a chat that most fabulous, wonderful, stupendous boutique, Hoopla Traders, in the Adams Morgan section of DC, at 2314 18th Street NW, as part of the neighborhood’s First Tuesday celebration, and Hoopla’s Living Green Salon. Not only do I run out of great adjectives when describing this place, but I also am tickled by the fact that the boutique is a fellow member of Co-op America.
In keeping with the international nature of the day, I will be having a discussion regarding how fair trade has helped women in Cambodia. If I can figure out my new laptop, I will also have photos of some of the women workers.
(Just a note: although the photo above is not of women making fair trade products for Three Stone Steps’ customers, or even in Cambodia, it is my absolute favorite photo of women and one of my favorites from my many travels to Vietnam. Hope you enjoy it as I do.)
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