I love to shop just as much as the next person especially when it comes to finding something truly unique. When shopping at stores that sell fair trade and locally made items, you know that you are always going to find something truly unique, one of a kind and special. Here are a few of my favorite local spots in Kenosha where you can find exactly this.
Shops / Art Galleries
Outpour Fairtrade Boutique – It says it all in the name…Fair Trade. This store sells fair trade, handmade items from Haiti and other countries. Whenever you purchase an item from Outpour, you are helping to support their mission of providing for underprivileged children in Haiti. Through their mission, they have already been able to build a school in the poverty-stricken country. In their shop you will find gifts and housewares including Christmas ornaments, metal signs, baskets, yard art, and coffee. East View Coffee Company even makes an exclusive brew for them — Sister’s Brew! Stop in, support a greater good, grab a handmade Haitian cup, and fill it with fair trade certified coffee.
Peacetree Originals – Again, it says it all in the name…originals. Peacetree Originals is a unique shop in Downtown Kenosha complete with a "peace van" parked right out front. Here you will find natural body care, aromatherapy, rocks, crystals, hemp seed products, buttons, bowls, dream catchers, tote bags, and tarot items — all fair trade and handmade. Bridgit Rallo, the owner of Peacetree, explains that everything in the store is organized by chakra color so it flows naturally. The foundation of Peacetree started with Bridgit creating custom jewelry inspired by her love for nature. She uses materials such as beads, semi-precious stones, wood, antler, sterling silver, glass, nuts, and seeds to create her unique jewelry pieces.
Modern Apothecary – A locally owned, independent pharmacy with the hospitality of an old time apothecary where you can find so much more than pharmacy items! Sure you can find cough and cold medications and supplements but you may be surprised to find Wisconsin-made lip butter, lotions, candles, shampoo bars, soaps, essential oils, and shower tablets. This is your local modern pharmacy.
Pollard Gallery and Gifts – This gallery is home to award-winning local artists who exhibit their art in a number of styles from fine art to functional media and the displays are always changing! You can find one-of-a-kind jewelry, hand-beaded or crafted from precious stones, photography of nature, local landscapes, scenery, and even vintage Kenosha. Check out the “Book Nook” where you will find works of fiction and non-fiction by local authors. For local artistry in a variety of forms, Pollard Gallery is where to go.
Kenosha Art Market – On the third Sunday of the month, June through October, Lemon Street Gallery hosts this market in Union Park. Here you will find more that 50 local artists and craftspeople selling their original, handmade items. The Art Market offers paintings, relief prints, ceramics, woodworking pieces, apparel, and jewelry. While here, visit the Little Free Library, the Little Free Art Gallery, play at the playground, and relax on a bench. A great way to spend an artful Sunday!
Kenosha HarborMarket – This is your one-stop destination for shopping local! Outdoors on Saturdays from May through October, you will find over 100 vendor booths with local produce, meat, poultry, cheese, eggs, dog treats, artisan breads, French pastries, baked goods, pantry staples, nuts, snacks, honey, prepared foods and beverages, soaps, body care products, and of course, arts and crafts! You will also find live entertainment, the prettiest flowers, and so much more. Sometimes you’ll even find another familiar fair trade, handmade favorite there…Outpour Fairtrade Boutique! Vendors can change weekly so get ready for some great variety! The market is indoors November through April.
Kenosha Public Market – Outdoors on Saturdays in the Downtown district (May through October), you can shop fresh local products like fruits, vegetables, flowers, artisan pastries and confections, locally sourced meats, poultry and eggs, fine cheeses, prepared foods, and handmade gifts. You can even shop online at KPM2GO — place orders during the week and pick up on Saturday! The market is indoors November through April.
When looking for that unique piece of art or a handmade gift for a loved one, nothing is more special than finding something that is made locally or sourced via fair trade. You can really find some extraordinary treasures here in town if you know where to go. The next time you go on a journey for that next great find think Kenosha. Think local. Think fair trade. And enjoy!