Well, we're moving! About 500 feet away....you had to know I wouldn't leave Bordentown!
While I really love this shop, an opportunity presented itself that was too good to pass by. Late this summer we'll begin work at 201 Farnsworth Avenue and will reopen there after Labor Day weekend. It will give the store more room to grow, and the studio will have more storage space and beautiful natural light.
This move gives me the opportunity to improve the layout of the shop and like any change, offers an opportunity to reflect on where we started and where we're going...
International Women's Day happened earlier this week, on March 8th. After visiting the website to read about this year's campaign - I realized I didn't know much at all about the history of the day.
Did you know the day actually began as a National Women's day here in the US? In 1908, 15,000 women who worked in the garment industry organized a massive protest in New York City. They were demanding....
If the shop is open, there's a pretty good chance I'm working in it. In between stocking, ordering, marketing, and cleaning - I get to talk to my super cool neighbors and customers. There are a couple of questions I get asked a lot:
1. Is this candy / chocolate bar / truffle good? Answer - yes. I've tried them all.
2. What is that awesome smell? Answer - It isn't me...I wish! The soaps and bath bombs in here blend together in the best way possible and I agree, it is lovely.
3. Where is the pilates studio? Answer - it is down the hall, and thank goodness for it, because see my answer to question 1.
4. Why is (fill in the blank) so expensive?
I stumbled across Mata Traders while searching for a jewelry vendor for my website in April 2015. I was on the hunt for affordable, ethically made jewelry with simple, modern lines - I want to shop fair trade, but still look like me. Mata's style? Loved it. Price point? Super affordable. Mission? I needed to know more about the company and started with their website which just had a gorgeous makeover.
"Three best friends with a serious case of wanderlust set out on an around-the-world adventure and landed in Mother India for four months. Enamored with the people, markets, and colorful textiles, they vowed to make the country a part of their life story."
This may be how the story began in 2003, but it oh baby, it grew. Mata Traders has evolved into a powerhouse of social entrepreneurship. I did a pretty deep dive into their blog and website and by connecting the Google dots was able to find out more information about the company and the...