Sunday, February 25, 2018

Discovering Brew Coffee Spot in La Mesa!

6101 Lake Murray Blvd. La Mesa

A few members of the La Mesa Fair Trade committee stopped by to enjoy Brew Coffee Spot's Fair Trade coffee and the ambiance of this popular cafe.  Brew Coffee Spot uses organic coffee beans sourced from San Diego’s Café Virtuoso.   The morning we stopped by, the cafe was busy the entire time. It was a pleasure to meet one of the owners, Ralf Wilkowski and learn that their priority is serving excellent coffee and food that has been ethically sourced and environmentally friendly.  The coffee, tea and panini sandwich was excellent.  Hope you stop by!

 Read more about Brew Coffee Spot in the La Mesa Courier
Visit the website: Brew Coffee Spot

Monday, February 19, 2018

Fair Trade Decor moves to Coronado


Fair Trade Decor is San Diego's first "brick and mortar" store that is certified Fair Trade through Fair Trade Federation. Originally located in Del Mar, Jude and Elizabeth Paganelli moved their store after 5 years to its current location in Coronado.  They also relocated!  Jude and Betsy are now able to walk to the store.  The Coronado community have welcomed them and sales have gone up since their move.  There is not one thing that shoppers would not like in this beautifully displayed, shopping paradise for your home or for gifts.  Shop Fair Trade at 828 Orange Ave in Coronado!

Read more:  Coronado Life Style

Another article to check out:

The Coronado Times had the pleasure of talking with Fair Trade Home Decor owners Elizabeth and Jude Paganelli, to discuss the history of the business and their new location on Orange Avenue. Learn how their business is touching lives all around the world.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Shop Fair Trade at these upcoming events!

Fair Trade Alternative Gift Fair

First Lutheran Church (3rd & Ash)

As one of the oldest supporters of Fair Trade in San Diego, we hope you stop by and shop for handmade, beautiful and unique gifts Sunday, Dec. 3rd for 10am-12:30pm

Holiday Fest and Fair Trade Faire

featuring holiday feast, fun, politics and a fabulous international bazaar

La Mesa - Foothills Democratic Club

Enjoy shopping with choices of imported coffees, teas, chocolates, handcrafted artisan baskets and jewelry, clothing, accessories and works of art from around the world. There will be a dozen boutiques and local companies exhibiting their wares, sure to give you a head start for your holiday shopping for friends and family.  

Article featured in La Mesa Courier
Fair Trade Faire to highlight Dems holiday feast  
November 24th, 2017 By Yahairah Aristy and Jeff Benesch | La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club

From modest beginnings over 70 years ago, the fair trade movement today is a global enterprise representing over 2 million producers and workers. The movement believes that trade can be a fundamental driver of poverty reduction and greater sustainable development, and disadvantaged farmers, workers and artisans can develop the capacity to take more control over their work and their lives.  Read more...


 Holiday in the Village

Walk the streets of La Mesa's historic downtown and enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids' area with holiday movies and activities.  Enjoy Fair Trade hot chocolate served by the students at St. Martin of Tours Academy while perusing the many booths including Genesis Fair Trade tabling next to the St. Martin Academy booth.


Shop for your holiday gifts with your heart and mind.

St. Paul's Cathedral Episcopal Church

Traditional gift giving can reflect your compassion, commitment to justice, responsibility for our fragile earth, and respect for the human spirit.  Join us for this annual gift market of seasonal cheer and good will.

Gift opportunities include:

  • Items from across the globe that are designed and crafted by artisans, such as jewelry, home décor, and personal accessories;
  • Savory and sweet culinary treats such as soups, mustard, jam, and condiments;
  • Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and olive oil;
  • Handmade clothing;
  • Donations to humanitarian causes such as refugees, children, healthcare in Haiti made in the name of your friend;
  • Hand-designed stationary and note cards;
  • Practical household items to help sustain the earth;
  • Other gifts that can do a “world of good”
Familiar vendors include Tomorrow Project, Episcopal Refugee Network, Equal Exchange, Plant with Purpose and many others, including several new vendors.  Enjoy shopping while listening to live music, sipping coffee or tea, and enjoying a free cup of soup with bread (offered from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.).