Trade Roots: Sip a latte and shop for unique gifts | ARLnow

Stepping into Trade Roots, the charming fair trade shop and cafe in Arlington’s Westover neighborhood, is like embarking on a global journey.

From remote villages in South and Central America to cities and towns in Southeast Asia, Africa and beyond, Trade Roots hand-picked products are not only unique and handcrafted , they still pay a living wage to the craftsman who inspired and created them.

Where else could you find a purse made from recycled tires or a bowl made from recycled telephone wire. Maybe you’ve been looking for outdoor art made from recycled oil drums or hand-blown wine glasses or vases. Whether it’s direct trade coffee from Peru or chocolate made from beans grown in Honduras, Trade Roots pays close attention to how the products reach the United States.

Because all of their merchandise is made locally (and there are thousands of products in this well-stocked store!) When you shop at Trade Roots, you know that farmers and artisans are paid fairly and take their role in stewardship of the environment seriously.

From stunning sterling silver necklaces made in Nepal and the hills of Thailand to gold-plated earrings from Asia, every unique gift from Trade Roots has a story; a story of hopes, dreams and fulfilled lives.

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