Before socially responsible commerce, fair trade meant swapping a ride on the Ferris wheel for a kewpie doll made of funnel cake. Demonstrate your devotion to unsugared humanoids with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fair-trade products at Global Gallery, a not-for-profit consortium of volunteers that operates a retail market in Short North and a cafe and gift shop in Clintonville.
Committed to promoting handcrafts from more than 40 countries around the world and raising awareness about the people who make them, Global Gallery helps provide artisans with family-supporting wages by partnering with local and foreign organizations and representing their wares. Peruse the selection of Latin American jewelry, African drums, Australian didgeridoos, Tibetan singing bowls and prayer flags, Nicaraguan pottery, Pakistani onyx candleholders, and Atlantisian sea tridents. Conscience-driven culinarians can stock up on coffee, chocolate, and an array of soups, including Toni’s Ten Bean Soup ($7.99), a delicious, hearty bowl-filler that helps children learn to count to 10 without interrupting their finger painting. For the holiday season, Global Gallery offers a collection of Peruvian-made nativity sets ($14.99+) and a fuzzy feeling of do-goodery.
- Global Gallery is an excellent place to find unique, imaginative gifts for your family and friends. Their stock comes from third world countries and they pay fair trade prices for everything. – Julie r., Judy's Book
- This place has heart. Global Gallery is as fair-trade as fair-trade gets. They sell all kinds of baskets, clothing, trinkets, and coffee - all fair. They're always trying to help, whether it's helping a customer pick something out, or putting a roof on an orphanage in Bolivia - seriously. – Morgan D., Yelp