Local businesses, artisans and non-profits will once again gather at Rainbow Blossom to provide customers with a multitude of ‘green’ items and services at the third annual Holiday Green Gift Fair! The event – held at the St. Matthews Market, 3738 Lexington Road, from 12-4 PM on December 13th – provides one-stop shopping with a festive kick for a variety of distinctive, local, cause-based gifts. The items on offer are perfect for those who want to do their part to help the environment as well as those tired of giving the same mass-produced gifts year after year.
For many, the relaxed atmosphere of the Fair is a welcomed change of pace from the typical frenzy encountered with Holiday shopping. “As part of my efforts to become more environmentally conscious, I attended last years fair and really enjoyed it.,” says Kristen Albrecht, a Rainbow Blossom customer. “Not only did it allow me to purchase some great gifts that I felt good about giving to my loved ones, but I was able to avoid the holiday mall scene altogether.Everyone was thrilled with the items they received and I had a truly pleasant holiday shopping experience!”
Summer Auerbach, VP of Operations, says, “With the current media focus on ‘going green’, I’m proud that Rainbow Blossom is now in its third year of bringing these unique items together for families and friends to enjoy.”
“The event is also a wonderful opportunity for our community to interact with and support local businesses, artisans and non-profits that care equally about the environmental legacy we are leaving for future generations. Doing our part to help sustain a healthy planet is the best gift we can give our children.”
With the eclectic group of vendors scheduled to participate, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase diverse items such as locally produced candles made entirely of recycled wax by Old Louisville Candle Maker and handmade jewelry by UWEC, a fair trade partnership established to help disadvantaged women artisans of Uganda. Sustain, a local business specializing in environmentally friendly products, will be on hand with various sustainable items ranging from recycled paper Christmas cards to crank led flashlights.
While shopping, customers can enjoy a complimentary chair massage, wine from River Bend Winery, chocolate from Jing Masters and enter to win door prizes and raffles. A local non-profit, Olmsted Parks Conservancy will also be on hand to wrap presents in earth-friendly, recycled giftwrap for an optional donation with all proceeds going to the OPC.
Companies and non-profits attending include: Glass Dreams Grateful Suds, Crafts For Peace, Drepung Gomang Institute, Sustain, Esperanza en Accion, Jackson’s Organic Coffee, Jing Masters, Just Creations, Knit Nook, Old Louisville Candle Maker, Kitschy Queen, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Rita Miller Massage Therapist, Bakula Sheth Henna Artist, Janet Essenpreis Pottery,Sacred Herb Creations, and The Makery.
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