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Celebrating our 15th Anniversary

15th Anniversary

On Sunday during the 25th Annual HarmonyFest in Downtown Three Rivers, our little store celebrated its 15th Anniversary! During those 15 years, our faithful volunteers have spent more than 31,000 hours running the store and connecting our community with artisans and farmers from around the world. To celebrate, we gave away 15 prizes throughout the day, served special treats in the store, and commissioned our friend Elisabeth Wenger to write a poem, which she read from the main stage at 6:30 (see below). Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate … and here’s to 15 more years!


World Fare’s 15th Anniversary: An Exhortation

A store is never just a store.
While it’s true that a business is not a person,
no matter what our government says,
A business is made by people,
peopled, populated and conceived
of, in minds expansive and strange.

Make a choice—to what business
will you give the strength in your arms,
the branching electricity in your brain?
To what group of people,
with what dream,
will you go?

And the work of the people of the business
takes on the life its been given,
as long as the people keep caring.

Fifteen years these people have cared for a store!
Remember fifteen?
The hot passion, the standing up for what you believed in
with the thrill of standing for justice,
with the strength of a David
facing down Goliath. Impossible.
Magnificent. Teenaged energy
and clear sight, acknowledging the impossible
and attempting it anyway.

May the people who people this store
keep dreaming, keep the passion.
May they imagine new worlds
or ways to be, may they fight
with fifteen’s fervor for an impossibility,
And, most of all,
may they remain people,
individual and uniquely strange,
caring about people.

First Friday focus on women’s history

First Friday focus on women’s history

Women's Bean Project Items

It’s time for March’s First Friday and we thought that it would be fun to have a special night and a series of posts highlighting women in history and/or fair trade to celebrate Women’s History Month!

The fun starts this Friday, March 2, 2018 5pm-8pm. We will have samples from Women’s Bean Project for you to try AND all Women’s Bean Project products in the store will be 10% off.

Be sure to stop in, we will have coffee as usual and plenty of conversation!

2014 Chocolate Affair winners

2014 Chocolate Affair winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Chocolate Affair fair trade chocolate bake-off!  From left to right: Lorie Minor, Marian Deames, Cian Monroe, Brian Deames and Dawn Bohm.  Over 80 people turned out to warm up the winter weekend with a selection of chocolate delights from the area’s most creative bakers!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Around Town!

Three Rivers merchants and volunteers continue to work together to provide an array of fun, family-friendly activities to celebrate the holidays throughout your historic downtown.  Here’s what’s coming up…mark your calendar!  All two-day weekend activities take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday.

NOV. 29: TREE LIGHTING

Come together in the mural mall for hot cocoa, carols and the lighting of the lovely tree at 6:15 p.m.

NOV. 1-DEC. 29: CHRISTMAS AROUND TOWN

Join us on Thanksgiving weekend for cookie decorating, a holiday hunt, shopping, a visit from Santa and his reindeer…and more!

DEC. 7-8: IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK & SOUND A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!

Vote for your favorite downtown Christmas tree for a chance to win $50 in Downtown Dollars to be spent at participating businesses.

DEC. 13: THE HUSS PROJECT PRESENTS KENNEDY’S KITCHEN & THE CELTIC FIRE IRISH STEPDANCERS 

All proceeds from this delightful evening with Michiana’s favorite Irish band support the Huss Project’s efforts to build community in Three Rivers through food, art, play and friendship.  Click here for more info and online ticketing.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the suggested donation is $15, with tickets ranging from $10-$100.

DEC. 14-15: IT’S BEGINNING TO TASTE & SMELL A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!

Vote for your favorite cookie for a chance to win $50 in Downtown Dollars to be spent at participating businesses.  Collect recipes, too!

DEC. 21-22: IT’S BEGINNING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!

Last-minute shoppers can enter to win a basket of downtown goodies!

LAST CHANCE… 

Many downtown businesses will be open special hours on Dec. 23 and 24 and the Riviera Theatre will host a FREE Christmas movie on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.!

DEC. 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

World Fare celebrates 10 years of fair trade

In 2003, the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a ribbon-cutting at 37 N. Main Street in Three Rivers for a unique new shop, one run by volunteers and featuring goods from economically disadvantaged communities around the world.  Ten years later, World Fare is going strong, connecting local volunteers with global neighbors in mutually beneficial trade relationships.  The public is invited to celebrate ten years of fair trade with World Fare on Sunday, September 1.  The shop will be open noon-8:00 p.m. during the HarmonyFest music festival, with 10% off all purchases all day.  A special “Storm the Store” party will take place from 3:00-3:30 p.m. with a toast, birthday cupcakes, coffee and tea, a special poem reading and a photo of past and present volunteers.