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.

Ten years ago

Our local newspaper, the Three Rivers Commercial-News, has a feature called “Yesterday” that highlights stories from the paper 10, 25 and 50 years ago.  It was exciting to see World Fare in today’s paper!

THREE RIVERS — The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce held an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new downtown retail store, World Fare, at 37 N. Main St. The Store will hold its grand opening during HarmonyFest. Those taking part in the ribbon cutting were Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce ambassadors Marcia Saunders, Karen Newhouse, Vic Eichler, L.J. Karuso, Kelly Hostetler, Debbie Hedrington and TRCC general manager Bruce Snook. Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma is World Fare manager and Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma is store manager.