Fair Trade Décor in Del Mar expands cultural events

Author Jeff Salz, Fair Trade Décor co-owner Betsy Paganelli, author Alepho Deng and Fair Trade Décor co-ower Jude Paganelli at the first anniversary event.

Fair Trade Décor in Del Mar village welcomed more than 100 visitors, nonprofit representatives, fair trade leaders and authors to celebrate its first anniversary at a special Global Stories event on March 30.

Authors Alepho Deng (They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky) and Jeff Salz (The Way of Adventure, Transforming Your Life and Work with Spirit and Vision) signed their books and exchanged experiences with participants from community groups and vendors. Mario Olivares, an internationally-renowned Latin-Spanish guitarist, performed throughout the event with guitarist Gil Barron.

Among participants from community organizations were: Sarah Emerson, Project Concern International, Esther Paul, Children’s Lifeline International, Anna Taylor, Survivor’s of Torture International.

Representatives from fair trade groups included Carolyn Leif, Fair Trade San Diego; and Nancy Ryan and Anne Pacheco of Fair Trade La Mesa. Fair trade vendors displaying their artisans’ products were Shelly Tennyson of Manos Zapotecas, Manasi Patel and Sanjay Popat of Global Artisans, Sharry Casey of Dr. Bronner’s Magical Soaps, and Kristan Fazio, Leakey Collection.

Global Stories was an extension of cultural events hosted at Fair Trade Décor, aimed at bringing the community together around the events and cultures of the world. Recent events include a regular drum circle led by João Vincient Lewis and belly dance classes by Dr. Katherine Zagone.

Owners Betsy and Jude Paganelli announced that in response to demand from the community, they will be adding new cultural activities beginning in May. Among these activities are: craft demonstrations by fair trade artisans, readings by local authors, an art exhibit, product demonstrations as well as hands-on classes with recycled materials.

The family-run business has brought handmade furnishings and gifts from more than 40 countries to Del Mar, while following globally accepted principles of Fair Trade, including fair living wages, safe working conditions, environmental sustainability and cultural respect.

For more information visit Fair Trade Décor, 1412 Camino Del Mar in the heart of Del Mar village; or call 858-461-1263.