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Eco-Friendly Holiday Marketplace Pops Up In Westport

Trades of Hope will be selling handcrafted jewelry, scarves, home accessories and other items at the eco-friendly pop up marketplace in Westport, open Thursday through Saturday.
Trades of Hope will be selling handcrafted jewelry, scarves, home accessories and other items at the eco-friendly pop up marketplace in Westport, open Thursday through Saturday. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. – If you’re looking for unique gifts this holiday season, you may find what you’re looking for at a special eco-friendly pop up shop opening in Westport for three days only.

A group of area vendors offering holistic living, organic, locally crafted and Fair Trade items will be showcased at the marketplace, market curator and Westport resident Opala Avdiu said. Items include healing crystals for the home, botanical creams and skin-care items, handcrafted jewelry and confections created by a kid-run business.

“Everything in here is not only unique but has some sort of social fiber in terms of what it represents,” Avdiu said. “Because everything here is made responsibly, these are all feel good gifts — gifts you will feel great about giving to someone else.”

One vendor, Trades of Hope , will be selling jewelry, scarves, bags, home accessories and other items handmade by female artisans around the world. Trades of Hope pays the woman six-times more for their creations than they would get in their home countries, Avdiu said.

Sweet and Sour Creations, a confections business created by three Westport kids who attend the Connecticut Friends School, will have cookie mixes and other sweet treats, such as toffee and fudge, made with mostly organic ingredients, Avdiu said.

Westport resident Brittany Chamberlin Martin, founder of Bodha Skin, will be selling her all-natural creams and lotions for men, women and children.

Jennifer Boyd-Mullineaux, another Westport resident and founder of Boyd Wellness , will offer a variety of healing crystals for the home and will showcase Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency (PEMF) therapy. Boyd Wellness will also display and offer PUR2o, a water filtration system, and glass bottles of water filtered using the system.

Other exhibitors include Westport photographer Pam Zaremba; HathaHealing , a health practice that combines yoga, massage, meditative movements; Indigo, a boutique that sells Fair Trade items; and Norwalk-based interior designer Claudine Maidique, who will be selling limited edition pillows made locally using fabrics that would otherwise not be used.

The pop up market will open Thursday in a space above Akram , a men’s and women’s clothing store at 9 Sconset Square. It will be open through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Akram and the market vendors are also hosting a series of events Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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