Three Fond du Lac businesses have been recognized as a part of the group of Fair Trade Town retailer

Theresa Groskopp, CN, opened Natural Healthy Concepts on 976 E Johnson St, Suite 100 in Riverside Center in July 2017.  Theresa first established a successful nutrition consulting business in Appleton at 310 N Westhill Blvd, Appleton.  She wanted another location within an hour of Appleton and choose Fond du Lac as a progressive city.

One hundred and fifty (150) Fair Trade products are offered between two brands, Dr. Bronner’s and Alaffia.  Both brands have amazing stories about the quality of the product and the depth of their mission and the history of their company.

Dr. Bronner’s, a company with a 150-year history of soap making, is a top-selling soap in the U.S. natural marketplace. Organic and Fair Trade ingredients are used with no synthetic preservatives, no detergents, or foaming agents.  Dr. Bronner’s has created or partnered with Fair Trade and organic projects all over the world: in Sri Lanka for coconut oil, Ghana for palm oil, Palestine and Israel for olive oil, India for mint oil, Ecuador for sugar cane alcohol and palm kernel oil, and Kenya for avocado, tea tree and coconut oils.

Alaffia was founded to alleviate poverty and empower communities in Togo West Africa through the Fair Trade of shea butter, coconut oil and other indigenous resources.  This mission driven company says Alaffia’s success is not simply measured by profit.  They measure their success is measured by empowerment. Empowerment Projects funded by the sales of Alaffia products. All of Alaffia’s projects, including a basket weaving program empower Togolese communities to provide their skills and knowledge to the rest of the world and rise out of poverty.  Click for more details

A customer and Fair Trade advocate, Brenda Schaefer, recommended Annie’s Fountain City Café to be a part of the Fair Trade Town Retail group.  Annie Culver, with the assistance of her husband Gary and daughter Katelyn opened this downtown restaurant and popular meeting place in January of 2016.  She describes running this business as a passion dream and dream come true after the preparation of working in the field, degrees in Culinary Arts and Supervisory Management from Moraine Park Technical College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Marian University.

She knew the elements that would go into her dream business: a welcoming atmosphere, high level of customer service, involvement in the community, locally sourced chemical free food, homemade soups and entrees, extensive scratch cooking and good coffee,

Annie became familiar with Collective Coffee while managing the Blue Goose Café at the Horicon Bank in Fond du Lac.  Collective offers organic and Fair Trade coffee certified by Fair Trade USA form Sumatra, Mexico, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Another Fair Trade product you’ll find at Annie’s is Steaz iced tea, a Fair Trade green tea from Kenya and with organic Fair Trade sugarcane from Paraguay.  Annie’s has Divine chocolate for sale. Divine is a Fair Trade B Corp which was recently named Best for the World 2017 by Certified B Corporations.  Click for more details

Lois Ronca, opened The Artisan Salon-Barber, with a Fair Trade Flavor.  Lois servers her customers Fair Trade Barissmo coffee and Equal Exchange tea and along with that frequently promotes Fair Trade products and sources to her customers.  Lois acted on a dream to own her own building and with her husband Bob, purchased and renovated a now beautifully fresh and sunny salon at 606 Triangle Road, Fond du Lac.  She rents space to several stylists.  She has placed many Fair Trade art and crafts through-out the business.  The renovation was done to thought for sustainable and upcycled materials.
For more details about these businesses see Find Fair Trade in Fond du Lac.

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