Ephrata, PA

Rte. 272, 240 N Reading Rd
Ephrata, PA 17522

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Rugs in Homes

Highlights in February

  • Level Ground Coffee and Tea is 20% OFF
    This special SALE runs February 9–23. Time to stock up!
  • Storytime on the Carpet Thursday, February 12
    11 am READING WoolburSign Up Online!
  • WE'RE FULL! Valentine's Dinner in the Café
    Friday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. Call 717-721-8418 to be added to the waitlist. • View Details and Menu

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Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata, PA, the largest store in the Ten Thousand Villages network, offers exquisite fairly traded home decor, gifts and personal accessories reflecting the traditions and cultures of artisans from the developing world.  Our spacious store includes the Bunyaad Rug Room and The Café @ Ten Thousand Villages.

About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages Store & Oriental Rug Gallery in Ephrata, PA

Ten Thousand Villages Store & Oriental Rug Gallery in Ephrata, PA, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

To learn more about fair trade, Oriental rugs and the regional Pennsylvania Dutch culture, click on the links below.


As a non-profit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers. Our volunteers serve a variety of functions and have a huge impact on every aspect of our organization. Simply put - we couldn't exist without our volunteers!

If you are interested in being a part of the fair trade movement, we hope you will consider joining our volunteer team. We welcome highly motivated people who have a passion for our people-driven mission and the products we sell. No previous experience or skills are required - just a friendly attitude and the desire to help. We ask that our volunteers work at least 2 shifts per month and we have a very flexible schedule to make it easy to fit your volunteer hours into your own schedule. Contact Louise Ranck or Liz VanArtsdalen via e-mail at louise.ranck@tenthousandvillages.com  and/or liz.vanartsdalen@tenthousandvillages.com

In the Store

Some folks volunteer weekly, others come once or twice each month. Regular volunteers are trained to wait on customers, use the cash registers, and unpack and check orders.

Currently we are in need of Volunteers in the areas below :

Barista and basic Cafe help

Visual Merchandisers

Sales Associates

Store marketing and community outreach

Special Events
Our store runs Warehouse Sales twice yearly, once in March, and once in July. We use a small army of volunteers to set up and run the sales, including many local folks and some who come from out-of-state to work the two intense (but fun!) sale weeks.

Our exciting International Children's Festival at the end of each school year requires nearly 100 volunteers to help serve food, and help with a myriad of activities and crafts.

Extra hands are always welcome during Holiday Special Events and December Saturdays, assisting cashiers with wrapping purchases, and guiding folks through the Living Gifts process.

Stop by the Ephrata store for a volunteer application if you are interested in being part of "the village" in this way.

In the Rug Room

We are so excited in the rug room to share the story of the artisans that create the wonderful hand-knotted carpets. We have many volunteer opportunities which include sharing the rug story (welcoming customers), helping to flip rugs (which is showing them to customers) and helping to check in new shipments. We also have a Story Time on the Carpet the second Thursday each month for children that is followed by a craft activity so story readers and craft helpers are much appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering please let us know!

Want to gain experience and help our store reach the "Next Level"?

You could be the next intern at Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata! Now accepting applications for the following positions:

Visual Merchandisers

Marketing and Community Outreach

Event Planning

Please contact Liz at liz.vanartsdalen@tenthousandvillages.com for more information and applications.

Meet Our Volunteers

Carla Martin


Carla Martin is in her third year as a weekly volunteer for Ten Thousand Villages Ephrata. "I believe in the fair trade philosophy in that it helps so many families worldwide. Those who shop at the Villages stores can enjoy beautiful and unique merchandise." Among the "varied, fun things" she does as a volunteer, Carla lists checking in the weekly orders and preparing for the Warehouse Sales and the International Children's Festival. Her least favorite day is store inventory––most of the store staff would agree with you on that one, Carla! She enjoys the "wonderful staff and other volunteers" at the store, who help to make her day here one to look forward to.

Carla recently surprised us by revealing that she has a pilot's license. Someday you might see the Ephrata store staff zooming around overhead, waving from a Cessna, as Carla gives us a taste of being airborne. She also has started taking violin lessons.

Carla and her husband Clarence travelled last year to China. They share three children and five grandsons, and live in Lititz (Pa).

Ruth Ruby


Ruth Ruby, one of our veteran volunteers, has been a "Village Person" for nearly seven years. When she retired from her secretarial job at Luther Acres, a local retirement community, Ruth wanted to do something worthwhile with her time, and offered to volunteer here at the Ephrata store. "I never know quite what I might be doing each week––it might be helping to unpack a shipment, waiting on customers, dusting shelves, or helping to get ready for inventory or a Warehouse Sale. But whatever I do, I know it's for a good cause. I truly believe in the fair trade concept Ten Thousand Villages stands for. Everyone deserves a chance to make a decent wage and to provide for their family. Ten Thousand Villages enables many people throughout the world to do this."

Ruth loves to read, and likes to cook, especially when she is trying out new and different recipes. She enjoys all kinds of games, but is happiest of all playing Liverpool Rummy. In earlier days, she was a whiz at racquetball and badminton. Ruth and her husband Allen have travelled extensively, to many countries in Europe, to the Holy Land, and to Alaska on a cruise. They have three children and four grandchildren, and live in Akron(Pa).

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Valentine's Sale - February 1, 2015 - February 14, 2015

25% OFF

valentines day sale

In Reiki, the Japanese art of spiritual healing,
Cho Ku Rei is a symbol of energy, strength and protection.
Discover a unique piece of jewelry that will mean
the world to someone you love.

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid on select merchandise at participating stores through 2/14/15 and online until 11:59 p.m. ET on 2/14/15. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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Pat McCaskey in the Café - February 6, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Pat McCaskey is a folk singer of the old school. He sings traditional tunes, love songs, ballads and just about anything else he likes and thinks others will like as well.

Music and singing were part of Pat’s life since his earliest memories. “My father was one of the world’s foremost harmonica players (working under the stage name of Stagg McMann). He was the house emcee at San Francisco’s “Hungry I”—I grew up backstage listening to, and trying to emulate, The Limelighters, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio, Stan Wilson, and many, many others. It was an amazing, interesting, and stimulating environment.”

Pat’s first group, The Weekenders, played their first show in “The Monkey Room,” a local club in Hayward, California, which netted them $75—not a bad wage for 1961. “We should have called ourselves “The Weak Enders,” Pat says, because “we were just horrible with our covers of then-popular groups.”

In the early 1960s, Pat headed off to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. From 1963 to 1967, he performed “at every coffee house and hootenanny in south central PA that I could find.” In late 1967 Pat took up his professional life as a bank management trainee. “Singing was just not compatible with being a banker,” he recollects.

In 1979, Pat returned to grad school in Boston to earn masters and PhD degrees in marketing. As a professor, he could once again sing in front of people without jeopardizing his career. He started out small, singing at the Sword & Stone on Beacon Hill, and then the “Nameless Coffeehouse” in Cambridge.

Things were going well, until Pat cut his right wrist trying to open a painted-shut window. Two surgeries and 101 stitches followed. After six months of recovery, he found that, due to nerve damage, he could not play his guitar because he could not feel the strings.

Flash forward to the summer of 2001. I was back in Lancaster teaching at Millersville University and an old friend from my college days said, ‘Why don’t you start singing again?’ After years of use my fingers had developed new nerve pathways and it was possible to ‘relearn’ how to play the guitar. It took about a year, but the result was that I play much better now than I ever did. A new guitar (steel strings for the first time) was purchased and I was back on stage again. However, it is the new, improved version! Still singing after all these years!


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Storytime on the Carpet - February 12, 2015

Thursday, February 12 at 11 am

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Woolbur is not like other sheep. He hangs out with wild dogs, cards his own wool to avoid the shearing barn, and even dyes his wool blue. "Don't worry!" says Grandpaa when Maa and Paa fret that Woolbur is different. But when they tell their son to follow the flock, the opposite happens—the flock follows him! Soon everyone is copying his wild hairstyles and taking turns on the spinning wheel. Leave it to Woolbur to find a new way to step ahead of the herd.


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Valentine's Dinner in the Cafe - February 13, 2015

Valentine Dinner in the Café

Friday, February 13 at 7 p.m.

Bring your special someone to enjoy a sumptuous dinner prepared by our talented Café staff. The menu, which stars roasted pork with a wine and fig glaze, is posted in full below. A vegetarian option is available upon request.

You may bring your own wine to enhance your dining experience. We’ll provide wine glasses.

Master classical guitarist Jeremy Harting will play throughout the dinner. Please note: all of our Café music is listener-supported. Cost is $35 per person, plus tax.

Call the Café at 717.721.8418 to reserve a table for two or four persons. Please mention your vegetarian preference when you make the reservation.

Valentine's Dinner Menu

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Thomas Shugar in the Cafe - February 20, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

We welcome guitarist and composer Thomas Shugar to the Café stage with classical guitar music from around the world, and several original compositions.


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Voxology in The Cafe - February 27, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Kevin Neidig and Les Vonderlin make up the award-winning duo Voxology. They have been performing together for nearly twenty years.

Just four months after Voxology was born, Neidig and Vonderlin were honored to have been finalists in the 1998 Lilith Fair/Levi’s Talent search. Both are two-time first place winners at the North Bay Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention in Westminster, Maryland, where Les won vocal competitions and Kevin won guitar and vocal competitions. Vonderlin’s songwriting has been recognized by the South Florida Folk Festival and the Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival.

Voxology celebrated its fourth anniversary while performing at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Voxology has had the opportunity to open shows for the legendary Doc Watson, Darrell Scott, Peter Rowan and his Texas Trio, theGrammy award-winning Alison Brown Quartet, and the renowned folk artist Tom Paxton. They have been featured at music and arts festivals in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Utah.

Neidig has been a guitar instructor for many years, and currently teaches at the Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center in Mechanicsburng, PA (http://theperfect5th.com/staff/kevin-neidig.asp).  Vonderlin has been singing since she was a small child.  During her time at Wilson College, she performed with the exclusive a cappella group Ten Tones.  She is also a freelance Voice Over Producer (http://lesvonderlin.com/voice-over-demo.php).

Neidig and Vonderlin have produced four recordings together—their self-titled debut CD Voxology was followed by under the covers, Someday Soon, and Simply. . . Voxology.

Each recording project has received accolades from critics and other musicians alike. Windham Hill recording artist Doyle Dykes told them to “keep writing, playing and singing. . . You’ve been entrusted with a wonderful gift!”

Read more, and listen to music at www.voxology.com

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Womack & Lowery in the Cafe - March 6, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Born into a musical family in “small-town Texas,” Janie Womack began performing with her mother and sisters at a very early age. A singer and a self-taught guitarist, Janie is a former member of the Central Pennsylvania Womyn’s Chorus, a capella quartet Three J’s and a C, and local band t.l.o. stone soup. Currently at work on her first full-length CD of original music, Janie recently released the 3-song disk, “Three Thirty-Three.”

Julie Lowery, a native of Lancaster County, began to add her vocal talents in late 2005. Also from a musical family, Julie grew up singing in school choruses and at church. She attributes her natural ability to harmonize to her mother—one of 5 sisters, 4 of whom performed regularly in their early years. Julie has sung in choral groups, quartets and trios but she’s never had more fun than singing with Janie.

Womack & Lowery play the local coffeehouse circuit as well as festivals and private events. They also give back to their community by donating their time and talents to non-profit organizations in the area. They perform “music of many colors” including originals, blues, country, ballads, folk, Americana, and even old standards. Their style is acoustic, and their delivery is straight and true. When these two join forces, their energy can send chills down your spine. Their different personalities and experiences serve as the perfect backdrop for humor. They’ll make you laugh—they’ll make you cry—and that’s what entertainment is all about!

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March Warehouse Sale - March 12, 2015 - March 14, 2015

Come shop our winter Warehouse Sale for incredible discounts on overstocks, bent 'n' dent items, and one-of-a-kind artisan samples. Prices start low and decrease each day!

A large selection of fine adult-made Oriental rugs will be in the sale, too, at 30-50% off original prices.

Sale Hours: Thursday 10-5, Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-4.

What to Bring: 1) Sturdy bags to carry home your purchases; 2) your creative imagination for possible re-purposing our "misfit toys;" 3) your neighbors, friends and family.

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Storytime on the Carpet - March 12, 2015

Thursday, March 12 at 11 am

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A Hen for Izzy Pippik
When Shaina finds a magnificent hen, she knows that Izzy Pippik, the hen's owner, is sure to return for her. In the meantime, Shaina decides she will care for the animal. But when dozens of eggs hatch and rowdy chickens scatter throughout the village, Shaina must fight the entire town if she has any hope of protecting the birds. Inspired by Jewish and Islamic traditional texts, this is a beautiful tale about doing the right thing, even in the face of adversity.


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Maggie Spike in the Cafe - March 13, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Maggie Spike is the husband and wife singer-songwriter duo Peggy & Eric Gernerd from rural eastern PA. Known for their “mixed bag” of musical genres, they are not an easy band to label. Their songwriting styles combine folk, jazz, the music of the British Isles, Americana, and world rhythm influences to create a sound space of insightful lyrics, melody, rhythm, and vocal harmony that is eclectic, easily accessible and highly entertaining.

They have recorded and produced four CDs including their latest “Sol Paradise” and are currently working on a CD of original and traditional music inspired by the British Isles.

“Performing music together is a date night with Eric,” Peggy says. “We have so much fun together on stage performing in front of a live audience. We go where the music takes us.”

Bring your friends and come join Maggie Spike for an enjoyable evening of music in the Café!

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Dan Kirby & Ben Young in the Cafe - March 20, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Dan Kirby and Ben Young are both Ephrata natives, and graduates of Ephrata High School. Ben and Dan have been making music since 2006, and continue to share their passion with anyone who's willing to listen.

It is their goal to play music in intimate settings, with limited amplification, and in doing so bring a great sense of community with each performance. Over the course of the evening you will hear songs from a wide variety of times, and musical genres, including but not limited to: Folk, Blues, R & B, Pop, Rock, and old timey hymns! Join them for an evening of music, community, and good food and drink.

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Kevin Neidig in The Café - March 27, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Rarely do you get in one musician the virtuosity of singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. Kevin brings all three with eloquent effortlessness:


The unexpected complexity, combined with graceful agility, are what capture your ear, compelling you to listen into the wee hours.


From the first note, you notice honed, flexible vocals, which are at once at ease with old-as-hills bluegrass as with the latest pop number on the radio.


Kevin’s approach never fails to present a different perspective – lyrically and musically.

In addition to being an award winning musician, Kevin has had the privilege of sharing the stage with performers like Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Tom Paxton, Doc Watson, and Collin Raye. And, he performed at the 2002 Olympic Games.

Kevin’s fourth solo album “I’ve Been There,” allows you, the listener, to bear witness to profound subjects of possibilities, dreams and evolution, married to the purity of rich aural timbres. “I’ve Been There” puts all of Kevin’s monster skills to use and is assuredly a must listen!


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Matt Miskie in the Cafe - April 3, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Matt Miskie is a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and percussionist based in Cleona PA. Matt's immediately accessible songs naturally cross-over between contemporary and traditional styles. Lyrics reflect on life, relationships, adventure and coming of age.

Matt's release "A BEND IN THE RIVER" is a download album, available on Amazon.mp3 and iTunes worldwide.

Performance credits included support concerts for Tom Rush, Tom Chapin, Dave Mason and others. Matt has been a featured performer at most of Pennsylvania's major arts festivals and has performed college coffeehouse programs from North Carolina to Wisconsin.

Matt's live performances have a broad appeal. His audiences are treated to moving and entertaining renditions of traditional classics, covers of influential singer/songwriters of the 60's and 70's interspersed with his thoughtful original music.

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Sterling Koch in the Cafe - April 10, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Sterling Koch (pronounced "Cook") is a nationally recognized lap steel guitarist who is a touring and recording artist. Sterling specializes in playing Chicago style blues in a contemporary style on the lap steel guitar.

He has recorded 4 solo albums of steel guitar music and will release his fifth, "Let It Slide" in March of 2013. The new album was recorded with his touring band, featuring Gene Babula (bass) and John Goba (drums), and contains the single "Mercury Blues." His previous release titled "Slide Ruler" featured bassist Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan) and Grammy nominated drummer Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers).

He has had the support of the legendary steel guitarist Calvin Cooke (mentor to Robert Randolph) when first starting on steel guitar and now can claim "steelers" Darick Campbell (The Campbell Brothers), Aubrey Ghent and Freddie Roulette as friends and mentors.

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Store and Oriental Rug Gallery Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Cafe Hours

Full Café menu served from 10:00 to 3:00 each day, and Friday evening 5:00 to 8:30. Light fare is available between 3:00 and 5:00.

Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Light fare between 3:00 and 5:00
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Sunday: Closed