About Ten Thousand Villages in Harrisonburg, VA
Ten Thousand Villages in Harrisonburg, VA carries fair trade artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories, and gift items from across the globe, including coffee, tea, chocolate, and more. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in about 38 countries, we are part of a network of about 80 non-profit Ten Thousand Villages stores specializing in Fair Trade retail.
Our store started with the dream of two local women who became determined to begin a fair trade store in this area after a visit to the Ephrata, PA flagship store. In 1993 the store began as "International Impressions" and was located in a strip mall behind Harrisonburg's Valley Mall. From there, the store moved to the Shenandoah Farmer's Market and later to the Dayton Farmer's Market where it remained for fourteen years and took on the name "Ten Thousand Villages." In 2011, our store moved to its present location at 181 S. Main Street in downtown Harrisonburg.
Ten Thousand Villages Harrisonburg is made up of paid staff members, a handful of committed and passionate volunteers, and a nine member board of directors. Meet our current staff here (clockwise from bottom left: Jessie Hess, Outreach Coordinator; Carmen Miller, Sales Staff; Valerie Weaver, Executive Director; Karen Mast, Sales Staff; Elva Rhodes, Visual Merchandiser; and Kara Miller, Store Manager.)
In years past we have been winners of several awards including the Daily News Records' "Best of the Valley" and Virginia Living's "Best of Virginia". We were honored again this year to win 'Best Downtown Shop' by Daily News Record readers in "Best of the Valley 2015".
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