Join us in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for our 6th Annual Open House! Don’t miss this opportunity to hand-pick merchandise for your store, shop 100+ sale items up to 60% off, and meet with our very special guests:

Pushpika Freitas

Founder of Marketplace Handwork of India

Monday, September 25

Pushpika will join us to share stories about her experiences in India and the artisans that she works with. Pushpika will also be bringing Marketplace Handwork of India products, which will be available for purchase all week long!

Jackie Corlett

Designer and Founder of Motif

Monday, September 25 – Tuesday, September 26

Jackie has a wealth of knowledge to share about Bangladesh, product design, and building a fair trade business from the ground up. Learn more about Motif here.

Kevin Natapow

Creative Retail Solutions

Thursday, September 28 – Friday, September 29

Creative Retail Solutions focuses on helping existing Fair Trade shops increase sales and maximize efficiency through inventory control, marketing, merchandising, buying and customer service. They also work with those seeking to open a Fair Trade shop with the above, as well as location, business structures and plans, financing, and management systems.


Tim Vertz

Vertz Marketing

Wednesday, September 27

Vertz Marketing is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin marketing company that works primarily with small and medium sized businesses. They specialize in Social Media Management, SEO, Web Design, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Development Services.

Cheryl Newendorp & Amanda Johnson

From The Work of Our Hands – Lessons from Artisans

Dates TBA

Chat with these ladies to learn how they have successfully run a small non-profit fair trade store in Pella, Iowa called The Work of Our Hands. They will also be sharing their experiences and impressions from their travels to Ecuador with Minga’s Fair Trade Educational Tours.

Ivan Gonzalez

Minga Export Manager – Ecuador

Dates TBA

Ivan is Minga’s point person in Ecuador, so he knows all of the artisans we work with personally. Chat with Ivan to learn about fair trade from the artisans’ perspective.



Space is limited, so please RSVP via phone at (262) 248-8790 or via email at [email protected]. RSVP by August 1 for a chance to win free shipping for one year!