When Leah Livengood opened Greater Goods Marketplace, her goal was simple: provide quality products that were good for the environment as well as our global communities. As you peruse the shelves you’ll find products that have been created to reduce landfill waste, eliminate or reduce the need for plastics and rolls of paper towels, or products that just make good sense.
I love shopping at Leah’s little “General Store.” Each visit brings new surprises. Maybe one reason I enjoy it so much is that it reminds me of simpler times – before we became such a disposable society. It reminds me of the era in which I grew to adulthood. Those years when we used cloth napkins, kept Mason jars for next year’s canning season, gave carefully thought-out handcrafted Christmas presents, and never, ever threw anything away that could be reused…or made into something that we could use!
Rather than extol the uniqueness of Greater Good Marketplace, let’s take a peek at some of the items you’ll find – maybe some of them are just the thing you’re wanting for that person on your gift list who seems to have ‘everything’!
What child doesn’t love a soft cuddle critter? Handcrafted by local artisan, Amanda Huggins (Awren’s Joy), you’ll find a nice assortment of snuggle buddies. Our little artist likes to take to the easel on a whim – often forgetting to put on her painting shirt. Problem solved with this tie dyed apron that sports some pockets for a bundle of brushes and supplies. Bags for dance shoes, seeds for planting, the best school-lunch supplies and so much more for the little tykes!
Don’t Throw Out the Honey Jar!
The ‘Honey Station’ offers a refillable option to throwing away the jar. Or, get your honey bear and honey stick here and bring it back for refills. Practical and economical too! AND – what a great marketing tool! A yummy incentive for a return visit!
Gailen Hudson has been a potter for over 30 years making both functional ware and whimsical animal forms in clay. His works are in stoneware and in raku. He owns and operates The Clay Bank Inc., a pottery equipment, supplies, and studio company in Springdale which sells clays, glazes, tools and equipment to local potters, and gives classes and workshops to promote clay creativity and education. This photo shows his broad range of skill and techniques including traditional raku fired horsehair pots and whimsical bugs decked out with steampunk jetpacks.
Rebecca Dunn grew up in rural Arkansas on a farm. She attended the University of Arkansas/Fayetteville and graduated with degrees Agriculture (Landscape Design and Urban Horticulture. Her horticultural backgroung has definitely influenced her colorful clay ceramics.
You’ll find a large selection of her lovely creations – vases, platters, wall hangings, bowls and mugs. All are lovely items for gifting this Christmas!
Fort Smith artisan, Debbie Nickles (Home for Wayward Gourds) carves exquisite gourds that are beautiful, sometimes whimsical, and often practical – night lights, bird feeders and cookie jars. And that Razorback gourd? It’s actually designed as a birdhouse!
The gourd is sitting on a collection of ice dyed silk scarves created by local artist David Whitt.
Greater Goods Marketplace is appropriately named. Each hand-picked item has a purpose: to promote responsible stewardship of our resources. From reusable stainless drinking straws, to bamboo eating utensils, hygiene products, and soy candles the shop offers the shopper and opportunity to be mindful of the waste we create.
Crafts created by local and regional artisans allow us the opportunity to support our local vendors – especially those artists whose creativity enhances the beauty of everyday living. Their are even Fair Trade items to remind us to be thoughtful of the plight of working people in our global economy.
When you purchase a Fair Trade item, you are taking a stand against child and slave labor as well as unjust business practices across the globe. Greater Goods is a place where you’ll love to shop – for the greater good of our community and the greater good of a global society.
“Serving the ‘greater good’ goes beyond eco-friendly and locally made. It’s choosing products that are made responsibly, ensure fair wages, give back to our Earth, or support the social good.” (Leah Livengood.
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