It's called Ten Thousand Villages and it's located S. Lake Ave. It's a small store that I guess I overlooked the entire time Nick lived in Pasadena, but it's a hidden gem. And if you're reading this from somewhere other than Southern California, you'll be happy to know there are over 70 other locations of Ten Thousand Villages across the U.S. -- including in Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. You can get a complete list of store locations here.
As the retailer's website says, "Ten Thousand Villages in Pasadena, CA, 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."
Plus, once the associates realized I was buying the item as a gift they even gave me a preprinted card that explained how the gift is fair trade -- so the receiver understands its significance.
This will be a fun go-to spot for me when I'm shopping for family and friends in the future. And they have foodie gifts too, like some premade mixes and snacks from other countries.
Ten Thousand Villages, 567 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena 91101 (626) 229-9892.
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