Tucked away on the main drag in Tappahannock is a unique place offering wares that can add a unique dash of décor to any home, but also promotes Fair Trade for underprivileged workers in Third World counties.
Walking into The Gift Gallery, located at 1644 Tappahannock Blvd., shoppers can peruse items varying from hand painted dinnerware, creative musical instruments and hand-made jewelry from across the globe.
It is all part of a dream brought to fruition by owners Lois Ann and David Lavery of Walkerton.
“I had worked and taught school in Richmond County Schools for a long time and I always loved painting and creating glass art, Lois Ann said in a recent interview. “I had done some craft shows and when retirement was imminent, this was an outlet for us to continue our creativity.”
Lois Ann added that Tappahannock was the ideal location for her store.
“We think it is a wonderful little town and the people here are very gracious,” she said. “It all has to do with being willing to be flexible, evaluate what we are doing and enjoy the people who come into the store.”
Lois Ann noted that the store’s prominent display of Fair Trade wares was the brainchild of the Walkertons’ daughter.
“When she was in college she went to many Third World countries and she told me I had to have a shop that was Fair Trade,” Lois Ann said.
According to their website, Fair Trade items come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated and the business helps in developing countries build sustainable industries that positively influence their communities.
“Every product has a story behind it,” Lois Ann said, adding…
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