5 Fair Trade Gifts for the Girl on the Go

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5 Fair Trade Gifts for the Girl on the Go

What to get the world traveler or even just the woman always headed somewhere? Always on the move, these ladies don’t have time or space for anything they don’t absolutely need. We’ve got you covered when gifting for your gal-pals who are always on the go!

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5 Reasons Why We Support Fair Trade  

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5 Reasons Why We Support Fair Trade  

We’ve heard these words: fair trade. It seems like a good thing. But what does it mean? Does fair trade mean that the product is “ethically made”? If I pay a local artisan a fair wage to make something, does that make it “fair trade”?

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Keeping Dreams Alive

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Keeping Dreams Alive

We are continuing to move forward with our dreams by launching an Elevat Showroom! Please join us next Saturday the 8th and help make a difference by doing a portion of your Christmas shopping with Elevat this year.

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Finding Christmas Spirit

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Finding Christmas Spirit

It’s (almost) that wonderful time of the year again…or the most stressful!  Whichever way you look at it, Christmas is just around the corner.  Research shows that more than half of Christmas shoppers in the U.S. start researching gifts as early as October.

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4th Annual Autumn Arts & Crafts Fair

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4th Annual Autumn Arts & Crafts Fair

I’ve always admired creative types who could see beauty where there wasn’t any and then make it with their own hands-paintings, sewing, knitting, pottery, jewelry, etc. But the real admirable feat is to then put it on display for the public to see and judge.

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We are Braver and Stronger than we Know

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We are Braver and Stronger than we Know

After first hearing Nid’s life story, I couldn’t seem to shake it.  How different would I be if I had been forced to leave home at the age of 12 to make my way in the world?  My daughter Cierra, who has lived in Thailand for 3 years now, introduced me to Nid’s daughter, Khem, on my first visit to Thailand.

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The Beauty of Color and Diversity

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The Beauty of Color and Diversity

I had recently returned from an international trip to a developing country when the POTUS made his ridiculous statement about “sh**thole” countries and wondered why we didn't receive more immigrants from Norway. 

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What is Fair Trade?

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What is Fair Trade?

We often have customers that tell us how much they love our mission to help and serve women in developing countries, but they don't have a good understanding of what fair trade is.

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Autumn Craft Fair 2017

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Autumn Craft Fair 2017

Are you looking for something fun to do next weekend while also benefiting the community? Be sure to stop by this year's Autumn Craft Fair hosted by Elevāt! We will be hosting 16 local vendors at Hope Christian Church in Shoreview, MN from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 14.

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Happy Fifth Anniversary, Elevāt!

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Happy Fifth Anniversary, Elevāt!

I remember the exact moment Elevāt became reality. While riding in a car with my brother, Ben, I started sharing this crazy idea I had for helping ease poverty in some of the world’s poorest regions.

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Know Your Maker - Fashion Revolution Week

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Know Your Maker - Fashion Revolution Week

We probably make hundreds of purchases every year. And, if you’re like me, a lot of those purchases are clothes. Often, I find myself drawn into a new collection, an upcoming promotion, or even just a cute scarf in the “perfect” color.

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What Exactly is Fair Trade?

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What Exactly is Fair Trade?

For many of us, we have heard the phrase “fair trade” tossed around here and there at various craft shows, local ministries, non-profits, and even in nation-wide corporations … But wait. Do we even know what “fair trade” means? Do we really know why we should feel good after purchasing a fair trade product?

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Reinventing Yourself after Political Unrest

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Reinventing Yourself after Political Unrest

Imagine you are fleeing for your life because you dared to feed peaceful protestors who were standing up for what they believed in. Death threats and gunshots force you to leave your home and your stable job as a university professor and go into hiding.

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One day away!

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One day away!

Ever wonder where all the products come from in massive department stores? Or, maybe more importantly, where all the money goes when a product is sold? Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly where our money goes and to know that it goes to a good cause?

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Living your own story

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Living your own story

Most of the day I fill every spare moment on a screen with information pouring in, wolfing down food, events and experiences in mindless abandon

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My Summer as an Elevat Intern

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My Summer as an Elevat Intern

I began working with Julie Johnson, Elevat’s founder, in University of Northwestern’s music department two years ago. Here I have been a spectator to a parade of beautiful bracelets, purses, and necklaces that have adorned the corner of her office.

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Spring Transformation

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Spring Transformation

I have a knack for killing plants.  As the Fall season grows colder, I can’t bear to throw away thriving plants so I bring them inside, only to watch them slowly fade, drop leaves and eventually die.  Take these beautiful plants out of their optimum environment, and they no longer thrive.

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