by SHYANNE LOPEZ | photos by Tyler McElhaney

Making a positive impact both locally and globally is the ultimate mission of Fair Trade Décor. Fair Trade Décor offers customers the opportunity to purchase exquisite, one-of-a-kind home décor, jewelry, accessories and more, while providing economic opportunity to artisans from around the world. “We are the first 100% fair trade store in San Diego County and one of fewer than 200 nationwide,” shared owner Betsy Paganelli. “We are proud to offer handmade products of the highest quality from more than 50 countries.”

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The family-owned business is dedicated to furthering their mission of fair trade through the sale of unique, handcrafted products at their location in Del Mar. In addition to décor they sell handmade furniture, art, sculptures, jewelry, hats, scarves and handbags, musical instruments, greeting cards, coffee, tea, chocolate, toys, and books. The shop truly has something for everyone, and customers aren’t the only ones who benefit from making a purchase. Making a purchase at Fair Trade Décor provides artisans around the world the opportunity to sell their products in markets that are otherwise inaccessible to them. “We offer customers beautiful décor and gifts with an opportunity to be part of a growing movement to alleviate poverty and support economic fairness. We try to honor the talent and workmanship of artisans around the world by presenting their art and culture with transparency and outstanding customer service,” expressed Betsy.

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With the mission to create a business with a global impact, owners Betsy and Jude Paganelli created Fair Trade Décor in 2011 out of Betsy’s passion for home décor and Jude’s entrepreneurial background. Betsy noted, “Fair Trade trains, funds, assists, and empowers people of many cultures to create a secure future for themselves and their children. It also raises awareness of these incredible cultures and peoples.” Since the opening of the shop in 2013, Fair Trade Décor has hosted numerous events to bring awareness and involvement to their community. The business offers a variety of ways to get involed, such as artisan demonstrations, musical performances, and cultural and educational events.

Fair Trade Décor also offers online shopping, shipping, and a bridal registry service for customers. For more information on the services they offer visit www.fairtradedecor.com.

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Name of Business: Fair Trade Décor
Owners: Betsy and Jude Paganelli
Years in Position: 2.5
Year of Establishment: 2013
Address: 1412 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
Website: www.fairtradedecor.com
Email: epp@fairtradedecor.com
Phone: 858-461-1263
Description of Business: Fair Trade Décor is making a tremendous economic impact on artisans worldwide by selling their unique hand-crafted products. Along with their knowledgeable customers, they are making a positive change globally.