Global Gallery opens new location in Clintonville
Global Gallery Fair Trade Coffee Shop, a 17 year-old Columbus-based organization dedicated to promoting Fair Trade hand-crafted products from around the world opened its doors to the Clintonville community on September 17.
The store, managed by Maria Scatzes and Elizabeth Blockinger and run by volunteers, moved from its location in German Village to 3535 North High Street to benefit from Clintonville’s increasing foot traffic.
The unique store space is in a refurbished gas station and service center, and is divided into three areas: a marketplace, featuring more than 500 hand-crafted items from more than 45 different developing countries; a coffee shop, offering Fair Trade Organic Shade Grown coffee from more than 14 countries, as well as organic pastries from Columbus favorites such as Agora Five Loaves Bakery and Elena Christina Bakery; and a meeting space for community outreach and events such as Monday night Yoga and a Tuesday evening Sudan Study Group.
The store will celebrate its Grand Opening from October 10 through October 12 with live music and a special on hot apple cider drinks. Ten percent of the proceeds from the grand opening weekend will go directly toward Global Gallery’s Bolivian Orphanage Project. This project will provide housing and care for fifty orphans in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia.
“The community has warmly welcomed us to Clintonville,” says manager Elizabeth Blockinger, “Everyone has been really excited about the new shop. We feel welcomed and supported.”
Twenty to thirty volunteers came out to help renovate and prepare the space for the transition, which took three weeks, she reports.
The store is well known to many of the people who have visited in its first week, because they are already familiar with the existing stores at Easton, in the Short North and in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Nonetheless, Blockinger says that she hopes to spread the word of the store to all of its new neighbors in Clintonville.
The store is open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Potential volunteers (of all ages) and customers can contact the store by calling 614-262-5535.
Grand Opening Schedule
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: The Tin Hearts (Acoustic Rock)
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Acoustic Music from the Martin Family
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Erika Carey & The Calamities (Acoustic Folk Rock from a house band made of Global Gallery volunteers)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Megan Palmer (Singer Songwriter)
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Dan White Quartet (Jazz from OSU)
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Seth Pfannenschmidt (Singer Songwriter)