Port Colborne
Friday, August 29, 2014

Fair trade before it was cool

Posted by Jamie Lee on Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Luke Edwards, Niagara this Week staff

Ten Thousand Villages celebrates 65 years

Fair trade before it was cool. Jane Nigh, manager of the Port Colborne Ten Thousand Villages, is ready to celebrate the store’s 65th anniversary Oct. 1.

They were fair trade before the term was even coined.

On Oct. 1 Ten Thousand Villages stores across the country will be celebrating their 65th anniversary and the Port Colborne store is inviting residents to stop by, check out the store and enjoy some anniversary cake.

“Fair trade, of course. Fair trade chocolate, fair trade sugar and fair trade coffee,” said Jane Nigh, manager of the Port Colborne Ten Thousand Villages.

The store has been a staple in Port Colborne for 27 years, beginning as part of Port Gift and Thrift. Nine years ago it separated and became its own store, and moved to its current location on Clarence Street four years ago.

“It offers this wonderful world shop to the citizens of Port Colborne,” Nigh said.

Ten Thousand Villages came from the Mennonite Central Committee and their job creation programs in foreign countries. Now, Ten Thousand Villages buys anything from chocolate to rugs to artifacts from artisans throughout the world.

Nigh said she has direct contact with those artisans, and takes yearly trips to areas in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, among others.
It’s also a great opportunity to provide meaningful volunteer hours. The store is almost entirely volunteer run. The only position that’s different is one that’s literally less than half-time, she said.

The day starts with a sit-down breakfast outside for previous store managers and volunteers. They will open at 10 a.m. and invite residents to come and sample their products and hear stories of products and artisans from the volunteers.

Ten Thousand Villages in Port Colborne is located at 7 Clarence St.


News Archive

Tunnel designation lifted in Port
Maryanne Firth / The Tribune
Jamie LeeThu Mar 13th, 2014
Winter Control Activities - March 12 , 2014
March 12 , 2014
Paul PeytonWed Mar 12th, 2014
YMCA Closing Early
update on closures due to storm
Nancy GilesWed Mar 12th, 2014
City of Port Colborne Update - Cancellations
Ballroom dancing cancelled
Nancy GilesWed Mar 12th, 2014
Winter Storm March 12, 2014
City Hall, Library and Museum Close
Nancy GilesWed Mar 12th, 2014
City Hall Closes Due to Weather
City Hall Closed Today at 12:00 pm
Robert HeilWed Mar 12th, 2014
OMB approves Birdie move to Port
Maryanne Firth / The Tribune
Jamie LeeTue Mar 11th, 2014
Imagine Niagara event
Erik Acs / Niagara Region
Jamie LeeMon Mar 10th, 2014
Bridge Status update
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
Jamie LeeMon Mar 10th, 2014
PCW Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Pres…
Heidi Grzesina / News in Port Colborne
Jamie LeeMon Mar 10th, 2014
« Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next »