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Lamb's Gate Market to open in Huntington

Oct. 04, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A fair trade shop called Lamb's Gate Market plans to open Saturday, Oct. 13, at 415 9th St.

Lamb's Gate Market will offer handmade, fair-trade items from around the globe, and net proceeds from the market will benefit an orphanage in Nicaragua.

"Fair trade" refers to the global concept of paying decent wages and providing better conditions to workers who help grow and craft products in less developed countries around the world.

"We hope that stepping inside the store will offer our customers a quick tour of the world's cultures," Laurie Reasons, president of the market, said in a press release. "Our products have arrived from countries all over the world. From inexpensive knick-knacks to jewelry to hand-woven rugs and baskets to fair trade coffee, there is truly something for everyone. And best of all, every item in the store is a fair trade product.

"Fair trade is not a hand-out, nor is it charity," Reasons said in the release. "Fair trade is bringing to the U.S. market one-of-a-kind products and gifts that would otherwise not have an outlet from remote or emerging areas of these countries. By offering a reasonable and just wage to these skilled craftspeople, the artisans are able to support their families and, ultimately, improve their own community's development."

Reasons is wife of the Rev. Allen Reasons of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, which has established a monthly sponsorship program for children at the orphanage. It aims to make sure they have adequate nutrition and housing.

But they have other needs, said Katherine Pyles, vice president of the market and the Reasons' daughter.

"They need doctor's visits, dental work, vocational training and English lessons - and the orphanage itself needs major repairs," Pyles said. "Lamb's Gate Market has been formed to meet those needs."

Lamb's Gate Market's hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 304-634-9595, email lambsgatemarket@comcast.net or visit www.facebook.com/lambsgatemarket.