I'm excited to be partnering with my friends at House Of to host a showing of The True Cost. This is one of my all time favorite documentaries that sheds a light on fast fashion. You will learn so much! We are going to follow up this fabulous documentary with a panel of local leaders talking about conscious consumerism and the importance of local shopping. Join us March 16th if you are in the Nashville area. Get event details here.
If you are local to the Nashville area come say HELLO. Monday, April 10th I will have a booth at the Entrepreneur Village on Belmont's lawn from 10-2. Come learn about conscious consumerism, social enterprise, and enter to win some groovy prizes!Read More
Songs Against Slavery hosts benefit concerts to raise awareness of human trafficking and raise funds for their partnering non-profits.
Songs Against Slavery’s passionate co-founders, Grace and Lauren met in high school. As the two set out for separate colleges in Michigan, they did not expect to become co-founders of a non-profit. When the two friends returned home from their first year of college Grace expressed concerns about an article she had read pertaining to sex trafficking. Grace felt called to take action and address the ongoing issue with her passion for music.Read More
Each BANDED product provides three meals for a child in Uganda, Latin America, or the Caribbean.
BANDED was inspired by a gap in the market place of headbands causing headaches. When BANDED was first designing their headbands, the team figured out a mechanism to fit children and adults pain free. This led to an innovative patent on BANDED’s headbands which have intricate pockets on the side of the headbands allowing for comfort and stability.
The BANDED team wanted to do more than just make a good product. They wanted to make an impact.Read More
Bohnd Bracelets sell bracelets that bring people together while encouraging individuals to embrace their unique stories. A portion of the bracelet profits are invested in young student entrepreneurs. My Bohnd Bracelet colors are green and pink. These colors serve as a reminder that despite the chaos taking place in the world, it is important to focus on loving one another.Read More
Pinch Pot Love crafts handmade clay planters, adding the perfect touch to any space. Pinch Pot Love donates 5% of sales to the Crittenton Center in Illinois which provides a safe environment, resources, and care for children.Read More
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day I spent the morning with the founder of Love Everywhere, Ashley. This beautiful soul is using her gift to positively impact society. Ashley is driven by the fact that not everyone receives encouragement on a daily basis. Through Love Everywhere, she strives to make everyone feel important. Love Everywhere leaves inspiring notes in places all over the world. Each note has a handwritten word of encouragement. When an individual finds a note, they can take a picture of the kind message and share it on social media to tell their story.Read More
1220 BloomSt sells intricate, hand sewn accessories donating 25% of sales to hospice care in Nashville.
1220 BloomSt founder, Julie discovered her love for sewing in a high school. She continued developing her skills. After giving hand sewn gifts and receiving compliments on her work, she decided to start a business of her own, 1220 BloomSt. 1220 which represents the day that Julie came into her own and became the person she wanted to be and BloomSt which represents the flowers she creates blooming, symbolizing women embracing their full potential.Read More
Make your holiday season a bit brighter with LightShine Candles. A portion of proceeds from LightShine Candles go to Global Outreach Developments International to encourage community development in El Salvador.Read More
Rosa Hermosa creates stylish, ethically made clothing, using high quality materials such as organic cotton. Proceeds from Rosa Hermosa apparel are donated to Our Little Roses, a nonprofit that runs an orphanage and school for girls in Honduras.Read More
You can find this beautiful lady, Anita, lighting up the room with her smile at various vendor fairs with Chai Wallah. Chai Wallah is a social enterprise which employs women who have experienced homelessness to produce and sell chai in the Nashville area. Anita is one of Chai Wallah’s passionate employees.Read More
I had the honor of having lunch with Dorris from Thistle Farms, last weeks featured social enterprise. Dorris’ story and optimism inspires me. She has come a long way.
Dorris grew up in small town Tennessee in a family with a strong religious background. After witnessing a family member kill her father, Dorris was forever changed. She became addicted to marijuana at age thirteen, which led to a 26-year addiction and 20 years on the streets. During this time Dorris was in and out of jail, raped, and on a downward spiral. While Dorris was in jail she reconnected with her friend Regina, who had also been homeless. Regina shared with Dorris that she was working at Magdalene, a program dedicated to helping women get and stay clean. Dorris asked Reginia to help her get into the Magdalene program. At the time there were around 150 women on the waiting list. The staff of Magdalene said that if Dorris was serious about getting help she would have to call every day.Read More
Chai Wallah uses organic, fair trade ingredients and employs women from the homeless community to help produce and sell chai. The passionate people behind this product are inspiring.
After landing a job in downtown Nashville, Chai Wallah co-founder, Tasha, was exposed to the homeless population. Every day while going to work, Tasha would walk by a homeless man. One day she finally worked up the courage to introduce herself and over time learned his story. This sparked her drive to help the homeless community. Tasha started to shadow people on various outreach missions and began photographing the homeless population. Eventually she started The Contributor, a nonprofit newspaper providing jobs, income, and a creative outlet for the homeless population in Nashville.
Tasha and Mark had always been drawn to the Indian culture. They were excited to learn about a contest through Whole Foods to win a trip to India. In order to enter the contest participants had to write an essay about doing something good for the community. The title of Tasha and Mark’s essay was “Shaking Hands with God,” inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s "Like Shaking Hands with God." In the essay they wrote about how The Contributor had positively impacted the homeless community in Nashville. The heartwarming essay won Tasha and Mark the trip to India.Read More
Thanks to The Mercantile Event for having me this weekend and hosting such a wonderful event. Socially conscious shopping, wonderful food, and fun music! Check if The Mercantile Event is coming to a city near you!
“I want to see the beauty in everyone because everybody has something to offer.” Wise words from my new friend Kateri, a 65 year old woman who has experience more than I could ever imagine and is changing the world with her art.
This wonderful, incredibly strong lady has experienced sexual abuse, drug abuse and homelessness. She does not let her past define her, her positive outlook on life inspires me. Throughout Kateri’s journey her art and faith have always been stable aspects of life. Kateri expressed that these two elements go hand in hand for her. Art is a spiritual experience, allowing her to use her God given gift to create something of her own.Read More
Thistle Farms sells home & body products created by the survivors of addiction, prostitution, and human trafficking. The strong women of Thistle Farms go through a wonderful program to help them heal and recover. Alongside a supportive community and a positive environment these ladies are moving forward in a confident manner.
Becca Stevens started Thistle Farms back in 1997. After speaking with some women living on the streets, she wanted to take action. Becca put these women in housing and provided them with the resources needed to remain clean and start over. As the Thistle Farms motto states “Love Heals,” Becca believed in order for these women to heal she needed to help improve all aspects of their lives, not just providing jobs or shelter, but also providing love, encouragement, and other resources needed to succeed. Today, the residential program is known today as Magdalene.Read More
Behind the doors of this little blue house, lives are changed. Poverty & The Arts is a Nashville non-profit working with the homeless community to encourage creativity. Art and merchandise created by homeless individuals is sold, creating proceeds which go toward furthering the lives of these hardworking men and women.
After connecting with a homeless community back home in Kentucky, Nicole realized how creative the homeless community is. She noticed they use their resources in unique ways. Nicole brought her passion for connecting with the homeless to Nashville, when she started at Belmont in 2010. As a student worker, she planned community service events for the student body. She wanted to get Belmont students connected with the homeless population.Read More
COOL STUFF. Novel Creature is a great online outlet for finding innovative accessories made from recycled t-shirts. Novel Creature gives these used fabrics a new life and keeps them out of landfills. Not only are these goods ecofriendly, but they are also giving back with 10% of profits going to a Tennessee non-profit, AGAPE. AGAPE provides families in need with counseling, psychological services, adoption services, and crisis foster care.Read More
The Nashville based non-profit, Harvest Hands has created two social enterprises providing hope and changing the lives of teens in South Nashville. “WOW! Soap” and “Humphreys Street Coffee” provide training and employment for junior high and high school students in this Nashville community. This training creates a can-do mindset for the teens by teaching them valuable life skills.
These programs give youth a fair paying wage and a positive environment to thrive in. Typically, teens come in after school to complete their designated tasks. In the summer, when these young employees have more free time, they are also able to participate in fitness, cooking, and business classes in addition to doing their jobs. These programs keep teens busy learning new skills, and creates strong bonds within the group.Read More