Edmonds' Fabric of Life closing Feb. 28

By Brian Soergel | Feb 05, 2018
Courtesy of: Facebook

Fabric of Life Fair Trade, 519 Main St. in Edmonds, will close Feb. 28, according to owner Carol Schillios.

“When I originally opened Fabric of Life Fair Trade in 2008, the retail store along with generous donors funded a training center in West Africa,” she said.

“Graduates from the Bamako, Mali based two-year skills program, went from begging on the streets to become skilled artisans – ultimately forming their own artisan cooperative.”

With the completion of the Mali project, Schillios said it was time to close the store, which featured hundreds of fair trade artisans from around the world.

In addition, she said that the rising cost of business operations had led her to pursue other avenues of funding for future development projects.

This isn’t the first time Schillios has closed her store. She closed it Dec. 31, 2013, saying that she would focus on online sales. She reopened the store in 2015 after it had housed Homestyle Mercantile, operated by Joe and Reuben Sapien, for a little more than a year.

Schillios will continue her full-time consulting practice for credit unions across the country and with micro-finance cooperative projects in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

“And I'm looking forward to the next adventure after I take some time off for a long-delayed writing sabbatical,” she said. “It has been my pleasure to be a part of the Edmonds and greater global fair trade community.”

It was back in 2009 that Schillios spent almost four months on the roof of Fabric of Life to raise money for her foundation. She raised more than $100,000.

 

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