Friday, 05 April 2013 10:06

Feel good about what you purchase

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    Liz Scott Logo 1 Have you ever looked into where your clothes come from? Ever heard of fair trade items?

     Let us introduce you to Oswego entrepreneur Debra McKinstry's newest venture, Liz Scott Boutique. The shop, which will open in mid-April at 200 Water St. in the Canal Commons, will feature women's fair trade items.

     McKinstry owns Maida's Floral Shop Inc. on 201 W. First St. and will now be taking on another business selling fair trade products at fair prices. The items, which will range from accessories like purses, belts, and jewelry to even clothing, support women from Third World countries.

     "I'm trying to fill the need for a business like this in the community," McKinstry said. "Plus, offering a wide variety of women's accessories is helpful too. The clothing is available for woman of all sizes and the accessories are original and something different for the community."

     According to the fairtradeusa.org website, "Fair trade is quality products, improving lives, and protecting the planet." Products come from small farmer organizations or farms with hired labor (only for certain products) in countries with low to medium development status in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean. Purchases made at the Liz Scott Boutique will support woman of Third World countries.
     Fair Trade eliminates the middleman and provides greater equity in international trade. This method of fair trade serves to create a more equal trade process between the buyer and the producer. Fair trade products ensure safe living and working conditions for the producers of the items sold at McKinstry's boutique. Items like clothing, food, and accessories are made through efficient growing and farming techniques to ensure the preserving of the environment.

     McKinstry's Liz Scott Boutique will be opening soon, so keep an eye out for the new, local boutique for woman's accessories, clothing, and other fair trade items. Feel good about your day-to-day purchases and visit the boutique soon.
     Liz Scott Boutique will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; and closed Sunday.
     For more information, contact McKinstry at 315-343-1655.

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