Friday, March 28, 2008

Discovering the World of Shopping in St. Paul

My friend Carla from Orem, Utah came to visit me! We like each other because of many reasons but the main one is that our names rhyme. We are Marla and Carla. And for some reason that just tickles us pink.

I took Carla to Cafe Latte in St. Paul on Grand Avenue. It's one of my favorites because they truly understand the meaning of dessert. It's a self-serve kinda ritzy looking place with yummy salads, soups, and bread but they are famous for their chocolate turtle pecan cake (ps: to die for).

After dinner we went waltzing around St. Paul. There isn't a ton to waltz around but the store Garden of Eden caught my eye. It's a place where you can make your own scents. It turned out to be incredibly lame and ridiculously expensive (seriously $18 for a can or room spray? how bout you just give your house a good cleaning instead) but the good part is that it led to my new favorite store! Ten Thousand Villages. It's incredibly unique stuff - purses, jewelry, journals, finger puppets (my favorite was the sheep - BAH!) from all over the world and it's run mostly by volunteers.

Description from the website:
Ten Thousand Villages is a founding member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) and a member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), both of which aim to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged people in developing countries and to change unfair structures of international trade.

Sounds pretty cool doesn't it. The best part? My shopping IS for a good cause! Read it and weep dear old Dad!

Happy Shopping!
http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/home.php

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