If you haven’t been by the shop recently then you likely haven’t seen our new garden patio space. Last year we decided to convert some of the old blacktop area next to the store into an inviting and relaxing outdoor area. After months of design sessions and permitting we broke ground last summer. Using local craftsmen and sourcing the material from local merchants the patio was completed late last year. This year we have worked on filling the space with items that reflect the store’s goal of offering unique high quality products, often sourced from small self-supporting craft communities. Items like our handcrafted metal art from Haiti and our super comfy hanging chairs from El Salvador are examples of some of the items you’ll find on display there. We also have a new line of large and small fountains from Indonesia using natural stone and materials and employing local Indonesian craftsmen and women. Check out our new large Buddha fountain. So next time you’re at the shop be sure to spend a minute or two relaxing on the outdoor sofa while listening to the calming sounds of fountains and chimes!