Is this the end for My Fair World?
My name is Lynn Herron and I was the owner and manager of the My Fair World fair trade shop until we had to close the doors for the last time on 23/06/2016. Prior to that I was a volunteer selling fair trade products in my spare time.
I'm incredibly sad that the shop is no longer viable but we traded for 21 years which is no mean achievement and during that time we sold huge quantities of fairly traded and environmentally friendly products directly to the public and indirectly by supplying fair trade products to fair traders (volunteer sellers in the community). My staff, volunteers and I, also, by invitation, gave talks and/or ran stalls in schools, in places of worship, for a variety of community and special interest groups and at various fetes and festivals ranging from big events to small local ones. A particularly happy memory is of running a stall outside the local library in Stopsley when it opened after refurbishment, it was a very cold day but we were sustained by the constant hot drinks and encouragement provided by the library staff.
It's sad but it is not the end. The My Fair World trading name will continue. The retail world is changing dramatically and sometimes you have to say goodbye to an old concept and embrace some new ones. I'm looking forward to trying out some things including maybe 'Pop-Up' Shops, trading online with some specialist ranges and even looking into the concept of a mobile shop. I'm also hoping to go back to my roots in giving talks. The fair trade story is not only constantly developing but it's one which needs to be told and re-told in an evolving tale if we are to capture the imagination of each generation in turn.
In the last couple of weeks so many customers have asked me to tell them about any new ventures. Maybe you'd like to know too? Please email email@example.com to sign up to the mailing list and/or think of following My Fair World on Facebook or Twitter (see below) for the most up to date news.
You'd like to invite me to give a talk and/or run a stall or take part in an event (yes I'm up for even very cold days outside newly refurbished libraries)? Yes please! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form on the Contact Us page on this website or contact My Fair World via Facebook or Twitter.
One door closes, another opens. Why not join me on the journey?
Sadly after many happy years of trading in Luton - 10 years in High Town and 11 in Stopsley - due to declining sales our shop will close its doors for the last time on Thursday 23rd June at 5pm