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Shopping for a Cause

We believe that business should be good for the world. We search out one-of-a-kind handmade items where craftsmanship, tradition and creativity are paramount. We support the dignity of human work in an increasingly automated world and mass-produced merchandise.  Your purchase helps support artists, their families and their communities. We have just recently returned from our first visit to Guatemala since the start of the pandemic.  It unfortunately coincided with a spike in cases of the COVID Delta variant and many businesses were locked down or closed due to the lack of tourists. We also found that two of the artisan groups we visited are mourning the passing of their organizations' founders.  The pressure on artisans and small businesses is intensifying during the pandemic.   A gift from Studio...

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Crisis in the Northern Triangle

  Perhaps you've heard of the Northern Triangle in Central America which includes Northern Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.  If you've read or watched the news you know that thousands of desperate families are fleeing their homelands. Poverty and violent crime continue to plague these areas without any hope of change coming.  More than half the population in this area lives on less than $4 per day. Youth are particularly vulnerable to predatory street gangs.  Farms fail due to drought, extreme weather and pestilence.  Many men seek employment elsewhere leaving behind wives and children who must survive alone.  Thousands of immigrants risk being robbed or assaulted on migratory routes. Studio Maya is working to help these women and children in need of support.  We work with weavers...

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June 16th is World Sea Turtle Day!

World Sea Turtle Day is celebrated on Dr. Archie Carr’s birthday.  Dr. Carr was the founder of the Sea Turtle Conservancy and his research and advocacy brought attention to the environmental conditions that continue to threaten sea turtles.  Today 6 of the 7 sea turtle species on earth are endangered due to loss of habitat, accidental fishing, plastic pollution and the effects of climate change.  For hundreds of millions of years sea turtles have performed many important tasks that contribute to the well-being of sea life and the environment.  Leatherbacks and hawksbill sea turtles help keep the populations of jellyfish and sponges in check. Green sea turtles eat sea grass which needs to be kept short to ensure it’s health...

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Biggest Celebration of the Year!

    Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) and Carnival signal the end of one season and the beginning of another.   Fat Tuesday is followed the next day by Ash Wednesday.  This is a holy day on religious calendars and is the first day of a season called Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday.  The final week is called Holy Week or in Spanish Semana Santa.  And the biggest, best celebration in the world is in Antigua, Guatemala.  Mark it on your bucket list!!!!! Catholic Spain brought their religious traditions with them to North America hundreds of years ago.  Religious orders brought life-sized carved wooden statues displayed in churches and cathedrals and carried through the streets during...

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