JustGoods will be closed November 27 for Thanksgiving Day and reopen at 10am on Friday November 28.
We will also begin our Holiday Store Hours:
Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays: 10am to 6pm
Fridays: 10am to 9pm
We will also bring back our annual Black Friday Weekend Sale. All regular priced merchandise will be 20% off. All food and previously reduced items are not included in this offer. Be sure to get your fair trade holiday shopping done this weekend!
And on Saturday November 29 meet Santa at 11am and tell him what’s on your wish list. Then at 1pm join the Rockford Park District Therapeutic Recreation Staff for an afternoon of art.
Last Friday JustGoods had our first Raffle Drawing.
When tickets were first available, friends of JustGoods, board members, volunteers and their families all supported the store by selling and/or buying tickets. Many regulars who frequent the store for weekly coffee or chocolates bought tickets and little by little we saw the large drum fill with potential winners.
And last Friday we had a Listening Room regular, Mark Dvorak do the honors of picking out the winners before the start of his concert. And here are the winners:
1st Prize of $1000 cash: Anne Johnson
2nd Prize of $250 gift certificate: Nancy Westphal
3rd Prize of $100 gift certificate: Marilyn Miller
Congratulations to all the winners! And many thanks to everyone who supported JustGoods.
It’s the final few days before the JustGoods Raffle Drawing for the grand prize of $1000 cash! The drawing will take place on Friday October 10th at the Friday Night Concert. We’ll have the drawing during intermission.
And what a night it will be! We have Mark Dvorak returning for another wonderful evening of music and stories. Mark hails from the southwest side of Chicago and in addition to being a singer-songwriter, he started several organizations promoting folk music including The Old Quarter that later became the Plank Road Fold Music Society and is still active as a faculty member of the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Also debuting this evening is a short teaser leading to our second series of Readers Theatre directed by Dorothy Paige Turner. Dorothy returns with highly acclaimed local actors in readings of scenes of well- and lesser-known playwrights from African American literature. The aim of the series is to heighten awareness of this American art form. The series occurs each second Monday evening at 6:30pm starting Monday October 13 and will run until May 2015.
This will be a memorable evening of music, readings, and of course… winners of JustGoods first Raffle!!!
We’ve had the good fortune of meeting a new vendor who helps Balinese artisans. Sandpiper Imports was started by 2 women who traveled to Bali, Indonesia and were enthralled by the beauty of the jewelry. Carefully sourcing their products they are helping three groups who produce different types of jewelry using traditional Balinese designs.
Batu Bead Bracelets
Batu beads are ceramic beads that are heated in a frying pan. The heat produces a lovely patina on the glaze. The beads are mixed with wood for a unique look in necklaces and bracelets.
We will also carry their intricate filigree silver jewelry. Each piece is carefully handmade with sterling silver wire producing a lacy Art Deco effect.
Also new are Dream Ball or Harmony Ball pendants. Each pendant is made from sterling silver and brass and offer a delicate tinkling sound to soothe and calm your spirits. Traditionally the balls were worn by expectant mothers who believed the soft tranquil sounds would help soothe and relax their unborn child. Dream balls were also given to special friends symbolizing their timeless friendship. All this and more from Sandpiper Imports.
Small bags and a scarf from Yabal Handicrafts
We were so fortunate when a year ago a young woman gave us a call introducing herself. Allison Havens moved to Guatemala and discovered an organization helping indigenous Guatemalan women. Working in the Altiplano of Guatemala, three communities of women who still use the back-strap loom, they aim to help them market their beautiful fabrics to a contemporary market yet still preserve their tradition. Products include modern and stylish bags and scarves to items like computer and tablet cases.
Working within the fair trade conditions, Yabal ensures the women earn a livable wage and given support in their individual development and empowerment. Workshops include computer skills, sewing classes to accounting methods and leadership training. And their support extends beyond to include a local medical clinic and micro-banking loans to help others in their communities.
Join us Thursday August 28 at noon in the JustGoods Listening Room for an informative and inspiring presentation from Allison Havens.