- By Laura Gallup
Two decades ago, a group of Ithacans hatched a plan to start a fair trade business downtown. After a three-month trial, the store had a permanent spot on the Ithaca Commons. Originally operating as Ten Thousand Villages, it became a local, independent store under the name One World Market. But the mission always remained the same – to provide a market for fair trade gifts made by artisans around the world. In 2020 One World Market is celebrating their 20th year fulfilling this mission.
The store carries jewelry, clothing, accessories, home goods, musical instruments and crafts from every continent. They're known for their colorful displays and great customer service. Store manager Curt Bayer has been with the store for 20 years, and said that the mission of the store resonates with his personal values.