Last-Minute Fair Trade Valentine Shopping

February 13, 2012 Updated: February 14, 2012
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Incense and aromatherapy oils at Green in BKLYN. (Tara MacIsaac/The Epoch Times)

To put the final touch on a lovely Valentine’s Day, pick up a gift that will make you and your Valentine feel good. All of these stores carry fair trade certified products, though not all products sold at the stores are necessarily certified.

Sustainable NYC
Location: 139 Ave. Between St. Mark’s Place and Ninth Street, East Village. Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Products: Clothing, gifts, and home goods in a wide range of prices. Baked goods. Won Green America’s 2011 People’s Choice Award.


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Fair trade Divine Chocolate, available at Whole Foods and Food Emporium. (Amal Chen/The Epoch Times)

Divine Chocolate
Location: Any Whole Foods or Food Emporium store, select Duane Reade locations
Product: chocolate, including Valentine-themed products.

American Museum of Natural History
Location: Central Park West at 79th Street. Open 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Product: Textile gifts handmade by women in Africa through Dsenyo, including aprons, plush elephants and monkeys, napkins, place mats, and table runners.

Arcadia Spa and Home
Location: 249 W. 23rd St. at Second Avenue. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Products: Jewelry, incense, aromatherapy products, personal accessories, candles, beauty products, plates, and garden accessories.

Earth Matters Organic Market
Location: 177 Ludlow St. near East Houston Street, East Village. Open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Products: Toiletries, cosmetics, food.

United Nations Gift Center
Location: First Avenue, between 45th and 46th streets. Open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Products: Handcrafted gifts from around the world.

American Folk Art Museum Shop
Location: 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue and 66th Street. Open noon to 7:30 p.m.
Products: “Quirky, original, handmade” gifts, according to the 2010 Zagat Survey, some of which are supplied by Global Goods Partners, an online store that helps women around the world get a fair price for their crafts.

Green in BKLYN
Location and hours: 432 Myrtle Ave., Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Open noon to 7 p.m.
Products: Crafts, beauty products, tea, coffee, chocolate, towels and blankets, and stationary.

Location and hours: 230 Fifth Ave. at 27th Street, 15th Floor. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Products: A wide variety of teas available for retail, wholesale, and tasting.

For more locations, including restaurants, check out a map compiled by NYC Fair Trade Coalition.