Greenheart Shop's Chicago Storefront in Risk of Closure


WHAT: Local Chicago non-profit, fair trade shop facing closure

WHERE: 1714 N. Wells St., Chicago (Old Town)

WHO: Greenheart Shop

PRESS CONTACT: Nancy Mathyer, Greenheart Shop Director,, (312) 667-4644

CHICAGO, IL, Nov. 1, 2017

Greenheart Shop, Chicago’s only downtown nonprofit fair trade shop, is asking for the community’s help to keep its doors open.

As with many small businesses, the era of large online retailers has affected Greenheart Shop’s ability to reach local customers. After calling Chicago home for 10 years, the Old Town-based store is now in risk of closure.

“Greenheart Shop supporters - we need your help. The Greenheart Shop is at risk of closing. The changing retail scene has weakened our business, and we are asking you, our loyal customers, to rally behind us,” said Nancy Mathyer, Greenheart Shop Director. “The Greenheart Shop is the only dedicated fair trade retail store in the city of Chicago. We believe fair trade is an essential tool to assist international artisans and Chicago at-risk workers by selling their crafts to our market. Every purchase, large or small, is important. Shop with us this holiday season and help keep our doors open.”

Greenheart Shop offers everything from organic clothing and handmade jewelry to fair trade chocolate, hand painted ceramics and sophisticated home goods. Everything is either eco-friendly, supports a local social enterprise or is sourced from artisans in over 55 countries worldwide who are paid a fair living wage for their craft. Collections are made by skilled artisans from as far away as Tunisia and as close to home as North Lawndale, Greenheart Shop has a big mission to promote conscious consumerism and global citizenship.

“Greenheart Shop has been at the heart of fair trade in Chicago. For 10 years, it has served as a gathering place and showcase for the vibrant fair trade community in Chicago. I've been to many fair trade stores throughout the US and the world, and Greenheart is without a doubt the most beautiful fair trade store I have ever seen. When people enter the Shop, most everyone comments on how special and beautiful it is. If you have never been, go NOW!” said Katherine Bissell Cordova, Executive Director of Chicago Fair Trade.

How you can help

Encourage your family, friends and communities to shop at the Greenheart Shop this holiday season! The store has launched its #SaveGreenheartShop campaign in-store and online. Engage with us on social media by using the hashtag #SaveGreenheartShop and visit us on:

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | YouTube

Greenheart Shop is the fair trade brand of Greenheart International. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Greenheart, is an international nonprofit leader, annually working with over 90 countries and 12,000 community members, connecting people and planet to create global leaders through personal development, volunteer service, environmentalism, fair trade, and cultural exchange. This is achieved through the branches Greenheart Travel,Greenheart Shop,Greenheart Transforms, and Greenheart Exchange.