Sunday, July 13, 2014

18 Birthdays

A big THANK YOU to our new hometown of Staunton, VA for welcoming us with open arms and making us feel like a vital part of a vibrant community! As most of you know, we moved from Old Town Alexandria to Staunton's historic downtown last year. It's been a wild ride but we've loved every minute of it and are so proud and grateful to call Staunton home!
If you're not lucky enough to live here, I highly recommend a visit. Check out to see all that Staunton has to offer, including the American Shakespeare Center, Heifetz International Music Festival, Staunton Music Festival, Staunton Augusta Art Center, and many other arts and culture organizations, events, and activities. Staunton may have a small town feel but is definitely big on culture!
Harmony Moon celebrated our first year in Staunton (and 18 years all together) last week with a birthday party and mini-green fest. Check out these green businesses who participated:
We could not have survived 18 years without our loyal customers, old and new. Thank you for your patronage and support!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Harmony Moon in the News

I was recently asked by Independent We Stand to write a guest blog about fair trade and buying local. Check it out here:
And, in case you missed these recent news stories:

Monday, May 12, 2014

World Fair Trade Day

We had a fabulous World Fair Trade Day Celebration on May 10!  We partnered with two other fair trade retailers this year: The Sacred Circle and Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery. Participants sampled fair trade chocolates, chutneys, coffee, and tea and entered to win prizes at both Harmony Moon and The Sacred Circle. Cranberry's offered a 20% discount off all of their fair trade goods.
Staunton's World Fair Trade Day celebration was even featured on WHSV-Channel 3! You can watch the video here:
World Fair Trade Day Celebration in Staunton
Supporting fair trade empowers women in developing countries and lifts families and whole communities out of poverty. 
It was a great day and we thank everyone who came out and participated in support of Fair Trade!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Are You Stressed?

April is Stress Awareness Month, with National Stress Awareness Day designated as April 16th (the day after income taxes are due).
According to the American Psychological Association, more than 72% of all adults have experienced emotional or physical symptoms of stress in the last month with more than 62% of adults saying they have tried to reduce their stress levels over the last five years with little to no result. See the full study here.
Here at Harmony Moon, we are devoted to helping you live a gentler life including providing you with many resources to help manage stress. We offer meditation every week as well as many other stress-reducing classes and resources.  See a sample here.
Finally, we leave you with a little helpful reminder whenever you're experiencing a stressful situation:
"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure." (Peter Marshall)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Names Behind Our Fair Trade Goods

You won’t find brand name goods at Harmony Moon. But what you will find is real people, real artisans, and stories so real they’ll make your heart break.
Many of our producers are in Nepal and India where women traditionally have limited opportunities for supporting themselves and their children as well as minimal access to education and quality healthcare. As we celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8th, we thought we would share with you some of the stories of the real women who make the fine handmade goods you see in our shop. 
Indira makes our woven placemats, napkins, and other tableware with the Association of Craft Producers (ACP). ACP, one of the largest artisan organizations in Nepal, has helped many low income women escape from a life of poverty, harsh working conditions, and exploitation. Indira has an all too common story: denied an education because she was a girl, she was married at 18 and had a daughter. Her husband was unable to support the family and left to find better work in Malaysia. Indira was now the sole support of her daughter as well as two other family members. She heard of ACP through a friend and soon joined their textile team. Through her earnings with ACP, she now supports her family, and, most happily, her daughter is able to go to school. (
Hasroon makes our crocheted coin purses, hats, and scarves with Padhma Creation. Like Indira, Hasroon, too, was married at eighteen. Her husband’s family demanded additional dowry money but Hasroon’s parents were unable to pay it. Hasroon was beaten, had gasoline poured on her, and then set on fire. She survived and was rescued by a women’s shelter program, Padhma Creation. Hasroon is now happy and healthy and is able to support herself and her son from her work with Padhma Creation. (
 Sundari makes our notecards and other handmade paper goods. Sundari came from a very poor family and received only a basic education. Married and with two sons, she joined Bhaktapur Craft Paper (BCP) which was then a project of UNICEF Nepal. Her children received on-site daycare and from her earnings with BCP, she was able to send them to school through Higher Secondary Level (the equivalent of an Associate’s Degree). Both sons went on to become successful national soccer players. In 2004, UNICEF handed over ownership of BCP to its workers and Sundari, from her most humble beginnings, became a co-owner of the organization. (

Monday, February 17, 2014

Thanks for a Great RAK Week!

Thanks to everyone who came to our Kindness Festival on Saturday, February 8, and to everyone who participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week. Our festival featured "Pickles," the one-eyed pirate kitty from Cat's Cradle. Kids also had fun making Kindness Clocks with Miss Marcia.
For Random Acts of Kindness Week, we teamed with Mary Baldwin College to perform Random Acts of Kindness throughout downtown Staunton. Anonymous acts of kindness were springing up all over! It was a lot of fun and a huge success.
You can check out all the fun activities and acts of kindness on our RAK Week Pinterest board.

Saturday, January 11, 2014


After a rather tumultuous 2012, our move to Staunton – with all its trepidations, hopes, and fears - turned out to be a wonderful blessing. We have met some amazing and talented people here, and made many new friends. With the help of both friends and strangers alike we were able to grow and expand the shop and community center in ways we had never imagined before. And there are even more good things on the horizon for the coming year.
We’re grateful, too, for the continuing support of our Northern Virginia/Maryland/DC and Beyond clientele. It is so heartwarming to know that you have not forgotten us. So many of you made the trip to Staunton to check out our new space and were surprised and delighted with the old-fashioned charm and hospitality of our new hometown. Staunton has a vibrant arts and culture scene and also is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Check out all the wonderful events, happenings, and things to do at:

Our biggest blessing is you, our wonderful and loyal customers. We are honored and humbled that you have continued to support us through seventeen years of transformations. And you've brought your friends, family, and visitors to see us and share in our little "oasis of serenity," expanding our community of fellow travelers to the 4 corners of the world.

Thank you.

Peace & Many Blessings to You in the New Year,
Sally & Scooter