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Living Light Marketplace
Located: Fort Bragg, CA
Directors: Cherie Soria & Dan Ladermann, both raw vegans
In business: 3 years
Blenders, Juicers, Dehydrators, Eco-Friendly
Housewares, Organic Vegan Body Care and Supplements,
Gifts for Chefs, Books and DVDs
Background: Living Light Marketplace is one of four 'Living Light' eco-friendly businesses. Raw food revolutionary Cherie Soria is the founder and director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. She has been teaching gourmet raw vegan cuisine to individuals, chefs, and instructors for well over 15 years and vegetarian culinary arts for more than 35 years. Cherie is also the author of several books, including Angel Foods: Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies, and the soon-to-be-released Raw Food Diet Revolution: Feast, Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Feel Younger!
In 1992, while studying with Dr. Ann Wigmore in Puerto Rico, Cherie learned the principles of using whole live foods to aid in healing and rejuvenation. She recognized the need to make these simple foods as nurturing to the soul as they are nourishing to the body, so she began creating a gourmet cuisine that would rival the most delicious traditional cooked foods. Since then, Cherie has personally trained many of the world’s top raw food chefs and instructors and is often referred to as the mother of gourmet raw vegan cuisine.
Dan Ladermann is a Certified Hippocrates Health Educator and graduate of Anthony Robbins’ Mastery University. He combines these two fields of study to assist people in their transformation by teaching them how to create lives of health, joy, and abundance. He says, “Most people have never felt the kind of loving support and encouragement they receive at our Living Light trainings. Watching them blossom and become empowered with the tools we provide brings me great joy."
"The Original One-Stop Vegan Shop"
Location: 2381 Lewis Avenue, Rockville, MD 20851
Vegan owner: Yes
Vegan staff: 100%
"Pangea is the only vegan store that sells only goods made under fair labor conditions. We're really proud to be able to offer a comprehensive range of products that meet the needs of vegans, and are kind to the humans, too!"
"We specialize in hard to find items, and when we can't find them, we make them ourselves. Our marshmallows are our own formulation, and most of our belts and many of our shoes are custom made for us" says Lauren Flax; inventory manager of Pangea Vegan Products.
Sells: Thousands of products! Shoes, belts, food, body care products, cleaning products, even guitar straps!
Background: "Shari Kalina, the founder of Pangea, started the Oasis Animal Shelter in Oberlin, Ohio, during her college years. When a vegetarian friend of hers pointed out that she was saving dogs and cats while eating other animals, she went vegetarian, and soon after made the transition to veganism. When Shari started the company in 1995, there weren't any sources for vegans to find a comprehensive range of products in one place (food, body care, apparel), so Pangea was created to fill that need. Pangea is the original one-stop vegan store, and for over 11 years we've grown from meeting the needs of vegans in the D.C. metro area to serving the vegan and animal rights community all around the world."
All Vegan Store, Earth-Friendly, Cruelty-Free, Organic
Location: 1110 Davis St. Evanston, IL 60201
In business: website 4 years, storefront 1 1/2 years
Owner: Fran Horvath is vegan and has been for 16 years
Sells: A vegan general store with everything from food to personal care, tees, cleaning products, candles, jewelry, cards and gifts, paper goods, shoes, socks, belts, purses, etc.
Background: "I started the business after being frustrated when going into the grocery store and having to read every label and memorize ingredients. When I planned on opening this store several years ago it was much more difficult to locate vegan products. It is much easier now to live a vegan lifestyle. I became a vegetarian and then a vegan for health reasons. That progressed very quickly into animal rights and the humane treatment of animals. A true vegan has compassion for all human and non-human animals."
"Ethical Planet is more than just a retail store. It is a community gathering place, a support network and a place of comfort and compassion. Our customers come in not just to shop but to share their thoughts, discuss their issues and meet others in the community. We are a support system for those who are vegan (both new and old) or want to learn more about being a vegan."
"One cannot have fashion without compassion."
Location: 152 Allen St., New York City
Vegan owners: Erica and Sara Kubersky, who are sisters.
Vegan staff: About 85%. The rest of the staff are vegetarian.
Sells: cruelty-free footwear, bags, vegan-themed t-shirts, wallets, belts, magazines, books and cookbooks, jackets, and other accessories.
MooShoes supports local no-kill animal shelters and has hosted companion animal adoption days for Mighty Mutts and Oasis Sanctuary.
Background: The first cruelty-free store of its kind in New York City. MooShoes was originally located near the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan in a defunct butcher shop. In October 2003, MooShoes relocated to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. "We became vegetarian at a young age and vegan in high school when we became more educated about the issues." explains Erica Kubersky.
"no animal ingredients, no honey, no bone-char refined sugars, non-animal tested."
Location: 4179 S.E. Division, Portland, Oregon 97202
Owners: both vegan for 9 years and state that they would only hire someone who is vegan. They have one employee.
In business: 2 1/2 years.
Sells: around 600 items. Their specialty is snacks and hard to find vegan foods, but they also have a lot of staple foods like canned goods, tofu, and fake meats. They have pretty much everything you would buy in a regular grocery store, minus the meat, dairy and produce.
A final message from the owner: "Support the ALF!"
"All Vegan opened to provide a fun and convenient shopping experience for vegans and vegetarians, and everyone else who wants to be kind to animals or just appreciates cute shoes and fine gourmet chocolate! "
Location: 4669 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA. 92116
Owner: Joy Zakarian, a vegan since 1987, and Director of Last Chance for Animals San Diego.
Vegan staff: 100%. Veganism is their first requirement for hiring.
In business since: November 2003
Sells: shoes and hiking boots, trail and running shoes, belts, purses, gourmet chocolates, wallets, backpacks, jewelry; specializing in vegan pieces, cosmetics, candles, cookbooks, animal rights shirts including men's and women's styles by AnimalRightstuff, Herbivore Clothing Co., and Last Chance for Animals (including the very popular "No, I don't eat meat; Yes, I get enough protein; No, my shoes aren't leather; Yes, I have a life", and "Vegetarians Taste Better"), pins, bumper stickers, magnets, and patches.
If you get hungry while you're trying on shoes you can pick up some treats like gourmet Belgian chocolates or gumi bears candy, Tings, Tasty Eats jerky, or Primal Strips. They offer an exclusive line of Amanda's organic All Vegan doggie treats!
Background: Joy went vegan as soon as she realized that eating eggs and dairy is just as cruel to animals as eating meat. She realized San Diego needed a local vegan shopping spot after so many people came up to their info booth over the years, asking them where to find non-leather shoes, belts, etc. Not only was it hard to find them but many were tired of having to study labels as they shopped in depressingly leather-laden stores, or had unsatisfactory experiences having to return shoes purchased online that didn't fit.
Herbivore Clothing Co.
ONLY sells products that are vegan and that promote veganism.
Location: 5519 NE 30th Street, Portland, OR. 97211
Owners: Josh has been vegan for 7 years, Michelle for 4 years.
In business since: The clothing company has been in business for four years, the Herbivore magazine that they publish has been in business for three years.
Their clothes have never seen the inside of a sweatshop!
"Our t-shirts promote the vegan lifestyle. We also sell stickers, buttons, postcards, tote bags and the magazine. Nothing contains animal products."
Background: Josh became vegan after reading John Robbins' book Diet for a New America. He had two dogs he loved and realized that if he couldn't see himself eating them, why would he eat any other animal? "As vegans we want to contribute to moving others toward veganism. We wanted to do this, though, using our talents and ideas. Design, writing, culture and clothes seemed like the perfect avenues. We wanted to 'wear' our message but never found any shirts or styles that suited us, so we started the clothing company. Josh's experience in magazine publishing and love for that was a natural segue to starting the magazine."
"Herbivore is opening a retail store in Portland, Oregon, in the summer of 2006. We will carry products by and for veg*n people: bags, wallets, belts, clothes, art and such. Come visit the vegan mecca that is Portland!!"
The store of Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE) in Auckland New Zealand.
Location: Shop ll, St. Kevin's Arcade, Karangahape Rd., Auckland, New Zealand.
Owner: Anthony Terry, a vegan for 15 years. Animal rights campaigner and director of SAFE.
Vegan staff: All of the regular staff are vegan, though some volunteers may not be.
In business: 3 years
Sells: sweets, shoes, wallets, belts, vegan cheeses, cookbooks and animal rights books, a library of books and DVDs, chocolates, cosmetics, toys, gifts, personal care products, jelly, badges, no-egg, food items, clothing, household cleaning products, vegan pet food, cards, personal care items, baby care products, and more.
Background: The store came out of a natural progression of defending the rights of animals and knowledge of their exploitation. The shop was set up as a show case of compassionate living and as an example of what SAFE stands for. The shop is open 7 days. All the profits go towards SAFE's work for animals in New Zealand. Most items are available on-line.
"At Vegan Wares we believe in the sanctity of life and do not support or condone the exploitation of sentient (conscious) creatures (or any creatures for that matter)."
Location: Melbourne, Australia.
Staff: one other is vegan
In business since: August of 1995.
Sells: footwear, belts, wallets, purses, some bags, wrist cuffs, etc.
Australia's first and only vegan shoe manufacturer, in fact, the only dedicated vegan shoe factory in the world.
Background: "We seek out materials which are free of animal products, and because most of our products are made in our own workshop we can be quite confident that no leather component sneaks its way into our merchandise." One of the owners is Peter Cabera, who became vegan from joining Animal Liberation many years ago. Peter says, "I was veg then but not vegan. I guess just mixing in such circles made the path to veganism an obvious progression. About 12 years or so, I had decided I wasn't going to buy or wear leather any more... I'd heard there were some vegan shoe businesses in the UK, and I decided to make inquiries. At this time I happened to meet up with Jenny (Donaldson) who had been independently investigating her own vegan shoe concept. I suggested a business partnership arrangement, seeing as we had complimentary skills. Six months later (and two years after I had first started thinking about vegan shoes) the Vegan Wares shop opened."
"We like the products we carry to be produced domestically and under fair working conditions in addition to being vegan."
Location: 849 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA
Owners: Both owners are vegan, Yvonne for 15 years, Jeremy for 10 years.
Staff: "Our one staff member is vegetarian."
In business since: 2002
Sells: paper goods, cookbooks, wallets, bags, t-shirts
Background: "We wanted to offer a store of stuff we liked, which happened to be a mix of vegan goods along with printed matter and crafts. We didn't know of anyone doing what we wanted to do when we started the store and the company has evolved into producing our own print products in addition to retailing other goods. We were both vegan before we met (we'd both been vegetarian since high school and became vegan with the help of friends)."