The only thing better than shopping is when your purchases give back to someone less fortunate. That’s why I love buying gifts, home goods and even fantastic handmade jewelry and accessories from my friends at Pepper Project (pepper project.org).
Started by a former colleague, Tom Gordon, and his lovely wife, Cris Peterson, four years ago, Pepper Project has grown from a website selling Kampot pepper (with all the proceeds going back to Cambodians in need) to my go-to place for cool printed Krama scarves — the traditional stripe and checked pattern of the Khmer
— and budget-friendly handmade statement jewelry (like the sandalwood seed bracelets pictured below).
Now, Pepper Project has its first brick-and-mortar boutique at 940 W. Chapman in Orange.
The store, for now, is open by appointment only but this Sunday (Oct. 26) and Monday (Oct. 27) Tom and Cris are holding an open house from 4-7. There’ll be a raffle and Bhan mi sandwiches! And everything you spend goes back to people in need.
It’s the perfect time to start holiday shopping. Maybe the fashionista in your life would love one of these $18 silk envelope wallets …
One of these adorable rice bag fold over wallets makes a witty statement for the fashionista who doesn’t take herself too seriously …
Can’t make it to the open house? You can always shop online at pepperproject.org or you can try these retailers who also carry Pepper Project goods:
• Pacific Ranch Market, 7540 E. Chapman Ave., Orange;
• C4 Deli, Third Street and Broadway, downtown Santa Ana;
• Share and Do Good, 115 S. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton
Hope to see you there …