Tired of all the usual suspects when it comes to shopping in Indianapolis? Well, Indy citizens, it’s time to give the credit cards a workout and head to Broad Ripple, Indiana, where the ingenues behind The Village Experience will show you how to be cheap, chic, and charitable all at the same time. Next time you find yourself needing something to do in Indianapolis, set out for the cultural hot spot known as Broad Ripple and find out for yourself what The Village Experience has to offer the Circle City.
The masterminds behind The Village Experience are Kelly and Anne Campbell, sisters who studied fashion in New York in addition to traveling the world in search of ways to help those struggling in third-world countries. With a combination of considerable fashion sense and business savvy along with compassion and hard work, the Campbell sisters brought The Village Experience to life in the Broad Ripple community in April of 2008.
The unique, trendy shop embraces a unique mission statement that displays the Campbell sisters’ dedication to their cause. According to the company website: “The Village Experience is a socially pro-active business dedicated to uplifting impoverished communities in the developing world through efforts in international trade and tourism.”
The shop will help Indianapolis residents to understand the hardships in developing countries and contribute to the cause through the purchase of fair trade merchandise. From handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry to hand bags, scarves, and vases, the distinctive and beautiful goods at The Village Experience are hand-made by women in third-world countries who sell their wares to escape sexual slavery, poverty, and starvation.
In addition, you can purchase unique international photographs that capture the life and spirit of the store’s mission trips, taken by the Campbell sisters themselves. Besides being able to shop at The Village Experience, you can accompany Kelly and Anne and other volunteers on life-changing journeys to developing countries and experience with your own eyes the hardships faced in these remote corners of the world.
For more information on this unique Indianapolis retailer, visit their official website. Besides being able to view some of goods available in the wide variety of high-quality merchandise, you can find out more information on the inspiring and impactful mission trips.
And for more ways to give back to the Indianapolis community and beyond, check out this overview of Indianapolis nonprofit organizations.