My Half of the Sky
Fair trade gift shop and cafe in Wheaton
Photo by Laurie Barton
Your purchase matters at this fair trade gift shop and coffee house at 121 W. Wesley St. in Wheaton (630 621-7393). Named for a Chinese proverb and housed in a charming 1800s residence, this is a place that combines the warmth of a neighborhood hangout with the goal of helping others.
The gift shop offers Love Heals body balm and scrub, lotions by beelove, handmade purses, jewelry, candles and more.
In the café, created to support social justice causes, a portion of sales of European-style coffees, specialty teas, pastries and other goodies helps women overcome abuse, sex trafficking, addiction and poverty through partnership organizations. Lavender vanilla lattes are a favorite. Empanadas are made by women in transition and are baked to order.
Several private spaces are available for meetings, parties, book clubs and other gatherings. There’s an outdoor patio, too.Edit Module