To Mexico with Love

If you’re shopping for gifts and also want to do good, visit The Market House in Westwood.
To Mexico With Love

If you’re shopping for gifts and also want to do good, visit The Market House in Westwood. It’s a shop with a double mission: to showcase local artisans’ creations and to help poor families in a small village on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Co-owners Chelsea Quinn and Sarah Christensen, who met while teaching yoga in Harrington Park, traveled a year ago to the city of Valladolid to stay at a bed-and-breakfast owned by Christensen’s father. The pair used proceeds from the sale of one of Christensen’s yoga products to provide groceries, toiletries and other necessities to five poverty-stricken families in a nearby town. That’s when the idea for The Market House was born.

Today the shop sells jewelry, pottery, candles and other items made by some 65 local artisans and small companies. Its proprietors also collect donations for the Mexican villagers, and on another trip in January they delivered $1,500 worth of supplies to 33 families. Also, two Market House vendors are chipping in: Mud Lily donates $5 from every pair of porcelain earrings sold at the shop, and Chrissy’s Creations gives $1 for each crocheted coffee sleeve.

The Market House, 172 Center Ave., Westwood, 201.666.0234; market houseshoplocal.com

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