Sojourns

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Sojourns at 20th Street North in December 2007

Sojourns is a Fair Trade store located in the Crestwood Village shopping center at 5520 Crestwood Boulevard in Crestwood North. The business features crafts, decorative objects, baskets, food, musical instruments, toys, jewelry and textiles created by fairly-compensated artisans in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Peru, Guatemala and other countries, and imported under the certification of the Fair Trade Federation.

The store's slogan "Adventure-Art-Peace" is derived from the "five qualities of civilization" described by English mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. The store supports projects that improve education and environmental protection. Sojourns is the first 100% Fair Trade store in Alabama. In addition to regular hours, it hosts special events in concert with the Birmingham International Festival and the Foundation for Sustainable Travel.

Melissa Kendrick first opened Sojourns as the state's first 100% Fair Trade store on October 25, 2005, in a 600 square-foot space in the Atrium Center at 1910 3rd Avenue North. It moved to a new, larger, location at 217 20th Street North on November 6, 2007. On September 1, 2010, Sojourns relocated to the Eubank Mercantile Building at 2017 3rd Avenue North, where it remained for a decade as part of the upstart downtown Birmingham retail community. Rising rents led Kendrick to move the business to Crestwood in October 2020.

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