TRAFFIK-FREE LIFE: NORTH COAST

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North Coast

Welcome to the second instalment of our new No More Traffik feature – a guide to traffik-free life in NI! Each of our groups will highlight three businesses in their area that are working towards a traffik-free society. Coffee shops, restaurants, clothing co’s…it’s all here! First up, here’s a guide to traffik-free life in the North Coast area from Bex Finney.

Hope and Gloria

Hope and Gloria is a ‘not for profit’ fashion, beauty and homeware store offering a creative alternative to the high street. They sell donated, bought-in vintage and handmade items. The concept of Hope and Gloria is based on recycling, thrift and creativity. Their premises also incorporate workshops for training the unemployed in various skills such as sewing, hairdressing and up-cycling pre-loved clothes and furniture. They support three different charities through their profits; Vineyard Compassion, e3 Initiative and OAM Sports Academy. As soon as you walk through the doors you can’t help but feel at home in this quirky and crafty little shop. 

Location: Mill House, Railway Road, Coleraine BT52 1PE

Julie’s Favourite pick: Sports Academy handmade earrings

My favourite pick: The vintage tea sets 

Why does Hope and Gloria choose to be ethical? 

Super intern Julie explains “We believe in honouring people.  Our store is a social enterprise where every aspect of what we do is designed to bless both our own local community and the African communities that the charities we support operate in.  Our £1 café, sewing workshops and volunteer staff exist to facilitate connection for the lonely, to be a place to gather and share life in.  Our pre-loved clothes and furniture make shopping with us affordable as well as fun; and our Beautician and Hairdressing salons came about because the women who operate them had dreams of starting their own businesses so they could treat the customers who visit with time and care. 

We truly believe in people before profit.  We exist to build others up, not exploit their situations.  We want everyone we come into contact with at home or abroad to know that they are worth so much more than they have been led to believe.  Being ethical is not simply a choice for us.  Rather it is the overflow of who we are and who we will continue to be.”

Sea Salt

Sea Salt is a newly renovated bistro style restaurant situated in Portrush. Business owner Emma McKee, delights in using locally sourced products and fair-trade goods. All this combined makes for an extensive and tasty menu ranging from sweet treats to meaty burgers. Sea Salt is full of friendly faces and great food, the perfect combination for early morning fixes or afternoon treats. 

Location: 60 Lougestown Road, Portrush BT56 8BN

Emma’s favourite pick: Lemon drizzle loaf cake 

My favourite pick: Homemade breakfast granola

Why does Sea Salt choose to be ethical?

Owner of Sea Salt, Emma McKee said “When it came to picking the suppliers at Sea Salt we knew this was an opportunity to support those in varying situations both globally and locally. A number of our suppliers are based within the North Coast and we love the fact we can enhance their businesses through stocking their produce – these smaller businesses have also been extremely supportive in helping Sea Salt get up and running. When picking the coffee we knew we only wanted a supplier who values fair trade and have based the foundation of their business on supporting the farmers and their families who grow the beans – I’m happy knowing that every cup of coffee we serve has helped in developing a better quality of life for varying individuals in many different situations throughout the world.” 

A big thanks to Julie and Emma for letting us visit and chat! If you live in the North Coast and want to get involved in some local anti-trafficking activism, get in touch here.