When it comes to shopping, some people are of the mind that bigger is better – superstores, parking lots that go on for miles, buying in bulk as if serving a small army… I prefer a more intimate shopping setting. As long as a place has the things I’m looking for, I don’t need or want it to require running shoes to span the distance from one side to the other.
Ethique Nouveau in Minneapolis is just such a store – intimate, inviting, and packed with treats for its diminutive size. Everything in the boutique is vegan with nothing that has been tested on animals. Plus, all purchases help fund animal advocacy programs. I visited Ethique Nouveau a few years ago (and wrote about it here), but I was eager to return again when we were in Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago.
They have body washes and candles from 100% Pure, which are hard to find outside of the internet, accessories, books, shirts, shoes, art, and some vegan specialty food products like Soy Curls. I was very tempted to pick up a new purse by Shiraleah and one of the colorful and cozy infinity scarves on display. (I especially love the ones in teal and purple.) However, with Christmas only a few weeks away, I restrained myself.
Even so, I just couldn’t pass up this adorable giclee by Michelle Foy Sucaet. I love the blissful look on the pig’s face in the picture. I get very depressed sometimes living in farm country and passing animals in fields whose destiny I know only too well. (Even sadder, even though Iowa is known for pig farming, I never see pigs here, except heading in metal semi trucks to slaughterhouses. They live their short lives hidden on factory farms.) I can’t bear to watch it, but no doubt you’ve heard about the horrible abuse documented at a pig farm for Tyson in Oklahoma and exposed last week…
This picture reminds me of the lucky ones, the pigs I’ve met at sanctuaries, who love to have their bellies rubbed and to nap in the sun. It is good for the heart to have reminders that there are some pigs out there who get to live out happy, full lives, knowing humans who treat them with compassion and kindness.
As I was checking out, the owner invited me to their Thanksgiving meet-up the following week. We were headed out of town that day, but it always makes me pleased to know about places with an active and welcoming vegan community.
If you are in the Minneapolis area, think about visiting Ethique Nouveau this holiday season! (They also take orders over the phone if you see something you like on their website.) They have lots of free street parking and are open Wednesday-Saturday.