2017 Vendors



All Good Things
Good Things is a documentarium series that focuses on the inspiring aspects of subjects through a number of art forms and viewpoints—aimed to educate, uplift and connect readers. The documentarium explores plants through diverse viewpoints and formats including articles, essays, poems, illustrations and photographs by Victoria Stöcker and contributors. Readers may learn about space gardening, the world’s tallest trees, a mobile greenhouse, native flora, plant music and more.


Aqua Terra Culinary
Aqua Terra Culinary, located on the Monterey Peninsula, specializes in local, farm-to-table products that are responsibly sourced with an emphasis on seasonality, quality and with minimal environmental impact. Aqua Terra provides full-fledged quality coffee and espresso service along with a revitalized menu that includes international food items. Aqua Terra was voted as the Best Caterer in the Monterey County Weekly’s ‘Best of 2014’.


Bakai Wine + Tapas
Locally operated by BAKAI Group LLC., BAKAI wine bar and tapas offer an extraordinary experience; a food concept designed by BAKAI’s wine and food director Pablo Antinao. Our food and wine menu offers a mix of Californian, Latin, and European cuisines. Some of our dishes include empanadas, duck sandwich with black garlic aioli, lamb tacos prepared in natural purple tortillas, among others. Our venue also offers an extensive wine variety with more than forty wines from different countries and regions around the world.


Bead & Reel
Founded in 2014 based on the belief that fashion and ethics aren’t mutually exclusive, we offer over 60 independent designers and 15 different searchable ethics focused on eco-friendly, cruelty-free, sweatshop-free styles for conscientious women. Everything we sell meets the criteria of being thoughtful to animals, people, and the world through our carefully curated selection of hand-picked designers and products including Fair Trade, Made in America, Organic, Vegan, Female Founder and Giving Back.



Sustainable & Ethical Lifestyle Retail Store For The Home And Body. Premium, Well Designed Apparel & Natural Bhodycare Products For Men, Women & Children.



Cadena Embroideries
We are women of the Moche Valley who came together as artists to improve our community’s quality of life. Our husbands’ farming jobs earn a few dollars per day but the pay is inconsistent and insufficient to support our families. Joining them in the fields means time away from our children and stress on our bodies. Mano en mano we are finding other ways.



Carmel Berry Co.
Carmel Berry Company was created in 2015 by Katie and Ben Reneker, both enthusiasts of gourmet food, sustainable agriculture, and nutrition. Located in Carmel Valley, California, we handcraft our small batch syrups and cordials using the highest quality locally sourced ingredients in order to meet our exacting standards of local, sustainable, and delicious. Our passion is handcrafting small batch syrups & cordials, in Carmel Valley, California, using the highest quality, organic, locally sourced ingredients.


Cats Meow Fashion
Located in Monterey, California we specializing in vintage inspired clothing, shoes & accessories. Indie, Retro and Rockabilly Clothing from Independent Designers. Men’s & Women’s vintage clothing available in variety of sizes and custom designs. We provide the largest selection of vintage clothing in the Monterey Bay, Shop online or stop by our store-front location. Vintage clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, Artisan designs and more….



Chai Five Tea
Making chai in my home is a time-honored tradition steeped in ancient customs and one I love to share with guests and visitors that come to my home. After friends encouraged me to sell my chai mix, I decided to go forward and become a licensed tea purveyor. Each jar of chai mix is handcrafted by me. Each cardamom pod and cinnamon stick is inspected by me for quality, and I have visited the spice farms myself. Creating community is also important to me, and I love to exchange recipes and inspiration with fellow chai-lovers; I hope that as a fan of Chai Five, you will remain part of our global community!


Circle of Hand Uganda
We are an importer of fair trade recycled paper-beaded jewelry and sustainable accessories handcrafted by impoverished Ugandan widows. Our Mission is to partner with and empower women affected by Africa’s HIV/AIDS crisis as they become entrepreneurs, positive role models and leaders in their communities.



Communities for Sustainable Monterey County
We are an organization of eight community-based local action groups and two regional projects in Monterey County. We have over 6,000 supporters and our volunteers contribute 9,000 hours per year, on average. We provide environmental education and promote land, water, and energy conservation, community gardens, time banking, green building ordinances, public transportation, waste reduction, and a localized economy. Collaborating with other community organizations and agencies strengthens our impact.



Cocos Formations
Cocos Formations’ mission is to promote the beautiful, natural, eco-friendly, and 100% sustainable jewelry and craft around the world. We have a very special and direct relationship with our craftsmen. Our craftsmen are our friends and neighbors, and we are proud to promote their work. Through direct equitable trade, our craftsmen are able to eat better, keep their children in school, and invest in their futures.



Divine Chocolate
Divine Chocolate is co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, the cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine. As owners, they get a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace. Thank you for supporting Divine Chocolate’s efforts to make the world a place where chocolate is cherished by everyone, including the family farmers who grow the cocoa.



Elisha C.
The Elisha C. Foundation envisions a poverty-free world. We believe the best way to bring about economic stability is by empowering the people. Our role is to establish sustainable programs that will become long-term solutions to alleviating poverty. We want to see lasting change. Whether it is through giving educational scholarships, creating job opportunities, or providing medical aid, we are breaking the cycle of poverty one story at a time.



Fair Trade USA
From production to purchase, Fair Trade is a model of sustainable, ethical trade that puts people and planet first. It’s the easiest way to do the most good, every day. We believe that everyone wants to do what’s right – for their families, fellow global citizens, and the planet. That’s why we’re committed to making the right choices the most obvious ones. Based on the simple idea that the products we buy and sell are connected to the livelihoods of others, Fair Trade is a way to make a conscious choice for a better world. A choice for Fair Trade Certified™ goods is a choice to support responsible companies, empower farmers, workers, and fishermen, and protect the environment. In other words, it’s a world-changing way of doing business.


Flourish & Bloom
I’m Katie Dutcher, a teacher of mindfulness and meditation. I help people to uncover more about themselves, and to develop greater awareness & compassion toward themselves and others. I believe that reflecting and seeking truth are paths to growth, and that growth is one of the most rewarding parts of our journey as humans, even when it feels painful.


Gallant International
Gallant International Inc. is a premier supplier of 100% GOTS Certified Organic cotton bags and accessories made at a Fair Trade USA Certified™ Factory. We specialize in private label bags and accessories, as well as packaging that tells your story while aligning your company values with its brand identity. We offer highly customizable, 100% organic cotton and Fair Trade Certified promotional bags, shopping bags, grocery bags, gift with purchase bags, lunch bags, cosmetic pouches, drawstring bags, aprons, beach totes and much more.


International Market & Deli
International Market & Deli is a family owned and operated business located in Monterey, CA. We offer a wide selection of foods, beverages, cookware, and more. We hope to introduce Intercultural and healthy ethnic foods at the Holiday Pop Up Market.



Julia’s Vegetarian Restaurant
We are a bunch of fun, loving, festival going, home-cooking folk here to provide you with quality vegetarian food with flare. We care about the health and well being of our patrons. We have our own reverse osmosis water filtration system plumbed into special faucets in the kitchen and prep areas. We have switched 95% of our lighting to LED and use as many gas-based appliances as possible to maximize our fuel efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint. We have live music every Monday through Thursday evenings.


Kuli Kuli Foods
Kuli Kuli is America’s leading moringa brand. We provide the highest quality and most nutritious moringa available. Kuli Kuli’s moringa is rich in iron, calcium, vitamins, and antioxidants. Our moringa provides a complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids. By hand-harvesting only fresh, young leaves, Kuli Kuli ensures that our organic moringa powder is more nutrient-dense and less bitter than anything else on the market. Taste the Kuli Kuli difference.



Marquet is dedicated to importing handmade accessories, gifts, and decor from Thailand and Vietnam. We travel around the world to meet craftsmen and find new and exciting products. Our goal is to empower artisans and entrepreneurs in developing countries by expanding their potential to reach a larger audience. We have personally met all of our artisans. This personal connection allows us to grow our business on mutual trust and respect. As we develop deeper relationships with our artisans, we advise them on everything from products and styles to long-term hiring and growth plans.



Mata Traders
We’re a design driven, ethical fashion company merging uncommonly vibrant style with fair trade practices to make an impact on global poverty. Made by artisans in India and Nepal, our colorfully original designs are now sold in 50 states and 12 countries and provide a stable source of income for families in some of the world’s poorest communities.



Maybe on Monday
We travel all over the world and import collectibles, we are wholesaler and we also have a retail location to share hand-crafted artisan treasures we collect. Arts, Unique Gifts, Curio and Collectibles from across the globe. Your portal to Esoteric and Metaphysical universe.  Buy Hand Crafted!



Monterey Bay Meditation Studio
We offer opportunities to develop, sustain, and deepen your meditation practice while helping to create a diverse and supportive community of people interested in being, learning, and evolving. With an eye on providing a safe, comfortable environment for practice, growth, and community, we are committed to making mindfulness and compassion both accessible and relevant. With an intention of cultivating awareness and kindness as way of being in the world, we offer a variety of classes, workshops and retreats based on secular teaching, ancient wisdom, and current application.


Monterey Soaps & Sundries
Monterey Soaps & Sundries is a small artisan boutique, offering the finest handmade natural and sustainable soaps, balms, and skincare. Our products are handmade from scratch using nature’s bounty of nourishing, healing, brightening, and invigorating ingredients, many of which are sourced locally in Monterey. NO PEGs! NO PETROLATUMS! NO PHALATES! Only organic, natural, skin-loving ingredients!!



Project Have Hope
Project Have Hope is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that seeks to empower women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda by providing education to both the women and their children and assisting the women to establish business opportunities to promote economic stability and sustainability. We believe education is integral to achieve sustained success. Our goal is to provide education, at all levels, to each woman. Providing education across the board empowers women and gives them much-needed tools to create a brighter future.


Purple Shoe Project
I wanted to start something “that mattered”, and I did. While serving young people in developing countries I began to develop relationships with local artisans.  My love for shopping & fashion drove me to them, but my passion for people and ending poverty is why I work alongside them. I support artisans in their efforts to overcome poverty by creating relationships through love and the fair trade principles of:  fair wages, safe working conditions, sustainable development, cultivating environmental responsibility and respect of cultural identity.


Radical Grandma Collective
The Radical Grandma Collective is a collaboration between four women from the US and the radical grandma activist-weavers of Na Nong Bong, Thailand. The four of us were introduced to Na Nong Bong as undergraduate students on a study abroad program focusing on human rights and the environment. In 2015, we found ourselves back in Thailand determined to continue working with the Thai communities that had inspired us so much. We were particularly eager to work with Na Nong Bong villagers because of their unfailing commitment to their cause and gutsy activism. Really, the name says it all– the grandmas are doing all of their own weaving, organizing, and fighting. Our role is to bring them to you.


Rising International
At Rising International we spread hope and dignity by selling crafts made by women living in the poorest and most dangerous places in the world; Places where hope is a radical act, and creating beauty is an act of courage and inspiration. Crafts are sold at intimate gatherings in the U.S., often referred to as home parties. Craft sales enable the artisans to find a way out of poverty by running sustainable micro-enterprises. Each craft comes with the story of the artisan, giving her a voice in our world. In the United States, we train women, many economically vulnerable, to run their own Rising Home Party businesses. They earn an income selling crafts for their global sisters. It’s a total win-win: The more our local entrepreneurs prosper, the more they change the world.


Sahaj Henna
SAHAJ Henna is incepted in the year 2013, as exporters and suppliers of a comprehensive range of Henna. Totally free of chemicals and manmade colors. Our range is appreciated worldwide for their genuine organic hue and body and scalp cooling features. Our henna is sourced from most reliable vendors who grow the henna following organic and natural means. Our range of Heena Products includes Herbal Henna, Henna Cone Powder. We ensure that our vendors do not alter the natural organic nature of the wonder powder by contaminating with chemicals and harmful additives. At our vendors’ end quality is tested minutely from the first stage of procuring the leaves till the stage where the product is ready for shipment. Our accountability to our clients is our major business concern.


Sakura Japanese Restaurant
Sakura Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, operated by the husband and wife team of Kazu and Keiko, opened in 1987. This intimate, convivial restaurant is a place where everyone can feel welcome. Sakura offers a wide variety of Japanese dishes including sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, tempura, udon, ramen, and more. Dinner is served seven nights a week. We also cater!


Seeds to Sew International
Seeds to Sew International, Inc. is a US-based, 501(c)3, non-profit organization with the mission of improving the lives of women and girls in disadvantaged communities through education and job skills training. Our goal is for the women and girls in our programs to use these job skills to earn money and to support themselves and their communities. All products sold on our website were made by the women participating in our programs in rural Kenya.


The Sox Box
In our quest to bring the world great socks we keep always mindful of the sacrifice of those who made this happen. No, we don’t mean our blood, sweat, and tears, which count for something to our moms. We honor those service men and women who sacrifice their lives in the name of freedom and justice. Their pledge and honor for their fellow service members and country is unparalleled and for that, we must both rock and salute them! Our pledge is the lifetime donation of 20% of all Sox Box profits to the Independence Fund, a non-profit group that directly supports the wounded ill and injured service members. Silliness abounds at the Sox Box but we remain serious in our commitment to our brothers and sisters who gave the most for their country without question.


Trades of Hope
Trades of Hope empowers women out of poverty around the world while creating entrepreneurial opportunities for the modern American woman by selling ethically produced fashion accessories and home decor. Many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. We started Trades of Hope to give women that opportunity for a better life. Each woman has a story, and with Trades of Hope’s help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!


Valley Botanicals
Shop founder &  owner Emmaline Molloy first became interested in using natural skincare and medicine when she moved to California from New York. After becoming ill she began to look for other medicinal alternatives rather than the antibiotics prescribed by her doctor at the time. After meeting with a doctor who specialized in plant-based treatments (herbal tinctures + supplements), she became very interested in herbal medicine and skincare following her recovery. The setting and climate of the Central Coast allowed her to grow and harvest medicinal plants. After studying, growing and experimenting with herbal remedies + medicine, Valley Botanicals was created in hopes of expanding her interest and passion of using natural skincare + medicine within the community.


The Wild Plum
Located in Old Monterey within a vibrant and diverse neighborhood, Wild Plum is a growing urban bistro and a social hub that provides fresh, organic, made-with-care food, and a comfortable, hospitable atmosphere that fosters community discussion and vitality. At Wild Plum Cafe, Bistro & Bakery we use organic produce as much as possible and use organic flour, sugar, and local eggs. Our meat is from local grass fed cattle raised in Northern Cal and Big Sur. Breakfast pastry, cakes and tarts will vary according to season, availability of produce and the creative genius of our pastry chefs. We feature local organic Coffee.


Zambrano Art
I’m an oil/acrylic artist from Monterey Bay California that produces a canvas once a week. Each piece roughly takes 20 to 24 hours to paint. 3-4 hours to sketch, followed by 2 8 hour sessions of painting. The subject matter varies based on my interests at the time and is done in series of three. If you would like to see the process follow me on Instagram for timelapse videos @gi.zambrano.



119 Photography
Our pictures feature the central California coastal area where we live. Our prints are featured at a local inn, and we hope to expand into more lodging and restaurant venues.



MIIS Student Clubs and Student-led Vendors

Peace Corps Club
Ocean Club
Red Cross Club
Tailored African Fashionwear


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