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"Does it matter where the stuff you buy comes from? We think so. "
It matters where the stuff you buy comes from. That is why we’ve put a lot of thought into how we source products at our PA Wilds Conservation Shops, which are physical gift shops tied to public lands and communities in the PA Wilds that source products made in our region.
Our shop is located at Kinzua Bridge State Park in the Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds. One of our main product lines is The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, a network of more than 175 local producers, artists, and craftspeople from across the Pennsylvania Wilds region. These are people who live and work in rural PA, love what they do, and have proven through a jurying process that they are good at doing it.
Our products are sourced using industry and conservation resources such as One Green Planet’s “A Guide to Buying Sustainable, Fair-Trade and Cruelty-Free Clothing.” Once we find a responsible company with competitive prices where we can source the soft goods, we work with local companies in the Pennsylvania Wilds to place the order for ‘blanks,’ and then these local companies are hired to give the products their value-added component, be that creating a design for a new line of t-shirts, stitching embroidered patches on fleece jackets, screen printing, or some other service.
This investment ripples out. According to the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), independent locally-owned businesses – like those involved in The Wilds Cooperative of PA and our gift shops – recirculate a far greater percentage of revenue locally compared to absentee-owned businesses or locally-owned franchises. AMIBA reviewed 10 studies in this area, concluding that “on average 48 percent of each purchase at local independent businesses was recirculated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores.”
In other words, when you spend locally at our gift shops, it allows us to spend locally on inventory, and then those businesses spend a large part of that investment locally. It’s one great big reinforcing circle of goodness, and we appreciate you being part of it!
Visit our location at Kinzua Bridge State Park, where you can learn the history of what was once considered the Eighth Wonder of the World. Our exhibits are interactive and feature local wildlife, conservation lessons learned from oil and lumber efforts, regional innovation, and the story surrounding the Kinzua Viaduct.Read more... Read less
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Due to COVID-19 we do not accept returns or exchanges at this time.