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Global Market
1301 NW Hudson, OKC
Nov. 9 - Dec. 23.

Sun, 12pm - 4pm
Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat,
12pm - 6pm
Thurs, 12pm - 7pm

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Midtown visionary Marva Ellard partners with PAMBE Ghana at The Sieber Apartments

Marva Ellard is a woman with a mission: revitalizing Central Oklahoma City’s aging older buildings. She’s tackled some real challenges, including the Midtown showplace: The Sieber Apartments at 1305 N. Hudson. When she took it on in 2005, the 1920’s-era Sieber Apartment Hotel had been vacant for years and was in poor condition, but she knew it could be brought back to life, and it’s now a complex of 30 apartments and 8 loft-style units. This year, she extended her hospitality to the PAMBE Ghana Global Market, which opened November 9 in the ground floor of the Sieber, in a space some remember as the hotel’s restaurant.

The Global Market, a holiday-season fair-trade market, raises money for an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit organization that supports a pioneering bilingual primary school in rural Ghana. A completely volunteer-run enterprise, it is always housed in donated space, so to have benefactors like Ms. Ellard and her partners come forward is a true boon.

Ellard’s imagination allows her to see potential in unlikely places. She and partner Billy Woodring recently purchased the former Villa Theresa school in Midtown, closed since 2012. They plan to develop the striking former convent into a boutique hotel, with for-sale townhouses and condominiums planned on the site, as well. Steve Lackmeyer, reporting in The Oklahoman September 6 2017, quotes Ellard:  “There were rampant rumors about them wanting to demolish part or all of the Villa Theresa campus. That was not going to be the right thing to do. . . . Those buildings are important to the social fabric of our city and of my neighborhood, Heritage Hills. Keeping them matters.”

This philosophy meshes well with that of PAMBE Ghana, which believes the lives of children in rural Ghana matter, and that they have great potential.

PAMBE Ghana’s Global Market Celebrates Its Tenth Year in a New Midtown Location

Local nonprofit PAMBE Ghana brings its fair trade Global Market to Oklahoma City holiday shoppers, Nov. 9-Dec. 23.

This year, the Market will have a new location at 1301 N. Hudson Ave, Midtown, Oklahoma City, thanks to a new sponsorship from The Sieber Apartments, which is providing the space. For information about the location, visit www.thesieber.com.

“For ten years, the Global Market has provided fair trade shopping for unusual and unique gifts and folk art from around the world,” Tom Temple, PAMBE Ghana president, said. “Our volunteers and our customers appreciate that all profits go into supporting PAMBE Ghana’s educational program in northern Ghana.”

Beginning Nov. 9, the Global Market will be open noon-4 p.m. on Sunday; noon-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and from noon-7 p.m. on Thursdays.

The Global Market is PAMBE Ghana’s main fundraiser for the La’Angum Learning Center. The center is a collaboration that has brought the promise of literacy to underserved villages in rural Ghana. An education is offered to both girls and boys, as well as children of all faiths.

Shoppers will have several new fair trade items to choose from this year, including recycled metal and springstone pieces from Zimbabwe. Volunteers staff the Global Market, and all merchandise is purchased directly from artisans or from certified members of the Fair Trade Federation. Fair trade principles include a guarantee that artisans are paid a fair price for their products. They also receive assistance with design development, quality control and improved working conditions.

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Read about the Global Market returning to Midtown in The Journal Record...