Carol Schillios, owner of the Fabric of Life Fair Trade Shop in downtown Edmonds, announced Feb. 5 that her non-profit retail shop featuring the work of artisans in developing nations will close its doors Feb. 28.
“Our West Africa training center project has come to an end and with the rising cost of business operations, I’ve decided to pursue other avenues of funding for future development projects,” Schillios said in an email.
Schillio drew extensive attention in fall 2009 when she spent 113 days on the roof of her Mani Street building, raising nearly $100,000 her Fabric of Life Foundation. She closed her store once before, in 2014, with the goal of transitioning to online retail and wholesale, but reopened a year later.
In an email addressed to fellow Edmonds business owners, Schillios said she plans “to continue my full-time consulting practice with credit unions across the U.S. along with micro-finance cooperative projects in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. And I’m looking forward to the next adventure after I take some time off for a long-delayed writing sabbatical.”
Through the month of February, Fabric of Life will hold a 40 percent off sale on all of the store’s Fair Trade items and will as be selling all fixtures.