Another Portland adventure…

While Marcus was enjoying himself at 555, Chase and I were walking around (okay, maybe wandering around) Monument Square in downtown Portland (the site of the farmer’s market earlier in the day), an interesting little coffee/gelato shop by the name of “Other’s” caught our eyes.  The man behind the counter was dressed in a business suit and cleaning out files, not at all who’d you’d expect to be there.  He greeted us with a warm smile and happily indulged our taste buds with a sample of almost every flavor of gelato (homemade on site).  When Chase finally decide on a flavor to order (chocolate, of course), our conversation turned toward the business side.  Brad, the owner, used the term “social return on capital” as his reason for this business.  He uses only FairTrade Organic coffee and teas, buys beans raw and roasts onsite, and has a slide show running on the wall in the background with information and pictures of Sri Lankan woman picking tea for pay (most not involved in the FairTrade program are unpaid, and treated unfairly).  He is a financial advisor by day(with an office upstairs of the shop) who felt that giving to charities was not enough, he wanted to be directly involved in helping support fair labor and fair trade.  You can learn more on this subject by checking out www.transfairusa.org  or, if you are in the Portland area, visit Brad McCurtain at Other’s.  May we all learn something from this “social return on capital” philosophy and look to better our world directly, beginning here at home through our business and buying choices. 

Chase, as many of you know, is quite an entertainer when he’s feeling so inclined.  He had just gotten a new magic set from the Children’s Museum of Maine.  Brad was a great audience for both his newly learned tricks and many of his jokes.  Thanks Brad!  Good Luck with everything.

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