Interview by Lindsay McHolme Posted on the Rapidian

Our own Grand Rapids hyperlocal news source, The Rapidian, now features an ariticle about Rhododendron Crafts.  Lindsay McHolme, who writes for both The Rapidian and Rapid Growth, met me at Dik Bir and Dil Maya Powdyel’s house to interview all of us.  Prasha Maharjan translated for us and we were treated to a wonderful Nepali meal afterwards courtesy of Dik Bir and Dil Maya.  It was delicious.   I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of daal, curry, and rice.  Check out the finished article here

As the article mentions, we are recruiting people to host craft shows in their homes this spring.  We had a great time last year both at my home and at the home of Thornapple ECC member Cheri Fox.  We sold alot of rugs and met some great people as well.  If you’d like to host a sale, it’s easy- we set everything up, and even bring tasty Nepali chai tea – all you have to do is open up your home and invite your friends!  Email for more information.


Global Infusion

Last month we were excited to announce our rugs being featured at The Bridge in Holland, MI.  Now they are also available in our hometown of Grand Rapids at Global Infusion.  I love this, since Global Infusion is my favorite place to sip tea, buy herbs, and browse fair trade items from around the world (and down the street! Rose Beerhorst, living about 3 blocks from the shop makes some pretty sweet tea cozies that they have for sale).

So, stop by Global Infusion, order some tea or a wheatgrass shot, and check out our rugs – and the other great Fair Trade items from around the world!

Rhododendron Crafts Rugs – Now at The Bridge in Holland!

I’m so excited about this: last night Prasha and I went to Holland, MI to show our rugs to The Bridge, a fair trade store in Holland, and not only did they like the rugs, but they decided to carry them and bought several from us on the spot! So, next time you’re in Holland, go check them out and show some love to an amazing store with beautiful products.  I was impressed by their inventory and their willingness to bring fair trade to the local level.  Our artisans live here in West Michigan, bringing skills from around the world when they come here as refugees, but often fair trade opportunities are only available to those living internationally.  I hope 2011 will be full of many more opportunities for Rhododendron Crafts to improve our products and reach an even wider market!

Listen to Us on WYCE’s Catalyst Radio

I (Jessica) was on WYCE today!  Thanks to Denise Cheng and Linda Gellasch for interviewing me.  I got to explain a little more about how our organization started and where we’re going.  Check it out here.

The next big thing for Rhododendron Crafts is going to be ArtPrize September 22-October 10 .  We will be showing our work at 45 Coldbrook NW.  Stay tuned for more information!

Avenue for the Arts

We’ll be at the Avenue for the Arts downtown the following dates:

June 5

July 11

August 14

September 11

We’ll also be at the Blandford Nature Center’s Field of Green Festival next Saturday, June 12.

The Fulton St. Artists’ Market starts Sunday, June 13.

And World Refugee Day is Saturday, June 19.

Yes, it will be a busy summer for Rhododendron Crafts!  See you out there!

Our Etsy Shop

Thanks to Jenn, an intern at the Bethany office, we have a new Etsy page. You can now buy our goods online at  This is an exciting new development for us, because it will allow people all over to access our goods and learn about our project.  Visit our site today.  We offer free deliveries in the Grand Rapids area!

<<< See the left sidebar for a preview of what we have to offer.

Rhododendron Crafts at Art. Downtown. This Friday Night [April 16]!

We are happy to announce that Rhododendron Crafts will be participating this Friday night in Art. Downtown.!  This is going to be an amazing event with over 400 artists and 25 gallery destinations.  We will be setting up shop at Take Hold Church (133 S Division Ave).  This is the former site of The Euclid/Skelletones.  We’ll be there along with a few other local artists from 6-11pm.  We’re very excited to be teaming up with Take Hold, a church that started meeting this summer.  Come check us out and buy some crafts.  We’ll have rugs, bags, apparel, and other surprise items.  Stop by and say hello to some of our artists and check out the beautiful work coming out of Grand Rapids and the Heartside neighborhood. 

If you would like to volunteer to sit at our table Friday night and/or run the register, call Jessica at (512) 934-0411.