5 Local Products That Give Back

Start the year with shopping that supports causes
El & Gray Design
El & Gray Design

Photo by Sarhah Morrow

El & Gray Design

Named for her children Elora and Grayson, Sarah Morrow’s brand blends and twists polymer clay into colorful jewelry and home goods. For every pair of earrings purchased, Morrow donates a second pair to Emerge Mothers Academy, whose mission is to “equip single mothers to emerge as confident women and caring moms.” Diffuser is $18, elandgraydesign.com

Kobi Co.
Kobi Co.

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Kobi Co.

Music and scent have always been part of Kobi Gregory’s routine, including incense-buying trips at the Electric Fetus record store in Minneapolis. Her company is “the perfect intersection of scent, sound, and self-care” as the candles come with a barcode to a Spotify play-list. Each purchase helps fund her college education and a scholarship program for others. Candles start at $12.50, lovekobico.com

Kathie's Coffee
Kathie’s Coffee

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Kathie’s Coffee

Kym Jolstad launched her locally roasted coffee company to honor her mother, Kathie, while raising awareness and funds to fight pancreatic cancer. The “coffee for a cause” is masterfully roasted by Brett Struwe, a longtime employee with Caribou Coffee. Since April 2020, Kathie’s Coffee has donated almost $20,000. Coffee beans start at $15 for 12 ounces, kathiescoffee.com

Humble Nut Butter
Humble Nut Butter

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Humble Nut Butter

John and Jess Waller know that sometimes people crave a savory bite over a sweet treat. The Humble Nut Butters pack a punch—from sundried basil cashew to truffle herb walnut. The Minneapolis company employs adults of all abilities. Follow them on Instagram for their thoughts on everything from hip-hop to nut butters. Nut butters are $14.99 each, humblenutbutter.com

Fable the Brand
Fable the Brand

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Fable the Brand

This company for children’s clothing and accessories comes from Kari Jensen, founder of Bloom Handmade, which sells children’s clothing and products, and the Living Life’s Moments photography service. The shirt designs are created by kids through a submission process, and the chosen “little designers” receive a scholarship and discount on apparel. T-shirts are $28 each, fablethebrand.com

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