E8 – Ten Thousand Villages: In this episode of Local Voices Bluffton, hosts Sam Springer and Jim Enneking interview Wendy Chappell-Dick, manager of Ten Thousand Villages in Bluffton, Ohio. Wendy shares the history of the Christmas in July sale and the store itself, tracing back to Edna Ruth Byler, who started a fair-trade movement 75 years ago by selling needlework made by women in Puerto Rico. Wendy explains how the movement grew, leading to the establishment of the first storefront in Bluffton in 1974, originally called Self Help Crafts. She highlights the store’s impact on artisans worldwide and its ongoing mission to provide a stable market for their products. Wendy also announces upcoming events, including a Christmas in July sale from July 1-13 and a grand reopening after a store renovation in August. The episode emphasizes the importance of community support and the store’s connection to the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE), which aids local businesses through initiatives like the business plan competition.  For more information on the 50th Annaversary of Et Cetera Shop, Inc, check out etceterashop50.com.