Juliet Sinisterra

Spokane Local Living Economy

More and more businesses are succeeding using a triple bottom line model.  Success is happening in profits, human and natural capital, and in turn bolsters local economies. Of the many inspirational leaders in this triple bottom line movement, the work done by  Judy Wicks has inspired Sun People Dry Goods tremendously.  Through the experience of [...]

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Downsizing the Fridge

When I lived in Europe, we had a small refrigerator. In Ireland, it was an undercounter refrigerator intended to serve a family of at least four—at least the house was that big. In Italy, we had an upright but it was tiny. In both locations, it was easy to have a small refrigerator. The stores [...]

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Less Work, More Time, More Jobs

“…the rich nations in the world must immediately begin to trade advances in labor productivity for free time instead of additional purchasing power.” – Reducing Work Time as a Path to Sustainability, State of the World Report 2010, Worldwatch Institute Sun People aims to become a new type of business for a changing world. Full-time [...]

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Making the transition

In Transition 1.0 from Transition Towns on Vimeo. Much of the inspiration for the birth of Sun People Dry Goods Company comes from our involvement in the growing Transition movement. Transition Towns began in the United Kingdom in 2005, as a response to the challenges of climate change and peak oil. The beauty of the [...]

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Location News!

Sun People recently signed a lease to locate in downtown Spokane near the corner of 2nd Avenue and Browne Street! The building is adjacent to the future home of the Spokane Public Market. The location of the Market, adjacent to us, is a perfect fit. While the SPM will have great, locally produced food, food [...]

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Spokane Gets Greener

Last night the Spokane City Council formally adopted the Sustainability Action Plan at midnight. There were a lot of patient citizens that hung around to weigh in on the measure. I had the honor of being named to the Mayor’s Sustainability Task Force in the spring of 2008 and served for over a year with [...]

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The Power of Business

“I think many people assume, wrongly,that a company exists simply to make money. While this is an important result of a company’s existence, we have to go deeper and find the real reasons for our being. As we investigate this, we inevitably come to the conclusion that a group of people get together and exist [...]

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Spokane Public Market

I just got back from Philadelphia and had the chance to visit (once again) the fantastic Reading Terminal Market there. Reading is a completely indoor market filled with fantastic prepared food, local food, meats, cheeses and lots of specialty items. The Amish sell lots of wares at Reading. Reading is also the closest market/example in [...]

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Natural Home Department

In the spirit of a true department store, Sun People will be offering a variety of dry goods. One of our biggest departments will be our Natural Home section. We will offer one-stop shopping for all things related to the home that are also ecological—non-toxic pest control and cleaning supplies, indoor water conservation products, natural [...]

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What’s in a Name?

Lately, we have been getting quite a few questions as to why the name “Sun People” or why “Dry Goods Company?” Being native to Spokane, I grew up reading about and understanding the importance of our river and native peoples, the Spokane or “Children of the Sun.” Most every year my childhood class would take [...]

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