About Us

We are passionate about supporting USA-made & Fair Trade products.

We carry many products made in Colorado as well, such as hand-thrown pottery, Maruca Design handbags, Enstrom’s, Hammonds, and other gourmet foods.

Independent studies show that when you buy local products from local small business owners, more of your money stays in your local economy. Our store began in 1984 and developed a reputation for friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Many of our team members have been with us for more than 15 years, and collectively, our team has 100+ years of service!

Our owner, Connie Stevinson, developed a passion for Fair Trade products when she traveled to Rwanda.

She saw first-hand what a difference an income-producing initiative makes in the lives of people living on less than $1 per day. Before acquiring Compleat Gourmet & Gifts, Connie was importing Rwandan handicrafts through her nonprofit organization, Trading For Treasures.

The Fair Trade movement is gaining popularity in North America, as consumers begin to ask where their products come from, what they are made of, and if their purchases will make a difference in the world. This behavior has been named by some as “social consumerism”, where people look to buy products from ethical companies and want to support good causes. Fair trade is a market-based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability. It aims to educate and empower disadvantaged producers and connect them to a market, so they too can participate in global trade.

Supporting our local community is also very important to us.

We offer shopping events for local nonprofits where we designate a day to give back 10% of all purchases made in the name of the local organization on that day. An event can also be scheduled as a private, after-hours party. Periodically, we serve as a drop-off location for gathering items for nonprofit organizations, such as school supplies, stuffed animals, handbags, etc.

Please contact us, if you have an interest in any of these types of support.

Fair trade: to improve the lives of disadvantaged producers

We purchase products from companies that adhere to the 10 Principles of Fair Trade as defined by the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Federation Principles.

Those principles are summarized as follows:

  1. Create opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers.
  2. Develop transparent and accountable relationships.
  3. Providing capacity building.
  4. Fair trading practices.
  5. Pay promptly and fairly.
  6. Support safe and good working conditions.
  7. Ensure no child labor and forced labor.
  8. Cultivate environmental stewardship.
  9. Respect cultural identity.
  10. Promoting fair trade.

USA-made: to create more jobs in America

When we buy American, we are improving our economy, creating more jobs, ensuring environmental compliance, conserving resources, and supporting democracy. According to MadeInTheUSA.com

If every American spent an extra $3.33 on U.S.-made products, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs.

Colorado-made: to strengthen our local economy

According to the research firm Civic Economics, local retailers return an average of 52% of their revenue to the local economy, compared with just 14% for the chain retailers. Independent Businesses Deliver Bigger Economic Benefit – Stacy Mitchell.

Choosing a locally owned store generates almost four times as much economic benefit for the surrounding region as shopping at a chain.