It Pays to Live in Ogden Spotlight: Green the World
If you’ve spent any time at all on Historic 25th Street, you will have seen the quaint little shop, smack dab in the middle of this historic shopping district, selling everything green from a grow your own lavender plant, to eco-friendly kids’ toys, to locally made art…this place has got it all!
We took a few minutes to hang out with owner, Beth Bell, to ask her about Green the World and how it all got started.
Firstly, tell us about yourself. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Utah, grew up in Plain City.
How did Green the World get its start?
You might think this is silly. I was working two jobs as a bookkeeper for local businesses; I loved my work and did really pretty well at it. One night, in the middle of the night, I woke up from a dream…with the name of my store, what we would sell, everything in my head, with an overwhelmingly strong feeling that I needed to open this store. That was in February, five years ago… by July my store was opened and I haven’t looked back!
It was a real leap of faith…I had never, ever worked in retail before. And it was so obviously the thing I was supposed to do, this has been the best decision of my life.
What is your goal with Green the World?
I hope to help people learn to be more conscious of what they buy and how easy it is to live greener lives. I want to bring awareness that being “green” doesn’t have to be as costly or as hard as people think, even just a little bit everyday can make a huge impact.
What makes your store different?
Everything I sell in this store is good for the environment. It is either recycled goods or eco-friendly or locally made. No matter what you buy in my store, it will help in some way. We have bags that were made by women in villages in Africa and 100% of the $20 you spend on them goes back to their village. We have products made by your neighbors, friends and when you buy their goods it helps them!
Your shop does consignment?
My store is about 30% local consignment, because I truly believe in supporting local artists. It helps to fill my store with interesting, unique things that are eco-friendly. I have certain requirements that must be met to have products included, and right now we have a waiting list for local designers and artists. But, I’m always willing to talk to new people so if anyone is interested in selling their goods in my store, stop on by!
What motivates you every day?
To help the environment, my community; to teach love and awareness of the world around us to the people who come into my shop.
What changes have you seen in Ogden? What changes would you like to see?
I have seen many changes in just the 2 years since I moved my store from Riverdale to Ogden. Huge improvements and a sense of togetherness in individuals and business owners, everyone is so supportive of each other. This is the first time in 2 1/2 years that every shop is filled on the 100 block of 25th Street, it is so exciting. I also see changes everywhere in Ogden, to new buildings, new improvements, even our Ogden Trails are being upgraded and maintained more than in the past. People are taking a sense of responsibility in Ogden. I see the town just getting better and better and it becoming the place to be.
Why do you think It Pays to Live in Ogden?
Ogden is all I know, I grew up here. This place has always been perfect for me. You are 20 minutes from the mountains, full of skiing and hiking and adventure; mere hours from the desert and so many other places to explore. The people are so diverse, so kind. There is a strong sense of community; I cannot imagine not living here. It is not only visually stunning, but so inviting; there is something here for everyone.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I hope people understand that living green isn’t just about what store you shop at, it is a way of life. This store is so much more to me than just a store. If I can help “green the world” a little more at the end of the day, help just one person be a little bit more eco-friendly, it’s all worth it.
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