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Friday, April 30, 2010

Newest Honolulu Store is Eco-Focused

Newest Honolulu Store is Eco-Focused

A new eco-friendly boutique has opened downtown.

Courtesy of Super Citizen

It’s a bird! (a Native Species, we hope.) It’s a plane! (Running on biodiesel, please.) It’s Super Citizen!

Downtown Honolulu’s newest store, Super Citizen, just opened on Monday on Pauahi Street. “I wanted to focus on sustainability, on having choices in everyday things that help reduce waste,” says owner Sandra Fowler. Fowler and her husband, a wellness consultant for HMSA, have long talked about opening a store. Fowler chose Chinatown for its artsy, community vibe, and says her store will focus on “local designers and artists.” Island products include Ecolicious tote bags and Beachcomber Design jewelry, for example. Prices run $1.50 for a handmade soap to $350 for a lamp made from recycled mango wood.

Shoppers will also find eco-chic products from other parts of the country, including bamboo utensils, Klean Kanteens, organic baby clothes and clocks that run on water. Fowler also offers a large variety of American Apparel tees. “I worked in production for them in L.A. and I like the philosophy. The owner is really fair; his workers get fair wages, health care, lunch and exercise breaks,” she says, which is the opposite of conditions that are found in sweatshops. “And the clothes are a nice quality, simple. You get your money’s worth.”

Fowler decorated her store with recycled finds from Craigslist and hired Island artisan Thorben Wuttke to create some furnishings out of reclaimed wood.

The store is still a little spare, says Fowler. “It’s a work in progress.” She plans to eventually have a reading nook, where people can browse materials on subjects like solar power, and to have demonstrations like poi pounding.

Sounds like Super Citizen is a place to keep your eye on. Up, up and away!

22 S. Pauahi St., 599-4333. Hours are Monday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday to Friday, 10:30 to 5 p.m. Open later on First Fridays.

Posted on Friday, April 30, 2010 in Permalink

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