Mon – Sat: 10 am – 5 pm
Fairtrade at St Michaels was the first shop in Oxford to offer a high quality range of fairly traded goods from across the globe, safe in the knowledge that our friends in the developing world are being advantaged and the environment is being honoured. They also pride themselves on great customer service and on being kind to the planet.
The shop, organised as a co-operative, was started in October 2003 (Oxford city became a Fairtrade City in 2004) and at present has five people working as unpaid directors, four part-time members of staff and numerous fantastic volunteers. They are grateful to have been given a home by St Michael’s Church at the Northgate in Cornmarket Street, Oxford.
Fairtrade St Michaels operate as a social enterprise in that all profit returns to the business in terms of wages, maintenance and infrastructure. Surplus profit is donated on a regular basis to projects already supported by the shop. Fairtrade at St Michaels is a member of BAFTS and Cooperatives UK.
I love our business as it is made up of a wonderful set of people who have a heart for Fairtrade whilst having unique skill sets that help to make us who we are – a unique and colourful shop where you can almost always find that special something for yourself or for another, from an interesting part of the world, that comes with a great story. I am grateful for being in the heart of Oxford city centre where there is such a great community of independents. May this community grow!
– Daniella Cromwell, Shop Manager
We love Fairtrade at St Michaels! We could be competitors, but instead have joined forces and helped each other many times over the years, most recently with our joint collaboration on Fairtrade in the Market – our pop up shop in The Covered Market from November 2021 to February 2022.
– Susie Hodgson, Shop Manager at Headington Fairtrade
Fairtrade at St Michael’s is the most beautiful, colourful little shop tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Cornmarket. They have an astonishing array of ethical crafts, jewellery, food and gifts, and exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable staff. I love it!
– Sally Harris, Owner at Sally Harris Mindfulness
Fair Trade St Michaels, is one of my absolute favourite shops! I love that it feels like one of Oxford’s best kept secrets, as the shop is in the basement of St Michael at the North Gate Church, and is always brimming with amazing gifts, food, home accessories and jewellery. I never fail to find something awesome that’s been made with people and planet in mind.
– Rosie, Independent Oxford