Friday, November 11, 2016
In a small shop on Olie (first street east of Western) off 63rd you will find a treasure trove of carvings, textiles, musical instruments, bells, metal work, jewelry and much more.
You have found Pambe Ghana, a global market full of beautiful free trade items from around the world. Pambe Ghana is a non-profit organization founded in Oklahoma City whose proceeds benefit educational initiatives in northern Ghana. (To learn more, go to PAMBEGhana.org)
I stop in every year and to find new things to delight the senses, and to visit with the wonderfully soulful people who run the shop, open only in November and December. Some of my favorites are the bells and the carved wooden bowls. I have many instruments from African villages that my grandchildren and I use in our beautiful musical improvs here at the farm. ( Oh yeah, that is a thing.)
While you're in the area (it's just a hop-skip-and a jump from Whole Foods and Starbucks), swing north on the east side of Irma's and pop in to for a gander at some delightfully different items to add to your Christmas stash. Pambe Ghana is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 6 (7:00 on Thursday). The actual address is 6516 Olie, OKC)
Oh, and while you're in that neck of the woods, come on south, over the overpass for I-44, and visit the Spice Shop and the other small businesses on Western. We promise to make you feel right at home.