|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
A Spotlight on Vegan Companies and Businesses
throughout the United States and a few beyond - updated May 2006
by M. 'Butterflies' Katz
co-author of Incredibly Delicious; Recipes for a New Paradigm
by Gentle World www.gentleworld.org
The sanctuary is the proud owner of a store that is all about compassion and kindness towards animals which they purchased in November 2005. Washington's only 100% vegan store, Sidecar for Pigs Peace, is located in Seattle's University District, on the corner of 55th and University Way.
The store is managed by Peggy Wasman. Judy Woods is the director and founder of Pigs Peace Sanctuary. Everyone involved with Sidecar is vegan. 100% of the profits go to the animals; the workers are volunteers. Products sold at the store include: difficult to find faux meats and soy cheeses, delicious locally made baked goods, ready to eat sandwiches provided by local restaurants, cruelty-free shoes, (both dress and sport), belts and bags, fashion accessories, vegan wines, gourmet raw items, T-shirts and message gear, vegan books and cookbooks, gift ideas, make-up and soaps, personal care items, all vegan dog and cat food, organic coffee, treats, breakfast, lunch and dinner items, and locally made vegan Mighty-O- Doughnuts. They offer 700 different items with more to come!
Located at 5270 B University
Way N.E., Seattle, WA. 98105 Phone: (206) 523-9060
Fast and Furless Skinless Fashion is located in St. Paul.
They sell ONLY vegan footwear, belts, bags, wallets, hats, jewelry, treats, ties, t-shirts, scarves, body care, cosmetics, books, magazines, cards, and bumper stickers.
The proprietor, Jon Novick, has been vegan for 8 years. They opened their doors on fur-free Friday , November 25, 2005 (web site: furfreefriday.com)
Jon tells us his story: "I once had dinner at a restaurant with a group that included a rabbi. In keeping kosher, he only ate vegetarian out. His hummus-pita-veggies plate looked much more appetizing to me than my meat-chicken-or-whatever dish. I thought, I love hummus--I could eat it all the time (and I do!). So, in hopes of losing some of the weight I'd gained during college, I decided to forgo red meat. That was my only intention, however in time, I lost my taste for poultry and fish. Then an old boss introduced me to the book Fit for Life, which touts the health benefits of a vegan diet. This occurred around the same time I was learning more and more about the ethical aspects of veganism from pamphlets at veg restaurants I was eating at and veg talks I was attending. It was then I decided to give up dairy and eggs, and become fully vegan.
" I initially wanted to open a vegan cafe, however my skill set lies more in vegan eating than vegan cooking! In 2002, I moved to Los Angeles. It was while living there I learned of the existence of vegan boutiques (I had ordered shoes and belts from vegan mail-order companies before, but didn't know there were actually stores you could visit and try on shoes). Before moving back home to Minnesota in 2004, I visited All vegan in San Diego and Otsu in San Francisco.
"The twin cities have a vibrant veg community (of the top 10 veg-friendly large cities in the U.S., PETA ranks Minneapolis #7). I knew there had to be others like me in the area who found ordering vegan shoes online a frustrating and expensive experience. I decided my hometown deserved a vegan boutique of its own, and what better way to combine my passion for veganism and longing to start my own business by opening a cruelty-free shop myself!