Tucked behind the Manchester Parkade shopping center is Details, a new boutique and salon that offers fair trade and sustainable clothing, massages, and hair styling.
Bobbi Hartling, 42, said she has always wanted to own a store that specializes in fair trade items. She opened the business four months ago.
"It's all consciously traded clothing and jewelry," Hartling said. "The people who make our things are getting paid fairly. There are no sweat shops. Everyone is getting paid for what they do."
Hartling, who grew up in South Windsor but now lives in Lebanon, works at the store at 384 Middle Turnpike West with her 20-year-old daughter, Michaela. Together they sell clothing, crafts, consignment furniture and other items.
"All of our things are sustainable in one way or another," Bobbi Hartling said. "Some of our dresses and skirts are made from recycled plastic or organic cotton. The men's shorts are made from hemp. Some things are even made from upcycled materials."
The Hartlings' focus on fair trade items, local and eco-friendly products comes down to a shared philosophy.
"It's about each other, it's about community and it's about supporting people," Bobbi Hartling said. "As a community, whether it's here or anywhere, that's what it's about. We are people first."
In addition to the items they sell, Details also has a hair salon and offers waxing, massages and reiki, a traditional Japanese method of stress relief.
So far, the Hartlings said they have had a good experience in Manchester and have found enough clientele to support their work.
Michaela Hartling said working full time at the store with her mother has been enjoyable.
"Everybody is so happy," she said. "I like getting up and coming here. You should like where you work. I like meeting all the new people and we get regulars. I like to connect with those people."
"This store is for everyone," Bobbi Hartling said. "It's about being you. It's about everyone, that's the basis of this whole place. It's about loving who you are and what you do."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun