Whether by retailing local crafts and fine arts, or offering office infrastructure for business self-starters, the Share Exchange has been quick to make its presence known in Sonoma County's home-grown economy.
The Made Local Marketplace, a colorful bazaar of artisanal creations, debuted in time for holiday shopping last year, and has greatly expanded its offerings this December. And, Share Exchange Director Kelley Rajala notes, it's there the other 11 months of the year, too.
One of the highlights of the Share Exchange's first year, says Rajala, was the Sunday afternoon street market they organized and called the Share Faire. It's a concept she is already preparing to build on.
Along the way, the Share Exchange has collaborated with some other cooperative initiatives, including the Santa Rosa Tool Library and the Sonoma County Time Bank. (Follow the links to hear previous North Bay Reports on those projects). Now Rajala is looking forward to rolling out two other new projects to further strengthen the local economic base.