The Socially Responsible Sweatshop of Kent opens boutique shop

The Socially Responsible Sweatshop, whose sales of sustainably produced textile products fund food programs in Portage County, is opening its first indoor shop on April 2 at the Christ Episcopal Church at 118 S. Mantua St. in Kent.

The shop will be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and during the following regular workshop hours during April and the beginning of May when the weather improves:

  • 1-3 p.m. Sundays and Mondays
  • 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Fridays

“We plan to move back outdoors at the market as soon as the weather is warmer and less damp,” the Sweatshop said in an email.

In 2021, the Socially Responsible Sweatshop donated over $20,000 to Portage County charities working to fight food insecurity.

“We are able to make these donations to fight food insecurity through repurposed textiles, volunteer sewists, and the support of our community of customers,” they said. “One hundred percent of purchases of SRS items is donated to fighting local hunger.”

The group has also recently launched a raffle to raise funds to purchase nonprofit board insurance. Details submitted by the organization are below:


SRS will be holding our Annual Raffle to cover the expense of our annual nonprofit board insurance. This year, there will be two winners. One person will win a beautiful red, white, and blue handmade summer quilt with a vintage car motif, and another will win an extra-large navy blue and gold meditation pillow. Tickets will be available online and at the workshop. You can specify if you want the quilt or the pillow when you purchase your tickets.

Raffle tickets will be available in person at the workshop or via email at [email protected]

$2 each or three for $5

We accept cash or Venmo @SociallyResponsible1

If ordering via email, include the number of tickets purchasing and for which prize (quilt or pillow or a combo of both), your full name, email, and phone.

We will respond with your ticket numbers upon confirmation of Venmo payment receipt.

No holding tickets without payment. Winner must claim prize in person. Get your tickets while visiting the new SRS Boutique Shop inside the Christ Episcopal Church 118 N. Mantua St. in Kent.

Find more information about the Socially Responsible Sweatshop of Kent on Facebook and our website.

Correction: This article originally misstated the opening date of the Haymaker Farmers’ Market. The market opens April 2.

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