Global Hands Fair Trade opened in May 2007. Pam Ellis, owner, wanted to share her love of Fair Trade with the community. Her daughter, Lindsay, also a Fair Trade enthusiast, has worked with her helping to run the shop. Pam and Lindsay love that each handmade item in their shop has a story to tell about the farmer or artisan who created it. Customers say when they shop at Global Hands, they feel like conscious consumers and that feels good.
In 2017, Global Hands decided to move the store to a new location in Burlington, Wisconsin. They are now located at 125 E State St, Burlington in the CATHE Center, a community center.