As our business has grown we have given serious thought to how we want to structure ourselves and what we want our impact to be in our backyard of Rabun County, the state, and beyond. To help us do that we have crafted a series of Values that help inform the direction our small business takes as we grow into a sustainable company built for the long haul. Knowing why we do what we do helps us know what to do and how to do it. We hope these values help give you an idea of what is important to us as a company.
1% for Rabun County
We donate 1% of every sale, every day to local Rabun County non-profits. In 2019, we were able to donate $28,122 and over $50,00 since we started to groups that are doing amazing work right here in our own backyard. And all because of your generous support of our small business.
Our store partners with 30+ local small businesses, makers, artists and craftsman within a 100 mile radius. These makers create 130+ products for our store. We stock products from an additional 40+ small businesses throughout the country and stock another 200+ products from them.
Stockists & Partners
We are proud partners with 30+ small businesses across the state of Georgia that sell our Wander brand. If you can’t make it to our store in Clayton Georgia, we hope you consider swinging by the closest local shop to you to see the latest Wander North Georgia shirts, hats, and stickers all while supporting other small businesses.
Workshops & Events
We offer a series of workshops and events regularly in our store. Our goal has always been to have our shop double as a community space and in 2019 we got see that vision realized with 44 different workshops or events. 100% of the ticket price of these workshops go directly to the artists and creatives who present them.
Our team are the heartbeat of everything we do at Wander. More than employees, they are family. In 3 short years we have created 14 jobs, created 6 salaried positions, made our starting pay $13 an hour and offer paid maternity and paternity leave. We have a long way to go but are proud of what we are able to offer as a small business.
We donate over 100 hours of time every year local non-profits and small business peers via free consulting including: website building and maintenance, workshops on social media, product photography, and regional Chamber of Commerce events to name a few.
Clean Up Events
Join us for one of our upcoming clean-up hikes! So far in 2020, we’ve picked up over 1,000 pounds of trash and are always looking for help and volunteers!
Bring A Bag Challenge
We encourage everyone to bring an empty bag with you the next time you’re outdoors in an effort to leave things better than we found them as part of our Bring A Bag Challenge.
In 2019, we eliminated the majority of our single use shopping bags by offering a free reusable bag with every purchase. To date, we have been able to eliminate over 30,000 single use shopping bags by offering this free reusable bag with purchases.