Cathy Hawkins is the co-owner of Liberty House, a clothing, jewelry and gift store at 2878A Broadway. It started out on the Upper West Side in the 1960s as a nonprofit selling items made by cooperatives across the nation. The store is filled with unique, handcrafted objects, mostly geared toward women and children.
How would you describe your store?
I've always said it's like a clothing and jewelry hardware store for women, and some stuff for men. It's just so eclectic.
Who frequents Liberty House?
We have lots of regular people who come from out of state now, even from California, who've relocated. People love to come and browse. People know they can come here for everything imaginable -- holidays, clothing, or just to browse.
Where do you get your merchandise?
We're really interested in fair trade -- buying from people. That's our biggest trust, to buy directly from the people who made it. We do a lot of buying directly from artisans, not just from companies.