Sustainable store opens in St. Matthews - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Sustainable store opens in St. Matthews

The nation's unemployment rose to a four year high in July. A manufacturing index came in indicating activity was flat in June.  Oil prices jumped nearly $3 a barrel.  The Dow ended the week down 51.70 points to close at 11,326.  The Nasdaq also closed down 14.59 points at 2,310.

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Mobil Exxon revealed a profit of $11 billion for the second quarter on Thursday. But Friday, General Motors reported a loss of $15 billion in the second quarter.  The drop is the third worst quarterly loss in the automaker's history. 

Ford sales in July reflect more of the same. Explorer sales for the month totaled 5,400 vehicles and the F series trucks fell more than 20%. 

For the Explorer the sales were the lowest ever.

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There are jobs available for the Kentucky State Fair.  This year's state fair begins Thursday, August 14th and runs through the 24th.  Applications for workers during the fair will be accepted beginning Monday for housekeeping, admission gate keepers, tour guides, tram drivers and maintenance staff.  Wages start at $6.75 an hour, with some positions paying more.  If you want to apply go the employment trailer near gate four off Crittenden Drive.

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The terms are unfamiliar but once inside the Sustain Kids store in St. Matthews, the terms make sense.  Tim Appleberry, owner of Sustain Kids said, "Everything is either manufactured sustainably or produced in a sustainable way." 

When Appleberry and his brother opened Sustain Kids in the old Vogue Theatre complex, they took the word sustainable and reused it in the store name.  The sustainable products they sell are made of materials that are reusable and never deplete the resource.  Appleberry said, "We have games for kids that are made from renewable materials, wood, non toxic, they are lead free." 

Sales have boomed since the China toy and clothing recalls. Tim's goal was to bring safe, non-toxic children's products under one roof.  "The products that were available were difficult to find in a single place. We wanted to provide a location where the consumer could come in, know that we had done the research on the products that they were sustainably manufactured or made from a sustainable products,"  Appleberry said.

The key to the store is organic, non toxic and creative ways to reuse materials to avoid landfills.

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