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714 e. jefferson blvd.
south bend, in 46617


Just Goods offers fair trade, local-made, made in USA, organic, recycled and green products for the home and for families.  All of our products are sustainably crafted or manufactured.  You will find organic cotton clothing, reusable lunch containers, eco cleaning products, recycled-fiber socks, fair trade coffee, chocolate and gifts.  Together, we are making a difference.


Indiana's Oldest Sustainable Living General Store

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Where in the World is our Stuff Made?


When you shop at Just Goods, you can be proud of how your stuff was made, and we are proud to tell you where!


• California • Ecuador • Lakeville • Kenya • Goshen • Vermont • Rwanda • Thailand • South Bend • Indonesia • Haiti • North Judson • Peru • New York • Silver Lake • Malawi • Washington • Uganda • Florida • Bolivia • Vermont • Burundi • Mishawaka • Vietnam • Missouri • Michigan • Honduras • Shipshewana • Nicaragua • Kansas • Papua New Guinea • Zimbabwe • Fort Wayne • Colombia • Minnesota • Phillipines • Texas • Walkerton • South Carolina • Massachusetts • Guatemala • Arkansas • Canada • Iowa • Pennsylvania • Cambodia  Alabama • India • Wisconsin • Ghana • California • Ecuador • Lakeville • Kenya • Goshen • Vermont • Rwanda • Thailand • South Bend • Indonesia • Haiti • North Judson • Peru • New York  Silver Lake • Malawi • Washington • Uganda • Florida • Bolivia • Vermont • Burundi • Mis ka • Vietnam • Missouri • Chile • Michigan • Honduras • Shipshewana • Nicaragua • Kansas  Papua New Guinea • Ohio • Zimbabwe • Fort Wayne • Colombia • Minnesota • Phillipines • Walkerton • South Carolina • Massachusetts • Guatemala • Arkansas • Canada • 

Essential Oils Class - Oct 21 5:30 -7 pm


DIY Essential Oil blends with Jessica.


You will learn about the powerful properties of essentials oils you can and create a unique Essential Oils Blend for your specific needs.

It will be especially good for mamas, taking care of the family at home.  If you would like to take home a personal blend (it could be emotionally cleaning, a mood elevator or something to help you focus …) please bring cash; the average blend runs about $10, depending on oils.

$ 10 plus oils

TUES  Oct 21 5:30 -7 pm

Stop in the store, call 286-5878, or email us to register.

Fall Knitting Classes


Baby Sweater
Baby Sweater

Inge Deneen will offer various knitting classes this fall.  Please stop by the shop, call (574-286-5878) or email us for more details or to register. NEW!! Parent/Child Learn to Knit Class

For beginners and as a refresher, this 4-class series could be the beginning of a life-long passion. Class includes one skein of yarn, you will need needles size 7 or 8 (available for purchase)                 $50 per person

Saturdays at 10 am, Sept 13 and Sept 27, also Friday Sept 19 at 5:30pm

By Popular Demand: Baby Sweater

For advanced beginners, must know how to knit and purl,. You will be guided along the way to knit your first sweater . Class includes yarn, you will need circular needles size 7 or 8.    $ 75

Tuesdays at 5:30 pm -7 pm  Sept 16, 23 and 30

NEW!! Knit Fix Night

Bring any project you need help with. Ask questions and get help with your knitting questions and fixing mistakes.                            $15 

Wednesdays at 5:30 - 7pm Oct 1st   or   Nov 12

My First Hat - Knitting in the Round

For advanced beginners. You will learn how to “knit in the round” on circular needles and create a hat in this 2 week class. Class includes yarn. (Needles available for purchase )                            $60

Wednesdays at 5:30 - 7 pm  Oct 9 & 16

Learn to Knit Socks

You will learn to knit socks on double pointed needles, turn a heel and work a toe. For the intermediate knitter, 1 skein of hand painted yarn is included. (Needles available for purchase)                        $75

Wednesdays at 5:30 - 7 pm  Oct 22, 29 & Nov 5

Beginner/Refresher Knitting Class  

Learn to knit, purl, cast-on and bind off, knit a scarf, or wrist warmers. Class includes one skein of hand-painted yarn,  you will need needles size 7 or 8 (available for purchase at class)                     $ 65 

Thursdays at 6 - 7:30 pm  Nov 6, 13 and 20

Inge Herre Deneen


Inge Herre Deneen learned to knit as a child growing up in Germany, knitting through high school and college. Not about to leave her needles behind when she moved to the United States, she safely tucked them away in her luggage. Developing her own patterns began as a necessity, but soon she realized she had a valuable skill that allowed her to customize her knitting and to design sweaters, cardigans and other knitwear. She loves to experiment with texture and color.

Inge has taught knitting and fiber arts since 2009, first in Alexandria, VA and more recently in Indiana and Michigan. In 2013 she launched “fiber accent”, a line of hand dyed yarns and fibers available at Just Goods.

Intro to Homeopathy Class 10/29 & 11/5



Homeopathy is a safe, effective, elegant system of natural medicine used worldwide for over 200 years. Recognized by the US FDA, homeopathic remedies are non-toxic and can be safely used with infants, children, adults and animals. Unlike conventional medicine, homeopathic remedies are selected on the basis of the patient's unique symptom profile - physical, mental and emotional - thus bringing about deep healing and equilibrium without toxic side effects. In this two-session course, Christine Fiordalis, lay practitioner and long time student of homeopathy, introduces the basics of homeopathy, why it is important and how we can utilize it in our own lives.

In preparation, you may wish to read "Beyond Flat Earth Medicine," by Dr. Timothy Dooley. This excellent, easily-read introductory book will help you get the most out of the course. It may be read at no charge online at (It's worth reading even if you don't attend the course!)

Please join us as we explore the possibilities of this sustainable, truly curative medicine! Two Wednesday evenings, October 29 & November 5, 6:00-8:00 pm.

$30 for both sessions, includes the book " Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine," by Stephens Cummings, MD and Dana Ullman, MPH.

Register and prepay by October 21 - at the shop, or by calling (574-286-5878) or emailing us.  Cost:  $30.

Soapmaking with Wine Class 9/5 or 11/7 5:30pm


Soapmaking with Wine Class

September 5th  5:30 - 8pm

November 7th 5:30 - 8pm

Red Wine in your soap? Yes, Ladies!! Can you possibly get any more glam than this?

We'll be doing a little tasting + you'll get to take home 5 bars of soap (that's a whopping pound of soap!) you made yourself and a handout with recipes and great information.


The nuts and bolds...

Cold process soapmaking - is a time honored, and to date still the most popular method because you get to control just exactly what beautiful oils and butters will go into your soap and what the end result will be. You'll learn about real, raw, unadulturated ingredients in soap crafting such as the positively mesmerizing scent of unrefined cocoa butter.

You will get to do the measuring, mixing, blending stirring and any other process that is involved in creating gorgeous handcrafted soap. Get your girls together for a few hours of unbridled fun!

Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of safety classes (I also always have extra on hand) and wear long sleeves and closed toe shoes.  Register and prepay at the shop, or by calling (574-286-5878) or


us.  Cost:  $50 per class.

Sustainable Retrofit, roof, hvac, lighting


It's been a few months since we gave you an update.  Lots of work going on here at our old (1874!) building.  The chimney was in dangerously bad shape and would require an expensive rebuild.  Instead, we replaced the 80% efficient furnace with a 95% efficient model.  This cooler-exhausting furnace doesn't require a chimney, so we will be able to recoup our costs in a few years by avoiding the expensive re-build of the chimney, and saving on energy costs.

Location of former chimney, no longer needed due to installation of 95% efficient furnace.

This little vent pipe replaces the crumbling brick chimney because the 95% efficient furnace vents cooler air.

You might notice our new roof is a much lighter color than before.  This will result in lower energy use for summer cooling.  Bonus:  lighter colored shingles last longer!

Light colored shingles reflect sunlight in summer, reducing cooling costs, and last longer than dark colors.

Finally, while we were waiting for the broken a/c unit to be replaced, we took the plunge and replaced our halogen track light bulbs with LED models.  This will also take a few years to recoup the cost, but with bulbs designed to last 10 years or more, we should realize great savings over the long run, not to mention the environmental bonus of saving electricity and cutting down on the heat generated by halogens.

These 13w LEDs replace 75w halogen bulbs in our vintage track lights.

We were glad to find bulbs that worked in our old dimmer track light fixtures.

Let us know what kind of sustainable retrofit you are doing and we'll feature it here next month!

Remaining Holiday Hours


Weather Travel Advisory We will reopen Tuesday, January 7 at 1:00pm.

Then, back to regular store hours:

Tues - Fri -- 10-6

Sat -- 9-3

Happy New Year and all the best for 2014!

Natural Parenting Groups


New! Natural Parenting Groups Held monthly, every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturdays of the month, starting at 9:30 am.

Organized and led by Jen Starks, owner of Small Footprints, please come to our monthly meetings held upstairs in the store.

Cloth Diapers Support Group: Are you are new to cloth diapers or have the wisdom to share with others? We invite you to come to our monthly group, a chance to connect with other like-minded mamas!  The first 15 minutes will be informational & the rest of the time will be for discussion.  Lap babies are welcome to attend.  Free.  (Week 2)

Babywearing Support Group: Are you interested in learning how to wear your baby/toddler? We invite you to come to our monthly group, a chance to connect with other like-minded mamas!  The first 15 minutes will be informational & the rest of the time will be for discussion.  Bring your baby or a stuffed animal to practice! Note: Due to the space, only lap babies may attend. $5.  (Week 3)

Peaceful Parenting Support Group: This group is for all the parents who are committed to the idea of peaceful parenting and are interested in extra support. Not sure what this group is about? Come join us to find out & connect with like-minded parents!  The first 15 minutes will be informational and the rest of the time will be for discussion.  Lap babies are welcome to attend. $5.  (Week 4)

Summer Class Series


All classes held on Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7:00 pm at Just Goods 6/25  Birgit - DIY Deodorant  $27 7/2  Becky - DIY Laundry Detergent $12 7/9  Liz  -  Yarns 101,  $15 7/16  Deanna  -  Zero Balancing 101,  $10 7/23  Birgit  -  Perfume without the Fumes  $32 7/30  Czech Beads 101, $22 + beads

You will go home with deodorant, laundry soap, some yarn, natural "perfume", a painting, and a geometrical bead, along with some new skills and a fun time!  We'd like to offer some sliding-scale spots.  Let us know if you can pay a little extra to help with this idea.

Limited class size.  To prepay and hold your spot, call 574-286-5878, or stop in the shop.  If this time slot doesn't work for you, call us anyway!  We may offer a second option.  Ask about sliding scale.

The Natural Step


tns_logo Through the work of Mike Keen and the Center for a Sustainable Future at IU South Bend, I was introduced to The Natural Step, an international network of organizations working toward sustainability.  Their "Four Principles of Sustainability" can be applied to your family, your workplace, your city or school.

At Just Goods, we focus on choosing products that meet these criteria, that's what we are all about.  But, we also apply these ideas to just about every decision we make:  marketing, heating/cooling, location, cleaning, use of space, etc.

We'd like to share this chart with you, and continue our conversations with you about sustainability and consumer goods.  You can also watch a 2 minute video and learn more at their website.



Urban Chickens


by Audrey Shreiner, Just Goods intern Earlier this year, South Bend passed an ordinance, allowing chickens to be kept in urban yards. The ordinance allows for six hens per household. For more information on the ordinance visit or this wsbt article.

Recently Just Goods started carrying organic chicken feed. The feed is from Honeyville, in Topeka Indiana. The local feed stores in South Bend don't carry organic feed.

The feed has every thing chicks and chickens need, except the required vaccine.

Ingredients: Organic Corn, Organic Oats, Calcium Carb #20, Organic Molasses, Redmond Salt 50#, Organic Soybean Meal, Dical 18.5%, XP Yeast Culture.

For  information and tips on raising chickens, visit: City Chickens and  Urban Chickens.






Kids Jewelry Making Class


Kids Jewelry Making Class with Cheryl Kelly -  MetalWear


Saturday, April 20th

2:00 PM

Just Goods

Spend a couple of hours learning basic metalsmithing techniques! Hammering, sanding, filing and texturing metal are just some of the techniques we'll explore. You will go home with a copper or brass pendant on a cord, just in time for Mother's day :-) Cost is $25...

Kids ages 8+ and wear old clothes.

Call or stop in the store to sign up.  Prepayment required to hold your spot.






Beginning Soapmaking Class May 4


Saturday, May 4

Let's scent and blend and create fresh beautiful soap in this beginners workshop. In this soap making class you'll get to learn about blending essential oils and how to incorporate them in your soap to create a uniquely "you" soap. Take home 5 bars of luscious palm kernel oil free - because we love orangutans - soap you made yourself and a handout with recipes and great information. ~~~ When you take our Natural Soapmaking - Beginner class, you will learn to safely make your own batch of natural, cold-processed soap from scratch. Cold process soap making is a very popular method because you can control just exactly what beautiful oils and butters will go into your soap and what the end result will be. In this fun & engaging workshop we will cover safety procedures, the chemistry of soap making and the process to make a cold process soap. Cost: $45.00

Call or stop in the store to sign up.  Prepayment required to hold your spot.

Advanced Soap Making Class May 4


  Come make soap with Birgit Biehl of Simply Birgit! 488178_10151459179681051_1659706147_n

Saturday, May 4

1:30-3:00 PM

For those of you you have done the class and want to create more soap, but can't get the supplies. All the supply's provided. Feel free to bring your favorite essential oil and/or favorite additive. Cost $20. Bring your mold and a pair of gloves.

Call or stop in the store to sign up.  Prepayment required to hold your spot.