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Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Retail and Re-Generation

Somewhere Over The Rainbow— Our Philosophy

With the first six months under our belts as one of the newer businesses in Fort Davis, Texas, we are still in the process of getting our bearings. What a summer it has been. With a monsoon season that far exceeded any in a number of years, we got to enjoy months of greenery and blooms whose beauty took our breath away.  

Like the weather, our first months of operation have been unpredictable and surprising. We are thinking on our feet though, meeting the challenges as they come, and looking forward to the Holidays still to come.

We have talked some about our commitment to the environment, to the need to change the way we, as humans, conduct our lives. But we recognize that this wont occur overnight, and we are exploring new and different ways to interact as merchants and community members within this framework. 

We are committed to doing things better than in the past. However, we are not holding ourselves to standards and criteria we can’t live up to and still make a living. What we are interested in, is offering products that might not ordinarily be readily available here, items that are sustainable or reusable, organic as often as possible, and enhance life to some degree. We are committed to sourcing a number of our goods from within Texas, and most of them from other small, independent businesses. We support those with socially responsible goals, those that give back to their communities or the larger world. Much that we offer is made in small batches or handmade. Much else is lovingly sourced and curated by people, who like us, want to do things a bit differently. 

Over the next few months, as we learn and grow, we will share what we know and think, and try to find a road that sticks ever closer to the Vision we have for this area, and for the Earth. We hope you’ll come along.

"Creating a viable future for humanity on an overpopulated planet in crisis requires all of us to collaborate, across generations, ideologies and nations. We all will need to join the re-generation!"

From

Designing Regenerative Cultures

by Daniel Christian Wahl

Fort Davis, TX

Take Me Home

Returning to Fort Davis after a twenty year side trip. Sometimes, Life Happens, despite our hopes and dreams otherwise. And sometimes, you do get to come Home.

Downtown or Uptown

Living Local

#shoplocal #livelocal

Fort Davis is small town living at its best. Part of belonging to a community is spending your time and money there. Supporting your small businesses from merchants to restaurants, hardware to grocery, is part of what makes or breaks a town.

Alpine, TX

Our Larger Local

Small towns depend upon one another. Different services and businesses dot the landscape of each one. Alpine is a treat, from the wider array of services available to the quaint charm of such places as Murphy Street.

Marfa, TX

Go For the Lights

Stay for the charm. Not to mention the food, the art and the warm atmosphere that'll keep you coming back for more. Marfa is amazing

Mission Statement

We  at Somewhere Over the Rainbow hold a deep commitment to healing this planet we live on. It is our intent to contribute in some small, and hopefully meaningful, way in the repairing of the damage that humans, as a species, have inflicted, and by finding ways to live more mindfully. Our shared love of art, creativity and beauty, combines with a more practical wish to live Joyfully while Doing No Harm. We hope to provide people with alternatives; in consumer products, in lifestyle and in their interactions with the Earth. While we wish to enjoy life and live well, we also want to shorten the food chain, enhance our relationship with the planet and her eco/bio-system, reuse, repurpose and contribute to the betterment of community and world in some small way. 

A great challenge faces this current generation, that of rebuilding a broken culture and agricultural system.  We are part of this, and wish for our business to reflect our spiritual and ecological ideals, and to be a vehicle for us toward a regenerative lifestyle. However, we need to accomplish this through education and illumination, never by indoctrination or evangelism. We want to demonstrate and teach by example. It is our pledge to give back and participate in the community for the betterment of all. Additionally, a percentage of our profit will be allocated for Earth-Centric Organizations such as Nature Conservancy.

Meet the Team

Gabriel Robinette

Manager
Co-Owner, Technical Director
Gaia Robinette

Gaia Robinette

Sales Manager
Co-Owner, Art and Creative Director

Gwen Simmons

Business Administrator
Co-Owner, Curator, Inventory Control

Why We Love Texas

It's Weirder & Wilder Out West

Night poured over the desert. It came suddenly, in purple. In the clear air, the stars drilled down out of the sky, reminding any thoughtful watcher that it is in the deserts and high places that religions are generated. When men see nothing but bottomless infinity over their heads they have always had a driving and desperate urge to find someone to put in the way.

― Terry Pratchett , Jingo

But in the desert, in the pure clean atmosphere, in the silence – there you can find yourself. And unless you begin to know yourself, how can you even begin to search for God?”

― Father Dioscuros

Standing there, gaping at this monstrous and inhumane spectacle of rock and cloud and sky and space, I feel a ridiculous greed and possessiveness come over me. I want to know it all, possess it all, embrace the entire scene intimately, deeply, totally...”

― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Out where the world is in the making, Where fewer hearts in despair are aching, That’s where the West begins”

― Arthur Chapman, Out Where The West Begins And Other Western Verses

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