GALVESTON, Texas (November 22, 2019) – Bel Pri Jewelry and Gifts first opened its doors on November 21, 2018, and has recently moved to its new location at 2226 Strand Street. “As we continued to partner with more companies that create positive change, restore dignity and hope, and provide opportunity worldwide, within a few months of opening in our original location, there was a realization for the need to expand,” said owner Shara Hanley. Bel Pri focuses on fair trade partnerships which ensure that the artisans are being paid fair wages, have a safe working environment, are provided ongoing education/training, and have environmental sustainability.

Bel Pri Jewelry and Gifts’ selection began with Papillon Enterprises located in Port-Au-Prince, capital of Haiti. Papillon’s artisan guild creates and produces beautiful handcrafted jewelry, home goods and gifts using discarded metal, cardboard, aluminum and paper along with native clay. In their new location, Bel Pri has been able to expand the hammered Haitian metal wall art, plus jewelry and home décor from all around the world.

One of the newest lines is Ivory Ella, a clothing line that is committed to ending the elephant crisis and their risk of extinction. In addition, socks from Conscious Step bring more awareness to the problems faced by the world today and organizations fighting these problems.  Each sock is carded with an organization that is being supported by your purchase.  One of a kind Kantha throws, pillows, rugs and macramé wall hangings from India adorn the shop, along with Rice Love Bags, repurposed from burlap rice sacks into beautiful totes and backpacks. For every bag you buy, a kilo of rice is hand delivered to a family in need.

Shara’s business partner, Denise Kantoris, is equally passionate about sharing the beauty and importance of fair trade, ethical and socially responsible products. Denise has been managing the shop since the doors opened. She has been actively involved in the brainstorming and implementation of ideas since the beginning.

“Gift giving is a feel good event. Pair that with benefitting a cause or someone in need, and you have an experience that’s priceless,” said Hanley. The name “Bel Pri” means “beautiful prize” in creole, which is the native language in Haiti. Bel Pri is excited about the new location and expansion of product lines. Our concept is “purchase with a purpose,” Hanley said. ‘Your purchase provides jobs all over the world.”

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About Mitchell Historic Properties, Inc.

Mitchell Historic Properties oversees the Galveston properties owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family, including three hotels, The Hotel Galvez & Spa, The Tremont House, and Harbor House Hotel & Marina, as well as, commercial and residential properties located downtown and at Pier 21® along Galveston’s historic harbor.  The Mitchell’s ongoing preservation of Galveston’s Historic Downtown helped spark the resurrection of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and Pier 21® as a tourist destination. “The Mitchell family shares a deep appreciation for Galveston’s heritage,” said Grant Mitchell, President of MHP, “and we remain inspired by the vision of my parents. The buildings they saved speak to us as much as they did to them. My family is firmly dedicated to preserving my parents’ legacy.” For leasing information, visit or call (409) 761-4110.