Denver, Colo., May 3, 2018 / 21:08 pm
A Catholic goods shop opened its first brick and mortar store last month, presenting a wide variety of merchandise which supports artisans in the Holy Land.
The store, Bethlehem Handicrafts, is owned by the Bannoura family, who produce a majority of the items at a factory in Bethlehem along with a number of other families.
The shop opened in 2000 as a website. In 2003, the Bannouras moved to Denver, selling items at numerous parishes and mall kiosks throughout Colorado. Fifteen years after settling in the state, the family were finally able to open their first physical shop in Aurora, Colo., April 2.
"We never ever showed everything in one spot because we have a lot of items. Especially now because we carry some very large items, some of them even for churches," co-owner George Bannoura told CNA.