A vegan shop is a brick-and-mortar or online store that features a variety of products in keeping with the vegan lifestyle. At a minimum, the inventory for one of these stores generally features a selection of items not made from animals or animal byproducts. The exact variety of what is sold can range widely, from food to clothing or many other products. The definition of vegan varies with each vegan shop because customers may feel that other causes like organic growing, fair trade, and sustainability are an integral part of their lifestyle, and they may favor stores that respect these and other views.
Vegan products are now becoming popular in many stores, but some people prefer to patronize a vegan shop because it doesn’t sell items that are non-vegan. Customers may not want to use retailers or food sellers who still make some of their money on what they view as cruelty to or enslavement or death of animals. Having a store in which all products veer from these practices and are friendlier to the vegan lifestyle is thought desirable.
There are markets for a wide variety of products, and a vegan shop might have a diverse selection of items or be limited to specific types of things. Some stores merely sell food and possibly beauty products. Others focus more on things like shoes, clothing, furniture, or linens.
It’s quite possible for a vegan shop to carry a little of everything from food, clothing, and beauty supplies to items for the home. Many online stores operate in this manner, featuring a wide variety of goods. Brick-and-mortar stores are more likely to specialize.
The quality of items at a vegan shop can vary. For example, there are many inexpensive shoes that are manufactured by child and adult laborers who are not treated with kindness and respect. These also may be made with chemicals or manufacturing practices that do little to support kindness to the earth and sustainability. Theoretically, these could end up in a vegan store, but might be considered undesirable and inconsistent with vegan beliefs.
Additionally, some fine lines can exist in the different ideologies of veganism that would make some products more or less welcome. Cosmetics that are vegan but don’t support cruelty-free practices might not be top sellers. Silk goods, which kill worms, and bee products, which result in bee death, may or may not appeal. Some customers in a vegan shop may skip cloth or other products that aren’t recyclable or organic. Generally, the items that attract the most interest attend to these related issues as well and should be high in quality.
Due to the extra efforts in making most products in a vegan shop, prices are likely to be higher than for conventional goods. Many vegans feel the quality is increased, justifying a bigger price tag. These stores can also attract non-vegans, who may not be interested in changing their diet, but who might enjoy promoting sustainability or appreciate the high quality of the goods sold.