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Patchwork Road introduces new online marketplace

The community-oriented website donates a portion of each sale to charitable groups

by Jason WheelerPublished: September 28, 2012 09:05 AM

Two local businessmen have launched a new online marketplace with a focus on community. This week, Irvine-based Patchwork Road introduced its online “Meaningful Marketplace.”

The online shopping outlet offers a variety of items, with discounts of up to 60 percent off normal retail price. Ten percent of every sale is also donated to a charity of the shopper’s choice. Retail brands partnering with Patchwork Road are also invited to create special items or collections exclusive to the online marketplace, with the aim of supporting the website’s nonprofit organization partners.

Patchwork Road has garnered more than 30 nonprofit partners, such as Habitat for Humanity, KidWorks, Mercy House, and Warrior Foundation, which will benefit from purchases made through the website.  

Founded by Ryan Moreau and Evan Friedl, the two combined their entrepreneurialism with a desire to give their business meaning. “Evan and I started this venture with a simple challenge. How could we leverage our marketing and manufacturing backgrounds in a way that could make a meaningful difference in the world around us?” Moreau said. “Our Meaningful Marketplace gives us the perfect avenue to create an opportunity for every purchase to tell a bigger story by connecting the way our customers shop and how they’ll support the causes they’re passionate about.”

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