Frequently Asked Questions

- How are businesses selected? We have been compiling a list of our own for years, simply bookmarking businesses that align with our tastes and values, and those personal lists became the basis for this site.  From those simple beginnings, it grew (and continues to grow) exponentially as we find like-minded businesses, are provided with recommendations from other shoppers, and receive submissions from other businesses.

- Can I recommend a business I believe in? Of course! We want Goat & Gramp to be a community resource, by the people, of the people, for the people.  The more you contribute the better it gets.  Drop us a line at with a link to the business you think should be included and a little bit about why.  We’re working on integrating this into a social media section of the website, but for now, we’ll just have to make do with good old fashioned email.

- Can I recommend my own business? Absolutely!  If you are a small business that prides itself on craftsmanship, ethical production and resourcing, and supporting communities, we want to hear about you.  Contact us at with a link to your site and anything additional information you think we should have.

- When I search by materials, there’s only a handful listed.  What if I desperately want to find something made of hemp?  Or bamboo?  Or lapis lazuli? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  You can search for that specifically with our search bar, or, if you see something you’re looking for in the group of tags under an individual business profile, you can click on that to see other businesses who work with the same materials.

- What about other more specific items like button-down shirts or aprons or wallets?  We’ve got those labeled for you too, we know that sometimes you have a very specific need and don’t want to browse around for ages.  While it’s not practical for us to list every single tag we’ve used in organizing these business profiles, they are there, and you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.  If you can’t, give us a shout out, we’ll do our best to help.

- Are you promoting goods that are Made In America Sometimes.  But more important that the where is the how.  While the heritage movement and the shift towards purchasing locally produced goods are definitely things we can get behind, we don't necessarily think one place is any better than another.  The goods we promote are proudly made all over the globe, with respect for the makers, their communities, and their surroundings.  

- There's a lot of great sites that are Fair Trade certified that didn't make it onto Goat & Gramp, how come? Goat & Gramp is not a comprehensive list of all commercial businesses operating fairly and justly throughout the world.  There are plenty of websites that provide great resources if that's what you're looking for (add examples).  At Goat & Gramp we wanted to represent a highly curated, easily navigable  subset of thoughtful commerce, focusing on a fresh, modern, thoughtful design aesthetic.  It is, of course, a matter of taste, and we don't presume to be all-encompassing. 

- Do you vet potential businesses to make sure they are operating according to the principles laid out here? Nope. Goat and Gramp is based on the honors system. We believe in creating a community based on a set of values, and assume that those who claim to share those values and have created a business model around them, will be true to their word.  Maybe it's naive of us, but here at Goat & Gramp we want to believe in a community that is upfront and honest, one that is based on a shared world view and trust.  We have no interest in policing anyone.  If you are looking for something that is certifiably organic, certifiably made in the USA, or certifiably fair trade, there are other resources where you can find them.   

- Do businesses pay to be included in The Atlas? Absolutely not.  The original list was compiled by the editors in the early days and has grown by word of mouth, as well as submissions from customers and business owners alike.  No fee is charged for inclusion.  Businesses can however, purchase advertising on our site.  For more information, contact us at

- What if I disagree with the inclusion of a particular business on the list? We want to hear from you - both the good and the bad!  We want this to be a community supported space and highly value input from the folks who use it, both the businesses and the customers.  If you have conflicting information regarding a business on Goat & Gramp let us know and we will take it under consideration.  Also feel free to contact the business and tell them directly what you would like to see changed - they may be more receptive than you think.

- Why aren't there any listings from Etsy on Thought Comm? Some of my favorite designers/artisans sell exclusively on Etsy.  Some of ours do too.  But they already have a great community driven platform for networking, marketing and selling: it’s called Etsy.  We are in no way trying to claim that they are not legitimate businesses, or not worthy of inclusion here, we’re just trying to avoid redundancy and therefore only include vendors that sell independently as we feel that they are the ones who can most benefit from being included, and that they are the ones which the shoppers will most benefit from having catalogued.


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