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Tonight: Barter Bar

Come one, come all, come with goods or services to trade

Hawaii Independent Staff

Barter Bar relaunches tonight, Fresh Café’s new Third Thursday monthly event, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Bartering, a universal idea understood by most, has been around from the dawn of time. Fast forward a few thousand years, repackage the concept, give it a name like Barter Bar, and one is treated to an innovative event where goods and services are exchanged and money is obsolete. The possibilities are endless.

“Barter Bar offers a real life CraigsList-like shopping experience, minus the money and the endless e-mails,” said Fresh Café owner and long-time Kaka‘ako fixture Tiffany Tanaka, who co-produces the event with Matt Lynch, Dayna Kalakau, and Kaleo Ten.

The all-ages event will be themed differently each month and operates quite simply.

Guests come to Barter Bar with goods or services to trade. After introductions accompanied by some light conversation, refreshments, and perusing, the trading bell is rung and negotiations begin.

With no obligations and no pressure to make a trade, guests either leave satisfied with their trade, having not spent a dime, or they go home having networked with other like-minded professionals. Either way, there’s “no harm, no foul” as the old adage says.

June’s Barter Bar is themed around the design industries, including (but certainly not limited to) Web, graphic, fashion, and interior design. Justin Takaha White, a local graphic designer with a background in photography and illustration, will be Barter Bar’s featured business leader and will have the distinguished honor of ringing the trading bell at 8 p.m. to begin the evening’s trades.

White’s design prowess was integral in Barter Bar’s rebranding and collateral development, making him an obvious choice as the featured speaker for the night’s kick-off event. Future Barter Bar events will follow suit by featuring a business leader or organization consistent with the night’s theme.

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