Release Date: October 15,2019

Set Free Officially Opens at The Cotton Exchange

Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were County Commissioner Rob Zapple, co-owner Clair Beaver, WDI President Ed Wolverton and Mayor Bill Saffo


Wilmington, NC- Set Free recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark their official opening inside the Cotton Exchange.


Set Free is located at 308 Nutt Street and is owned and run by Clair Beaver and her daughter Lane.  Their event was attended by friends along with Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover County Commissioner, Rob Zapple. Also present, representing Senator Thom Tillis’ office was Adam Caldwell. Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) officiated the event. 


Set Free sells sustainable, fair-trade products made by people rescued from human trafficking.  The shop carries apparel, jewelry, accessories and home goods from 17 different nations.  The cozy interior includes high ceilings and exposed brick walls that generate a warm and welcoming setting.


The mother-daughter team hopes to create an opportunity for local victims to sell their work too. “We want to support the effort and create greater awareness to end human trafficking,” says Clair Beaver. 


When asked about a favorite item Set Free sells, Lane chose the “Basha” blankets from Bangladesh.  She said, “Each one is special because the woman who makes the blanket embroiders her own name onto the tag.”


“WDI is happy to officially welcome Clair and Lane to Downtown,” said President Ed Wolverton.  “They are passionate about their social mission and their business offers truly unique items to customers,” he said. 


The store is located at the Cotton Exchange along the Water Street side of the building, facing the Hotel Ballast.  Store hours at 308 Nutt Street are Monday-Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They can be reached at 910.759.4588 and more information is available online at