Akola Project

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Between her sophomore and junior years at SMU, Brittany Merrill Underwood went on a mission trip to Uganda. Eventually, what she saw there led her to start Dallas’ coolest non-profit jewelry shop called the Akola Project a decade later. The flagship store (which moved from Deep Ellum to Snider Plaza in November 2016) is dedicated to selling handcrafted pieces made from paper beads, horn, metals, and glass. Best yet? All of the proceeds from the pieces—which range from $25 to $250—go back to the Ugandan artisans.