Shop Made in DC is a celebration of DC’s makers. The shop periodically rotates its carefully curated mix of food and retail offerings in order to showcase as many local makers as possible. Check here for current, upcoming, and past makers. Learn their stories and explore their products.
76andmaine provides both a unique and understated way to represent personal style. All pieces are made to order and are inspired by designer Allie Federle's appreciation for the natural world; plants, animals and colors found in nature are all sources of inspiration for our designs. 76ANDMAINE is for women (and men) who appreciate unique, yet understated, simple designs.
8 Myles LLC
It all started with a passion and a dream. After owner Myles Powell competed in a competition series on the Food Network called America's Best Cook, it was apparent that his true calling was in the food industry. His dream was to bring excitement back to the kitchen table in the form of deliciously unique sauces.
Laura McGuigan is a self-taught abstract expressionist artist, designer and all around creative nobody, known for her bold, gestural and fluid abstract paintings, using materials such as acrylic paint, oil stick, pastel and spray paint. She moved to the Washington DC area in 2006 to study interactive design at the Art Institute of Washington and began painting as a way of escape from her anxiety and depression, deciding to tackle it full-time in May of 2016. Aside from painting for herself, she also actively works on commissions, creating beautiful work for client’s homes.
Bailiwick Clothing Co
Bailiwick is an apparel brand that artfully merges the worlds of design, culture and purpose. The idea for Bailiwick Clothing Company was sprouted over ten years ago on a whim. Inspired by the pride and positive energy generated by the District of Columbia, they aim to create clothing that reflects the nation’s capital. Our shirts capture the culture of one of the world’s most international and vibrant cities with images and messages that ring true with the people who live, work, and play in the most influential city on the planet.
BicycleTrash is a DC-based brand of upcycled products, utilizing used bicycle parts from local repair shops to create new items. Bottle openers, 6-pack carriers and accessories are uniquely designed and durably handcrafted to reflect a love of urban bike and beer culture.
Brainfood uses the power of food to engage, empower, and employ DC teens and young adults. Our programs are run by a growing team of creative, food-loving, hard-working youth advocates and food entrepreneurs.
Owner Jeremiah Cohen started making bread and bagels in 2013 as a form of therapy during a tough time in his life. His friends and family loved the bagels and encouraged him to follow his dream. He did my first pop-up in the summer of 2014 at a townhouse in Bloomingdale, then at Cork Market, then at Cakelove, then at a permanent pop-up in a tavern on H St. in NE, all before he finally opened his own brick and mortar near Eastern Market in 2016.
As the counter help at Pyramid, her parent’s healthfood shop & juice bar, Sunyatta trained as a 5th generation master herbalist and later as a Naturopath - learning the medicinal value of global teas, foods & spices. Since being able to peek over the shop counter, she has served NYC residents alongside health-seeking celebrities. For many decades Sunyatta accompanied her Syrian-Jamaican/Cuban family on spice buying adventures, while daydreaming of outfitting Pyramid with the fabrics & decor of these exotic destinations. The majority of their 100 tea & coffee blends and vittles are rooted in their grandmothers' time-tested recipes - especially the aphrodisiac concoctions.
Bree got married in Washington, DC in 2010. She loved planning the wedding & loved connecting with vendors in the DC wedding scene - but felt it was lacking in two areas: locality & practicality. So she started a wedding blog (Capitol Romance) to help other couples in DC plan locally focused, practical weddings. From the blog grew a day-of wedding coordination business, (now retired) DIY Workshops, and most recently, her ecommerce arm: The CapRoShop.
carmonamedina studio llc
Comarca Lagunera started creating his 'Postcards from Washington DC' series as a self imposed challenge to gaze this amazing city, one illustration a week.
Chocotenango was born in Antigua, Guatemala in 2005. In Guatemala, owner and master chocolatier Ismael Neggaz learned the entire chocolate making process, from bean to bar. He drew inspiration from local flavors like cardamom and tamarind to develop and perfect over 100 original recipes.
CHRiS CARDi Inc.
In 2003 the idea for a new American lifestyle brand began. The line's concept embodied Chris' lifestyle and influences. The culmination of his experiences lead to a line that takes various streetwear aesthetics, infuses it into classic staples of American sportswear, and gives them a well tailored construction and fit.
Michael Crossett is a mixed media artist, designer and marketer living in Washington, DC. He worked most recently as the Creative Director for Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) in Washington, DC. There he led a team of designers to develop brands for large commercial real estate developments in the Mid-Atlantic. He also worked in marketing and design for Clements International, an international insurance company. His many roles in marketing and design have developed a unique perspective that Michael brings to all of his projects.
DISTRICT of CLOTHING
Birthed from the same spirit of those who reject the sidelines, awake with a passion to move forward and are inspired to make their dreams reality, DISTRICT of CLOTHING was created to empower and encourage. Our items are designed to inspire conversation and embolden self-love. They're made for comfort, style, and for anyone who goes to bed looking forward to the dawning of a new day.
Urban Forest Perfume Company
Stemming from 70 years of family history in and around Washington, D.C., Urban Forest Perfume Company was born out of a desire to pay homage to the city, and to share my passion for wearable, plant-based aromatics. My mission is to create comforting, thought-provoking, sybaritic perfume for those who love to connect with nature. I feel a great sense of responsibility to give back to this community which has nurtured my growth, personally and professionally. I am open to working with those who are making a difference in D.C. Please get in touch if you or your organization is interested in working with us!
A former Buddhist monk and refugee, Chef Dorjee introduces DC to the unique flavors and heartfelt preparation of Tibetan nomad-style dumplings, Sichuan Hot Pot, and a variety of meat and plant based Himalayan dishes from Nepal and north India.
Dorpare seeks to create a craft ginger tea beverage in a consistent serving size which is spicy, yet refreshing. By incorporating natural fruit flavors, they are putting a twist on the taste of the ginger root they love.
The team of EWBA designs and handcrafts novelty gift items and artworks on wooden panels with local landscapes and themes of love, humor, and the many other things that make life fantastic!
Fancy Seeing You Here
Fancy Seeing You Here is a collection of bright and whimsical letterpress and silkscreen creations for life’s occasions. Owner Sarah Hanks, a graphic designer by trade, will jump at any chance to get her hands dirty and make fancy goods. She loves experimenting with different mediums; from sewing to letterpress to glassblowing.
Frères Branchiaux Candle Co.
Frères Branchiaux Candle Co. is composed of 3 brothers (Collin, Ryan, and Austin) who like to create good smelling candles---really really good smelling candles. They hand-pour 100% natural soy scented candles in small batches. They want their candles to make you happy when you light them. PLUS, they donate 10% of our proceeds to DC homeless shelters. With every candle that you buy, you are helping a homeless person in need.
Gaylia Wagner Design
Gaylia Wagner is a multi-disciplinary designer, artisan, and the creative force behind Gaylia Wagner Design. Gaylia works primarily in metal, etching metal and using it as the medium for her work. Gaylia produces a unique line of jewelry featuring her original metal etchings, and recently expanded her collection to include fine art panels and home accessories featuring this technique.
Georgia Lee started when Katie's connections in the food and coffee worlds of DC led to a string of custom commissions for local businesses, which pushed her pottery from a hobby to a business. She loves the collaboration and creativity that comes from making functional ware for people who are also passionate about their craft. There is a body of work that Katie dreams of that involves wood and metal, as part of her ceramics or as sister pieces. This is how she met and started working with Francisco, who is an artist and fabricator working in wood and metal. Francisco has long had an affinity to things ceramic, and is inspired by combining materials. Individually and collaboratively, their work is informed by space and shape. Whether their work is functional or sculptural, it is designed to become part of the habit, part of the canvas of people's daily lives.
Owner Adam Godet's time spent learning to build furniture and make home repairs has grown more into a sense of freedom. Being able to design and build something that does exactly what you need it do is empowering. Even more so when you can coax naturally occurring beautiful hardwoods into home furnishing that will last a lifetime.
Handmade Habitat is an all natural soy candle and beauty goods company for slow, mindful living. Inspired by nature and rooted in mindfulness, our work is consciously hand crafted to be healthy for the body, home and Mother Earth.
Harper Macaw Chocolate Makers
Harper Macaw is a fine chocolate venture founded by a Brazilian chocolate maker and a U.S. Marine Veteran with an ambitious yet tangible objective: To turn chocolate into a force for tropical reforestation.
Working with an array of precious metal and gems, Heorth creates and possesses a passion and curiosity for distilling life stories into a visual narrative. Designed with Intention, made with Integrity. Sustainable, Ethically Responsible and Environmentally Sound.
Hollow Work is a ceramics studio in the Northeast quadrant of the District of Columbia. Kate Hardy received her MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art, her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and her Master's Certificate in Museum Studies from George Washington University. Her art is based on peoples' relationships to images, objects, spaces, and each other. Working as a museum specialist and having daily interaction with artifacts informs her creative process.
Jinsei Juice is an organic cold-pressed juice and tonic company based out of Washington, DC. Jinsei means “life” and we want to bring you back to LIFE with our assortment of nutritional juices and tonics. With our fast paced lives and hectic schedules we tend to neglect our bodies. That’s where Jinsei comes in! Their delicious concoctions are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and just plain awesomeness!
For many years Jon Wye developed a process for embedding images into leather, which he turned into a line of graphic belts that have become recognized around the world. Now, the line keeps growing, adding wallets, t-shirts, guitar straps, dog collars, and so much more to come. Everything is manufactured/designed/sold from their workshop in Washington, DC, USA.
JSquared Candle Co.
JSquared Candle Co.™ was founded in 2016 by Jeff and Jeff in Washington, DC. One an immigrant from the Philippines, the other a service-disabled US Air Force veteran, we are a family company that desires to bring the history of each of our families together in a way that helps promote life balance.
Meaning "smile/laughter," Kicheko designs and makes distinctive pieces that invest in education in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Kuzeh Pottery creates artistic and functional pottery like no other. Owners and artists Pegah Shahghasemi and Lisa Ramber imbue their pottery with an exceptional range of talents and experiences. Less than one year after debuting, this distinctive line has already become a well known favorite for pottery that brings warmth to Washington area homes and businesses.
Lil' Fishy designs are inspired by Asian cultures and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the west. All their clothing is all hand made, right here in America and everything is 100% cotton and machine washable. All onesies and tshirts for children is 100% cotton which are hand dyed and have been washed twice to protect their sensitive skin and they won't shrink or fade.
Lost Sock Roasters
Lost Sock Roasters is a small-batch artisanal coffee roaster located on Kennedy Street NW, Washington DC, dedicated to developing outstanding coffee sustainably. They devote time everyday carefully roasting to accentuate the unique and desired flavors inherent in each coffee they carry.
Lunch City Studio
Lunch City Studio grew from a love for placemaking: discovering how a street, neighborhood, and city contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of its inhabitants. Creator Courtney Drake is inspired by my environment and has a passion to create.
Mallory is the creator and designer behind Mallory Shelter Jewelry. Her handmade, easy-to-wear pieces are versatile and timeless, and are designed to stand alone or worn delicately layered with a mix of jewelry. Each piece in her collection boasts a unique design and strong craftsmanship.
It’s not a stretch to say that Marcella Kriebel has always been an artist and foodie. Her earliest memories include barefoot gardening and a love of paints, paper and pencils of any kind, and a major desire to see what she could do with them.
Her collection of watercolors, and illustrated cookbooks reflect her early interest in drawing and painting, coupled with her education – majoring in Studio Art and Cultural Anthropology. She used this background as a springboard for travel, journaling and cooking in numerous Latin American countries.
Maré was born from the want of maker, Ebise Bayisa to incorporate her Ethiopian heritage into her everyday life. Attached to the world of bees back at home, her work is made with beeswax and honey from the buzzing farms of Ethiopia. After a batch of beeswax from a local bee farmer made it back with her from one of her visits to Ethiopia, Ebise began experimenting with recipes to use for herself and her friends. Soon, word of Maré’s nourishing properties spread and Ebise decided to bring the healing power of Ethiopian beeswax to the masses.
Matthew Curry was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1975. He grew up between Detroit, MI, and Wilmington, DE. Having majored in Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design, he is currently a twice Grammy® nominated designer, illustrator, painter, and the principal of the award winning design studio, Imagefed, based in Washington DC. The visual language Matthew Curry has developed is easily recognizable on album and magazine covers, limited edition products, and in galleries and venues worldwide.
Miks Letterpress +
Miks Letterpress + is a design studio specializing in letterpress greeting cards. They are based in Washington, DC. They aim to capture everyday modern sentiments on beautiful letterpress paper, pressed to perfection. Their cards respond to how technology has changed how we say “i love you” or “i care about you”. They strive to create witty, sentimental, modern cards and believe that they can bring a smile to your face and the people you love.
Modern Bar Cart
After earning two unrelated degrees in the humanities, Eric realized he was screwed. So, he focused his energy on something more productive: bringing great cocktails to the masses. He has a lot of opinions about cocktails, and you can hear them on the Modern Bar Cart Podcast, where he interviews cocktail experts and enthusiasts about their passions and best kept secrets.
My Utensil Crock
Founder Becky Brown is a full-time attorney with an enterprising cooking habit. Hailing from the Midwest, she has been living in Washington D.C. for 14+ years.
She loves healthy food, but even more when it doesn’t taste like healthy food – best of both worlds. At My Utensil Crock, you will find some of my tried and true recipes that she has been making for years – These are the recipes, which she shares in recipe card box-sets, are the ones that keep her cooking.
Nail Glam by Jovee
Nail Glam is a lifestyle, each color created with the intent to inspire and motivate. The Nail Glam collection features a desirable selection of shades and hues that range from simple and modest to bold and invigorating! Each color is unique with its own personality and ready to be paired for any occasion. We’ve created a distinctive formula that removes toxins yet is suitable to stand up to the test. Nail Glam colors are vivacious, energetic, fun and provide a long wear. The colors of Nail glam are heavily influenced by art, fashion, and travel.
Supon Phornirunlit wants his home decor to make you smile. After selling his company, Supon turned his talents to product and interior design. He began by designing colorful accent pillows and accessories for his townhouse. His home was featured in magazines, and soon his friends were asking how they could purchase his products for their own homes. Thus, Naked Decor was born.
NEEK & NAN'S
Neek and Nan's Fresh vegetables and herbs are adding flavor to meals, not prep time. Seasoning blends of fresh vegetables and herbs, for use in vegetarian and meat dishes, to make cooking faster, easier and more nutritious. Owner Shannon Brown started pre-mixing and storing seasoning for herself because she prefers to cook at home than dine out, but she hated the prep work associated with cooking. Eventually, a family member suggested she start to sell her blends, so Neek and Nan's came to be.
Off on a Tangent
Off on a Tangent is a design studio focused on creating jewelry inspired by architecture and travel. Our inspiration is drawn from buildings and landmarks around the globe that we have seen through travels and studies, and we transform those elements into unique handcrafted pieces of jewelry. Who needs another keychain as a souvenir? When you wear one of these beautiful pendants, people will definitely take notice, and it's fun sharing the inspiration behind the design with your friends!
Oh-Mazing Snackable Granola
Owner, Stephanie Williams, has always believed in providing “from-scratch”, all natural meals for her family to promote a healthier lifestyle. Over time, she developed her own granola recipe to provide an alternative to some of the unhealthy snacks found on grocery store shelves. The snack instantly became a hit among her family, friends, and community. After having two children, Stephanie resigned from her job to spend more precious time with them and to create an abundance of Oh-Mazing! moments.
An agent of alternatives, Erik Bruner-Yang creates space. Through his concept development company Foreign National, he offers an alternative: food and space as commons. There exists a constant dialogue of community, culture, and progress. His restaurants are instinctual, contemporary yet habitual. Erik Bruner-Yang hopes that guests at Brothers and Sisters and Spoken English, two concepts located in LINE DC, will show guests that experiences are the new luxury. Make sure to visit his other projects throughout Washington DC like Maketto or Paper Horse.
The idea of designing patterns emerged soon after Founder, Eva Calonder moved to Washington DC in 2011. She uses three different techniques to create the original patterns: pen and ink drawings, linoleum block carving and stencils, trying to draw from observation, which takes her outdoors to parks or botanical gardens. The products are handcrafted in Washington DC and the materials sourced are Eco-friendly. The canvas fabric is certified 100% GOTS and straight off the loom. The ink is environmentally friendly, water-based and PVC free. The leather sides are from cowhides tanned in a chrome free process to help lessen any negative impact on the environment.
Rachel Pfeffer Designs
Originally from Western, MA, Rachel currently lives and works in Washington, DC. She graduated in 2008 from Brandeis University with a BA in Sculpture and a minor in English. After graduating, Rachel worked at the Boston Museum of Science, during which time she started making and selling jewelry in her living room in Washington, DC. At the end of the year she decided to focus on jewelry full time, and currently designs and hand-makes pieces for her own line, Rachel Pfeffer Designs, which has an international fan base. Rachel’s jewelry aims to be simultaneously clever and beautiful. Her work appeals to all tastes, whether you are in the market for a chunky amethyst geode ring, or a tiny bicycle tie tack. She is often inspired by the random way pieces end up splayed on her work bench.
Range of Emotion
In 1995, Jenae started her company, Range of Emotion, creating one-of-a-kind handbags. Despite the fact that she has had offers to design for larger companies, Jenae finds it more satisfying to remain small and thus continue to have a part in each and every bag. She drafts fresh patterns and uses different surface design for every new spring and fall collection. Her bags have the reputation for being original, a little off-beat, and rich in texture—while still being functional. In making a bag Jenae uses fine and vintage fabrics; vintage buttons and buckles; along with classic technique.
RaReR is the progeny of two passionate artists, Sharon Huang and Frances Wu. Using furnishings from secondhand sources as our “canvases,” we create unique offerings for home and business. Each design evolves organically, drawing inspiration from all we love. They transform the old into new through a variety of techniques, including painting, distressing, crackling, staining, sewing, beading and blockprinting. In distressing, they use bright colors and layering to give the pieces a modern flair. Their one-of-a-kind products showcase our handiwork…seats formed by a lattice of recycled belts, a block-printed tangerine bird lampshade or an accent pillow made from vintage fabric.
Sarah Cecelia Jewelry & Metal Goods
Sarah Cecelia Jewelry & Metal Goods are handcrafted from sterling silver, gold, and brass in Washington DC. Each piece is made individually using traditional metal smith techniques and lots of love. Working from her home studio, owner Sarah McLaughlin began her own line, Sarah Cecelia Jewelry, where she hand makes each piece. In jewelry Sarah found the perfect creative avenue for her love of hand construction, metals, and really shiny things. Since then Sarah Cecelia has grown to include an ever evolving collection of metal goods.
Sasya in Sanskrit translates to ‘Whole’. Their mission in creating Sasya is to introduce authentic and healthy Indian flavors made with real food into every day eating. Their delicious chips and dips, are created from unique family recipes without adding any artificial flavors, colors, preservatives present in comparable products around stores today.
Owner Krishna Matturi was brought up in a farming family in rural India where food was rich, deep, healthy and nutritious. Having lived and travelling in various cities in the U.S for the past 7 years, he finally found home in the nation’s capital where there is a noticeable food revolution afoot.
Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty
Established in 2005, Shea Yeleen International, Inc. is a social enterprise dedicated to empowering women in West Africa and the United States through the production, sale and use of shea butter products. A unique blend of grassroots organizing and business development, Shea Yeleen is a company that specializes in manufacturing high quality, organic, fair trade skin care products and utilizing a sales strategy that incorporates women’s’ micro enterprise development. Ultimately, their beneficiaries are the women producers who will receive a fair price, small business start-ups and our consumers who will have access to a guaranteed high-quality product that meets their health, cosmetic and personal beauty needs.
Second Story Cards
Second Story Cards is a boutique greeting card company that elevates the creative talents of homeless men and women. They believe that no one element in our lives, certainly not our housing status, defines us. And regardless of our circumstances, we have the ability to change our situation, to change the narrative wrongly being used to define us. We can write a second story. Their business model is simple: create beautiful greeting cards and help our most needy neighbors. The card-creators receive 15% of each sale. Additionally, they donate 10% to a nonprofit of the card-creator’s choice in an effort to give back to the organizations that have helped them overcome the challenges they've experienced.
Shrub District is committed to making the highest quality natural products, helping our customers make better drinks, and supporting the farms, farmers, and communities that grow our food. Their shrubs are tart but sweet, complex but pure, hip but casual. The perfect balance for a busy, rewarding life. These shelf stable, perfectly balanced, real fruit cocktail vinegars are guaranteed to Brighten Your Spirits. Don Morton is the owner and founder of Shrub District. He is a bartender, WSET trained wine nerd, cocktail geek, fermentation enthusiast, and eager host. After 10 years working in public policy, Don founded Shrub District to bring a little more happiness into the world.
Stitch & Rivet, LLC
Stitch & Rivet is an American Made bag and leather goods studio located in Washington DC. Many of their leathers and vegan-friendly waxed canvases come from American finishers, American tanneries, and salvage warehouses. They have put their efforts into eliminating waste by using every remnant possible and paying careful attention to layout and design. Unused remnants are donated to school groups, scout troops, or bundled and sold to local artists just starting out during their annual scrap sale. This means you can feel good knowing we respect the materials we use and the communities that produce those supplies. Stitch & Rivet is made up of hard-working artisans and associates.
stubble & 'stache
Owner Nicholas Karnaze created stubble & 'stache beard oils to commemorate his friend, Justin Hansen, with whom he served in the Marine Corps special operations unit. Justin was killed while conducting combat operations in Northwest Afghanistan. They donate a portion of profits to charities supporting our wounded heroes and their families, with particular interest in organizations combating post-traumatic stress, depression, and other mental wounds.
Born in a Bloomingdale basement, Teerritory is an apparel company from DC, for DC. Owner and designer Toby Bokum-Fauth wanted to capture the spirit of the places that truly make this city for the people who live here and through hyper-local designs, offer us all a way to show love for our favorite parts of DC.
On a random Saturday morning a few years ago, owner Nick Elefante wandered into a fabric store at Union Market to look around. He was mesmerized by the colors, patterns and uniqueness of each stack of fabric. Having always been drawn to fashion and dabbled with repurposing pieces from goodwill or designing t-shirts for himself from time-to-time, he touched the designs he liked most, ones that he could instantly picture what garments should be made from them. In March of 2017, after years of researching the industry in DC, learning his way around fabrics and my aesthetic, TEN was born.
The Capital Candy Jar
Founder Dave Burton has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and was always looking for ways to make extra spending money. In 2006 Dave moved to the Washington DC area. After making Valentine's treats for several of his friends the answer presented itself. With the support and encouragement of his friends and family, The Capital Candy Jar was born. Dave wanted to build a company that supported DC and the local economy so he joined Union Kitchen, a DC based food incubator. All of their candy is made by hand in small batches in their kitchen located a few blocks from the US Capitol building.
The Fancy Schmancy Co.
Kathleen knows how to throw a party. Good food first. From big family holidays to lunch meetings you actually want to attend. She is the hostess. A platter of meatballs and sauce or craft cocktails and fancy little bites, all will be well-fed. Kathleen dances in the kitchen, can create magic with minimal ingredients, completely nerds out on obscure and organic food knowledge and smiles in the face of culinary challenge. Her refrigerator is never without a bottle of bubbly and a gooey cheese you wish you were eating right now. And she will happily teach you how to make that thing you saw on Instagram without a recipe.
Owner Jodi Kostelnik's products are inspired by the beauty of food and how it brings people together – whether through baking cupcakes, making homemade jams, or sharing a love of beets. In addition to running The Neighborgoods, she also runs a graphic design business, Hello Neighbor Designs. She decided to shift the focus of her design business to work solely with clients in the food industry combining my two passions, food and design. However, she didn't have much work in the food industry so she started illustrating personal and family recipes to add to her portfolio, and The Neighborgoods was born. She has since expanded her line to include baby onesies, greeting cards, art prints, and buttons with plans to keep growing and creating more foodie themed gifts for all occasions.
Tortilladora is more than just tacos. They specialize in creating escalated at-home cuisine. They create each menu item by deconstructing it so the integrity of the ingredients stay at a high level and provide you with full customization of your meal. Inspired by childhood memories and aspirations of owner Ed McIntosh, they want to create an interactive eating experience to be shared with others or on your own.
Pratt Standard Cocktail Company
Taste what tonic is truly meant to be, and you can't go back. Each batch of Pratt Standard Tonics is made in Washington, DC, with high-quality ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup, dyes or short-cuts. We get our ingredients all over the world to create a delicious, authentic taste.
Victory Dance Creative
Victory Dance Creative (VDC) provides high-quality design services for a diverse list of clients, including those in the nonprofit, restaurant and hospitality, retail, music industry, real estate, and education fields. VDC follows Fire Studio, Anthony Dihle's award-winning practice whose work focused primarily on posters, publication design, and the music industry. Anthony Dihle is the founder and creative director of VDC. His work has been widely exhibited and published. He recently finished his term as president of the AIGA DC, the professional association for design. He occasionally hosts design workshops and speaks at universities and design schools.
Whisked! is a DC-based bakery serving handcrafted pies, cookies, and quiches with classic recipes, creative seasonal twists, and a homemade flavor. We allow each season to naturally guide our menu, so you get the freshest ingredients year-round and an opportunity to celebrate the unique tastes of spring, summer, and fall. All products are handmade from scratch, with as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible, by our 6-person team in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast DC.
Owner Soyini George draws inspiration from color, texture and patterns from memories of my her family's garden from her childhood in Guyana, South America. After graduating from college, she started Yinibini Baby! All of the clothing and accessories are all handmade or screenprinted and /or block printed by hand. The cutest, most stylish fabrics: made of 100% cotton, 100% organic cotton, or an organic cotton blend. Primarily sourcing organic cotton onesies and organic cotton fabrics that are grown, knitted and sewn in the USA. All fabrics are CPSIA certified and machine washable. Her illustrations are screen-printed by hand with non-toxic, water based ink and then is permanently heat-set to not run in the wash.
Olivia Tripp Morrow
Olivia Tripp Morrow's recent works are video and sculptural installations that address themes of sexuality and gender, consumption and waste, and the commodification of women's bodies in the media and advertising industries. Morrow has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and currently has installations on-loan at the National Institute of Health in North Bethesda, MD, and at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC.
Catherine (Keri) Lijinsky, founder of Sweet Crimes, grew up in Maryland and has been a “creative” baker ever since she was a kid. Her parents are world travelers and she lived overseas in many different places, including Japan as a child, and England, Switzerland, and the Philippines where she worked in public health and global development. When she discovered that she was gluten intolerant, she became aware of how difficult it was to find a baked good that she could eat and truly enjoy. Her humanitarian spirit led her to continue to help people as a professional baker, because no one should have to compromise when it comes to delicious food. Keri moved back to D.C. in 2013 and first began experimenting with gluten free baking when she made her mother’s wedding cake in 2014. The cake was such a hit that she continued to pour love into her recipes until she perfected the chemistry of baking with gluten free flour. Sweet crimes was incorporated in April 2016 and is a member of Union Kitchen where Sweet Crimes desserts are proudly made.
Appointed is an American-made brand of thoughtfully designed desktop products that make utility look luxurious. Following an exhaustive yet unsuccessful search to find well made and refined desktop products that are manufactured in the U.S., we decided to create our own. Practical, beautiful and handcrafted of the finest materials, Appointed goods are designed to elevate the work experience. Appointed was founded by graphic designer, Suann Song, who believes a beautiful work environment fosters creativity, productivity and overall well-being. Each Appointed product is created with this philosophy in mind — while keeping design, functionality and craftsmanship our highest priority.
Shiny Apple Studio
Led by owner and designer Julia Walther, Shiny Apple Studio aims to create art about nostalgia, sweetness, and the world’s hidden delights.
A lifelong artist and professional studio potter, Julia's love for creating and collecting tiny, beautiful things dates back to at least the third grade. Combined with Jon's technical background, they're thrilled to be creating artful accessories for the everyday.
Ceramic artist Kristen Avil is interested in not just the function of a piece but also it’s textural and compositional qualities. To create her porcelain jewelry and button bowls, she uses antique buttons originally used by her great-grandmother, a seamstress, to carefully craft each piece. She also hand builds porcelain vessels and wall decorations. The carvings in the walls of the vessels and detailed feathers convey a sense of tranquility and symmetry found in nature. Each piece is individually made, making no two exactly alike.
Tin Tin's Pieces
Kristin is a painter and ceramicist who has journeyed around the world polishing her eye and trademark ability to create visual textures with a rich, adventurous color palette and expressive techniques. Her geometric paintings display the idea of time as means of achieving a chimerical sense of control; at the same time, she pours upon intuition and trust in the senses with her reflective expressionistic paintings, as if letting go and confiding in her own rhythmic and balanced instincts. Harmony is a paramount value for both the artist's mission.
Nourish & Refine
Nikki Powers is a yoga-instructor-turned-maker who started Nourish & Refine in 2017 with a good friend. Both coming from the fashion in New York City, they wanted to focus on making in a way that reflects a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Their goal is to create products that mean so much to people that they want to share them with others, to pass on the ingredients to living a healthy life.
Denisa Piatti Jewelry
Denisa Piatti Jewellery was founded with a mission to illuminate the beauty of non-precious materials with traditional craftsmanship. Contrasting conventional with non-precious materials, Denisa's work encourages you to question what precious really means.
Jamie is the creative force whirling through Oh Bessie! She is a textile designer, pattern doodler, and creator of funky shapes and characters. Jamie designed bedding for major national department stores (and you can still see some of her work at Bloomingdale's) but she was longing to have the freedom to doodle and create, so she decided it was time to leave big brand merchandising and strike off on her own. The playful world of kids’ design and decor is where she is meant to be. Her mom, Lisa, is a graphic designer, former decorative painter, and has been a part of several entrepreneurial ventures. She loves color and kids. She raised four (kids, not colors), and takes pride in the fact that they all embrace the goofy side of life.
ELUKE (pronounced Ay - Luuk - Ay) is more than a company that specializes in statement jewelry and accessories. It is a gateway to an amazing, awe-inspiring world where anyone can feel like royalty. The inspiration behind ELUKE is limitless. Creative Director, Etiti Ayeni incorporates tactile, material objects like textiles, clay, beads, wire and stones into her work to mimic the organic uniqueness each of these objects possess. Elevating artistic traditions from Nigerian and Gullah heritage, ELUKE is a portal for people who believe they are one-of-a-kind by their own definition to be their boldest, truest self.
Rose Jaffe is a visual artist, with mediums spanning mural painting to book illustration. Born, raised and currently residing in Washington, D.C, she earned her BFA at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. Since college she has taught art in high school and after school programs in the city before pursuing an art career full time. The content of her work is most often based upon the human form - exploring themes of political activism, female empowerment, natural healing and spiritual grounding. She strives to use her art as a tool to create beauty, find connection, and promote social change.