With the holiday season in full swing, finding new ways to creatively tackle gifts for those hard-to-shop-for friends or family members can be tough.
But one local business owner, Stacey Price of Shop Made in DC has opened her doors to provide a one stop shop where you can find all your favorite DC-based artists and makers in one spot.
The store located in Dupont Circle, opened in October and currently gives customers access to over 60 DC area small businesses, 48 showcased on the retail floor alone which routinely rotate in and out to make room for new artists. The café comprises the rest including its anchor coffee shop, four breweries, a cidery, a distillery, a bakery and five different non alcoholic beverage producers.
Check out 15 of these local DC businesses for great gifts this holiday season and for more one of a kind gifts, visit Shop Made in DC to see for yourself:
1.) Small Planes Coffee and Roastery - Whether it be fresh, freeze dried and vaccuum sealed, this instant coffee is a notch or two above that Starbucks stuff. Try that or a 16 oz bag of our personal favorite, their Memora Estate blend from Ethiopia with hints of berries, chocolate and mulled wine.
2.) Calabash Tea - The culmination of years of formal herbalist and naturopath training, Calabash has the cure to whatever ails you (in herbal form of course). Whether you’re looking for a detox with Tea Tox, or a black tea that goes by the name Fat Black Pussy Cat, you can find it in store or online.
3.) Harper MaCaw Chocolate - Husband and wife duo, Colin and Sarah Hartman partnered with one objective in mind: to turn chocolate into a force for tropical reforestation. Keep an eye out for rich, dark brazilian blends, bold bourbon barrel aged and winter spice collections.
4.) Teerritory - Wear your DC pride right across your chest with unique, one of a kind t-shirt designs by Territory’s Toby Bokum-Fauth featuring familiar historic Washington landmarks, neighborhoods and more!
5.) Victory Dance Creative - Prints you’ll recognize in their adaptation and titles, portraying classic DC neighborhoods through vibrant bursts of color and shadows, screen printer Anthony Dihle loved making these unique prints so much that he decided to open a studio where he could do it full time.
6.) Handmade Habitat - Amina Ahmad makes the sweetest pair of letterpress matchbooks to go with her all natural soy candle and beauty goods that are meant to nurture and inspire endlessly. Afterall, who doesn’t love a good candle?
7.) Printed Wild - The pattern design process for these works of art involves three different techniques including pen and ink drawings, linoleum block carving and stencils modeled after all natural, outdoor observations in parks or botanical gardens. These black and white designs are fun, tropical and fresh, and printed on everything from gift wrap to shoulder bags.
8.) Mik’s Letterpress - From cheeky greeting cards to onesies, Mariko Iwata’s designs are spunky and light hearted with DC humor woven right in.
9.) Hollow Work Ceramics - Drool worthy earthen ware you can give as a gift or keep for yourself, the feeling of drinking coffee or tea out of a handmade ceramic mug just never gets old.
10.) Godet Woodworking and Furniture - Much of the furniture you see in Shop Made in DC is hand crafted by Adam Godet himself, a master of coaxing wood to serve many purposes and creating pieces meant to last and be treasured for a lifetime.
11.) True Syrups and Garnishes - For the mixologist in the family, these make for the perfect experimental compliment to any concoction made in pre-prohibition style.
12.) Mallory Shelter Jewelry - easy to wear, versatile jewelry meant to be worn exactly as the wearer wants whether stand alone or delicately layered.
13.) Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty - Dedicated to empowering women in West Africa and the United States through the unique production, sale and use of shea butter products.
14.) 8 Myles LLC - Gourmet sauces and rubs meant to entice and delight every chef from beginner to executive.
15.) Lil Fishy - Attire for all ages inspired by Asian cultures and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the west, made and crafted by hand for the eco-conscious consumer.
Price says the waiting list for artists looking to be featured in her store is already over 250 long, and growing by the day. But when it comes to choosing who gets featured it’s all about her buyers equation, what customers like (hint: stars and bars are a big hit in the nation’s capital, who knew?) and retail readiness. Being able to produce on a larger scale, look professional and keep up with store demands is in turn, Price says, the biggest challenge of managing a store like Shop Made in DC.
“With all of these makers what keeps us from selling more of their goods is not having their goods,” said Price. “So there has been a bit of a pause in terms of their production cycles and so they are learning in this process how they scale and that’s the most interesting part for me, I didn’t expect that to be our biggest challenge. But our biggest challenge is not having items on our shelves.”
But while keeping items on their shelves may be one of Shop Made in DC’s biggest challenges, it sure is a good problem to have during the height of holiday shopping season when customers are on the lookout for original, creative gift ideas for holiday parties, white elephant exchanges and especially that special someone who somehow seems to already have everything.
Price pointed out there is definitely a little something for everyone on your holiday shopping list and for those of you who may be a little indecisive in your gift gathering, Shop Made in DC gift cards are also available as well as themed gift baskets with an array of products from artists throughout the store.
Thank you as always for tuning in,
Happy Holidays, xoxxxx