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2017/2018 Seasonal Markets + Vendor Events
With affordable retail space at a premium in DC, it's not only important to support the brands + biz who HAVE gone brick + mortar, but to dive into the W E A L T H of seasonal markets + vendor events that showcase the makers, producers, and curators without dedicated retail space.
Round-Ups: via Curbed DC (h/t 730dc for the link), BYT (Hidden In Plain Sight: Christmas in the District).
+ otherwise/currently on our radar:
11/24 The Blackest Friday @ CHACC DC
11/24 - 12/23 BZB International Holiday Gift Show
11/24 - 12/23 Downtown Holiday Market
11/25 DC Brau Holiday Market
11/25 - 11/26 The Fridge DC Holiday Market
11/25 - 12/23 Brief Assembly
11/26 - 12/17 (Sundays) Community Craft Collective Advent Sale
11/29 Made in DC Holiday Bazaar @ the Wilson Building
11/29 - 12/3 OUTFITTED @ Steadfast Supply
11/30 Street Market: A Curated Holiday Pop-Up
12/1 Artist Showcase @ The Stew
12/1 Miss Pixie's Holiday Market
12/1 - 12/3 LoLA Loves the Holidays Art/Shop @ A Creative DC Brookland
12/1 - 12/17 Winterfest at Wunder Garten
12/1 - 12/17 Van Ness Main Street Made in DC Pop Up
12/1 - 12/22 Christkindlmarket
12/1 - 12/31 Violet Boutique Pop-Up @ The Shay
12/2 BLK GOLD: Black Creative Showcase & Marketplace
12/2 Annual Holiday Market @ Art Enables
12/2 - 12/17 (weekends) Glen's Holiday Markets
12/9 Market 7 Flea @ Riverside Recreation Center
12/9 Grump! Arts & Crafts Show
12/9 Congress Heights Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
12/9 Refurbished Bike Sale @ Big Bear Cafe
12/9 - 12/10 Winterwilds Market
12/16 Transformer Holiday Market & Party
12/16 RIA Main Street 2017 Procrastinator's Holiday Market
weekly/weekends: Eastern Market, FRESHFARM, and Community Foodworks.
Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market
716 Monroe Street NE, Washington, DC
27 studios + workspaces (including ours!) line the ground floor of the Monroe Street Market apartment complex, a very solid third of which are proper retail outlets. See: leather workers Stitch & Rivet, ceramicists Kuzeh Pottery, cookbook author + illustrator Marcella Kriebel, jeweler Rachel Pfeffer Designs, stationery + vintage shop Analog, and handmade haven Marcelle's Coop – plus individual artists + galleries selling work from a wide spectrum of mediums (ex: the Latela Gallery showroom, and Black Lab). Hours vary per space, but the weekly Saturday AM Farmers Market (thru December) is a good time to catch multiple studios open at once.
Visit site for full list of retailers + artists; hours vary.
[ Brookland ] [ fb page ]
Related – art space x retail hybrids: Off The Beaten Track Warehouse, Anacostia Arts Center, 52 O Street Artists Studios, Red Dirt Studios, DC Arts Studios, Open Studio DC, The Stew, Distinctly Creative, BUREAU, CHACC DC, Pyramid Atlantic, Music on the Hill, and Uptown Art House – all are spaces or galleries hosting multiple artists/makers/retailers with art + work for purchase, whether during regular hours or open studios/openings/events.
Click through to each for general 411, events, and hours.
The Big Bad Woof
6960 Maple Street NW, Washington, DC
Gifts for your goldfish! Doo-dads for your dogs! Christmas cards for your cats and Hannukah happiness for your gila monsters! It's pet stuff, guys. It's pet stuff.
[ Takoma Park ] [ fb page ]
Related – SPECIALTY SHOPS : The Cheeky Puppy (Dupont), Doggy Style (Dupont), Fido & Kitty's World (Georgia Ave), Bicycle Space (Adams Morgan, Downtown, and Ivy City), Big Wheel Bikes (Georgetown), City Bikes (Adams Morgan, Tenleytown, Capitol Hill, and Chevy Chase), The Bike Rack (Logan Circle and Brookland), Labyrinth Puzzles and Games (Capitol Hill).
Femme Fatale Pop-Up
100 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC
True to name, Femme Fatale DC features wares and art from over 50 "womyn-owned" businesses, plus an incredible amount of programming and events (check their calendar for details + to mark your planner).
[ NOMA ] [ IG @femmefataledc ]
Related – thematic and/or for a cause: The Outrage (apparel for lovers of equality, Adams Morgan), One Love Massive (bc you need a DC AS FUCK tee, 6th & T, NW), Kicheko Goods ("distinctive pieces that invest in education," Brookland), and PS: check out BEACON DC for women-owned businesses across a range of industries + sectors.
Hill & Dale
1054 31st Street NW, Washington, DC
Clean + minimal + V. COOL, Hill & Dale sells records, posters, and fine art music photography. Tucked away in a square off the main Georgetown beat, selling mostly new vinyl, and kitted out with modern design elements – it's a(n almost literal) hidden gem.
[ Georgetown ] [ IG @hilllanddalerecords ]
Related: Som Records (used + new in a great little basement dive, 14th Street), Red Onion Records (U Street Corridor), Joint Custody (records + an excellent curation of vintage clothing, pins, shoes, and ephemera, U Street Corridor), Smash (a DC punk + hardcore institution: a record shop with vintage clothing racks, shoes, pins, and Manic Panic, Adams Morgan), Gumbo Records/DC Treasure (a vinyl lounge specializing in jazz + blues, wall-to-wall within a vintage furniture shop – the result is delightful chaos. Petworth), Songbyrd Cafe & Record House (coffee shop, record shop, music venue, bar: this place wears a lot of hats. Adams Morgan), Rhythm Lingo Records (follow along for 411 on their pop-ups and events).
Idle Time Books
2467 18th Street NW, Washington, DC
An Adams Morgan mainstay (since 1981!) Idle Time Books is floor-to-celing shelving, and all the hand-written signage a heart could desire. Click click for a lovely, neighborhood-centric audio interview with longtime owner, Val Morgan.
[ Adams Morgan ] [ fb page ]
Related – used bookstores: Capitol Hill Books, (Capitol Hill – backstory), Second Story (take your Dad!, Dupont), Walls of Books (tons for kids, Park View), Riverby Books (super cozy, Capitol Hill), La Pop (floor-to-ceiling, wrap-around shelves in a basement-level coffee shop – a destination mostly for the pour-overs, but a delightful book situation nonetheless. Adams Morgan).
1401 S Street, NW, Washington, DC
We don't want to oversell it (but there may not be an overselling it?) – Little Leaf has the distinction of being named to a list of the 6 Prettiest Plant Shops in the World, and for our money it's at least the M O S T gorgeous green place in Washington DC (or at least up there with Rock Creek Park, the National Arboretum, the Botanic Garden, and wheresoever your medical marijuana card might call home). PS – make it your first stop for last-minute G I F T I N G needs: their tagline is "plants and paper," and from letter pressed birthday cards to hand-printed tea towels, hand-poured candles, and a tremendously beautiful selection of incense, you can't go wrong for stopping by before birthdays, baby showers, and most things in between.
[ Logan Circle ] [ IG @littleleafshop ]
Related – grab & go gifts and GREEN THINGS: Lee's Flower Shop (DC's longest running independently-owned retail shop – since 1945! U St), Urban Dwell (home accessories, candles, cards, etc, Adams Morgan), Urban Jungle (succulents on succulents and orchids, too: Columbia Heights), McAllum Sauber (the closest thing to a floral district in the city proper, Eckington), Tabletop (just as it sounds! ALL things gift-y and for home, Dupont), Zawadi Arts (Zawadi means Gift in Swahili: purveyors of Modern + Traditional African Art, Home Decor, and Clothing & Accessories. U St NW), Annie's, Logan + Ace Hardwares across the city – lots of locally made goods + gifts (plants too!), and DC-owned/operated.
1231 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC
MahoganyBooks opens November 24th in the Anacostia Arts Center (just in time for HOLIDAY SHOPPING) – founded online in 2007, the bookshop features publications written by, for, or about people of the African diaspora. Via Publisher's Weekly: “It is important we create a rich, concerted space where readers and writers connect and discuss issues of yesterday and today that impact our culture and how we see ourselves,” says co-founder Derrick Young. Bonus? The shop's first year includes an ongoing Duende District pop-up within the shop proper: “I love that it's an African-American/Latinx bookstore collaboration,” says Duende owner Angela Maria Spring. “These kinds of partnerships are what will make our communities even stronger.” SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE.
[ Anacostia ] [ IG @mahoganybooks ]
Related – books books books (new, not used): Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, (wow – 20 years strong. Georgia Avenue), Upshur Street Books (the Obamas agree! Petworth), Duende District (books by diverse authors, where all are welcome to be part of the audience; various locations – catch them at A Creative DC: Brookland in December!), Busboys & Poets (various locations), Politics & Prose (various locations), Kramerbooks (Dupont), Big Planet Comics (U Street), Solid State Books (H Street, NE), Fantom Comics (Dupont), East City Bookshop (Capitol Hill).
2104 18th Street NW, Washington, DC
Meeps has been slinging vintage in the District for a good long time (since 1992!), and in 2012 it came under the ownership of the B R A I N T R U S T behind the expertly-curated and aesthetically-minded team at Treasury. The two brands have since merged into one Adams Morgan storefront; the offerings, merchandising, and visuals are true to owner Cathy Chung's vision, and the shop pays homage to its history by maintaining a year-round "Costume Room" (and getting v. live around Halloween).
[ Adams Morgan ] [ IG @meepsdc ]
Related – ALL THINGS VINTAGE (clothing AND housewares): Vintage & Charmed (a delightful cluster of men's + women's pieces, Anacostia), Goodwood (beautifully merchandised vintage + new home goods, decor, accessories, and more, U Street Corridor), the Georgetown Flea (antiques + artisans; every Sunday), For Your Eyes Only DC (an estate-sale, narrow-walk-ways jumble of fine art, fur coats, and furniture), Gumbo Records/DC Treasure (a combo record store, vintage spot, Petworth), Miss Pixie's (the DC G.O.A.T., right? Home goods, 14th Street), Eastern Market (a DC institution - keep an eye out for weekend vintage vendors, Capitol Hill).
1810 14th Street NW
From under the radar national labels + international cult faves to local brands like DeNada, Redeem has been infiltrating and helping shape the city's style scene for the last decade + with an unmistakable (and not usually associated with DC) aesthetic. The shop visuals alone are worth a visit – we're going with "minimal, Americana-tinged goth," but will let you (and your ensuing Instagram) decide for yourself. Keep an eye out for events: frequent trunk shows with visiting designers and Holiday celebrations bring out DC's cool kids while maintaining an inclusive and accessible vibe. Mens + womenswear.
[ 14th Street ] [ IG @redeemus ]
Related – labels and/or not-all-for-the-ladies: Hu's Wear + Hu's Shoes (highly curated women's designer apparel + accessories; Georgetown), Whiskey Ginger (menswear, U Street Corridor), Federal (menswear + accessories, 14th Street), Diet Starts Monday (menswear, U Street), Commonwealth FTTG (sneaker/streetwear game since 2004, Adams Morgan/Dupont), Hugh & Crye Showroom (3212 O St NW #5, Georgetown), Homme DC (curated. mens. destination. boutique. @ 50 O St by appointment + DCA Terminal C), READ WALL (men's custom suiting/tailloring [with a made in DC suit line!], Shaw).
Salt & Sundry
1309 5th Street NE + 1625 14th Street NW
Goods for good living, and then some: Salt & Sundry is, in short, impeccable. From fair-trade textiles and hand-poured candles to bitters + brines + other small batch goodness, owner Amanda McClements set a new standard for curation and merchandising when opening the flagship Union Market location. Two years later saw the addition of the second shop (and Little Leaf followed shortly thereafter). Keep an eye out for locally-made, women-owned brands like Gordy's Pickle Jar and Printed Wild, and be sure to follow on social (their visuals are MWAH).
[ Union Market + Logan Circle ] [ IG @saltandsundry ]
Related – home goods and/or design-centric spots: Appointed (wow - just wow – thoughtfully designed G O O D S (mostly paper/stationery) , Ivy City), Cherry Blossom Creative (design studio + stationery shop, Shaw), Hudson & Crane (all things home with gift-y things for miles, Adams Morgan/Dupont), Proper Topper (gifts and home goods and also HATS!, Dupont), Red Barn Mercantile, The Old Luckett's Store, and Rust & Feathers (all in various parts of Virginia, but worth the trek, and often in the #aCreativeDC feed).
1231 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC
Shopkeeper's is a tight edit of home goods, wears, and print publications – and more, more, more, too. A communal table fronts a coffee + tea counter, with restaurants-in-residence that have included Đôi Đũa and Conbini by Uzu. It's a NE hub for creative happenings, with amazing programming on the calendar to boot (and of esp. note – lots of things to do for cool moms + their very cool kids, too).
[ Florida Ave NE ] [ IG @shopkeepersdc ]
Related – retail PLUS: Nubian Hueman (as epic IRL as it is on IG – and host to the annual Black Love Experience, Anacostia), Maketto (coffee x restaurant x retail, by hometown hero Erik Bruner-Yang, H St NE), Shop Made in DC (all local, all the time: cafe x retail, Dupont), CHACC DC (community space w/yoga, pop-ups, and tons of art programming – plus a line of SOUFSIDE CREATIVES tees, Congress Heights), Diet Starts Monday (retail x cafe, U Street), Busboys & Poets (bookshop x cafe x ALL the programming), Willow (apparel, accessories, gifts, and a selection of books from Upshur Street Books, Columbia Heights).
300 Tingey Street SE, #300, Washington, DC
This is round 2 for the Steadfast Supply Pop-Up – back after last year's holiday run at The Yards, the retail space features independent + emerging brands from DC and beyond, plus a H E A L T H Y calendar of workshops, events, art + music programming, and more. It looks great, feels great, and frankly, it's what the city has come to expect from owner + designer Virginia Arrisueño – with ten years of market + pop-up experience behind her newly launched Blanca Concepts, we're excited to see this and future projects continue to evolve (and problem solve) the DC retail landscape.
[ The Yards ] [ IG @steadfastsupplydc ]
Related – popping up: LoLA Loves the Holidays Art/Shop (@ A Creative DC: Brookland) Brief Assembly (a collaboration between Matine + Mallory Shelter Jewelry, Union Market), Pop Local (from Cre8tive Capacity, L'Enfant Plaza), Duende District (@ A Creative DC: Brookland), Violet Boutique (@ The Shay), GTOWN POP UP (Georgetown).
Take Care Shop
1338 Wisconsin Avenue NW
A minimalist H A V E N in upper Georgetown, selling a curated selection of vegan + eco-friendly skincare/beauty (including paraben + toxin-free nail polish by DC's Mischo Beauty).
[ Georgetown ] [ IG @takecareshopdc ]
Related: Hunny Bunny Boutique (all natural bath & beauty with a cute little backstory, Capitol Hill), Habeebah's Herbals (organic body butters + oils + reflexology + more, Anacostia), Calabash Tea (7th Street NW), Mecca Perfume & Bookstore (W A L L S of essential oils, organic soaps, and more, 647 Florida Ave NW), Blue Nile Botanicals (all things herbal + essential + more, for your mind/body/general vibes, Georgia Avenue).
Toli Moli Burmese Bodega
1309 5th Street NE (inside Union Market), Washington, DC
Your favorite falooda-makers are launching a Burmese bodega THIS WEEK, taking over (and totally redesigning) the former Honeycomb Grocery shelves inside Union Market. "The space serves to honor the bodega legacy of New York’s immigrant communities, while celebrating current and local Asian American entrepreneurs, chefs, and makers. Locally made items like Misfit Juice and Z&Z Za’atar will be found on shelves beside more traditional fare. In addition to food and groceries, the bodega will carry household necessities ranging from tampons and diapers to Asian beauty products and pain relievers." See also: a curated book selection from Duende District, ft. writers from across the Asian Diaspora.
[ Union Market ] [ IG @tolimolidc ]
Related – food stuff, but like, not just food: Union Market (the motherlode: food x retail x local business all over), Odd Provisions (grocery + last minute gifting needs like letterpress cards, tea towels, and more, Columbia Heights), Glen's Garden Market (two locations, Dupont + Shaw), Each Peach Market (fresh flowers, cards, and a cookbook selection from Upshur Street Books, Mount Pleasant), Khepra's (there's a small retail section in the raw food juice bar, H Street NE), The Spice Suite (6902 4th Street NW), Calabash Tea (7th Street NW), Bazaar Spices (Shaw + Union Market), Hill's Kitchen (S U P P L I E S ! , Eastern Market).
1404 P Street NW, Washington, DC
Please don't forget your local A R T I S T S this holiday season – and Transformer is an excellent place to start. Headed towards two decades of dedication to emerging artists in Washington, DC, the Logan Circle gallery is a great a place to see (and buy) new + experimental work. Looking for a digital way to support the city's scene? You can shop over 200 pieces of (very, very affordable) original pieces online in the FlatFile store (a true resource).
[ Logan Circle ] [ IG @transformerdc ]
Related – art on art on art, brick & mortar style: Gallery O on H (H St NE), Touchstone (901 New York Ave NW), Honfleur Gallery (Anacostia), Vivid Gallery (Anacostia), Hamiltonian Gallery (U Street), Hillyer Art Space (Dupont), Capital Fringe (Florida Ave NE), Uptown Art House (Cleveland Park), Rhizome, Morton Fine Art (Dupont), Corinto Gallery (Adams Morgan), Hole In The Sky (RIA), The Fridge (Barracks Row), Latela Gallery (Brookland), Washington Project for the Arts (Shaw), Addison/Ripley Fine Art (Georgetown)..
3829 M Street NW + 1924 8th St NW, Washington, DC
Violet Boutique's Instagram feed says it all: with fun, empowering, and body-positive visuals, the Georgetown boutique is focused on providing an experience that goes beyond the O U T F I T . During their 6 years in DC the shop has seen a few locations, and is headed to a new one starting December 1: catch them in Georgetown through Small Business Saturday, and hit them up at The Shay in Shaw starting December 1 for a month-long pop-up before re-opening doors permanently in Spring of 2018.
[ Georgetown + Shaw ] [ IG @shopvioletdc ]
Related: LYNN / LOUISA (fashion-y, smart girl apparel + accessories, Georgetown), Lettie Gooch (smartly-curated womenswear - apparel + accessories, Shaw), Willow Boutique (a sweet little selection of apparel, accessories, and gift-ables, Petworth, Columbia Heights, Navy Yard), Summit to Soul (athleisure, Barracks Row).
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