Shop Made in DC at Wharf DC Has What You Need
When Monty Hoffman had the idea for the DC Wharf, he wanted to fill the development with local DC businesses. Shop Made in DC is the epitome of that idea. The store’s creators Stacey Price of People Make Place and Michael Babin of Neighborhood Restaurant Group are executing on their mission to provide a retail location and incubator for all the creative makers here in our city.
Their stores, located at the Wharf DC, and Georgetown, are home to over a 100 MADE IN DC products including apothecary, apparel, art, furniture, jewelry, home decor and stationery. If you are looking for something unique to give that really represents your love for where you live, this is the place to shop at the Wharf DC.
As an artist myself, I tend to connect with cities and towns by how I feel about the local art and artists. Local exhibits and art will show the emotional side of a city and determine how I engage with that city. As a DC resident, Shop Made in DC’s mission is important to me and makes me appreciate the art and craft scene here in DC every day.
I sat down with Shop managers, Stephanie and Stephen to discuss Shop Made in DC’s Wharf location.
Stephanie filled me in on two of Shop’s makers who are from the local area.
BicycleTrash – Local artist, Topaz Terry, lives in SWDC and is the creator of BicycleTrash, 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.
Bailiwick Clothing Co – Created by the brother team, JC and Jeff Smith. JC lives in SWDC. Inspired by the pride and positive energy generated by the District of Columbia, they create clothing that reflects the nation’s capital. Their 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 nation’s capital.
Stephen says they search out local makers, rotate them as the seasons or trends change, and are always looking for more makers through any resource: Instagram, word of mouth, or someone stopping in with their product.
The insider tip is that these DC local artists and makers are offering classes at Shop Made in DC at least once a week. It’s a great way to learn something new, stretch the creative side of yourself, drink a little wine and relax with friends. You can find tickets for classes online at their website through Eventbrite. So you know I am going to grab a few of my friends and go!
Our city is known for its powerful people and being the home of our government. It hasn’t always been known as a place for up and coming artists, makers, or creatives, but that is changing. Shop Made in DC is helping to give these artists and craft makers much needed exposure and a broader opportunity to sell their products.
Find Shop Made in DC at the corner of District Square and Main Ave.
10 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Monday-Sunday 10 am – 8 pm