When Shop Made in D.C. opens Thursday, it will become a one-stop shop for food, jewelry, clothing and home goods that have been locally made.
Just how stringent is the curation? The store wanted to serve Supreme Core cider — which is temporarily being made in Maryland until it opens its Ivy City facility this fall — but decided to wait until production crosses into the District.
The combination cafe-boutique is a collaboration between Neighborhood Restaurant Group (the owners of Bluejacket, Birch and Barley, and the Partisan, among others) and Made in D.C., a government-sponsored program that supports local, independent makers. Led by Stacey Price, the organization helps people navigate the often overwhelming feat of starting, registering and growing a small business.
If you’re wondering whether there are enough locally made products to fill an entire store, you might be surprised to learn that there's a wait list of 250 producers hoping to grace the shelves. “It shows how the city’s creative class has grown over the last several years,” Price says.
The 24 D.C.-based brands include Off on a Tangent’s architecture-inspired jewelry, pop art posters from illustrator Anthony Dihle and T-shirts from Dionna Dorsey of District of Clothing. Price anticipates the merchandise will rotate every few months. “What we hope is [that] every time a customer comes in, there’s a discovery,” she says. “We want to introduce them to producers they have never heard of.”
Prepared food options will also rotate. The cafe will serve Small Planes Coffee — a roastery from the same team behind Peregrine Espresso — all day, and Bullfrog Bagels will be available from 7 to 9:30 a.m. The opening lunch and dinner menu will highlight Tibetan food from Dorjee Momo and Southwestern tacos from Tortilladora, and booze is overseen by Greg Engert, the beer director for Neighborhood Restaurant Group.
“People want experiences, and they want to support their community,” Price says.
1330 19th St. NW