Shop Made in DC, “stocked exclusively with DC brands alongside a café serving a rotating roster of locally made fast-casual food, coffee, and beer on tap” opening in October

1333 19th St, NW entrance on New Hampshire Avenue Ave

From a press release:

“A new brick and mortar store, stocked exclusively with DC brands alongside a café serving a rotating roster of locally made fast-casual food, coffee, and beer on tap, will open in Golden Triangle, just south of Dupont Circle, this October. The store is a collaborative retail extension of the Made in DC program, and will create a unique space to shop, eat, and drink exclusively DC-made brands and products for the first time. Located at 1333 19th Street NW, the 2,500-square-foot storefront, aptly named Shop Made in DC, is made possible through a partnership with the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID), Boston Properties, People Make Place and Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG).

Shop Made in DC will feature a constantly rotating selection of independent DC-based brands, including the very best products from local artisans and producers, such as Mallory Shelter, Hollow Works Ceramics, Printed Wild and District of Clothing, to food producers such as Bullfrog Bagels, Prescription Chicken and Ice Cream Jubilee.

The retail space, curated by Stacey Price of People Make Place, creates a low-entry to marketplace for DC creatives to sell their goods and increase visibility of their brands while stimulating the local economy. NRG is managing all food and beverage curation for the in-store café, which provides a unique opportunity for young, entrepreneurial startups to showcase their concepts. The café will feature a monthly rotation of fast-casual food from DC brands, alongside a coffee program managed by DC-launched brand, Vigilante Coffee Company, which will showcase rotating producers, such as Junius Coffee and Lost Sock Coffee.

NRG’s Beer Director, Greg Engert, is curating the selection of draft beverages at the in-store café. He plans to showcase a rotating selection of draft beers from six local breweries as well as offer at least one wine from District Winery and possibly a Nitro coffee option as well. Engert intends to also make local cans and bottles available for purchase. In keeping with the store’s commitment to the District’s creative community, a soundtrack of DC bands and artists will play in-store, along with a small section selling vinyl records from DC artists.

“Shop Made in DC enhances our Made in DC program, providing DC makers with yet another avenue to expand their reach,” said DSLBD Interim Director Tene Dolphin. “We recognize the importance of supporting our creative economy. Small business are the cornerstone of our economic growth – when homegrown, independent businesses thrive, they generate tax revenue, hire residents and revitalize neighborhoods.”

“This new shop is an exciting addition for the Golden Triangle neighborhood and, thanks to the generous support of Boston Properties, it will be able to operate out of a phenomenal business location near Dupont Circle,” said Leona Agouridis, executive director of the Golden Triangle BID, which will administer and provide funding for the shop’s operation through a grant from DSLBD. “Shop Made in DC provides a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs to market their products and for residents to support our DC-based businesses.”

Shop Made in DC is a pilot for a retail arm of the official Made in DC program, which aims to support and promote businesses that design, make, produce and/or assemble products in the District. All companies represented in the store must be members of the DSLBD’s Made in DC Program, and all merchandise on display will be made inside the District with 51% of company ownership residing in the city.”

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