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From the Mayor’s Office yesterday:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated the reopening of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and joined Events DC in announcing the addition of two locally-owned vendors inside the Convention Center, Ben’s Chili Bowl and Shop Made in DC.

“We have been inviting people to come back and experience DC, and it is always important to us that visitors are able to experience the real DC. It doesn’t get more DC than Ben’s Chili Bowl or a whole shop filled with items made by DC creatives,” said Mayor Bowser. “Spread the word: DC is open and so is our Convention Center.”

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center opens ahead of two major conventions, Otakon and Awesome Con. Read More

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From an email:

“The first concepts to open this Thursday will be Cameo, our coffee shop, and the Shop Made in DC storelet located next door.

Nazia Khan is NRG’s Director of Coffee, and the woman leading the charge along with Greg Engert, who serves as the company’s Beverage Director. Cameo has been designed to pay respect to the culturally rich and globally minded DC community; it will rotate through a lineup of direct-source coffee and tea from around the world, while prioritizing sustainable, eco-consciousness, and socially responsible choices – from the beverages served, to the compostable packaging and zero waste practices, to the makers with which we partner. Read More

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Ed. Note: Shop Made In DC just opened a Georgetown location over the weekend and they also have a location at the Wharf in SW Waterfront. They also run the DC History store in the Carnegie Library (colocated with the new Apple store.)

From Shop Made in DC:

“As you know, the lease for our beloved Dupont space is ending on August 31. We are sad to have to leave, but the building is under new ownership and will be in renovation mode for the next year. As much as we have loved our time we are also ready for new adventures.

Up until last week we thought we were moving North of Dupont Circle. On Friday morning, after 2 months of negotiations and planning (on the day we were set to sign) we lost the lease to our new Dupont location.

Our goal is still to relocated Dupont and we need your help. Our mission is built on the concept that we are stronger together so it seemed silly to hold this information and burden in confidence. We need your help.

We are seeking a new space to move our Dupont home. Read More

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1242 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“What: Shop Made in DC, the first brick and mortar store stocked exclusively with DC brands, will open a new location in the heart of Georgetown next month. Located at 1242 Wisconsin Ave., NW, the third Shop Made in DC will be exclusively retail-focused, featuring 100 makers, 26 of which are brand new Read More

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corner of Maine Avenue and 9th Street SW

From a press release:

Shop Made in DC, the first brick and mortar store stocked exclusively with DC brands, will open a second location at The Wharf in Southwest D.C. on February 12th. Located at the corner of Maine Avenue and 9th Street SW, the second Shop Made in DC will be exclusively retail-focused, [Ed. Note: no cafe]with established, independent DC-based brands such as Bailiwick and Cherry Blossom Creative along with newcomers like Annie Margot and Sharlaine Anapu Jewelry.

The 1,400 square-foot retail shop features an industrial aesthetic with a mural by local artist Meg Biram, along with a plant canopy installation by Jungle & Loom. Curated by Stacey Price of People Make Place, Shop Made in DC’s second location will continue its mission of low-entry to marketplace for DC creatives to sell their goods and increase visibility of their brands while stimulating the local economy. Read More

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From an email:

“Erik Bruner-Yang’s Paper Horse is popping up at Shop Made in DC from March 5-31. This is the first location outside of a Whole Foods Market for the brand, which will bring a menu of steamed bao buns, collaborative dumplings by Paper House x Peter Chang, along with Bruner-Yang’s Chinese Burgers, a take on a classic street food from the Shaanxi province of China (the bun is made from a yeasted wheat flour dough). I’ve pasted the full menus for you below, and attached photos as well – menus are available from 11am to 8pm Monday-Friday and 11am to 3pm on the weekends.

Also, Dolcezza is going to take over the cafe space in April with its new “Mom + Pop” coffee shop and eatery concept.”

Check out the Paper Horse pop up menu after the jump. Read More

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From an email:

Laoban Dumplings will take over the cafe space at Shop Made in DC with new lunch and dinner menus, beginning February 2nd.


Courtesy Laoban Dumplings

Together, Shop Made in DC and Laoban will also launch new event programming for February: a Chinese New Year’s Party on Friday, 2/16 at 8pm; Dim Sum brunch on Saturdays & Sundays beginning Feb. 10; and a weekday dumpling/beer happy hour.

Check out the launch menu after the jump. Read More

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Shop Made In DC, a new brick and mortar store and café stocked exclusively with DC brands and concepts, opens today at 1330 19th Street NW in the Golden Triangle neighborhood of Washington, DC. The unique 2,500 SF store features a rotating selection of products designed, crafted, built and made in DC, including jewelry, clothing, paper goods, accessories, furniture and food products. Starting today, customers can shop DC-made items from brands like DISTRICT of CLOTHING, Hollow Work Ceramics, Milks Letterpress and Mallory Shelter Jewelry; view the Makers List for the complete list of 24 participating brands.

The in-store cafe opens today with a menu of bagels, bialys, and breakfast sandwiches from Bullfrog Bagels, alongside a coffee program by Small Planes Coffee. Shop Made in DC is the first location for the local coffee roaster, which will offer a full menu of espresso beverages and cold brew. New concepts Dorjee Momo – nomadic Tibetan cuisine from Chef Dorjee Tsering – and Tortilladora – southwestern tacos and sides by Chef Ed McIntosh – will share the Shop Made in DC café, with their own menus available for lunch and dinner daily. Thunder Beast craft root beer and Craft Kombucha are on draft at the café, in addition to a selection of RunningByrd Tea and Misfit cold-pressed juices.

Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Beer Director, Greg Engert, has curated a selection of drafts at the in-store café, including ANXO Cider and a cocktail from One Eight Distilling, made with Rock Creek Bourbon, lime juice and allspice soda. Engert plans to rotate in a selection of beers from each DC brewery; the following menu is available beginning today: Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, as part of #ObviouslyDC Week, Mayor Bowser celebrated Shop Made In DC, a new brick and mortar store and café stocked exclusively with DC brands and concepts. The new storefront operation is a collaborative retail extension of the Made in DC program and 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). Just a few days away from Shop Made in DC’s grand opening, the Mayor made the first purchase in the store.

“Those of us who live and work in DC already know that Washingtonians make tremendous products. Now, Shop Made in DC is giving more DC entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell and promote their brands while growing their customer base,” said Mayor Bowser. “When Washingtonians share their talents and creativity with our city, we want to make sure we are doing all we can to support them. Shop Made in DC just made that a little bit easier to do.”

 The unique store features a rotating selection of products designed, crafted, built and made in DC, including jewelry, clothing, paper goods, accessories, furniture, and food products. Starting Thursday, customers can shop DC-made items from brands like DISTRICT of CLOTHING, Hollow Work Ceramics, Milks Letterpress, and Mallory Shelter Jewelry. View the Makers List for the complete list of 24 participating brands.

The in-store cafe features a menu of bagels, bialys, and breakfast sandwiches from Bullfrog Bagels, alongside a coffee program by Small Planes Coffee. Shop Made in DC is the first location for the local coffee roaster and the café will offer a full menu of espresso beverages and cold brew. New concepts Dorjee Momo, nomadic Tibetan cuisine from Chef Dorjee Tsering, and Tortilladora, southwestern tacos and sides by Chef Ed McIntosh, will also share space in the Shop Made in DC café, with their own menus available for lunch and dinner. In addition, a selection of RunningByrd Tea, Misfit cold-pressed juices, Thunder Beast craft root beer, and craft kombucha will be available. Read More

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