Shop Local, Shop DC

Community is important. I love the holidays because it gives me so much opportunity to celebrate what I love about my community. I love giving gifts handmade by the makers I love so much, and I love supporting the small businesses in my community that give our neighborhoods such vibrancy. Earlier this week we shared some of our go-to local holiday gifts. Today, we're highlighting some of our favorite stockists that bleed community + creativity.

The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market

The Arts Walk is home to 27 artist studios, and even more artists and makers. It's one of my favorite little spots in the city because it's so easy to find something cool, unique and reasonably priced. Find vintage ephemera at Analog, a vintage and handmade shop on the Walk; illustrated food prints by our friend Marcella Kriebel in her studio; and leather (and vegan options!) wallets, bags and accessories by our pals at Stitch and Rivet. You can also find beautiful, statement ceramics by Kuzeh Pottery and jewelry by Rachel Pfeffer along the Walk.

716 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC

Steadfast Supply

A new concept shop at The Yards, Steadfast Supply is open through the end of December featuring a rotating assortment of DC's best homegrown brands. Shop jewelry, home goods, wearables, chocolate, art and more. They also host events, tiny concerts and even boast a co-working space, for your chill Friday pretend-to-be-working vibes.

1331 4th St SE, Washington, DC

The Lemon Bowl

Right on Georgia Avenue in the Park View neighborhood, The Lemon Bowl has been home to three of DC's hippest artists, and hosted dozens of workshops led by DC area creatives for the past year. This holiday season, they're opening their doors on a more regular basis for retail, featuring the work of about a dozen DC artists and makers. Think COLOR & PATTERN. Check out their Lemon+Aid initiative to support different organizations across the city. December's org of choice is Thrive DC, and they're accepting donations of knitting materials for DC's homeless community through the end of the month.

3015 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC

Summit to Soul

Summit to Soul is a fresh take on an athleisure boutique newly opened on Capitol Hill. In addition to cute sporty wear, they also host community runs, yoga classes, book clubs and more.

727 8th St SE, Washington, DC

Odd Provisions

Opening this week, this new neighborhood corner store will have easy gifts, cheese plates, lunch options and is sure to be a neighborhood favorite. Odd Provisions a-plenty.

3301 11th St NW, Washington, DC

In need of more local holiday inspiration? The Washington City Paper has a round-up of 56 gifts to buy in DC, including our Candle Subscription! And that list comes along with a great many reasons you should invest in buying local this holiday season.