Femme Fatale DC
Since 2016, Femme Fatale DC has cultivated a neighborhood of ladies and nonbinary distributors from across the space, promoting an array of products, together with garments, skincare and stickers. The pop-up store, identified for its eclectic, inclusive occasions, presently resides on Massachusetts Avenue and permits for under 20 % capability per D.C. pointers. “Femme Fatale is more than just retail. It’s a community space,” says chief government Cee Smith. “But [during the pandemic], we’ve lost that aspect.” Since June, Femme Fatale has been holding out of doors markets each Saturday, permitting clients and distributors to soundly work together with each other. The vacation season can also be the busiest time for Femme Fatale. With enhancements made to their on-line retailer and weekly Saturday markets till mid-December, they’re decided to maintain the shop lively with handcrafted gadgets akin to the Comptoir’s DIY embroidery package ($25) and Cadence Candles ($40), which include a QR code to a playlist you’ll be able to take heed to whereas burning your candle. 401 Massachusetts Ave. NW. femmefataledc.com.
Byrdland Information, Songbyrd Music Home’s latest venture, has made in-store security a precedence since opening close to Union Market in October. Proprietor Joe Lapan says Byrdland is regularly managing the variety of folks allowed in-store, stocking up readily available sanitizer and permitting clients to make appointments beforehand, with extra appointment-based purchasing on busier days. Lapan says they’ve stepped up their e-commerce by constructing out their very own in-store on-line stock, and have partnered with the distillery Cotton & Reed for a vacation bundle ($65). Along with their well-liked choice of vacation vinyl, Lapan says their in-store 1947 Voice-O-Graph machine, which permits clients to report as much as three minutes on a 45-inch vinyl report, has turn into a preferred present. Report your self singing for family or ship a candy message for $15 for one-sided or $20 for a two-sided recording. 1264 Fifth St. NE. byrdlandrecords.com.
Fia’s Fabulous Finds
Fia Thomas, proprietor of the consignment store Fia’s Fabulous Finds in Petworth, discovered that retail companies, together with her personal, had been already on shaky floor earlier than covid-19. Realizing she didn’t have a powerful on-line presence, she determined to shut her store early on within the pandemic. Then, a couple of fellow retailer house owners inspired Thomas to arrange a couple of Fb Dwell gross sales, the place she might showcase gadgets from her retailer and let viewers purchase gadgets by way of the feedback part. After a profitable first sale, she dove in headfirst. Since March, Thomas has been holding a median of two Fb Dwell gross sales per week, a plus-size one on Thursdays and small-medium-large on Sundays. (She’s discovered her Kate Spade gross sales have accomplished very well.) However for purchasers who nonetheless need that in-person thrifting expertise, Thomas affords appointments in retailer. 806 Upshur St. NW. fb.com/Fiasfabfinds.
Pyramid Atlantic Artwork Heart
Pyramid Atlantic Artwork Heart, the Hyattsville artwork hub, is maybe finest identified for its annual 10×10 Invitational, the place clients huddle collectively to drink, be merry and immediately purchase distinctive, prepared to hold artwork (in 10×10-inch kind) from native artists. This yr was no completely different, says government director Kate Taylor Davis, besides the in-person adrenaline rush was restricted. (Davis misses watching folks struggle over an artwork work.) The artwork heart, its present store and gallery reopened in July, a aid for artists needing to make use of Pyramid’s tools and clients desirous to browse in individual. This yr, the middle’s present store (on-line and in-store) might be promoting its annual letterpress calendar for $36 (gross sales have already outpaced final yr’s) and numerous items from native artists, such artist Jane Lueders’s pro-mask-wearing squirrel tea towel ($25). 4318 Gallatin St., Hyattsville. pyramidatlanticartcenter.org.