Del Ray Spring Pop-Up Market

  • May 06, 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Pat Miller Neighborhood Square

The Del Ray Business Association will host a spring pop-up retail market featuring local artisans and home-based businesses on Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenue.  Shop local and find the perfect gift at these participating vendors (and more!):

The Board Bus 
The Board Bus is a walk-in, solar-powered, mobile skate shop -- "the only walk-in mobile skate shop in existence," touts Jeremy Brandt-Vorel.   The Board Bus carries skateboards, clothing, accessories, featuring local and name brand items.  "I want to change the stigma of skateboarding being for troublemakers and pot heads," said Brandt-Vorel. "We curate our goods based on quality and design aesthetic. I started skating at a young age and it was a great healthy outlet to help me get through a tough childhood. My experience has inspired me to share the benefits of skateboarding to my community."

Del Ray Psych & Wellness
Dr. Lauren Fisher, who describes herself as "a psychologist and multi-passionate entrepreneur," will feature thoughtfully-curated wellness items at the spring pop-up, including stress kits, journals, and positive psychology tools.  "I love helping people become their best selves to learn how live with more ease and joy," said Fisher. "I find inspiration from the stories of everyone around me who help to make this world a better place."

Indigo Lion Global Handmade
Indigo Lion is the fusion of Mary Louise Marino's background as an artist, traveler, and expatriate. "At every step on my journey, I've found a deepening passion for art, curiosity for global cultures, and dedication to women’s empowerment," said Marino. "They come together here in my social enterprise." At the spring pop-up, look for Indigo Lion's new collection of distinctive, ethically-sourced textile accessories and home accents from their recent trip to Laos, plus favorites from their Cambodia and Myanmar collections.

Made In Del Ray
Making its debut at the pop-up market will be Made in Del Ray, a line of t-shirts, tote bags, and accessories for the whole family to show off community pride. "We live in such a vibrant neighborhood," said Serdar Basegmez, who plans to offer the products both online and at his shop, Greener Cleaner of Del Ray.

For a unique gift, check out OwlrDesigns for glassware, jewelry dishes, coasters, and small wall decor "with an offbeat and geeky humor."  Diana Troche donates a portion of her sales back to the community; through May, half of all proceeds will go to Del Ray United Methodist Church's Change for Change program; over the holidays, all proceeds from sales helped send needed supplies to Hurricane Maria survivors in Puerto Rico.

PawsGo is your local go-to for gorgeous dog beds, dog toys, and fun apparel and accessories for dog lovers.   "Dogs enrich our lives in so many ways. They keep us happy, healthy and engaged," said Karen Johnson.  "PawsGo reflects the active lifestyle that dogs encourage us to lead!"  Johnson collaborates with local artists to bring her designs to life, producing items locally when possible. PawsGo partners with Threads by Nomad, which employs former refugees as tailors and seamstresses to create beautiful and unique dog beds and dog toys; PawsGo also supports many local independent rescues and animal welfare organizations.  "I am proud that PawsGo merchandise not only looks good, but does good," said Johnson.

In her backyard garden in Del Ray, Mellenie Runion grows the loofahs, herbs, and flowers used in her eco-friendly skin care products.  Runion started out making soap for herself out of all-natural ingredients as a way to “stay green”; 10 years later, her line of skin care products is featured in many local retailers and in Alexandria hotels, and is an Old Town Farmers' Market favorite. "The goal is to leave the smallest footprint possible," said Runion. "We are inspired to make a difference because the ocean is filling with plastic and our air is polluted. If we aren't part of the solution, we don't want to stay in business."

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