From LA to Chicago, New York to Miami, pop-ups–temporary shops or boutiques–are all the trend. A number of parents in the DMV have propelled into the pop-up scene with fun items from monogrammed bags to doughnuts. Check out these awesome parent-run pop-ups right here in the neighborhood.
Whyte House Monograms
Debbie Whyte, founder of Whyte House Monograms, started the company in 2004 when her husband gifted her a small monogramming machine. She’s been selling from her home and shows around the area but is now settled into a pop-up in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Montgomery County. Things have progressed rapidly in the monogramming world and WHM uses the latest technology in monogramming software and machinery. The business is a family affair, with daughter Morgan as business partner, son Roger as logo designer and social media guru and son, Ryan, providing encouragement and serving as occasional chauffer. Debbie serves on the Board of Children’s Hospital and the pop-up hosts a weekly charity event for various organizations throughout the area. Bonus: Debbie is a connoisseur at providing gift giving advice and provides customers with items at all price points.
Open: thru August 31
5471 Wisconsin Ave. (Chevy Chase, Md)
Matine provides handmade modern leather goods, designed by Carolyn Misterek. Misterek began exploring leather work while living in Minneapolis. In 2012, she designed her first handbag collection and in 2013 she and her family moved to D.C. where MATINE was born. Today, MATINE is a full-time design and production studio on Capitol Hill and this summer, they’re sporting a spiffy pop-up in lavish Tysons Galleria Mall on level one across from Starbucks. Matine products are simple, minimalistic and modern yet blemished and natural. All products are crafted by hand in the company’s Capitol Hill studio or manufactured in small batches in Portland, Or.
2001 International Dr. (McLean, Va)
After years of working closely with local Annapolis artists, Amy Fresty and Ellen Lunay launched their own curated line made by those artists they love so much. HERE crops up at a new pop-up every eight weeks, for just 10 days at a time, in and around Annapolis, always in a new location. Each pop-up features a different theme with rotating artists and merchandise. They sell apparel, jewelry, accessories, art, photography, gift items, home goods, furniture and more–all concentrating on local artists and designers. Amy, mom of three, is a Wisconsinite who moved to Baltimore in 1996 to pursue her love for fashion and photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Mom of two, Ellen, has a true passion for fashion. A graduate of UMD, College Park, with a degree in Fashion Merchandising, she worked in the industry both in New York & Los Angeles. Check out their website for the latest pop-up info!
In 2015, Brian and Pin Chanthapanya set out to bring their love of Malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) to the DMV. They ended up developing a recipe based off the Hawaiian style Malasada, creating sweet doughnuts filled with chantilly cremes, mainly used in pastries In European bakeries. The dough, glazes, and fillings were first developed in the couple’s garage and today they operate a family-friendly shop in Downtown Historic Leesburg. Parents to three kids, Brian works through the night with the yeast-raised dough which takes over 12 hours to make from scratch and Pin joins him around 6 a.m. Their jams are made of real fruits, whips made from premium heavy cream, and custards made from fresh eggs. They try to introduce new, unique flavors weekly. They sell their doughnuts until they’re sold out and have a pop-up at Union Market through mid-August.
1309 5th St., NE
My Big Finds
Jodi Rapaport’s My Big Finds, sells her collection of restored, reclaimed and recycled items at a pop-up in her Kentland’s neighborhood. The name, My Big Finds, comes from her children’s initials and represents the warm memories and stories from each piece’s past. Jodi worked in the brokerage industry for more than twenty years but left the corporate world to start this retail journey. The store features everything from vintage clothes to home goods and furniture. Jodi loves her new career and especially likes meeting and getting to interact with neighbors on a daily basis.
215 Market St., West (Gaithersburg, Md)
Are there any other family-friendly or parent-run pop-ups we should know about? Tell us in the comments section below.