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Biz Talk: Shop Made in Arlington for gifts close to home

This article was written by Susan Soroko, of Arlington Economic Development.

What better time to shop local? This season’s Arlington holiday pop-up markets will put shoppers in control of supply chain, delivery and all the unique factors needed for gift giving.

Handmade holiday gifts that are Made in Arlington range from boutique soaps and scrubs by All that Yazz that are free of palm oil to unforgettable chocolate and finely crafted furniture. Spread out over several weeks, the variety of makers and artisans will fill practically every gift need thanks to these new market partnerships.

Starting on December 4, the entire loop of The Crossing Clarendon will be a wonderland filled with Made in Arlington vendors alongside artisans from across the area. Kingsbury Chocolates has been a favorite of the Courthouse Plaza Made in Arlington pop-ups and will be there with an array of sweet treats. Ready to splurge on hand crafted furniture? You won’t want to miss custom woodworker Jeff Spugnardi.

November 30 kicked off another chance to get smart about shopping with six evening pop-ups at Arlington’s George Mason University Van Metre Hall. Check out more Arlington makers like Adriana Jaramillo from Trapillo Art. Her beautiful baskets and containers from recycled fabrics are first rate. Cooler weather is the perfect time to be kind to your skin. Who wouldn’t want organic skincare with a French accent from Elodie’s Naturals?

Capping off the season of pop-ups is the National Landing Business Improvement District (BID). Creative makers from all over the area will gather on Friday, December 17, 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, December 18, 12-5 p.m. Sponsored by JBG SMITH and the National Landing BID, this market is a curatorial partnership between DCBB Productions and Bun’d Up.

Vendor registration is now open (until filled).

Sneak peek: get a glimpse of fine craftsmanship from new Arlington maker Voyage Bag Works. Beautiful, ecofriendly, durable and designed for all of life’s journeys.

Feeling floral for the holidays? Let’s not forget custom arrangements from Arlington florists. Too fragile to withstand outdoor markets, but perfect for a scent of spectacular. Among them, Tiny Bloom Shop, HB Fiori, Prive Roses and  Company Flowers to name a few.

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Arlington and its neighbors have become more segregated in the last 10 years while fair housing legislation at the state level faces significant roadblocks. Arlington’s fair housing enforcement, education, and commitment to equity practices in housing policy and programs are beginning to show signs of improvement but much more needs to be done. 

Join the NAACP Arlington Branch, HOME of Virginia, and Equal Rights Center for the 2nd Annual Arlington Fair Housing Conference on April 15th to discuss the threats and opportunities to advancing fair housing policy across the state and within Arlington.

The half-day, in-person event will feature speakers from fair housing advocacy organizations and government agencies including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and focus on fair housing policy trends in Virginia and Arlington County. The conference aims to advance the understanding of issues and policies related to equity and affirmatively further fair housing among local officials, advocates, and members of the public.

2nd Annual Arlington Fair Housing Conference

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A lot has happened in the local market since the beginning of the pandemic. Sip on your drink of choice and learn from Northern Virginia, Arlington and Washingtonian Magazines top producing agents! We will discuss the latest market updates, the home buying process and rent vs. buy cost savings. Please RSVP by clicking here.

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Private School Fair

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WHS Spring Festival

Join us at the WHS Spring Festival on April 22, 2023, from 10am- 3pm at Wakefield High School(main parking lot). Come out to shop, play, and eat!

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