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March 14, 2021

DC Small Businesses – My Favorites


Supporting DC small businesses has always been important to me, but even more so since the pandemic commenced. Small businesses have been hit particularly hard since COVID, forcing many to close their doors. Putting money in the hands of people who live in our community is one of many reasons to help local businesses.

I have fallen in love with quite a few small businesses in the DC area due to not only their products, but their brand and message, as well. Below are 3 of my favorites:

Three Littles DC

Three Littles is a NE DC small business shop offering the most adorable items for little ones (and a few for parents, as well!). Elizabeth, the founder, says that “Three Littles was founded with the belief that nothing our kids play with should be made by a child somewhere else and that toys should stand the test of time and be something we look forward to passing down for generations to come instead of just another thing that ends up in a landfill.”

These words certainly resonate with me. Heirlooms and legacy are particularly meaningful to me and are an essential part of my business. Good quality toys that are safe, sustainable, and can be passed down – add a beautiful storefront and you’ve found the perfect spot to take your little one.

DC Small Businesses - Three Littles DC

The Breastfeeding Center

Although not technically a small business in DC, the Breastfeeding Center is not only a center with lactation consultants, but it’s also a hub of local mamas with support groups and a hip storefront.

I visited a lactation consultant at the Breastfeeding Center in Perry’s early months. The space is warm and inviting, and dare I say it – I felt cool being there. The postpartum time can knock us off our feet, so I was grateful to have a place that helped me feel comfortable.

You can shop for anything breastfeeding related, or even browse carriers or baby gifts. They offer so many classes and groups ranging from birth and baby prep to toddlerdom.

Mother breastfeeding in a field of flowers.

Vigilante Coffee

Of course, I had to include a coffee shop for all the parents out there! I am a snob when it comes to coffee, and Vigilante Coffee has never done me wrong. It’s located in Hyattsville (with a second location in College Park), an artsy DC suburb. Chris Vigilante, the founder, started his business from his basement in NE DC in 1994, eventually expanding to farmers’ markets, pop-up’s, and now two storefronts.

You will not regret having a cup from Vigilante. Bonus – they have superb acai bowls that I can’t help but order every time I drop in.

Even better – they typically have Santa come visit in December so you can bring your little ones and enjoy a warm roast. Truly an ingenious idea if you ask me.

DC Small Business - Vigilante Coffee

Salt & Sundry

Salt & Sundry is a Union Market boutique selling home goods from independent makers and designers. They always have a delectable candle or coffee table book that is irresistible. I stop in when I’m in the area, and the boutique exudes a welcoming vibe.

I hope you check out these local businesses and enjoy them as much as I do. Comment your experiences or other local favorites!

My Favorite DC Small Businesses – Marie Elizabeth Photography

DC Small Business - Marie Elizabeth Photography

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