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Meet the Makers: Local Artisans Featured in Spring Pop-Up Market

ISO Candles owner Erin McCarty at a Del Ray Pop-Up Market. (Courtesy photo.)

Alexandria, VA – Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift at a spring pop-up retail market featuring local artisans and home-based businesses on May 7 from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at Oxford & Mount Vernon Avenues. Zebra has a preview of some of the women-owned businesses that will be featured at the pop-up: Gothee (

Start mom’s day off with “Dark Bean Magic” from Gothee, a gourmet, small-batch coffee roaster based in Alexandria. “The coffee is beautiful inside and out,” said Gothee owner Danielle Deemer.” We lovingly package each giftable bag with unique and beautiful elements.” ISO Candles (

ISO Candles offers hand-poured scented soy wax candles made in the heart of Del Ray. “We believe quality candles can have a transformative power: turning a house into a home, a chair in a corner into a nook, and a bathroom into a spa,” said ISO Candles owner Erin McCarty. “Each ISO candle is created with care and special attention, from selecting the wick and the jars to incorporating scented oil and hand-packaging.” Passionately Pets (

Don’t forget the dog moms this Mother’s Day – find fun and quirky supplies, apparel & gifts for pets and their people at Passionately Pets. And make mom proud while you shop: $1 from every item purchased from the Passionately Pets shop goes directly to help local animals in need. PawsGo (

PawsGo features a full line of fun apparel and accessories for pet lovers, focusing on community. All products are locally produced, designed in Del Ray by local artists and neighbors, with proceeds benefiting a wide variety of local rescue organizations. Tulusa (

The Tulusa studio is located in the heart of Del Ray, producing gorgeous block-printed housewares, apparel, and accessories printed with hand-carved blocks and colorfast, non-toxic inks that are mixed in-house. “Our handmade, block-printed housewares bring joy to treasured spaces and help make homes an inspiring place to be,” said artist Sue Henry. Yellow Dot Shop (

Show off your hometown pride with framed art, greeting cards, scarves, t-shirts, books, and jewelry designed and produced by Ellen Hamilton. Many of her most popular pieces are inspired by the City of Alexandria. Hamilton sums up the offerings in her shop: “Artistic expression, playful greetings, good books – these are things that make life fun!”

Del Ray’s Spring Pop-Up Market takes place on Saturday, May 7, from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at Oxford & Mount Vernon Avenues. For more information, visit

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