Inaugural ‘Shop Made in Maryland’ Part of Greater College Park Initiative
Photo by Mady Sieracki courtesy of Shop Made
A store dedicated to the sale of goods produced by Maryland artisans, makers and designers will open this summer on the ground floor of the College Park City Hall.
The new “Shop Made in Maryland” is a partnership between Shop Made in DC, the University of Maryland, the city of College Park, and the Terrapin Development Company, a real estate and economic development entity created by the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland College Park Foundation.
Stacey Price of People Make Place and Michael Babin of Neighborhood Restaurant Group launched the first Shop Made store in 2017 in the District of Columbia; it has since expanded to six retail storefronts along with an ecommerce store. In addition to retail sales, Shop Made in DC also offers classes and workshops, along with corporate gifts. The brand expanded to Virginia in 2021, with its first store located in Alexandria.
The College Park store will be the flagship location in Maryland. In addition to the retail sale of Maryland-made goods, Shop Made in Maryland will include a small cafe run by Cameo Coffee and space to host classes. Shop Made In Maryland also intends to pursue a license for the sale and consumption of locally made beer and wine on the premises.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Shop Made In team to provide a space to highlight locally made products. As a college town, College Park is bustling with new ideas and ventures, and Stacey Price’s team has a demonstrated history of making meaningful impact to local makers through the inclusion of goods in the Shop Made In stores,” said Ken Ulman, president of Terrapin Development Company. “We hope College Park is the first of many Shop Made in Maryland storefronts throughout the state.”
Shop Made in Maryland will be the anchor retail tenant in the new College Park City Hall development, part of the $2 billion public-private Greater College Park initiative aiming to make it one of the best college towns in the country.
Opened last December, the 95,000-square-foot building is home to the city’s municipal offices and council chambers, the university’s Facilities Management office and 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail owned and controlled by Terrapin Development Company. Shop Made in Maryland will occupy a modern, 2,100-square-foot suite fronting the project’s large public plaza. The city of College Park contributed a $75,000 grant to build out the space in order to secure its location in the project.
The Shop Made in Maryland team is accepting applications from Maryland-based makers who wish to sell their goods with the company and working with the University of Maryland on a program to feature student makers in the store.
“Over the last five years, there have been so many talented makers from Maryland that have applied to the program. We are excited to finally be able to offer them shelf space and create impact in this community,” said Price. “We are looking forward to putting a Maryland spin on a concept that has already had such an impact in D.C. and Virginia.”
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