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Crafts, Community, Coffee and Cocktails at Merry Pin

Find community over crafts and coffee at Merry Pin (7350 Georgia Ave NW). The new space, which opened on June 15, features a marketplace for shopping, workshop space for learning and crafting and a cafe for speciality drinks, cocktails and snacks.

Inspired by a dearth of community spaces and retail stores, co-owners Madeleine Odendahl, Michele Molotsky and Megan Flynn sought out to create a space for local hobby crafters to come together.

“If you were at just any given bar and pulled out your knitting, you might get a lot of really weird looks,” Flynn said. “We wanted to create a space where you could do that without the weird looks.”

Photo courtesy of Merry Pin.

The store features ample space for crafters to work on their projects alone or with friends. They also offer on-site rentals of larger equipment like cricut machines, sergers and sewing machines. In the future, they hope to expand these rental offerings to include a kiln, pottery wheel and more.

Classes, workshops and events offer unique educational and social experiences for crafters. Intro classes for beginners, specialized workshops for specific products and more advanced crafters, children’s and social events highlight the calendar. Classes and workshops are led by local makers and experts, and the schedule is updated constantly with new additions.

Photo courtesy of Merry Pin.

Their retail store carries a mix of high-end, affordable and consigned products for crafting. Inventory consists of mostly local products and is largely based on ideas from their suggestion box.

The local focus continues to the cafe which features local menu items like teas coffees from local roasters, empanadas from DC and Virginia based chefs and produce from local Maryland farms.

The owners say the community response has been “overwhelmingly positive” since their opening just three weeks ago. “We had done research before starting the business, so we knew in theory that the demand was there, but it’s another thing entirely to really see the response in person,” Flynn said.

Merry Pin is open Tuesday through Wednesday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit merrypindc.com to learn more.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com.

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