November 10, 2020

Two-Week Virtual Market To Feature Hundreds of Products Made in the DMV Starting on Black Friday

Washington, DC — Like much of 2020, the holidays will be a little different this year. The Heurich House Museum and DC Brau Brewing are teaming up to present a virtual Hoptimist Holiday Market in lieu of hosting their respective long-running, in-person holiday markets, Christkindlmarkt and DC Brau Holiday Market. The Hoptimist Holiday Market website goes live at noon on Black Friday for the general shopping public. 

“This year has been hard on all of us, and especially on small, creative businesses like those you would normally find at our Christkindlmarkt or at DC Brau’s market on Small Business Saturday, but we’re hoptimistic,” says Heurich House Museum Executive Director Kimberly Bender. “With COVID restrictions and a lot of other unknowns going into the holiday season, we decided to create a fun way for people to still buy unique gifts for everyone on your list while supporting local small businesses we all know and love. Plus, now you can do it all from the warmth and comfort of your own home!”

The festive, two-week online experience will feature curated creations from some of the National Capital Region’s best artists and artisans, including: 

  • All Very Goods
  • Bicycle Trash
  • Big Bad Woof
  • The Card Bureau
  • Cherry Blossom Creative
  • Chouquette Chocolates
  • Cindy Liebel Jewelry
  • DC Brau
  • DC is My City
  • Female Power Project
  • Fresh Pear
  • Godet Woodworking
  • Great Hill Studios
  • Handmade Habitat
  • Heurich House Museum
  • Hooked & Loopy
  • Is a Candle
  • Jerkface Jerky
  • JSquared Candle Co. 
  • Kicheko Goods
  • Kuzeh Pottery
  • Lucy Grymes Designs
  • Marcella Kriebel Illustration & Art
  • Marni Manning
  • Mirasa Design
  • Moonlight Bindery
  • Morris & Norris
  • The Neighborgoods
  • Old Town Suds
  • Oh Bessie!
  • Pratt Standard
  • Pure Palette
  • Sarah Cecelia Jewelry + Metal Goods
  • Second Story Cards
  • Seyyah
  • Shafa Blends
  • Sophiola
  • Sweet Crimes
  • Typecase Industries
  • 734 Coffee

“At the core of every Holiday Market we’ve hosted at DC Brau over the past eight years is the desire to support our friends in the local creative community during the holidays,” says Mari Rodela, Chief Community and Culture Officer at DC Brau. “We share this mission with our friends at the Heurich House Museum, and are thrilled to be the presenting partner and to continue the tradition for this year’s Hoptimist Holiday Market.” 

The Hoptimist Holiday Market runs from noon on Friday, November 27th through Friday, December 11th at

A limited number of Early Bird virtual passes are now on sale for $15, which provides password-protected access to the website beginning on Wednesday, November 25th for two extra days of shopping, as well as a special gift from Heurich House Museum and DC Brau as a token of appreciation for supporting the market this year. Early Bird passes can be purchased online through Tuesday, November 24th.  

The organizers wish to thank Bladensburg Road Main Street, SB Works, and Gold Standard PR for sponsoring this year’s Hoptimist Holiday Market. 

Additional information about Hoptimist Holiday Market, including vendor spotlights, announcements, and more will be available on Instagram (@HoptimistMkt) and the market’s  Facebook event page in the coming weeks. 

About Heurich House Museum

Since 2011, when new leadership took control of the Heurich House Museum, the organization has been transformed into a modern and sustainable museum whose mission celebrates local DC history and creative economy in one of the city’s most important architectural landmarks. The mansion, located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW in Dupont Circle, was built in the 1890’s by German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich. Recognized as Washington, DC’s most successful brewer, he ran the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co., the city’s longest-operating brewery, until his death at 102. 

The individual programs the Heurich House Museum has established not only sustain the organization and support its mission, but also help uplift other DC communities. The Museum operates an arts and humanities incubator, Brewmaster Studios, which provides low cost or space-for-trade to local makers, entrepreneurs, and scholars, and has formed deep relationships with the local craft beer community that provides tremendous support through partnership programs. For more information about the Heurich House Museum, visit and follow on social media @HeurichHouse.