Made in Baltimore
Economic and community development bring Baltimore entrepreneurship front and center.
The Made in Baltimore pop up shop was created as an initiative of the Industrial Arts Collective to promote economic development, community development and entrepreneurship in Baltimore, a city that does not have in place a significant structural support system for design and manufacturing.
In addition to being a store, the project also acted as a showroom and programming space to introduce our 75 Baltimore design manufacturers to area architecture firms, interior design firms and institutional buyers to promote large scale local purchasing. Many vendors elected to volunteer shifts in the store or help assemble store displays, solidifying a sense of community and promoting collaborations. A Made in Baltimore logo was created for any Baltimore manufacturer’s use to help educate consumers about local manufacturing.
Over 21 days, the store netted $20,000 in vendor profits, 2,200 visitors, numerous contracted projects initiated by store visitors and approximately 110 supported jobs. Many more pop up stores, marketing events, and business development services have been created since this first showroom. Through the efforts of Andy Cook, the program continues it’s mission as a subsidiary of the Baltimore Office of Sustainability. (2015)