Brand Feature: Painted Palettes

AT STEADFAST SUPPLY, WE SEEK TO PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN CONNECTING YOU WITH THE CREATIVE MINDS BEHIND OUR BRANDS IN AN EFFORT TO SHARE THEIR INSPIRING STORIES AND TO HELP BUILD COMMUNITY AND FOSTER MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS. CONTINUE READING AS WE HIGHLIGHT ONE OF THE MANY AMAZING BRANDS THAT WE HOST WORSKHOPS WITH AT THE SHOP - GET INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES!

  Samantha Testa  is the owner of DC based watercolor and calligraphy business,  Painted Palettes . Samantha spends her time teaching hand lettering workshops,  providing gorgeous lettering for her clients' events, and painting commissioned watercolor illustrations. Formerly a first grade teacher, Samantha naturally gravitates towards making meaningful connections with her clients through her workshops and artwork. She enjoys making art accessible and helping people realize their own creativity! 

Samantha Testa is the owner of DC based watercolor and calligraphy business, Painted Palettes. Samantha spends her time teaching hand lettering workshops,  providing gorgeous lettering for her clients' events, and painting commissioned watercolor illustrations. Formerly a first grade teacher, Samantha naturally gravitates towards making meaningful connections with her clients through her workshops and artwork. She enjoys making art accessible and helping people realize their own creativity! 

 A passion for making beautiful things was ignited early on in her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Her grandfather was a phenomenal artist and he would paint with her when she was a child. She still has a set of his brushes that she uses from time to time. 

A passion for making beautiful things was ignited early on in her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Her grandfather was a phenomenal artist and he would paint with her when she was a child. She still has a set of his brushes that she uses from time to time. 

 Samantha loves and is inspired by the District of Columbia, puns, coffee, red wine, fresh flowers, and the "little things."

Samantha loves and is inspired by the District of Columbia, puns, coffee, red wine, fresh flowers, and the "little things."

Samantha regularly hosts hand lettering and watercoloring workshops at our shop. Sign up for one of her upcoming events here!

3 Simple Ways to Grow Your Business

Guest writer and business consultant Katie Wussow shares with us her uncomplicated strategies on how to grow your creative business.

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Business growth isn’t complicated. In fact, it is dead simple. (Not easy, but simple.) If you want to grow your business, you have to do one of the following three things. Every growth strategy in the world is a variation on one of these ideas.

Strategy 1: Get More Customers

I know what you’re thinking. “THANKS FOR THE TIP, KATIE. I’LL GET RIGHT ON THAT.” 

Before you hurl the expensive electronic device you are using to read this, let me say that I know you already know this one. There are a couple of reasons I am mentioning it anyway. First, sometimes we know that we need more customers, but we aren’t specific enough about how many more we need. Lack of specificity leads to lack of focus, and an unfocused business owner is often an ineffective one.

I want you to get specific, even formulaic about how many more customers you need to get to that next level of growth. For example, if you need to increase your monthly revenue by $5,000, and your customers spend $50 a month with you, then you need 100 more customers. If your customers spend $1,000 per month with you, then you need five. This kind of specificity will go a long way to inform the marketing tactics you need to use in order to acquire new customers.

The second reason for mentioning this completely obvious business growth strategy is this: some of you are stuck thinking that this is the ONLY option for growing your business. It’s not.

Strategy 2: Sell More Things to Your Existing Customers

After my freshman year of college I got a job as a waitress at Saltgrass Steakhouse in my hometown. I had to wear Wranglers and a bolo tie and serve an appetizer called Range Rattlers. It was just as humiliating as it sounds.

Humiliation aside, there were some valuable life lessons that I learned that summer, including the concept of up-selling. There’s no one more valuable to a restaurant manager than a waiter who can sell cocktails and chocolate cake at lunchtime on a Wednesday.

Up-selling exists in almost every industry, from the magazines at the grocery store checkout counter to the BOGO sales at the Gap. However, in my experience working with small business owners, this idea often overlooked as a viable growth strategy.

You have worked hard to get the customers that you have. They are already sitting at your table and listening to what you have to say. How can you create additional products or services that will help you maximize their lifetime value to your business?

Strategy 3: Raise Your Prices

We’ve gone from the obvious (getting more customers), to the neglected (up-selling your existing customers), and now to the most hated of them all. The last way you can grow your business is by raising your prices.

But Katie, what if I lose customers? Here’s the thing: you might. But, there are a few reasons it might be ok, and even healthy, for you to lose customers. First, the customers that were ideal for your business two years ago may not be ideal for your business today. Some healthy turnover may be necessary for you to keep moving forward. Second, if you raise prices by 10 percent and lose 10 percent of your customers, you still win. You earn the same amount of money (roughly speaking - stand down math nerds) but you do less work. Furthermore, every customer you add in the future will be worth more to you than the ones that you lost.

Raising prices can be awkward, especially if you are in a relationship-based business. Also, it may not be an option for you to raise prices outright if the market for your product or service is well-established. If this is the case for you, consider ways that you can raise prices in a more indirect, roundabout way. Some examples of raising your prices indirectly include:

  • Setting a contract or retainer minimum
  • Requiring longer or subscription-based commitments in order for customers to keep their current pricing

  • Streamlining your offerings to eliminate low price options

  • Developing a new pricing or payment structure, such as fixed-fee (instead of hourly) for service providers

What’s Next for Your Business?

Growing a business, when you are in the thick of it, can seem complicated and unclear. It probably won’t be easy, but it can be simple.

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About the Author

Katie Wussow is a consultant and coach who works with creative entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two daughters. She blogs about entrepreneurship at katiewussow.com/blog.

Store News: One-Year Anniversary Recap

Last Thursday, we hosted our first birthday party ever, and it was a blast!

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For an entire year, we've been able to spread our love for local brands and our creative community throughout all of DC. To celebrate this feat, we threw a party at our store at The Yards with everything we love: drinks, healthy eats, an in-house DJ, a photobooth, and, most importantly, the brands and customers who have supported us thus far. If you missed it, here are some captures from the celebration:

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Thank you to everyone who attended; we would not be where we are today without your support. But most importantly, thank you to our event partners who would not have made this possible if it weren't for their dedication to making this celebration the best it could be. 

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Thank you to HoneyFlower Foods for providing delicious and healthy bites throughout the night.

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Thank you to SNAPBASH for their exciting photobooth services. Click here to see all of their photos from the party.

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And finally, thank you to Franky J for soundtracking the night as our DJ.

Once again, thank you to all of our brands for their great success! We not only hope for more birthday celebrations, but we expect many more to come.

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WE'RE HIRING! JOIN OUR TEAM!

Steadfast Supply is a retail concept shop located at The Yards and soon-to-be Ballston Location, offering a unique shopping experience and curated events in Washington, DC. Steadfast Supply is built on the concept of connecting creative brands with people, promoting community and strengthening the local creative economy. We offer a curated selection of locally and nationally sourced goods.

We Are currently hiring for the following positions: sales lead & merchandiser receiver. IF INTERESTED IN APPLYING: KINDLY SEND YOUR RESUMES AND ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING 3 QUESTIONS TO INFO@STEADFASTSUPPLYDC.COM

  • What draws you to Steadfast Supply vs. any other retail?

  • Tell us about 3 of your personal values and why they’re important to you

  • If offered the position, when can you start and what days you are available to work?

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POSITION: SALES LEAD

POSITION SUMMARY: As a Sales Lead at Steadfast Supply, you are a part of a team. You are responsible for ensuring a positive shopping experience for our customers. You should have an awareness of trends, be able to respond professionally to our customer needs, and have a strong sense of our brand and initiative. Interested candidates should also have a positive attitude, the ability to juggle multiple tasks and think at a fast-pace, tons of energy, and have a “we” vs. “me” mentality. We’re a close knit team with a founder and creative director that operates with a very transparent management style, therefore, an entrepreneurial mindset with an interest in how businesses run will serve you well.

LOCATION: We are hiring for two locations: our flagship location at The Yards and at our Ballston Location (opening in September 2018).

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Is smart, confident, can make friends with anyone and is a "people person"

  • Uses initiative and has the ability to drive store sales.

  • Provides outstanding customer service skills.

  • Works independently, as well as a great team player.

  • Never satisfied with good enough

  • Can commit to at least 15 to 40 hours per week.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Maintains great visual standards by taking pride in how the store looks.

  • Assists Steadfast Supply’s marketing team with ongoing curated events.

  • Must be able to work weekends / or one weekend day with some special events.

  • Possesses ability to communicate with customers and brands by phone and face to face confidently.

  • Prolonged walking and standing.

WE ALSO OFFER THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS:

  • Weekly bonuses given out to our employees who achieves their daily sales goals.

  • Discounts at neighboring businesses.

  • Health Benefits for employees who qualify.

INTERESTED? APPLY WITH RESUME TO INFO@STEADFASTSUPPLYDC.COM AND ANSWER THESE 3 QUESTIONS:

  • What draws you to Steadfast Supply vs. any other retail?

  • Tell us about 3 of your personal values and why they’re important to you

  • If offered the position, when can you start and what days you are available to work?

 

POSITION: MERCHANDISER RECEIVER

POSITION SUMMARY: As a Merchandiser Receiver at Steadfast Supply, you are a part of a team, and will handle and processes stock our flagship shop at The Yards. Their primary duty is to maintain an efficient flow of merchandise, which involves documenting, storing, locating, pricing, and distributing stock within our store. Also responsible for providing excellent customer service by greeting customers and assisting customers in locating, selecting, demonstrating, and loading of merchandise. Interested candidates should also have a positive attitude, the ability to juggle multiple tasks and think at a fast-pace, tons of energy, and have a “we” vs. “me” mentality. We’re a close knit team with a founder and creative director that operates with a very transparent management style, therefore, an entrepreneurial mindset with an interest in how businesses run will serve you well.

LOCATION: We are hiring for one location: our flagship location at The Yards.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Physical ability to move large, bulky and/or heavy merchandise.

  • A minimum of 6 months experience in a retail environment performing inventory handling and stocking.

  • Ensures compliance to all Loss Prevention measures and company Policies & Procedures.

  • Processes shipments, RTV’s, discrepancies in an efficient, timely and accurate manner.

  • Receiving paperwork is processed in an accurate, organized, and timely manner.

  • Supervises movement of product from receiving area to stockroom.

  • Understands the procedures required for reporting to management low stock levels, inventory discrepancies and customer product requests as identified.

  • Is smart, confident, can make friends with anyone and is a "people person"

  • Uses initiative and has the ability to drive store sales.

  • Provides outstanding customer service skills.

  • Works independently, as well as a great team player.

  • Never satisfied with good enough

  • Can commit to at least 15 to 35 hours per week.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Maintains great visual standards by taking pride in how the store looks.

  • Available to work day/evening shifts, weekends, and holidays as needed.

  • Prolonged walking and standing.

  • Possesses ability to communicate with customers and brands by phone and face to face confidently.

WE ALSO OFFER THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS:

  • Discounts at neighboring businesses.

  • Health Benefits for employees who qualify.

INTERESTED? APPLY WITH RESUME  TO INFO@STEADFASTSUPPLYDC.COM AND ANSWER THESE 3 QUESTIONS:

  • What draws you to Steadfast Supply vs. any other retail?

  • Tell us about 3 of your personal values and why they’re important to you

  • If offered the position, when can you start and what days you are available to work?

Store News: Art For Art's Sakes :)

Have You Seen Our Art Wall Lately?

STEADFAST SUPPLY x LATELA - Up until Summer 2018.

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Voted best commercial gallery in DC, we recently partnered with LATELA to exhibit new original works of art and affordable prints from their collection.

LATELA's mission is to take a genuine approach to the traditional commercial art gallery model + nourish real community within a local art environment for the artists they source/commission and their clients. They understand that artwork promotes mood in the space in which it inhabits, therefore they not only are art curators but also energy cultivators.


Come by the shop & see Latela's newest works today!

Store News: We got a window face-lift!

Have you seen our new window banners yet?

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Conceptualized, designed, and produced by local designer, Milagros Arrisueno & photographed by the talented Luis Aragon our goal was to highlight six brands that we currently carry and support at our shop, who exemplifies the steadfast mentality.
 



 

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We couldn't be more happy with how they turned out, and thank our team - Handmade habitat, winthrop clothing co., kelly towles, funky & little, 8 myles, and sophie blake - for such a great collaboration!


Come by the shop & check them out!

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Store News: We're Opening Store No. 02 !!

In 2016, we began as a short term pop-up with a steadfast mission: to provide a supportive retail and creative space for small businesses, independent and emerging designers, and artists across the USA to showcase their work and sell their goods.

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After a lot of hard work from our amazing team members, the support of our brands and partners, and the love from all of you, we are proud to announce that we will be expanding to a second location!

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This September 2018, we will be opening our second location in Arlington, VA at Ballston Quarter - Located on the Metro four miles from Washington, DC - A dynamic urban destination for people who seek authentic, local, and fun experiences.

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Brand Feature: Handmade Habitat

At Steadfast Supply, we seek to play an active role in connecting you with the creative minds behind our brands in an effort to share their inspiring stories and to help build community and foster meaningful relationships. Continue reading as we highlight one of the many amazing brands that we carry at the shop - Get inspired by their stories!

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Heyy Steadfasters! I’m Amina Ahmad and I am the owner and maker of Handmade Habitat, an all natural soy candle and beauty goods company based here in DC. My hands have birthed every one of our products, and I’m so excited to share a little of my life with you today. Handmade Habitat was founded on the principle that slow living is better for the body, home, and environment. When we become more conscious and take an active hand in what we bring into our lives, we can make better decisions for ourselves, our homes, and our home planet.
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I’m a homebody by nature, and I’m most happy laying on the couch surrounded by pillows, books, and of course candles. My favorite candle to burn at home is definitely Lotus. It’s both floral and earthy, and makes me feel grounded but inspired at the same time. It helps me decompress after a long day, and usually accompanies some time playing with my watercolors. Our candles all made with soy wax, a clean burning, renewable, all natural, US-grown wax, and are only scented with phthalate-free all natural botanical fragrances and essential oils to keep your indoor air free of chemicals and toxins that can harm your health. We have learned that health, home, and environment are all inevitably linked, and we do our best to do right by all three.
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It took a long time to find the right space for my business to grow in, but all of our candles are hand poured and all of our beauty products are hand blended right here in the District of Columbia at Off the Beaten Track Warehouse (@offthebeatentrackartists). I’m usually in the studio 2-3 days a week, covered in wax, smelling like all the candles. It’s hard work being on your feet making things all day, but when those things are aromatherapy scented candles and beauty goods, it’s hard to get too stressed out.
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I love nature, and I love watching the seasons progress and change, especially the birth of spring after this past long winter. This season’s spring Garden line is inspired by the different stages of spring. We crafted three pure essential oil aromas to help you Sprout (ground down to find a base from which to grow), Grow (energize, find momentum and inspiration), and Bloom (let go of tension, anxiety and open the heart) this season. We are also happy to be able to give back to our community. A portion of sales from this collection are donated to the Washington Youth Garden (@washyouthgarden), a nonprofit organization at the National Arboretum, to help them continue their work of providing kids and families in Northeast DC + beyond a place to connect back to the earth through garden-based environmental and wellness education programs. As a person who grew up very embedded in nature, it saddens me to see how city living can disconnect us from nature. I love that there are green spaces + people in the city bringing it back to us.
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My soul is powered by flowers, and I love arranging them just for fun. Once your candle has burned out, our empty candle jars make perfect flower vessels! More often than not, you’ll find bouquets of farmer’s market flowers + wild flowering branches filling our own empty candle jars stashed around my apartment and studio.
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In DC, a city where things can feel very chaotic, I love knowing that we help bring a little peace and calm to people’s everyday lives. Scent is our most sensitive sense and very closely tied to our mood. The right scent can relax you, energize you, ground you, and even help release anxiety. Scent is empowering, and we love our little roll on perfumes in all our signature candle scents to help people carry the right energy with them throughout their day. Though every scent has someone who loves it, we tend to find everyone gravitates toward Soothe the Soul. It’s not too relaxing, not too energizing, but a standard for taking the edge off the everyday. I like to think it’s the scent of our city that’s always on the move, and always in need of a little soothing. Thanks Steadfast for having us for this IG takeover today! We have loved having our products in this space amongst so many of our maker friends that we’ve come up with over the years. Even though DC is thought to be a cut-throat political city, we’ve only known it’s love and support for it’s artist community. It’s been such a wild ride to watch the community grow + thrive over the years, and we’re just so grateful to be a part of it!

Brand Feature: The Detroit Card Co.

At Steadfast Supply, we seek to play an active role in connecting you with the creative minds behind our brands in an effort to share their inspiring stories and to help build community and foster meaningful relationships. Continue reading as we highlight one of the many amazing brands that we carry at the shop - Get inspired by their stories!

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Hello there! This is @gennacowsert of The Detroit Card Co. and I’m excited to be taking over Steadfast Supply’s Instagram today! The Detroit Card Co. is a one-woman paper goods company making colorful, modern items to brighten your day, including greeting cards, art prints, gift wrap and notebooks. I believe in living creatively, and I hope what makes me happy might make others happy too. Stay tuned for more posts throughout the day!
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As a little kid, I was crazy for making cards with my dot matrix printer, and my love for design has grown ever since. After getting a BFA in graphic design and working at a design studio for many years, in 2014 I decided to quit my day job and launch my own greeting card line and work as a freelance designer full time. Some cards are funny, some are sweet, but all of them share the colorful, minimalist style I’ve gravitated toward in all that I create for my #detroitcardco
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One of my more recently discovered interests is designing patterns. There is something so satisfying about seeing a repeat come together, and then seeing the pattern applied to things like wrapping paper and notebooks.
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I love yellow. If I could only design with one color, that would be it.
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Wrapping paper is one of my favorite things to create. The design process is especially fun, and I love seeing my final artwork translated from screen to 3-dimensional gift wrap.
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I saved the cutest post for last. This is what my desktop looks like a lot of the time. This is my sidekick, Milo, and his company is one of the many perks of working for myself in my own home. Thank you to Steadfast Supply for letting me take over their Instagram for the day!

Brand Feature: Mirasa

At Steadfast Supply, we seek to play an active role in connecting you with the creative minds behind our brands in an effort to share their inspiring stories and to help build community and foster meaningful relationships. Continue reading as we highlight one of the many amazing brands that we carry at the shop - Get inspired by their stories!

 

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Hello! My name is Aashumi. I am the designer and founder of @mirasa.design: a fairtrade kids brand specializing in organic cotton, gender neutral clothing & accessories. We’re a socially conscious brand that believes strongly in giving back. Mirasa contributes a portion of all profits to Girls’ Education in India through Room to Read. I am excited to give you a glimpse of the Mirasa journey and the hats I wear as a designer, small business owner and parent.
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mirasa embodies much of how I enjoy living my life; playful and intentional. My day starts with our four year old embarking on some mischief :) Once the boys leave for work and school I zone into the silence of my home studio. I like starting my work day with some form of mindfulness whether it’s creative meditation through (making art) colouring/sketching or inverting into a headstand for a two minute hold- yes, on a timer.
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My day to day schedule varies depending on whether I’m in a creative or administrative mood. Instead of a daily task list I create a weekly ‘to do’ list. This exercise of writing down in a notebook or on chalk board helps make the plan more tangible- especially when it’s time to cross out :) I also like flipping through my old books as a reminder of mirasa’s EIGHT year journey and always staying forward.
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Over the 8 years Mirasa has evolved from being mostly handmade & eco friendly toys to organic clothing. It was a shift that evolved naturally from customer feedback, cost of production and having my son Akira. As an entrepreneur, designer and parent I’ve learned to be an observer + listener + doer re-routing as necessary. I’m inspired by color and pattern and I enjoy the process of product development and experimentation in all forms of surface design.
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I absolutely LOVE meeting my customers in person. Mirasa engages in all three channels of sales; Online, wholesale and retail at our weekend Pop Up at The Flea Market at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill (@easternmarketdc). It’s here that mirasa realized expansion through conversations with customers + creative friends on a platform that encouraged entrepreneurial exploration. Come on over any weekend to say Hello!
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What do I love doing most? Going upside down, relaxing with a glass of Malbec and of course hanging out with my family. Shifting gears isn’t always seamless, but I’m living my dream. I’ve worked very hard and been incredibly lucky to have all the support to get this far. Thanks @steadfastsupplydc for this awesome opportunity. Thank you all for following me today and remember to keep looking forward. Oh, whoops forgot, I also teach yoga twice a week to an amazing group of seniors and beginners. So happy to meet you’ll :) Cheers, Aashumi

Brand Feature: Me & You

At Steadfast Supply, we seek to play an active role in connecting you with the creative minds behind our brands in an effort to share their inspiring stories and to help build community and foster meaningful relationships. Continue reading as we highlight one of the many amazing brands that we carry at the shop - Get inspired by their stories!

 

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Hi! We’re @lala_ivana and @kimchiha, Co-Founders of @meandyou.city, a startup 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in the DMV. Our story began three years ago on Valentine’s day, when neither of us had any plans. We figured, why not spend the day giving out care packages and a little bit of love to the homeless, people who actually needed it? Today, we work to make a difference in the lives of kids and families in need and those without a home on our streets, in our communities and around our city. We strive to make a direct impact on someone’s life, even if it’s only for a day. #meandyoudmv
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@meandyou.city partners with schools in the D.C. metro region to provide students with the necessary items for a well-rounded life. Most of the students come from low-income families, some are homeless and live in temporary housing. We work with teachers and administrative staff at the schools to determine need and provide support. We’ve provided school supplies, backpacks, clothes, school uniforms, and toiletries for their families to take home. #meandyoudmv
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One of @meandyou.city’s programs focuses on providing kids with greater access to experiences in the arts, sports, and other realms. For many of the families we help, taking their kids to these events are beyond their financial means or they simply don’t have the time. Last month, we took students from @jatrojans to a @washwizards game. Students got free t-shirts and were able to be on the floor to greet players as they came onto the court! It was a super exciting experience. #meandyoudmv #washwizards
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When @meandyou.city first started, we wanted to have a positive effect on someone else’s life even if it was only for one day. Maybe we can’t change their entire life or provide them with a home, but we hope that by going out onto the streets and providing care packages, a home-cooked meal, and some conversation - that will be something of worth. #meandyoudmv #homeless #dchomeless
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We LOVE our volunteers and seeing people wearing our apparel around this city. We currently have tees, tanks, hoodies, snapbacks and beanies for sale! All proceeds go toward @meandyou.city’s projects. You can find our apparel in a brick and mortar store @steadfastsupplydc or you can message us directly. We ship :) If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact us! We love meeting and having new people get involved.  #meandyoudmv #steadfastsupply
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THANK YOU for spending the day with @meandyou.city on our @steadfastsupplydc takeover. We hope you’ll FOLLOW US on our journey as we work to make a difference in the lives of kids and families in need, and those without a home in our city. To learn more about us, visit www.meandyou.city // Donate at give.classy.org/meandyouu . MUCH LOVE @kimchiha @lala_ivana. #meandyoudmv

Brand Feature: District of Clothing

At Steadfast Supply, we seek to play an active role in connecting you with the creative minds behind our brands in an effort to share their inspiring stories and to help build community and foster meaningful relationships. Continue reading as we highlight one of the many amazing brands that we carry at the shop - Get inspired by their stories!

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Hiii! I’m Dionna Dorsey, the Founder of and Creative Director for District of Clothing! I created DISTRICT in 2014 to build a community of empowerment. One that would triumphantly embrace the creative, entrepreneurial, and community dreamer and doer spirit blossoming throughout our city and our nation. I hope you’ll stay tuned and enjoy our time together today! I can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to… 
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Birthed from the same spirit of those who reject the sidelines, awake with a passion to move forward and are inspired to make their dreams reality, District of Clothing believes every great dream starts with a dreamer and continues through the community building and sharing of doers like you. We’re a community of folks who wake up every morning believing we can win. And when we have those sure-to-come rough days, we’re surrounded by others who believe in us, and in the beauty of our dreams.

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DISTRICT was happily inspired by the local dreamers, doers, changemakers and future history makers. My first way of giving back to our beloved city was through the LE DISTRICT design. LE DISTRICT is a homage to Pierre Charles L'Enfant's influence on the design and vision of our beautiful beloved city as well as the love and pride within. (Um, yes, I wholeheartedly believe the District is totally America's Paris! Don’t you?) -- Now, while District of Clothing got her launch here, I purposefully intend to help spread this message across as many ‘districts’ as possible.

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My favorite and first design, and quite frankly the lynchpin to DISTRICT’s success, is the DREAMER/DOER series. I was dealing with the typical highs and lows of entrepreneurship and felt I needed to create something positive and encouraging—something reflective of what was happening around me. As a creative entrepreneur I'm constantly working with people who dream, and then actually take the initiative to make their dreams happen. – I sketched the design on a napkin and months later District of Clothing officially launched in December 2014 at the Google Politico Tory Burch Foundation Women Rule Summit Marketplace.

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As a creative entrepreneur, most days consist of emails and meetings, business development, coffee, marketing, more coffee (ha!), and sometimes photoshoots. Would you believe we actually didn’t schedule a shoot at all during 2017? Complete fail!) Needless to say, that’s changing in 2018 and we cannot wait to partner up with some of our favorites and show you our vision for the 2018 collection.

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Well guys, that’s about it for today’s takeover! This was so much fun. Thanks for hanging with me. If there’s anything I hope to leave you with, it’s this: keep going. Keep trying, showing up and pushing through. It’s hard, but it’s worth it. Whatever your dream may be, choose to move forward and surround yourself with a team of folks who intend to stand up and fight for your dream, too. No matter what, just keep going. We need you. xoxo, Dionna

Brand Feature: AMAZI

At Steadfast Supply, we seek to play an active role in connecting you with the creative minds behind our brands in an effort to share their inspiring stories and to help build community and foster meaningful relationships. Continue reading as we highlight one of the many amazing brands that we carry at the shop - Get inspired by their stories!

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Hey, DC! My name is Renee, and I’m the founder of Amazi - @amazifoods. Amazi is a DC-based snack company, importing and selling delicious varieties of dried and roasted plantain chips from Uganda.
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All the way from Uganda? Yes! Why? We aim to go beyond ethically sourcing via Direct and Fair Trade - we want to promote industry development and job creation in Uganda. After time spent studying there, I was struck by huge issues of unemployment, food waste, and a lack of sustainable, local supply chains. Plus, I tasted the delicious plantains and craved them every time I returned to DC! The plantain cravings were real and my curiosity grew, so I returned to Uganda in April 2016 to scout and collaborate with farmers groups and organic fruit processing co-ops to make the Amazi magic happen!
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The result of this quest: Amazi plantain chips! Unlike any other chip you’ve tried before, Amazi are #driednotfried, with a hearty cracker-like crunch, free of grease and full of flavor. We do this to preserve the nutritious goodness of plantains - rich in potassium, Vitamins A and C, and resistant starch to promote healthy digestion. Subtly sweet, each of our four flavor varieties is made simply with organically grown plantains, either coconut oil or olive oil, and spices! That’s it. No gluten, no sugar, no preservatives - and vegan-friendly, too! The perfect snack to fuel you on your daily DC grind .
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What can you do with plantain chips? I’m so glad you asked! Our unique texture makes Amazi more versatile and durable than your typical chip. You can add them to any charcuterie platter, cheese & cracker spread, or sub out boring chips and dip. Try topping your morning yogurt with Cinnamon Spiced Amazi (or straight up eat them like cereal!!! SO good), throwing Salted Coconut Oil Amazi in your favorite trail mix, dipping Salted Olive Oil Amazi in hummus, or cooling down Chili Spiced Amazi on a salad with a summery tzatziki dressing.
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We can’t redefine the plantain chip eating experience on our own though… and luckily, we have a hand with that. In building a brand that values connecting people to source and story, I have had the privilege of connecting with so many amazing, creative food bloggers, recipe developers, and food photographers to bring delicious Amazi-based recipes to you. Head to our feed to find gorgeous (and healthy!) desserts, dinners, breakfast bowls, and more! If you’re reading this and want to collaborate, DM us! Always looking for opportunities to partner **heart emoji** #snackonpurpose
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After a full day of peddling plantain chips, we’re ready to wind down and cozy up with some of my favorite Netflix snacks… ;) I had so much fun sharing my story with you! Be sure to follow us @amazifoods on IG for more recipe creations, collaborations, and giveaways!