I love how big DC is. It seems I’ve gone exploring countless times and yet I’ve still left so many neighborhoods untouched. So many places I have never been. In an effort to discover someplace new I wandered into Brookland Saturday afternoon.
Just steps form the metro they have an Arts Walk filled with adorable boutiques, galleries and workshops. After a quick walk around, I firmly planted myself in Analog and peaked into every corner of the place, falling in love with the wanderlust-inspired collection of goodies.
Melissa owns and runs the store and most of the stationary is crafted by her. She makes everything from screen-printed vintage maps to handmade envelopes. And if it isn’t made by her she can tell you exactly which local made it. How cute are those glitter pills on the top shelf above? Perfect for adding a dose of sparkle to any craft without worrying over spilling the whole jar. They had to add a warning label not to eat them though, after one customer complained her poop wasn’t sparkly! Um…
In addition to all the stationary and handmade items, Melissa also sells a collection of vintage items she curates – old maps, a travel bar, vintage sweaters. My heart skipped a beat when I found a few New Orleans sketches and I obviously had to purchase one (can you spy an old-time Bourbon street in the photo above?).
My favorite items were the mystery packages (for $7 you can get a package of surprise stationary items) and the map pins made out of the scraps and margins cut off when Melissa makes map envelopes and screen prints. I bought a whole handful of them, all mapping places I’ve been – so fun!
The entire aesthetic of the place is perfect for anyone who loves travel, crafts or vintage pieces. If you visit, ask Melissa about the letter writing workshops she offers. You know I’m an advocate and lover of old-fashioned snail mail!