When the intellectual property law firm Dunlap Codding decided to host a winter market at its Film Row headquarters, the idea was a simple one — invite local crafters to set up tables for free to sell their wares to the public.
The response from local crafters for the Friday night event has been overwhelming, said Julie Oseland, a litigation paralegal with Dunlap Codding, who also coordinates many of the community events the firm hosts.
More than 45 crafters and retailers selling everything from handcrafted candles to vintage jewelry have signed up since the firm announced the event earlier this week on its community blog.
“The number of vendors was a little bit of a surprise to us — it became this huge winter market overnight,” Oseland said.
The DC on Film Row Winter market, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dunlap Codding's headquarters at 609 W Sheridan, will feature wares including hand salves and lip balms made by GoodJuJu, paper and wood crafted goods by Kahoy Studios, perfumes by Pink Zebra and candy by WallyCado Caramels.
The winter market also will feature live music by the local rock band G3.
The food blog Foodie Robots and personal chef service Gold Plated will serve holiday candy and baked goods during the event. Drinks will be served by Prairie Wolf Spirits, Strong Tonic and Broadway Wine Merchants.
Dunlap Codding is hosting the event in conjunction with Premier on Film Row, a monthly Film Exchange District event that features live music, movie screenings, food and other events.
When Dunlap Codding decided to renovate a 1920s-era brick building in the up-and-coming Film Row neighborhood, it wanted to help make the area a more vibrant place, said Douglas Sorocco, director and shareholder of the firm.
The company's office building includes a community space and courtyard that plays host to events ranging from meals for the homeless to concerts and bridal showers. Every Wednesday at lunchtime, the firm invites food trucks to set up shop on its block — the firm gives the public a place to sit down and eat.
“We have a hard time getting people to understand that it's free — we wanted to make the space accessible to everyone,” Sorocco said.
If all goes well, Sorocco hopes to make the Winter Market an annual event, bringing a little bit of an old-fashioned winter carnival atmosphere to the Film Row neighborhood.
“It's amazing to me to see people coming out of the woodwork who are doing really cool, interesting stuff — we're providing the space for free for them to put up the tables,” Sorocco said. “Maybe next year we'll be able to close off the street and put up a circus tent.”
The number of vendors was a little bit of a surprise to us — it became this huge winter market overnight.”
A litigation paralegal with Dunlap Codding