What happens when two crafty heavy-hitters combine their (admittedly adorable) business endeavors? In DC, the result is Analog, a delightful convergence of Beltway Vintage and Craftgasm.
For the past several years, Lisa Rowan of Beltway Vintage (formerly Quarter Life) has been sourcing and selling "everyday vintage" items – from clothing and shoes to home goods – while Melissa Esposito has hawked her reclaimed paper goods as Craftgasm. Their combined sense of retro aesthetics is solidly refined – Rowan loves fun, flirty styles and Esposito makes heavy use of maps and children's books.
Though this is the first brick-and-mortar shop for the duo, they've sold their wares at area flea markets and festivals for the past several years. Analog is one of 27 art and design businesses set up in the Arts Walk of Brookland's brand-new Monroe Street Market; the development was planned specifically to create space for artists and makers, which is largely scarce in DC. Both ladies still operate their Etsy shops, but are taking especial advantage of their 500-square-foot space. Monday through Wednesday, it's their studio, and Rowan has hosted a number of fashion-history events and vintage-themed socials while Esposito is planning letter-writing nights for those seeking to make their surface mail a little sweeter.
716 Monroe St. NE
Washington, DC 20017
Thursday-Friday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.