Brands become household names for their quality, affordability or other reasons. Whether it’s a upscale clothing brand or a readily available grocery item, brands are a part of your everyday life. Washington, D.C. is home to many enterprising people who have created their own brands. These are the best up-and-coming local brands in Washington, D.C.

Mosaic Mei

Washington, D.C. natives tend to be multifaceted, ambitious people. When you combine the “millennial” aspect, you have a force to be reckoned with. Brittany Carroll is that force. The local entrepreneur is a Pickering Fellow focusing on international affairs, and a jewelry designer. She has traveled around the world, and used her experiences as the inspiration for her pieces. Her handmade cover button pieces — necklaces, bracelets and earrings — add flare and culture to any outfit.

Wunder Around

Handmade is not better just because of the quality, but because of the care that you know the creator put into it. Beth Hess puts care into every piece she makes, big or small. Her collections of glass blown items are made to bring wonder into your day, hence Wunder Around. From glass vases and bowls to paperweights and miniature birds, Hess’s colorful pieces will brighten up the area wherever you put it. If you don’t have the time to explore the wonders around you, add a bit of Wunder to your home or office.

Langdon Wood

Pancakes, waffles and biscuits…what would they be without some warm maple syrup? Named after Langdon Park where owner Art Drauglis lives, Langdon Wood maple syrup is not your average grocery store maple syrup. Aged in previously used brandy and whiskey barrels, the grade “A” medium syrup has a unique and distinct flavor. And now that they have a spot at Union Kitchen, it is even more local. “It won’t change your life, but it will change your pancakes.”

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Wax Candle Co.

Sometimes combining two different things can make for a wonderful new product. Howard University graduate Jennifer Bryant had the brilliant idea to combine candles with mixtapes. Wax Candle Co. offers all-natural soy candles of varying scents that are paired with curated mixtapes. And some of the mixtapes were created by local DJs. You can purchase tea lights, 6 oz. or 10 oz. candles. Relax with a scented or unscented candle and a special playlist made just for it. All you have to do is light the candle and push play.

Palo Barracho
(202) 480-9110

There may be taxation without representation, but Washington, D.C. natives and residents still know how to represent. Palo Barrocho is a family business that offers unique handcrafted Washington, D.C. themed gifts. You can find their original designs on everything from baby bibs to wine markers. Finding a gift for someone who wants to show off their D.C. pride won’t be hard to do. Check out their reasonably priced greeting cards, beer mugs, tote bags, scarves and more.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on