A “Made In Baltimore” pop-up shop has returned for its sixth holiday season, but this year the store will be all virtual.
The online store is open now through Dec. 31, featuring hundreds of items such as clothing, cards and stationery, sweets and snacks, home goods, jewelry, accessories and other gifts. Shoppers can find the store on the Made in Baltimore website.
Made in Baltimore shifted the event to a virtual platform to offer a safe shopping experience during the coronavirus pandemic while still supporting small businesses, said Colin Tarbert, president and CEO of Baltimore Development Corp., which runs the program that showcases local makers and craft manufacturers.
“Continuing to encourage investment in Baltimore’s economy by growing the market for locally-made goods and supporting the people who make them is of crucial importance now more than ever,” Tarbert said.
Flying Cloud Fulfillment, a Hunt Valley-based fulfillment center that caters to small businesses, is donating shipping services.
The opportunity for small businesses to boost sales during the holiday season is even more crucial this year, “when so many small businesses have taken a huge hit from the shutdowns required to stop the pandemic,” said Andy Cook, Made In Baltimore’s program director. The event has become an annual fixture for thousands of Baltimoreans, he said
The store and other Made in Baltimore programs are supported by Baltimore City and grants from Goldseker Foundation, PNC Foundation, PNC Charitable Trusts, Abell Foundation, M&T Bank and Maryland State Arts Council.