Sweet Root Village are the pop-up markets that ran in September and October. Creative, friendly young people, beautiful flowers, and a philosophy that was so unlike what the country was living through made the pop-up magical. As an added bonus, shopping was helping others: Sweet Root Village donated food and money to Fairfax-based “Food for Others,” to help people who had lost jobs and savings during the pandemic.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “They raised 483 pounds of canned goods which was donated along with over $800 cash which, Village co-founder Rachel Bridgwood said, “provides a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs to 320 families, or weekend food packs to 200 children.” The Village hosted local flower farm Grateful Gardeners, stationery and illustration artist Emily Baird, ceramicist Tried and Truhn, Photographer and Stylist The Pen and Piper, Calligrapher and Educator Laura Hooper Calligraphy, and D.C. fair-trade coffee shop La Coop Coffee. A portion of all sales from each vendor went to support Food For Others, a local food bank.”
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, “The pop up was successful enough to do again. In October, sales benefitted Safe Shores, a child advocacy group in Washington, D.C. The upcoming pop up on Dec. 6 at 4570 Eisenhower Ave. in Alexandria will benefit Bethany House and Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. The pop-up will be open from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, see: http://sweetrootvillage.com/”