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Foundry will move next month to a new location in the Atlas District at 819 11th St. NE. The 4,000-square-foot former carriage house will allow Freeman to combine her retail and workspace, something owner Yvette Freeman been hoping to do for years.
Currently, she re-upholsters and paints all her furniture in a studio space an hour away in Maryland.
“It’s been difficult to find a property that can house everything,” she said. “This carriage house is absolutely perfect; it is already vented correctly for painting, it has more power than I could ever imagine for all my tools.”
The space includes 1,500 square feet of retail space, which is more than the 1,000 Foundry has now on U Street NW. The new store is slated to open Nov. 15, and will include a new element: Foundry Threads, which will focus primarily on vintage men’s clothing.
“Thankfully the store has been very well received, so we need to grow,” Freeman said. She opened Foundry more than two years ago, leaving a job in corporate logistics to pursue a passion for design and furniture.
She’s not too concerned about the switch in neighborhood — and being further off the beaten path: in an alley off of H Street as opposed to facing one of the city’s major thoroughfares. The majority of her business now isn’t from walk-ins, she said.
“It will definitely take some doing to focus folks on how to get to us, but I think that neighborhood will support what we do really well,” Freeman said. “It’s sort of up and coming, what 14th and U was a couple of years ago.”