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Makers, Markets, and Locally Made Goods in Fairfax County

Rumor has it, every time you support a local business, a real person does a happy dance! Spread joy and support local through “Made in Fairfax," an initiative by Fairfax County and its dedicated partners. This initiative is all about uplifting the small-scale production businesses and talented makers thriving across the county.

From charming wineries and innovative breweries to bustling farmers markets and eco-friendly storefronts, Fairfax County is bursting with amazing individuals and organizations. They're hard at work crafting unique products and unforgettable experiences, just waiting for you to explore and savor. Every purchase you make is a way to support the community and take home a lasting memory of your visit.

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Guides to Locally Made Gifts, Food, and Other Goods

The Local Maker Guides for Fairfax County offer a journey through the region's vibrant artisanal scene and unique shopping experiences. From coffee roasters to bakeries, these guides curate the best destinations for holiday gifts, souvenirs and rare finds. 

Discover antique treasures or explore the thriving indie bookstore culture. Delve into the world of vinyl records and headphones at indie record stores, and indulge your sweet tooth at various candy shops across Fairfax County. Dive into international desserts and explore sustainable businesses, while also finding the best garden centers in the area. These guides offer a diverse array of options for those seeking locally made products, unique gifts, and delightful experiences within Fairfax County's vibrant community.

Small Business Showcase

These local gems are a curated collection highlighting exceptional makers and small businesses, each offering distinctive products and stories. Explore Nordic Knot's unique offerings, discover the delectable treats from River-Sea Chocolates, experience the aromatic world of Smell of Love Candles, and delve into the natural wonders of Thulisa Naturals. Each small business boasts a treasure trove of craftsmanship, indulgence, and authenticity, inviting you to explore the intricacies and specialties of these local gems. Whether it's handcrafted Nordic-inspired gifts and goods, artisanal chocolates, scented candles, or natural skincare, these makers celebrate the diversity and creativity of these remarkable small businesses and their products.

Click on each of the images below to learn about specific makers or businesses and their products.

Shop Locally Made Products

Looking for the perfect local gift that's as unique as it is delightful? Explore our curated selection of handpicked items, each crafted with care by talented local business owners. From delectable chocolate to indulgent body scrubs, discover treats for yourself or thoughtful presents for loved ones. Explore the flavors of Virginia or keep warm with handmade mittens. For a historical touch, savor George Washington's Signature Rye Whiskey or immerse yourself in an aromatic candle collection. Dive into our selection and shop directly for these fascinating locally made gifts and items that encapsulate the essence of local craftsmanship and passion.

Click directly to purchase interesting gifts and items from our talented business owners.

Shop Local Maker Market Happenings

Northern Virginia Tea Festival May 04

The 2nd Northern Virginia Tea Festival is a celebration of all things tea, taking place at the Elden Street Tea Shop located in Lake Anne Reston, Virginia. Set to take place on May 4 & 5th, 2024, from 12:30 am to 6:30 pm, the festival promises to be a delightful day for tea…

Wineries and Breweries

In Fairfax County, wineries and breweries are more than just places to enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer—they're vibrant hubs of local craftsmanship and community spirit. Supporting these establishments isn't just about savoring exceptional beverages; it's about celebrating the artistry, dedication, and innovation of our local creators. By patronizing Fairfax County's wineries and breweries, you're not only treating yourself to high-quality, locally made products but also contributing directly to the heartbeat of our community. From the meticulously crafted flavors to the passionate individuals behind each brew or blend, these establishments represent a rich tapestry of the area's culture and dedication to excellence. Whether you're a connoisseur or an enthusiast, exploring the wineries and breweries in Fairfax County offers a unique opportunity to support local businesses while experiencing the authentic tastes and stories woven into every sip.

Winery and Brewery Articles

Sip Local

Fairfax County is home to over a dozen craft breweries - many of which have won awards for their beer awesomeness. Each taproom has a different vibe and we encourage you to visit them all to find your new favorite beer.

Savor Local

We're home to the three closest wineries to Washington, DC - two who offer a traditional winery experience and who've won multiple awards, and a third urban microwinery using tried and true family methodology to craft their wine.