One of the aims of Alexandria Makers Market is to share our creative expertise with a larger audience. During the "Work/Shop Week" we will offer different DIY classes for kids and adults to learn from a variety of Alexandria-based makers. 

Prefer a more hands-off approach? Come shop our retail section with products from all of our featured workshop leaders!

*Due to social distancing concerns, class sizes are limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance; masks must be worn at all times. Shopping will be limited to non-workshop hours.

Meet our Makers

Allie Coutts

Allie is the founder of several creative businesses: Faye Photography, Coutts Creations, and the Fun with Friends podcast. She believes in making creativity accessible and affordable for everyone.

Coutts Creations serves small businesses, entrepreneurs, and creatives throughout the country
by empowering them through branding, marketing, and social media coaching! A variety of platforms are utilized to accomplish this, including The Fun with Friends Podcast, which is about what happens when you stop overthinking and start putting yourself out there. Her photography business provides portraits and branding sessions for small businesses that are on a budget.
Couttscreations.com is coming soon!!

Alyssa Kovach

Alyssa (A-lee-sa) is a lover of all things local, and the founder of Alexandria Makers Market and A|VA Apparel. Her favorite part of AMM is meeting new makers, and the camaraderie built within the creative community. Technically her title is "Stay at Home Mom", but BK (Before Kids) she earned her MAT in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership and taught for many years in a variety of subjects for students ages elementary through adult. She will be leading the Kids Camp, and is excited to get back to her education roots.

Pictured below are the projects that will be completed during the Mini Makers Creative Camp:

Lacklustre

Lacklustre, self-described as “Northern Virginia’s Most Okayest Band”, brings a sound that blends their influences of Americana, Punk, Garage Rock, and Classic Country resulting in a mashup best described as, well, Rock & Roll. Relative newcomers on the Alexandria music scene, their shows combine original tracks with their rowdy interpretations of both well known and more obscure covers. They will be performing at the end of the week as a wrap-up celebration. Location tbd.

Maritza Maxwell

Maritza earned her degree in Fine Arts and Art History from Amherst College and a Master's degree in Art History from Bryn Mawr College. She creates beautiful lathe-spun acrylic gifts and temari for the home, which led to the founding of Hatch in 2012, which offers various products and crafting classes to adults and children. She started this company to pass along the joy that she has in creating beautiful things, to teach new skills, and to reinforce skills that are dormant in all of us. Please indicate your paper color combo at registration from the choices below:

Adam Stampfel

Adam is the owner of Sophisticate Supply, a local purveyor of hand-crafted leather goods. Adam started with leather crafting as a hobby, but it has since grown into a business creating custom tote bags and small leather goods for clients all over the USA. He wants to share the feeling of pride that comes from creating something useful with your own two hands. When not crafting leather goods, Adam is a husband, and a full-time dad to two boys.

Pictured below are the projects you will make during his workshop: 

Bria Taylor

Bria is the owner of Killacakes, your local bad*** bakery. This started as a college dream and became so much more. With a focus on design and artistry, her cakes just cannot be compared. As a company they strive to bring innovative flavors that not only pique the tastebuds, but also the senses. From the potato chip cake in Snack Attack to Killa Cake Bombes galore, we know you'll find something delicious here. 

Pictured below is the cake version of her cupcake decorating workshop:

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Covid-19 Precautions

At every Alexandria Makers Market event we take everyone’s health and safety very seriously. More than ever we have a heightened sense of concern for the well-being of our workshop participants and the community. Please find the precautions that we are taking below:

  • Class sizes are extremely small, to allow for maximum distancing within the pop-up space. Several of the workshops have a virtual session available, for those that would prefer to join from the comfort of their home. 

  • During the retail hours, only eight people will be allowed in the store at one time. Curbside pick-up will be available for the retail section. 

  • Masks are required for anyone that enters the store, and gloves will be available for participants. 

  • We will have multiple hand sanitizer options throughout the store. 

  • After each workshop and retail time (every two hours) we will disinfect all hard surfaces.

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