At Domesticity, fabric is our trade and community our passion. For centuries, sewing provided a creative voice for women; it was at the heart of homes and communities. We strive to bring back this community, and in our two years are proud to be succeeding. Our classes and “sewcials” have taught skills and forged friendships. Seeing a customer means catching up as well as finding the perfect fabric. As a community resource, we answer questions and connect sewists to each other for additional answers. And we are always thrilled to welcome new sewists into the mix! We also provide primarily natural fibers sourced from organic and local vendors when possible; these fabrics are unique to the Baltimore area. The original shop space is brimming to bursting, so we are currently renovating a historic row house, a physical embodiment of our commitment to community. Owner Christina Brunyate purchased the #sewhouserowhouse that is undergoing a complete renovation, with space for sewing, fabrics, children’s play, and an expanded community space upstairs for events and other community needs. She is thrilled to be adding her touch to her corner of Charm City, blocks from her childhood home. We are passionate about Baltimore. We donate to local charities, spread the word for volunteer opportunities, and promote other local businesses. In our expansion, we plan to offer after-school sewing classes to children from low-income families who lack other options. Giving back to our city and being a safe space for all is vital to us.
What Would You Do With $10,000?
Domesticity started in a 242 square foot room but we soon realized that more space was needed for fabrics and fun. Investing long-term in our neighborhood was a priority, so in early 2018 we purchased a gutted building that had been vacant for years. After securing most renovation costs, we began construction in March 2019 and are scheduled to finish in September. The end cost of the construction and move has become more than we have available, so the $10,000 would come at the PERFECT time to go straight to our renovation of our #sewhouserowhouse! The labor is expansive - reconstructing all major systems and interior structure. This historic renovation follows city, state, and federal standards to bring back the original charm of the facade and quality of materials. The project is a massive (and terrifying!) financial investment for a small family business, but we believe it will be a wonderful addition to our community and city at large. The #sewhouserowhouse will not only allow us to grow our retail space of fabrics from woolens to silks but also to nurture community groups. We'll have a downstairs playroom for children to enjoy, a dedicated workspace for sewists to connect, and an upstairs community space where we plan to host yoga, mommy & me, birthday parties, after-school classes, and other local events. We want Domesticity to be a modern interpretation of its name - a chosen home focused on togetherness, coziness, and creation. Thank YOU for helping us get there!