Explore, Create & Shop During Old Town Alexandria’s Makers Mile: Mini Edition

Summer is in full swing and if your kids aren’t in camp, or on a swim team, or visiting Grandma in Ohio, then you might be looking for something fun to occupy their time. One of the things my kids and I always enjoyed was walking around town looking for Waldo. We would take all month to find him in the stores and local businesses.

It was a great way to get kids out of the house and I got to do a little bit of shopping, exploring, and eating more than PB&Js at home. This event was fun for me as a mom and continues to be fun for me as an adult. I love when the little people come in searching in earnest for Waldo, so naturally, Red Barn Mercantile and Penny Post are excited to participate in the hunt again this July.



We are equally excited to bring back our wildly successful Makers Mile, but this time geared towards Makers-in-the-making. If you have kids 10 or older who are creative, who like to learn, or who just want to do something unique this summer, then bring them down to Old Town this July 19-21 for the first-ever Makers Mile Mini.

Register today and we will reserve a Corkcicle water bottle so you can stay hydrated as you walk Makers Mile. With your water bottle you’ll receive a limited-edition vinyl sticker, made especially for decorating your water bottle, and participate in “make-and-take” craft stations, where you can practice your crafty skills and take home your new handmade item!

Five of your favorite boutiques will be hosting young and old alike during this craftastic (yes, I said it!) event where each person will experience everything from paper and paint to fabric, yarn, and more. And, new for this event are treats from our restaurant partners Meggrolls and Nice Cream. Each will be offering specials to our Makers Mile Mini-ers. Here’s what you can look forward to:

AR Workshop

Pop into AR Workshop’s NEW DIY Studio on King Street and learn different painting techniques to create your very own
summer-themed mini wood block.
Crafters will get to choose from multiple summer designs and
on-toxic stain and paint color options (while supplies last).


fibre space

Learn how to make a tassel! Crafters will use tassel makers to make their very own tassels from natural wool yarn.


MeggRolls (NEW!)

Show your Makers Mile Mini water bottle and enjoy a free 20oz fountain drink with your purchase.


Nicecream (NEW!)

Enjoy fresh handmade ice cream at 20 percent off when you show your Makers Mile Mini water bottle.


Penny Post

Tap into your creative side when you decorate your new pencil pouch. It’s perfect for throwing in your purse or backpack!


Red Barn Mercantile

Conflicted Pixie is back at Red Barn Mercantile, this time we will be creating her signature zipper pull.
Add a little zip (pun intended!) to your jacket, purse, or backpack!


Stitch Sew Shop

Learn to make colorful friendship bracelets with us. Quick and simple to make, you’ll want to make several to give to friends…
and a few to keep for yourself!


This really is an event for any age, so if you’re young in age or just young at heart, register today to join the fun. We look forward to seeing you and your mini Maker next weekend!


  • The latest from Amy
Owner Amy Rutherford started Red Barn because she wanted to deliver a service — to provide both old and new in one place. No longer will busy shoppers be limited to reproductions or forced to shop multiple flea markets for the look or gifts they want. The trick in blending old and new, vintage and modern, classic and quirky, is balance. And Amy’s knack for mixing rustic antiques with urban chic has created a look that is both fresh and familiar.

Red Barn Mercantile opened its doors in September 2007 with a single vision in mind: providing old and new to offer our customers signature whole-room designs at great prices.

We’re more than a furniture boutique and provide more personalized service than a big box retailer. We work hard to bring you the highest quality furniture and gifts, the most unique conversation starters, wall hangings and accent pieces, whether they come from off-the-beaten-track flea markets, or the latest designers.


1117 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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