Erik Bruner-Yang Sponsors Area Up-and-Comers Through Gift Shop, a concept by Creative Theory Agency

Photo: @ThisHereGiftShop
In Yiddish there's a term - mensch - it means a person of integrity or honor. Erik Bruner-Yang is a total mensch both in pre- and current-Covid times. From his ever-expanding restaurant empire to his creation and execution of the Power of 10 Initiative, Erik is always looking for ways to contribute and raise awareness to this Industry. Erik has partnered with for all of 2021, and is sharing his platform by highlighting different artisans, restaurants, or groups each month who will benefit from having thing their profile raised. We are grateful for Erik’s generosity and are excited to bring new up and comers to your attention each month.

March's featured profile: Gift Shop concepted by Creative Theory Agency 

The latest concept from the Creative Theory Agency located in Union Market District, Gift Shop (1258 Fourth Street NE) specializes in lifestyle and home goods from artisan makers such as Black Pepper Paperie Co., District of Clothing, ArtByJLaw, Ron David Studio, Destiny’s Cache, BlkOut, bEASH Please, The Mobelbutik, Charismatic Creations, Journacy, RiverIsWild, Small Wooden Box, and Gift Shop originals by the Creative Theory Agency team. This permanent storefront will be a cultural hub for Black-owned concepts -- some of which have never before had a brick-and-mortar presence -- to offer IRL brand experiences for the first time. The curated collection -- with items ranging from $15 to $400 -- features a mix of ceramics, candles, vintage glassware, wallets + keychains, merch and more. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Creative Theory Agency creates impactful, inclusive cultural narratives, helping brands including Facebook, Netflix, Under Armour, Bevel, YouTube, and Google forge authentic brand identities that speak to a diverse audience. For founders Gary Williams, Jr. and Tamon George, a similar mission drives the Gift Shop, a singular retail concept that provides resources and opportunity for D.C. makers of color and speaks to the modern conscious consumer. In conjunction with the opening of Gift Shop, Creative Theory Agency has partnered with Google to support Black business and community, and create programming in the coming months. For more information, visit: