Destination: Urban Matter
Sitting pretty on Virginia Avenue is a storefront filled with locally made and practically sourced home goods and gifts. Urban Matter in Dutchtown occupies a revitalized-building-turned-bustling-shop, among other things. A chat with Mary Hennesy digs into the building’s history and the current product offerings.
Having opened a little over a year ago, the store, owned by Mary Hennesy and Amy Schafer, takes up the first floor of a building that has been standing in the Dutchtown neighborhood for more than 100 years. In the ’30s and ’40s the building was a grocery store, complete with a pickle barrel and meat counter—the location of which Hennesy can show you when you stop by!
The two have cultivated quite the list of local (and national) makers, carrying everything from socks to wooden spoons in the shop. “I never knew how many really fantastic people live in the neighborhood,” says Hennesy of the store’s location, noting how close some of the makers are: “Angela Malchionno from Enamel and metal smith Lisa Colby are both in the neighborhood.”
Stacked on repurposed shelving, you’ll find an array of Fable + Lore jewelry, textile goods from Enamel Studio, Field Notes notebooks, Maven Candles, and Snakebite products to name a few. Besides the plethora of gifting options available, Urban Matter offers custom lighting solutions for home and business and the space itself can be utilized as an event space!
Urban Matter is open Wednesday and Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-5pm. 4704 Virginia Ave, Dutchtown, 314.456.6941.
All photos by Hannah Foldy.