Hi! I'm Alicia - owner & founder of The Welcoming District. Having you here warms my heart, friend, and I so appreciate your visit! Hopefully you can sip a cup of tea and stay awhile!
Before I go on about me, I have a question for you, dear! If your love story, business, or friendship was a gift, what would it look like? My guess is that it would be something so meaningful, filled with elegant details and wrapped in hospitality! Not the tightly packaged gift baskets filled with blocks of meats and cheeses, chemical smelling beauty products, or other generic items glued together pretending to be authentic gifts. (Eek! Sorry for the brutal honesty!)
In 2015, I founded The Welcoming District when I saw a need for gifts more unique and special than something purchased from a store shelf. My dream came to life when I combined my belief that gifts tell stories with my desire to give you something truly special.
Formal schooling in Floral & Interior Plantscape Design, practice defining my own style in calligraphy & watercolor painting, and years of service in the hospitality industry have helped pave the way to my niche in custom gifting. I'm so blessed to be able to share what I love to do to make you beautiful, meaningful gifts to welcome those most special to you!
After time spent working in events at a hotel in Washington, D.C., I saw a need for gift boxes that featured items exclusively to our area . Many people visited the city for business/pleasure, but were greeted with gifts that could be purchased at major retailers all over the country. I founded The Welcoming District in 2015 with a mission to help others give beautifully crafted gifts unique to the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region. Each box was thoughtfully curated and included fresh floral and wonderful goodies of the highest quality from local artisans.
About a year after being in business, I was asked to send branded gifts for a few creative entrepreneurs. They didn't need their gift goodies to represent a certain area; but rather, their businesses. Although it wasn't what I originally intended for The Welcoming District, I absolutely loved learning about their brands and designing gifts that represented them! It was definitely a turning point for my business.
A new service offering?! What prettier way to welcome guests than with lovely handwriting! Up until that point, I didn't offer calligraphy services. It was something that I practiced since middle school and decided to start creating my own gift tags, place cards, table numbers, and signage.
Making others feel special is what truly brings me joy! Custom illustrations allow me to offer you gifts as unique as your story! They can be used on welcome notes, gift tags, food and beverage labels, signs, stationery, and so much more! You are one-of-a-kind and what you give should be a representation of that.