Storytelling and Design for Good



What does “love” really mean, in the aftermath of Valentine’s Day?

On Saturday, February 16, 2013, Benevolent Media and RaiseDC hosted The Loving Market, a daytime pop-up shop and auction of arts and crafts made with love, and an evening cocktail reception featuring love bites, love potions and love songs.


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Online Auction
Until Friday, February 15 at 9:00 p.m.
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Saturday, February 16

Pop-Up Shop & Art Auction
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
free and open to the public

Panel Discussion
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
free and open to the public

Letter-Writing & Postcard-Making Workshop
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
free and open to the public; kid-friendly

Cocktail Reception & Music
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$20 | ages 21+ | RSVP here

Epic Yoga
1323 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

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Organized in partnership with RaiseDC, a portion of proceeds raised at the event benefited the following local D.C. nonprofits dedicated to love-themed causes:

Becky’s Fund, advocating for freedom from domestic violence

HIPS, assisting female, male and transgender individuals engaging in sex work in leading healthy lives

Break the Cycle, which engages, educates and empowers young people to build lives and communities free from domestic and dating violence.


10% of total sales from our daytime pop-up shop benefited our nonprofit partners.

Loving deals from our host, Epic Yoga:

  • With any one purchase, receive a 2-for-$20 class pass.
  • With any purchase of $50 or more, receive one complimentary class pass.

Browse arts, crafts, fashion and accessories made with love by:

PrintHaughty Cosmetics are made with love and careful thought in our studio in Alexandria, VA. We formulate our products to be beneficial, with the highest quality ingredients. We believe that true beauty is more than skin deep – that’s why 50% of our profits fight violence against women.

Facebook: Haughty-Cosmetics
Twitter: @haughtytweets




jem-collectionFall in love with Jennifer Elizabeth Miller’s The JEM Collection this season. Her stylish scarves are incredibly versatile and can be worn by anyone. Each and every unique scarf is made with love. Come in and try one one!

Facebook: jemcollection





 Jen-A-Fusion Fashion Accessories are made from recycled, reclaimed and vintage materials. Reusing old fabrics showers love on the environment, which would otherwise be the dumping ground for many of these materials.

Facebook: jenafusion
Twitter: @Jen_A_Fusion




motherboredMOTHERBORED believes there’s beauty beyond the broken computers that are easily discarded as trash. Saved from their demise at your local landfill, Michelle recycles motherboards into beautiful unique jewelry and accessories. All salvaged computers have colorful motherboards awaiting her discovery! With no two pieces a like, all designs are made with love by Michelle, from start to finish.

Facebook: MOTHERBOREDbyMichelle
Twitter: @gmotherbored




Second Daughter is a jewelry line designed by Jessica Speckhard. Her background as an artist feeds into her collections with a pulse with that shouts ‘of-the-moment’  and incorporates a vast sea of influences -from animal life to contemporary art. Second Daughter jewelry unapologetically vacillates between minimalism and maximalism -concerned more with adorning the modern woman with jewelry as extraordinary as she is. Second Daughter jewelry is made lovingly with plenty of care and creativity from the moment of conception in our studio until the moment it reaches our customers.

Facebook:  second-daughter
Twitter: @2nd_daughter


sbslogo SoapBox Soaps sells amazing, all-natural, handmade bar soap. For every bar someone buys, SoapBox donates a bar to a child in need, anywhere in the world. Each of SoapBox’s products are made with love in the United States. They keep that love going through helping those who need it most, both in the United States and abroad. Together, we can save lives!

Facebook: soapboxsoaps
Twitter: @soapboxsoaps
Instagram: soapboxsoaps



Bakery LogoSweet from Scratch is a local company where everything is made with love and from scratch.

Facebook: fromscratchcupcakes
Instagram: sweetfromscratch





goldreefcityFashion is Freedom. Tala Raassi is an Iranian-American fashion designer born in Maryland, USA and raised in Tehran, Iran.  Raassi’s line, Dar Be Dar, has sponsored the Washington Wizards Dance Team and was the official swimwear sponsor for the Miss Universe 2010 pageant.

Facebook: darbedar
Twitter: @talaraassi




twiceaswarm Twice As Warm is a clothing company that matches each purchase with a donation of a new clothing item to a person in need. Our mission is to provide warmth, hope, and support to children and families in need.

Facebook: twiceaswarm
Twitter: @twiceaswarm
Instagram: twiceaswarm



wayward-broadWayward Broad Studio is a one-woman renegade art studio fueled by a sincere love and passion for creative expression.  Feminist multi-media artist/illustrator Heidi Phelps lovingly combines traditional artistic techniques with digital manipulation to create femme-forward posters and fine art prints that communicate a sense of passion, mystery, strength and wisdom.

Facebook: waywardbroadstudio
Twitter: @msheidip



words-beats-lifeWords Beats & Life was originally founded as a hip-hop conference at the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall of 2000. Words Beats & Life is a non-profit organization that transforms individual lives and communities through hip-hop. To support the mission, purchase custom merchandise, including mixtapes, journals, hoodies & sweatshirts, and T-shirts.

Twitter: @wordsbeatslife
Facebook:  wordsbeatslife



yb-greenIn 2009, YB Green was founded in New Orleans to raise awareness that the city has not recycled glass since Hurricane Katrina and there is a need for it. All of the bottles are collected from the 9th Ward–the hardest hit community–then crushed and melted into beautiful jewelry. Each item is handmade with love and compassion for the environment.

Facebook: YBGreenJewelry
Twitter: @cryb




20% of art sales benefited our nonprofit partners.

The love-themed artwork, up for bid in this online auction, as well as in-person during our live event, is created by:

Dafna Steinberg
Elisa Rafter
Emily Greene Liddle

Gregg Deal
Greg Slade
Jack Labadie
J’Nell Jordan

Julian Lytle
Max Kazemzadeh
Mia Robinson
Paul Mericle


$20 | ages 21+ | RSVP required:

Loving deal from our host, Epic Yoga:

  • Purchase any 5-class pack (value $75) and receive FREE admission to the party. Inquiries:

An evening celebration, featuring love bites, love potions and love songs.

Love bites by:


Zenful Bites is a food education and catering company practicing conscious cooking using natural, locally sourced ingredients to provide loving meals that heal our souls, minds, bodies, and communities.

Facebook: zenfulbites
Twitter: @zenfulbites
Instagram: zenfulbites




&pizza‘s mission is to create connections through love, humanity & great pizza. Our love for each other, our love for our product, and our love for our customers should shine through in everything we do.

Facebook: LikeAndPizza
Twitter: @andpizza
Instagram: andpizza



Love potion by:

ocean-vodkaOcean Vodka is a family effort and a true labor of love. It is made with 100 % USDA certified organic sugar cane and deep ocean mineral water. A portion of the profits from the sale of OCEAN Vodka is donated to organizations working to conserve the world’s ocean resources.

Facebook: oceanvodka
Twitter: @OceanVodka






Love songs by:

edybluEdy Blu and her band will be performing original and cover songs, eclectically mixing elements of blues, soul and reggae.  Smooth vocals and groovy rhythms make for easy listening.

Facebook: EdyBluMusic
Twitter: @EdyBluMusic
Instagram: @EdyBlu