I love supporting and shopping at small business. DC happens to have quite a few of hidden gems. I’d like you to meet Antiochia. It is a quaint shop filled with beautiful Turkish liens, candles, soaps and more. My favorite items is their dish towels. They are so versatile and come in calm colors to fit in every home. Read through their story and it you live in DC, I hope you stop in and take a peak around.
- What inspired you to start your business?
Until my son was born in 2007, I was a product manager at National Industries for the Blind. I wanted to spend more time with my son and quit my full time job. Then I decided to bring Turkish towels from Turkey and have my own business. So I am always grateful for my son!
- How long have you been in business?
I started my company in 2008.
- How did you overcome the fear of opening a brick and mortar shop?
Well, the fear of opening the shop is now replaced with the survival mode. One day at a time.
- What do you offer in your shop?
We’re specialized in Turkish bath towels which are lightly woven, 100% cotton, towels. They absorb well, pack small, dry easy. Our product selection include hand towels, bath towels, bath robes, kids bathrobes in bath category. Our tabletop feature linen napkins, table cloths, handmade ceramic bowls, coasters. We have throw blankets, pillows, bed spreads and bed sheets in bedding and home décor.
- What is the most challenging about opening a brick and morta\what is the most rewarding?
The product sourcing and the time it requires to run a store are the most challenging parts for me. Happy customers are every store owner’s reward, I am sure.
- What is the best piece of advice you have been given or would give?
The consistently quality product is the most important part of a retail store.