Home furnishings retailer West Elm opened today its first Maryland location at 1301 Dock St. between Harbor East and Fells Point.
The store had a pre-opening last night and our pal the Charm City Cook, Amy Langrehr, took some pictures inside the store that she shared with us. The 11,377 square-foot store is in the Exelon Building, and the first 300 customers who spend over $50 today will take home a tote bag made designed especially for the Baltimore opening.
West Elm brings approximately 30 jobs to the neighborhood, and as part of West Elm’s LOCAL program, seven Maryland-based makers and designers will sell their products at the store, and a complimentary Design Lab will offer services that support customers in their journey to express their personal style at home.
“We are proud to open our first Maryland store in a neighborhood experiencing a renaissance with both locals and visitors,” says West Elm president Jim Brett. “Our goal is to become an active contributor to this historically conscious community, supporting their efforts to preserve the waterfront while sustainably revitalizing a once overlooked area of downtown Baltimore.”
West Elm Baltimore has incorporated salvaged materials sourced from Baltimore harbor into the interior’s architecture. Reclaimed pylons constructed from pine, spruce, and fir lumber, once part of the harbor docks, have been repurposed for the store’s ceiling and distinctive cash wrap design.
The locally made products by seven Maryland-based makers and artisans are part of the West Elm Baltimore LOCAL assortment, including: ● Dylan Design Co.: Tables made of wood and metal and manufactured in Baltimore, MD. ● Forty-Third Place: Trays and wall art made from salvaged and reclaimed wood in Hyattsville, MD. ● Foxwood Co.: Handmade sculptural vessels, dishes, and objects carved from locally sourced wood in Annapolis, MD. ● Radica Textiles: Pillowcases designed by hand and printed in small batches honoring Baltimore’s rich history in the textile industry. ● The Vintage Vogue: Modern handpainted wood coasters that blend patterns and artfully crafted, minimalist shapes by a Baltimore-based artist. ● Tomahawk Design Co.: Baltimore-based graphic design firm specializing in home goods, stationery and apparel. ● Waxing Kara: Beeswax-infused bath and beauty products made by a beekeeper in Owings Mills, MD.
For information on in-store promotions and events, visit the West Elm Baltimore store Facebook page: www.facebook.com/westelmbmore/ and follow the store on Instagram: @westelmbmore. West Elm Baltimore is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and the phone number is 410-244-0121.
West Elm opened its first store in Brooklyn, NY, where it is still headquartered. With the mission of helping customers express their personal style at home, West Elm designs to make an impact in everyday life, from creating affordable designs for modern living to its commitment to Fair Trade Certified, from LOCAL and handcrafted products to community-driven in-store events and collaborations. The brand operates 91 retail stores in the US, Australia, Canada and the UK and operates 11 stores in Mexico, the Middle East, and the Philippines through unaffiliated franchisees. West Elm also operates West Elm Workspace with Inscape in the commercial furnishings industry. West Elm publishes the blog Front+Main and is part of an active community on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube. West Elm is a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands.