Veterans Growing America pop-up shop aims to connect veterans to business

Author: Uriah Kiser

There’s a new pop-up shop at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center.

Veterans Growing America, a non-profit organization that connects military veterans and their families with local businesses, will open at 15001 Potomac Town Place, Suite 130. Inside, shoppers will find 20 tables showcasing products from vendors produced by military members, spouses, or their dependents.

The pop-up shop will open its doors this Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the annual Taste of Woodbridge festival held at Stonebridge, near Wegman’s grocery store. The shop will also open Sunday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Veterans Grow America founder Donnell Johns, a retired Army command sergeant major, says the organization works to foster a community for military members turned civilians that provide a place for professional networking and business training.

The organization encourgaes vendors who want to showcase their wares  fill out an application on its website.

The shop will remain in its space through the end of October. Across from a new Barnes and Noble bookstore, the retail shop most recently served as a furniture store.

Since its founding in 2019, Veterans Growing America has generated more than $200,000 for veteran-owned businesses during 10 events across the southeastern U.S. Johns will hold another veteran vendor fair Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Belvoir Post Exchange.

The Veterans Growing America pop-up shop is the second to come to Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in as many months. In May, the shopping center allowed the Prince William County Arts Council to open a temporary art gallery.

The gallery will continue to operate in the space until a new tenant moves in.