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  • Writer's pictureSarah Hitchcock Burzio

Made in Occoquan

Updated: Jul 8, 2023

We know Occoquan is home to shops and boutiques full of exceptional and unique products. But did you know that several businesses create their goods right here in town?

Potomac Chocolate

Founded in 2010, Potomac was the first bean-to-bar chocolate maker in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Owner and Chief Chocolatier Ben Rasmussen says his process is focused on creating delicious bean-tobar chocolate that highlights the unique flavors of each cacao origin.

Each award-winning bar is hand-crafted in his 304 Mill Street location. Stop by at the right time and he could be making a new batch in the “factory” as your browse the shop. You can also find seasonal items like decadent hot chocolate and melt-in-your mouth gelato.

304 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA


Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio

Opening in 1989 and in Occoquan since 1992, Sincerely Yours hosts creations by artist Barbara Perry. She moved to Occoquan for it’s artistic vibe and peaceful water location for inspiration.

Most of Barbara’s pieces are one-of-a-kind. She never duplicates a design exactly, meaning you can always find unique and beautiful stained glass pieces every time you visit.

214 Commerce Street, Occoquan, VA


Pure Palette

Usa Leckenby is the artisan behind Pure Palette’s handmade body and home fragrances. Following a family dedication to herbal knowledge and use, Usa provides handmade fragrances from natural soy candles and 100% natural essential oils. These home fragrances, room diffusers, and room sprays are made in small batches using eco-friendly materials and packaging.

Usa provides handmade candles from natural soy wax, essential oils, and non-toxic fragrance oils. Her home fragrances, room diffusers, and room sprays are carefully made in a small studio in Occoquan, Virginia. This ensures the brand’s ethical, ecofriendly aspects, and heart commitment.

307 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA


Hitchcock Paper Co.

The greeting card line at Hitchcock Paper Co. can be described as a little bit vintage, a dash of sweetness, and a whole lot of snark. The company started as a graphic design firm in 2008, founded by owner Sarah Hitchcock Burzio. When Hawthorne House closed in 2018 after three decades in town, Sarah expanded her company to include a new brick-and-mortar stationery shop back on Mill Street. Since then Hitchcock Paper Co. has created cards, stickers, and stationery for Occoquan and other paper-loving shops.

Sarah is obsessed with paper and print quality and she believes there is no substitute for how luxury paper feels in your hand or how it takes to your favorite pen. She works closely with small business print shops to finish her products, keeping things as local and small business-focused as possible.

125 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

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