People Make Place


Grow Your Community 

Thanks to a tribe of activation partners, no project is too big or small.  

Whether you need help scaling your small business or activating a 100,000 SQFT space,our team can assist.  Not sure where to start?  People Make Place is great at working backwards from a problem to create a solution that engages your community along the way.  

Community Engagement

Building a strong eco-system is imperative for growing cities, cultivating creative economy and establishing new concepts.  Whether you are building an alliance of local businesses, an investor’s circle to finance a new development or wanting a grassroots approach to launch a new brand, People Make Place helps you connect to the right people.  Known for linking the worlds of public and private, the team at People Make Place uses a collaborative approach to create economic impact.  

strategy, consulting + education 

Independent business is the soul of any community.  People Make Place works with cities, business groups and individual brands to grow the local economy.   They have proven success in business concept design, product creation and brand activation.  With a strong background in education, the People Make Place team can help implement educational programming and incubation programs to scale emerging independent businesses.  

Creative placemaking + activation 

A strong sense of place creates community pride.   People Make Place, grounded in community driven research, designs neighborhood branding and activation strategies that connect people to place. Services include campaigns, festivals, and on-going promotional programming that engage the community, driving traffic to a neighborhood or space. The team has a specialized focus on coordinating, designing and programming imaginative community uses for space. 

Anyone can come up with creative ideas for how to activate a space, but finding a way to do that and also create a return and increase value for the real estate owner is what puts People Make Place in such high demand. They turn the perspective of all the stakeholders into new ideas and combines them with the developer’s end goals to generate a clear vision— delivering actionable steps for implementation.
— Lauren Baeur: Vice President, Elm Street Development
Stacey’s team was instrumental in guiding dc dosa to launch its brand. From the very inception, they were engaged in connecting us with the right resources to promote our idea. Their talent, skills, enthusiasm, and networking connections are unmatched.
— Priya Ammu, dc dosa
People Make Place understands the DC small business community, helps build support within for it, and finds creative ways to drive traffic to local entrepreneurs. Their energy and love for the creative economy is infectious.
— Kate Davis, Anacostia Art Center
People Make Place helps connect me to new customers. Their Van Ness MADE IN DC MARKET was my best of the season!
— Eva Calonder, PRINTED WILD