Our founder, Tyra Flynn, lived abroad for nearly 15 years, traveling with the Foreign Service to India, Tunisia, Syria, Dubai, the Netherlands and Jerusalem. At every post, she immediately connected with her community and created memorable relationships at all-in-one, ‘town square’ shops. You didn’t just go to these stores to shop; you came to experience.
Each community had its own special industry of artisan goods that were deeply ingrained in the culture and appreciated by the locals. New Delhi shined with exotic jewelry and delicate textiles; Tunisian craftsmen sold vibrant pottery; Dutch chocolates were second only to their stylish home goods. The souks in the Middle East left impressions that were unforgettable. It was unique how the goods were humbly stocked alongside shelves of fresh vegetables, organic pastries, local spices, and heartfelt gifts. With ever-changing products on display and delicious flavors to savor, shopping was an immersive, experiential treat.
Tyra moved back to suburban Virginia in 2015 and dreamed of recreating this buzzing, vibrant local shopping space for her own community. The Global Local was officially founded in 2018 and started with hand-picked partnerships that showcase several of our Loudoun County craftsmen in addition to our array of globally sourced products. From locally produced goods/textiles to artfully crafted home decor, and our very own Loudoun Local apparel line, there’s always something new to discover, taste, and take home!