Along with personal technology, communications, health metrics, and romance, retail and shopping has evolved. Market share is now split more evenly between online and physical brick-and-mortar, because there is a necessity in having both. Rather than investing in semi-permanent spaces and responding with a lead time of 12-18 months, pop-up retail has become a solution to empty storefronts in many cities around the world, as a way to showcase online-only brands or niche products, for a limited time, and for limited investment.
Point-of-sale technologies like Square and Shopify have flattened the barriers to taking credit and debit payments for small merchants, to boot.
First and foremost, I love to shop. I also care about the success and vibrancy of Tampa’s urban fabric. My first pop-up retail experience was made possible with free, unused space, and a handful of local vendors I count as friends. The second brush will be a more organized and neatly executed event, with 10-15 local vendors.
See below for an overview of both events, and e-mail me with inquiries.
Tampa Makers Market (February, 2015)
Along with Tona Bell of The Paper Seahorse, I will host The Makers Market on February 14, 2015. Look for more details to come; click here for the preview post.
1901 (August 2014)
“1901”, at 1901 East 7th Avenue in Ybor City, featured local brands and businesses over a four-day pop-up shop event, including:
- Ella Bing: bow ties, accessories, made locally!
- Vinyl Lover: gently-used vinyl records for your retro spinning pleasure
- CoDesignment: pre-owned urban menswear from brands like Diesel, Burberry, and Zara
- Artisan Crafted Edibles: French macarons, pastries, & event cakes by Mark Brokaw
TheÂ soft opening was Thursday evening August 7th, with a grand opening Friday August 8th. The shop was open during the daytime on Saturday and Sunday, August 9th and 10th.
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