Colorado Springs, Colo. – The Downtown Colorado Springs Holiday Pop-Up Shop program is returning for the 2021 holiday season with three new retail shops that are now open starting Monday, Nov. 1 until Friday, Dec. 31.
The intention behind the program, launched in 2014, is to fill vacant storefronts during the holiday season and give new business owners a chance to test out their business model. Reduced rent and short-term leases are offered to the businesses to allow them this form of holiday trial-business run.
Over 14 businesses have participated in the program, leading to some longer-term leases from popular Downtown businesses like Crafted Colorado Handmake Market, Eclectic Co., The Local Honey Co., Rocky Mountain Soap Market and Story Coffee.
This year, three Pop-Up Shops will be open through December 2021:
Mountain Standard Goods–226 N. Tejon St. (opening November 1)–sustainably produced men’s apparel, vintage furniture, home goods and gifts. Instagram: @mst_goods
Maggie M Boutique–7 S. Tejon St. (opening November 1)–comfortable, stylish and functional clothing for baby and mom, home décor and accessories, bath and body products. Website: www.shopmaggiem.com
Good Eye–111 E. Pikes Peak Ave. (opening November 2)–sustainably and ethically produced goods, vintage women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories. Website: www.goodeyeshop.com
All grand openings will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 6. Learn more at www.DowntownCS.com/popup.
While the pop-up shops are only here for a short time, the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs says these shops bring a big boost to the economy.
“I think it’s really important to focus on small businesses. Business owners are trying to make it and stay afloat. So putting our dollars where it counts and it stays in our community as well,” said Gingrich. “We focus on sustainably made products. A lot of the products we’ve picked have been made in the Rocky Mountain region as well. We’re also doing a selection of vintage clothing and furniture.”
Everything in the shop comes from local crafters or small businesses from nearby states. The same goes for Maggie M Boutique.
“It’s hard to find something you can really connect with in every shop downtown. So if there’s a little more personality going into a store, it really makes the gifts feel special coming out of it,” said Jenna Reece, owner of Maggie M Boutique. You can find them on Facebook at @ShopMaggieM.
Reece has turned her online store, which was inspired by her daughter, into a temporary brick-and-mortar.
“I’m a woman business owner so the more I can support other women the better it is for the community. I also included a lot of Colorado owned businesses in the products I bring into the store and small batch goods, just really celebrating the makers we have in our community,” said Reece. “I’m really excited to have this opportunity and so proud to be chosen as one of the pop-up shops. It’s an honor to be part of this awesome downtown community.”
“It’s definitely a dream to have this store. We’ve been selling on different platforms for a long time. And the fact that the downtown partnership offers this pop-up option that’s more affordable for us to try out business model and see it’s viable is really awesome,” said Gingrich.