MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 5, 2013) — The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition is announcing the West Broadway Holiday Pop Up Boutique, to take place Friday, Dec. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 201 West Broadway in North Minneapolis.
The produce and craft market will be host to over 20 area vendors selling a variety of locally produced goods, from fresh apples and honey to fine art, baked goods, clothing and jewelry. Northside favorites such as Cookie Cart, Juxtaposition Arts Textile Lab, Ancestors Voices Press and Right on Thyme Catering will be joined by other crafters, artists, bakers, and even the popular urban farm, McKinley Community CSA, which will offer 2014 vegetable share registrations, t-shirts and volunteer opportunities.
The concept for the shop is a Pop Up Boutique with affordable, unique gifts for purchase. The boutique will occupy a vacant space at 201 West Broadway (known as the Masters Building) for a weekend during the holidays and give Northside residents, those that work there and visitors a way to keep their holiday shopping in their community.
The purpose of the Holiday Pop Up Boutique is twofold: create an economic opportunity for local vendors and shoppers while also drawing attention to one of West Broadway’s available vacant properties. With its tall windows, wooden interior and high ceilings, the beautiful, spacious green building at 201 West Broadway will be a perfect setting for the boutique’s talented vendors. It is also located at the busy corner of West Broadway and North 2nd Street, close to Interstate 94 as well as the Mississippi River and bridge to Northeast Minneapolis. The building was recently occupied by Don Samuel’s mayoral campaign headquarters but is now available for lease.
This project is part of the WBC’s business recruitment efforts as a $50,000 grant recipient of the City of Minneapolis Great Streets Business District Support Program. City of Minneapolis Business District Support Grants fund a wide range of activities with the overarching goal of strengthening neighborhood business districts and building sustainable mechanisms for ongoing vitality and investment.
“We are committed to partnering with the WBC to highlight local Minneapolis business owners and entrepreneurs so they can grow, expand, and create more job opportunities,” said Cathy Polasky, Director of Economic Development and Policy. “Through innovative collaborations like Travail’s Pop Up Restaurant, UMAMI, and the upcoming Holiday Pop Up Boutique, investors can see the potential for available space and become part of the transformation happening in North.”
The WBC builds capacity of businesses and entrepreneurs, highlights the positive and cultural assets of North Minneapolis, and engages the community in the ongoing revitalization of the West Broadway area. The WBC curates community-identified activities designed to transform West Broadway into a thriving commercial corridor that meets the goods, service, and entertainment needs of neighborhood residents, businesses, and visitors.
As the producers of FLOW Northside Arts Crawl and the West Broadway Farmers Market, the WBC has ample experience organizing Northside artists, crafters, growers, bakers and entrepreneurs in general. The West Broadway Holiday Pop Up Boutique is sure to be another successful enterprise. Parking for the boutique is available in the rear lot and on N 2nd Street. The boutique is accessible by the Number 14 bus.
The vendors include: Alleycat Photography; Angela Davis, artist; The Artist Pub, food, arts, crafts and jewelry; Beverly Larkin, Wall hangings, ethnic gifts, jewelry, lip balm
Constance Vork, handmade hula-hoops and crocheted scarves; Cookie Cart; CreCre’s Creations; Danika Huntley Earrings; Denetrick Powers, neckties; Frost on Flower Digital Photography; Gwen Marshall, artist; Havlicek’s Orchard, apples and honey; ISIS, clothing and jewelry; Juxtaposition Arts/ JXTA Textile Lab; Mary Beth McCormick, recycled wool, hand-knit and crocheted items; Maureen Mulvaney and Christina Ashford, soy candles, earrings; McKinley Commnity CSA; Melodee Strong, artist; Naima Richmond, author; Neisha Reynolds, jewelry and fashion accessories; Sky Blue Crush, organic bath and body products; Sue Friedman, canned pickles and salsa; WinWin Situations Hand Crafted Creations; and Uffda Uffda Uffda, felt ornaments.
For information visit westbroadway.org/holidayboutique.