The Queen City Pop Up's latest iteration is now open for business.
This year's retailers are Baskets by Ms. Regina, which sells themed gift baskets; specialty food retailer Najah Sauces and Ten Thousand Villages, which sells fair-trade housewares, jewelry and accessories from around the world. The temporary local market is located at 403 Main St. across from Lafayette Square. The space was sponsored by Brisbane Realty Associates LLC.
The pop-up's summer edition will run through September 1.
Queen City Pop-Up started in 2014 in the Market Arcade. Since then, it has held sessions each holiday season and each spring. The program offers entrepreneurs free, short-term retail space. Its aim is to give entrepreneurs the ability to test out their retail concept, stimulate activity in the downtown business district and attract permanent business to downtown Buffalo.
Several Queen City Pop-Up graduates have gone on to open their own businesses, crediting the pop-up with their decision to do so. The latest is Michelle Ogden of Whimsy Confections, who will open a permanent location for her luxury artisan chocolate shop on the 600 block of Main Street on July 10. Pop-up veterans that previously went on to open permanent physical stores include Phenominal Xpressions, Buffalo Adore, Rust Belt Love, Yar Mo's Muse, MMW Style Studio, Rudeboyz Artworks and Buffalo Barkery.
The program is put together by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp., Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown.