Applications are now available for local small businesses to participate in the city's 2018 "holiday edition" of the Queen City Pop-Up retail program.
The "pop-up" initiative – run by Buffalo Urban Development Corp., Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown – is designed to bring more small retailers to Main Street in downtown Buffalo by offering rent-free space for two months to give the businesses a chance to test their products and services. At the same time, the temporary program takes advantage of vacant storefronts, filling their space for a short period of time.
The latest version of Queen City Pop-Up will run from Nov. 14 through Dec. 24, at the Shops at Market Arcade at 617 Main St., across from Shea's Performing Arts Center. The rent-free space is owned by Sinatra & Co. Real Estate. Some prior participants have said their retail sales grew more than 50 percent as a result of the program, and a few have since opened up permanent shops.
Applications for the request for proposals are available at BUDC's office at 95 Perry St., Suite 404, or by contacting BUDC Vice President Brandye Merriweather at 856-6525, ext. 131 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They are also available online through the BUDC, Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown websites. Proposals are due at 4 p.m. Oct. 15.