For retail vendors wanting to debut their locally-crafted products downtown — the opportunity is now.
In its third year, the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority is calling all makers, growing retailers and established regional brands to join the downtown market Nov. 2 -Dec. 31 for its holiday Pop-Up Shop program.
For the first time, the DDA has partnered with Colorado Collective to establish a seasonal pop-up marketplace to offer more shopping and low-cost small business downtown amid a tight market.
“We figured it would give us an opportunity to make space available for small-scaled retailers that are artisan-focused,” said Sarah Harris, the Downtown Partnership’s director of business development and economic vitality.
And with a very low vacancy rate of 2.8 percent, Harris said the selection process will be competitive.
“When you have limited storefronts for people to get into, it’s challenging to have a robust program,” she said, adding “we’re going to be selective.”
Rent for each space will be between $400-$600 per month, depending on location. Harris said retailers will share a street-level storefront with individual vendor spaces, rather than having multiple storefronts.
“It’s a good opportunity for retailers to test out the downtown market and get space at a lower cost,” she said. “We have options for multiple spaces, big or small, based on who’s out there. We adjust the program every year to the conditions of the market and it’s nice to have that flexibility.”
Products can range from boutique items, specialty foodstuffs and sporting goods, to pet supplies, home goods and décor.
The program has led to two permanent stores and a new collaborative work space on Tejon Street called Welcome Fellow, Harris said.
“It’s a great opportunity for retailers who’ve only sold their items online or outside of the city to expose their products to Colorado Springs shoppers,” she said.
For more information visit downtowncs.com/doing-business/2015-holiday-pop-up-program.html.