Need last minute gifts for the holidays? Buy local in Studio Parks Grand Rapids’ Pop Up Room with minority-owned businesses
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – If you still need last minute giveaways, there is a unique new retail space that opened in downtown Grand Rapids last month where you can do your local shopping and support minority-owned businesses.
The Pop Up Room, in Studio Park, offers a range of home goods, clothing, wood crafts, coffee, hair and beauty products, gift baskets and more, all created by local entrepreneurs. The pop-up opened on Saturday, November 27 for small businesses, as a new part of the nonprofit The Arts Marketplace, at 121 Ionia Ave.
Tova Jones, board member of The Arts Marketplace, said the space is a “great way to meet a great need.”
“Many of the minority and women owned businesses featured have great products, yet limited bandwidth for managing the retail,” Jones said in a prepared statement. “The support of our platinum partner Acrisure has really given us the ability to give these businesses a boost, while providing the community with a shopping experience full of delicious surprises. “
The 800 square foot retail space will feature a rotation of businesses that will change every three months or so, ensuring a new shopping experience for everyone who stops by, said Jamie Dionne, board member of administration of The Arts Marketplace.
During the holiday season, the space will feature 15-20 local businesses, including longer-term primary tenants Public Thread and Confident Wear, and seasonal merchants like Treetops Collective, Juices by Elaine, Planters by Laurel Olsen, Soldadera Coffee. , Lief Design, Occasions Sneakers & Gifts, and more.
With so many merchants on display, there’s something in the Pop Up Room for everyone on your shopping list, Dionne said.
“You can be pretty confident when you walk in, whether you’re shopping for Grandpa or something for your 7 year old daughter, that there is something for everyone in the market, which in my opinion is is a very good draw, ”she said. . “Plus, the benefit of knowing everything you’ve bought there is to directly support a local manufacturer, which makes our community stronger.”
The Arts Marketplace is a Grand Rapids nonprofit that launched in December 2020 and focuses on supporting various artists and retailers by providing retail, marketing, programming and event opportunities, according to a press release from the group.
The local nonprofit launched the Pop Up Room last month with the goal of diversifying the downtown Grand Rapids shopping scene and giving minority entrepreneurs a foothold to sell their products in an area. important, Dionne said.
“When our downtown is diverse and more inclusive, our entire community thrives,” she said. “We really want downtown to have a deeper representation of not only minority-owned businesses, but the arts as well.”
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