Pop Up Longmont debuts, bringing fresh retail to Downtown Longmont’s Main Street during 2nd Friday, November 8 in the Longmont Creative District.
Pop Up Longmont is a new initiative of the Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) and the Longmont Economic Development Partnership (Longmont EDP) to offer affordable storefront options for local retail/artisan manufacturing entrepreneurs to test and validate their retail concepts in Longmont. The space is located inside the LDDA offices at 320 Main St.
Sock., owned by entrepreneur Scott Spears, will be the first tenant at Pop Up Longmont. “We really want to help downtown Longmont with this new program,” said Spears, also owner of Scrumptious Longmont. “When we were starting our businesses, we wished that there was a way to be able to test what works and what doesn’t in certain areas. We also think it’s really important for new businesses to be able to learn the ropes without opening themselves up to too much risk.”
Growing storefront entrepreneurs is part of both the Longmont EDP economic development strategy, Advance Longmont and the LDDA Master Plan of Development. Using a Pop Up model, visitors are introduced to new products and business owners can test a new market.
“We already have Scrumptious on Main Street, so we know the clientele,” said Spears. “When we found out about the pop up program, we jumped on it to see if the concept would work in Longmont, and if it does, we may try to find a permanent home.”
“The strength and diversity of our independent retailers is really growing,” said Kimberlee McKee, Executive Director of the LDDA. “This year we have added even more unique retail in Downtown and to showcase this, we are kicking off the holiday season on the same day we launch this new program.”
Another highlight of the November 2nd Friday is the launch of the 2019 Winter Passport program, returning for its second year. Shoppers visiting Downtown Longmont businesses will be rewarded for their loyalty and patronage once again this winter. Nearly 60 participating businesses will begin handing out Shop Loco stickers to customers, who can enter to win over $3,000 in prizes from local businesses.
For more information: http://www.popuplongmont.com