Holiday Pop-Up Shops return to Midtown
The annual Holiday Pop-Up Shops, a rotating array of independent retailers, is returning to Midtown on Friday for its seventh season.
The temporary village, consisting of six heated geodesic domes surrounding a large Christmas tree and joined by an assortment of food trucks, will be located on the northeast corner of NW 10 and Hudson Avenue.
Retailers this year will total 35 local shops, changing from one week to the next, selling gifts ranging from clothing and accessories to home goods and children’s toys. Since 2013, the Holiday Pop-Ups Shops have provided a platform for independent shops to meet new customers and generate additional sales year-round.
Organizer Allison Bailey said last year’s event saw a significant increase in foot traffic and in sales for participating shops.
The event also features music, visits from Santa, hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows from Katiebug’s Hot Chocolate and craft beer from The Big Friendly bus.
“We love participating in the Holiday Pop-Ups every year because they are community-driven and support local businesses like us,” OKcollective co-owner Kelli Newsome said. “There’s nothing else like it and we look forward to it all year.”
All shops setting up at the event are independent businesses from cities around Oklahoma, including McAlester, Tulsa, Norman and Oklahoma City. By bringing a variety of local shops to one place, Bailey said, the event provides an opportunity for customers to consciously shop local.
With every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $68 stays in the community, compared to $43 of every $100 spent at a national chain store.
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“For people who value shopping local, it can get hard during the holiday season to drive all over town to find businesses they want to support,” said Morgan Harris, owner of Green Bambino. “But with the Holiday Pop-Ups, you don’t have to work so hard. You can cross everyone off your list in one central location by visiting the event every weekend and shopping from 35 different shops.”
The pop-ups will be joined by the Bishop John Carroll School tree lot, a local tradition for 60 years.
Sales from the tree lot help fund the school’s athletic department operations and maintenance so that all students can participate in athletics.
The lot is organized and staffed by volunteers, many of whom are parents of students at BJCS. The lot has 250 trees available in several popular varieties, Bailey said.
Shops will be open Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. and on Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This year’s participants
Week one - Friday-Sunday:
Salt and Water
The Okay See
Bone Dog Boutique
Out on a Limb
Week 2 - Dec. 5-8:
The Little Ark
OKcollective Candle Co.
Jake Fowler Design
Craig Proper Home Goods
Harper & Grey House
Week 3 - Dec. 12-15:
A Date with Iris
STEMcell Science Shop
Week 4 - Dec. 19-22:
Apple Tree Chocolate
The Black Scintilla
Chirps and Cheers
TRADE Men’s Wares