They're back: Duluth holiday pop-up shops include clothing, baked goods, art gallery

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Four empty storefronts in downtown Duluth will be filled with temporary pop-up stores, giving shoppers even more options for the holiday season.

Duluth's Greater Downtown Council debuted the pop-up program last year, and after what they deemed was a successful stint, decided to bring it back this year.

This year's shops will offer artisan baked goods, University of Minnesota Duluth merchandise, home and clothing items, and an art gallery and photography studio, the Duluth News Tribune says.

The UMD merchandise store, which was also part of the pop-up program last year, is already open at 207 W. Superior St.

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The Greater Downtown Council says the other stores include:

  • Zenith Bread Project at 231 E. Superior St., which will sell artisan bakery items.
  • Lester River Trading Co. at 23 N. Third Ave. W. will offer vintage, handmade and refurbished furniture and clothing.
  • Studio 15 at 5 N. Third Ave. W., an art gallery and photography studio, presented by artist Lydia Walker and various consignment artists. The studio will also offer classes.

"The program created a considerable buzz last year," Kristi Stokes, president of the Greater Downtown Council, said in a news release. "We are excited to team up with property owners again to activate a few vacant spaces and allow some entrepreneurs to test-drive our downtown market."

The businesses, which will use the space rent-free, plus utilities, must be open by Saturday for Small Business Saturday, and are offered free rent through Jan. 1o. The Greater Downtown Council hopes the pop-up shops will have enough holiday success that they'll open up a store downtown year-round.

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