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Three Holiday Pop-Up Shops to celebrate Grand Opening Friday

By Katy Hartshorn

Downtown Partnership is excited to welcome three temporary Pop-Up shops opening just in time for the holidays in Downtown Colorado Springs.

Fair Finds Home Decor

104 N. Tejon St.
Ribbon cutting: 10 a.m., November 15

The former Bellissima space on Tejon St. has been transformed with an affordable mix of modern, industrial and traditional furniture. Fair Finds Home Decor offers complete living and dining room sets, accent pieces, handcrafted pottery, art and lighting. After operating a successful online business, owner Candace Williams wanted to create a Downtown showroom to allow customers to see and touch the designer collections firsthand. By shopping showrooms across the country and negotiating pricing, Candace is able to offer quality pieces at prices that won’t break the bank.

 

The Local Honey Collective 

9 E. Bijou St.
Ribbon cutting: 10:30 a.m., November 15

In just a few days since the doors opened, The Local Honey Co., has already received rave reviews on social media. “Comfy yet stunning, simple yet challenging, different yet homey – how I’d describe most of the awesome things at this sweet new boutique,” says Lauren Wade on Instagram.

Offering affordable, on-trend clothing for women with a “hive” mind for building community and empowering its customers. In addition to clothing for every season and occasion, The Local Honey Co. will also offer a small selection of home goods and gifts.

Owners Cara McQueeney and Hailey Sardi will also use its space to host community-focused events for women in order to fulfill its mission to “bring fashion into an attainable, affordable, and approachable space all while fostering community to strengthen women and empower every woman’s ability to impact the world.”

Pictured above: The Local Honey Collective, photo by Lauren Wade.

Luneiva

226 N. Tejon St.
Ribbon cutting: 11 a.m., November 15

Lunieva employs 30 full-time tailors in Kathmandu, Nepal who hand make the cotton and wool clothing and accessories sold in their stores. With locations on Pearl Street in Boulder and Canon Avenue in Manitou Springs, Lunieva is making its first foray into the Colorado Springs market this holiday season. Lenieva is proud to say that everything in the store is handmade, even the shopping bags.

Lunieva will fill the space previously occupied by Mountain Chalet at 226 N Tejon Street, directly across the street from Acaia Park and the popular Skate in the Park ice rink. Skaters can visit Lunieva to purchase hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters, and leg warmers before hitting the ice this holiday season.

 

 

ABOUT THE HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP PROGRAM

These limited-time engagements offer new retailers an opportunity to test their concepts in a brick-and-mortar setting while providing additional opportunities for holiday shoppers. Since its inception five years ago, the Holiday Pop-Up program has hosted more than 15 businesses, four of which are still operating in Downtown today. A program of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), vacant retail space in the Downtown core been reduced from over 60,000 sq ft in 2014 to less than 10,000 sq ft in 2019.