COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – After nearly a week of opening holiday pop-up stores, these businesses celebrated their collective grand opening on Saturday. So far, companies are reporting a successful first week.
The program was launched in 2014 as a way for online stores to test implantation in a brick and mortar location. During the festive grand opening, many of these stores offered special discounts, goodies and other things to kick off their opening.
“He’s more of an official” hey, we’re open, we’re here, come see us. “We’ve kind of been practicing all week that we just spent and now it’s time,” said Jenna Reece, owner of Maggie M Boutique.
So far, store owners have said the initial response from the community has been encouraging.
“We were made very welcome by the downtown partnership and the community of other retailers so they also came to celebrate with us, which was really great,” said Jessie Gingrich, owner of Mountain Standard Goods.
“The feedback has been very positive,” said Nickie Frye, owner of Good Eye. “Everyone who entered was thrilled with the store. They were really complimentary. There seem to be a lot of restaurants here, but not a lot of shops, so it’s just nice to have a variety for people to walk around. It’s fun to shop local.
Due to an overwhelming response from the community over the past two days, Gingrich said she plans to renew her lease when the program ends and establish a permanent presence.
“First of all, we had a great time. It was really fun. And business has been pretty stable, so far we still look forward to and wish we could stay in our location, ”Gingrich told FOX21.
Other store owners have said they like their current location, but are just excited to give it a try and see how it turns out.
“I have a pretty big website and it’s a meticulous, time-consuming thing,” Frye said. “I am absolutely interested in making this a permanent location. It’s a bit off the beaten track so it will depend on if the community likes the store and if they want to support me I will stay. If that’s not what they’re looking for, I’ll just keep selling online.
Reece said she wanted to see how a downtown location worked, before making any concrete and definitive statements.
“I mean, so far it’s been fine. And then, I hope that in the future we will be another downtown establishment.
Merchants have until December 31 to decide whether to stay at home or go online. You can currently find them in downtown Colorado Springs.
BUSINESS PLACES AND INFORMATION
- STANDARD MOUNTAIN PRODUCTS, 226 N. Tejon Street
- Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday
- Selected vintage men’s clothing, gifts and homeware and furniture
- Instagram @mst_goods
- MAGGIE M SHOP, 7 S. Tejon Street
- Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday
- Comfortable, elegant and functional clothes for baby and mother, decoration and accessories for the home, bath and body products.
- Instagram and Facebook @shopmaggiem
- GOOD EYE, 111 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
- Sustainably and ethically produced products, vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories for women
For previous FOX21 stories about business and the holiday pop-up program, click here.