Calling all Makers

Apply now to participate in the 2016 PDX Pop Up Shop Program

May 31, 2016

For more information, contact:
Rachael Arnold, 503-552-6772 or

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Business Alliance and the Portland Development Commission are seeking four interested participants for the 2016 PDX Pop Up Shop Program. Each year, the PDX Pop Up Shop Program matches local talent and emerging small businesses with temporary retail storefront opportunities in Old Town for seven weeks during the holiday season. This is the program’s seventh year and its third year in the Old Town district.

The PDX Pop Up Shop Program aims to nurture local talent by allowing local entrepreneurs and designers to test and enhance their product line in low cost space in the redeveloping Old Town neighborhood. Not only does it recruit potential future independent retailers to the area, PDX Pop Up Shop also helps increase the vibrancy of Old Town by activating vacant storefronts and showcasing retail leasing opportunities in the neighborhood. Past Pop Up Shops include Crafty Wonderland and Boys Fort, both of which have since opened permanent locations downtown.

Participants selected for the program will be provided with a retail space for low or no cost rent for November and December, free retail store design assistance and marketing support. Grants are available on an as needed basis for improvements and utilities.

“My business partner and I had an idea for a great store, but we weren’t sure what we were doing,” said Richard Rolfe, co-owner of Boys Fort. “By participating in the Pop Up Shop program in 2011, we were guided through every step of store development, from concept to a fully realized store in a matter of months. We are still open and thriving five years later.”

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel comprised of business and community representatives and industry professionals. Proposals are evaluated based on its compelling nature, the quality of the merchandise, the business growth potential, and the number of jobs or entrepreneurs supported. Submissions from businesses owned by women and people of color are highly encouraged with the goal of attaining widely shared prosperity among all residents of Portland.

Interested parties can visit the Clean & Safe website for details on how to apply. For more information, please contact Lisa Frisch, downtown retail program director, at 503-552-6740 or