In the heart of Old Oakland, it’s time for a catch up session on the latest with Popuphood. New retailers Umamimart and McMullen recently joined the mix of independent shops, and the organization is offering other interested independent retailers an opportunity to apply to the expanding project through its web site. Read on for the details.
Here’s the lowdown: with the rise in popularity of pop-up retail, the idea of a mini neighborhood inspired by the concept presented a unique opportunity for a group of lucky retailers last fall.
Popuphood, an urban revitalization project and small business incubator, aims to draw foot traffic to the heart of Old Oakland while offering local artisans and merchants the opportunity to open temporary shops to present their work to the public.
When Popuphood debuted this past December, creators Alfonso Dominguez and Sarah Filley made it possible for a handful of independent retailers to try out the newly renovated retail spaces of Old Oakland for six months – completely rent-free. Opportunities to sign long term leases after the trial period made the opportunity even sweeter, and five out of eight retailers ended up signing leases. There were benefits to the surrounding community, as well. Along with bringing new energy to the streets, the shops are easily accessible via public transportation and BART, and are only a few short blocks from a handful of restaurants and bars.
The project has plans to expand to more neighborhoods and communities in the future and has created an online platform for interested businesses to get in touch: independent retailers interested in joining the eclectic mix of talent can apply online for their opportunity to connect with Old Oakland – or wherever the next popuphood lands.