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Pop Up Shop plans relocation to River Park Square

UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Ginger Ewing, left, co-founder and executive director of Terrain, Jackie Caro and Erin Colladay of Pop Up Shop in Steam Plant Square are preparing for the artisan shop’s move to River Park Square later this month. They are shown at the store on on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Ginger Ewing, left, co-founder and executive director of Terrain, Jackie Caro and Erin Colladay of Pop Up Shop in Steam Plant Square are preparing for the artisan shop’s move to River Park Square later this month. They are shown at the store on on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Terrain’s Pop Up Shop is rebranding and relocating to River Park Square, a move that will provide additional space for artists to sell locally made goods.

Pop Up Shop, a retail store featuring products from dozens of local artists and makers, has occupied a space in Steam Plant Square at 159 S. Lincoln St. for more than two years.

The store is relocating to a more than 4,200-square-foot storefront on the second floor of River Park Square formerly occupied by children’s toy retailer Whiz Kids, which as moved to the mall’s third floor.

The move will accommodate goods from 25 additional artists and makers, said Ginger Ewing, co-founder and executive director of Terrain, a nonprofit organization that promotes economic opportunities for the region’s creative artists.

There are several reasons for the move, but a primary factor is to gain more space and foot traffic, Ewing said.

“It’s going to be a big change for us,” she said. “Our goal is to support artists and artisans, and what an incredible platform to support them on a bigger scale.”

Pop Up Shop also is changing its name to From Here, reflecting the store’s mission to feature locally made products, she said.

From Here manager Erin Colladay and her husband, Jeremiah, own Colladay Leather, which sells leather guitar straps, journals, earrings and bracelets.

Erin Colladay said they are thrilled about the move to River Park Square.

“It’s a really fantastic opportunity. I think it’s something really unique for Spokane,” she said, referring to featuring local goods in a large shopping center.

The couple anticipates a potential increase in sales with Pop Up Shop’s relocation to River Park Square.

“It’s a great dilemma to have,” she said.

Terrain plans to host artist-led workshops for macrame, print and jewelry making as well as leather tooling in the new store.

Terrain hosted the winter market Brrrzaar at River Park Square last year, which led to Pop Up Shop’s relocation and expansion, Ewing said.

River Park Square aims for a diverse mix of local and national tenants, said Jameyn Allen, commercial leasing and project manager at River Park Square.

“Terrain is so involved in the community and they have so many different artists they showcase in their space,” Allen said. “It was a good opportunity to help artists that may not have a brick-and-mortar store to use Terrain and River Park Square to get their name out there.”

River Park Square is owned by affiliates of the Cowles Co., owner of Cowles Publishing Co., the publisher of The Spokesman-Review.

The Pop Up Shop seeks to provide creative entrepreneurs business skills and creates an ecosystem for growth. Artisans selling products in the store are required to work a shift, so they can interact with customers and gain feedback about their goods, Ewing said.

“It’s really important to recognize that artists, makers and creative entrepreneurs have an economic impact on our community,” she said. “Giving people the opportunity to support and make the choice to buy locally made is exciting. It’s a good way to showcase the amazing creativity coming out of Spokane.”

From Here is expected to open in River Park Square at the end of May.

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