Pop-up shops open in downtown Tulsa again

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Reported by: Ron Terrell
Updated: 11/26/2013 5:25 pm Published: 11/26/2013 5:00 pm

It's becoming a holiday tradition for downtown Tulsa: pop-up shops for the holidays in the Deco District.

With holiday shopping season upon us, the downtown pop-up shops are back for a third year starting this weekend.

That means 10 temporary businesses will be found on Boston between 5th and 6th streets. The shops have fared well the first two go-rounds, generating business in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Deco District President Libby Auld said it's all about helping to fill a void.

"It's hard to find that dense population of shopping to do in downtown Tulsa, but we create that every year for the pop-up shops. Hopefully we'll get a few people to stick around this year, and it's just continued to grow year after year," she said.

Tom Zampino of Laser Z Studio has been making laser art for more than two years. Last year was his first time as a pop-up shop. He said it was an easy decision to come back this year.

“It's a great time of the year for people to come in, see what local artisans can provide to Tulsa," he said.

The pop-up shops have been so popular over the past three years that 10 businesses decided to stay permanently.

"The Candy Castle is a full-time resident, Made is a full-time resident, Bison and Bear ... So these are shops that started as just a one-month trial three years ago and have had a permanent retail spot for three full years now, so it's pretty exciting," said Auld.

Other businesses on Boston are excited about the pop-up shops opening back up. Bobby Ross, who works at Mod's Coffee and Crepes, said the shops help bring in new customers.

"The pop-up shops are a really great way to try to keep people in theneighborhood -- and maybe try and bring new people in," he said.

The pop-up shops will open for business this Saturday morning at 10.

They'll be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. until December 28th.

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