Pop-Up Retail Program Continues in Downtown Gloucester with New Businesses 

Mayor Greg Verga to join partners to celebrate Season 2 of Project: Pop up Gloucester

Mayor Greg Verga, with partners Action Inc. and UpNext will host a ribbon cutting for Season 2 of Project: Pop-Up Gloucester at 206 Main St. in Gloucester on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 11 a.m.

The renewed program highlights the success of the concept for the city’s downtown. It began as a creative solution to bring retailers back into physical store space and continues to offer opportunities for small businesses. Businesses have the chance to operate at the prime downtown spot for several weeks at subsidized rates. After the set time, another “season” of business owners move in. 

“I am looking forward to season two of Project: PopUp in Gloucester and to welcoming two new small businesses to our downtown,” said Mayor Greg Verga. “We get to build on the success of our first round of businesses and continue to bring new life to Gloucester’s Main Street. I am proud of this successful partnership and collaboration and our work providing opportunities for these creative small businesses.”

This season welcomes two artists.  Ornelie Mukadi creates handmade Ankara accessories bringing a piece of the Congolese culture for her customers through her business TehillahS. 

She explained, “TehillahS started as a way to bring the Ankara fabric into rooms where it didn’t always belong. We strive to make our accessories wearable every. Project: Pop-Up allows me the opportunity to venture into the world of brick and mortar without the anxiety of a long-term lease. I hope to gain knowledge on how to not only survive but thrive in a business like mine.”

Sustainable designs will be sold at the second business called Detali.  Founder Natalia Douglass said, “This opportunity will give us a chance to show the world of upcycled design here in Gloucester as well as get together as a community who cares about ocean health.”

This grant-funded initiative allows time to test their business models in the city without the commitment of signing a lease or buying a property.  The entrepreneurs are also given resources to help seed their success through funding in part from the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development.

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