By Laura Kate Whitney
Birmingham, just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s called Pop-Up Shop, and it’s the one thing your sweetheart won’t forgive you for missing.
The location: a vacant storefront situated on the corner of 20th Street North and 3rd Avenue North.
The shops: all hand-made, all local, all guaranteed to make your better half swoon.
The reason: to showcase the potential impact and awesomeness of locally-owned retail storefronts in the heart of downtown Birmingham.
Here’s all the info you’ll need to make this heart-themed holiday the best that it’s ever been.
Pop-Up Shop, Downtown Birmingham
Friday, February 8 – 12p.m. to 7p.m.
Saturday, February 9 – 10a.m. to 1p.m.
Vendors and their wares:
Bitty’s Back Porch will be serving up those sweet ‘n spicy packaged snacks we all love.
Harmony Bath and Body will be offering a Pop-Up exclusive line of natural skin care products made from…wait for it…Peruvian chocolate.
Heather Spencer Holmes will be bringing the iron box of chocolates.
Kelly can hook you up with the cards you’ll lovingly give to your one and only.
Plenty Design Coop will be selling off their custom line of modern furniture. You can also score on eof those “I Am Birmingham” tees from ‘em, too.
Steva Casey, the love of my bar-patroning life and leading bartendress at Veranda on Highland, is whipping up some special cocktail kits. (All you’ll need to add is the bubbly.)
Tallulah Designs will be debuting the Spring 2013 line at Pop-Up Shop. (Guys: Girlfriends will be so grateful.)
It’s going to be a ton of fun, y’all. And it’s just the beginning of this Pop-Up affair…
Pop-Up Shop is the first in a year-long series of Pop-Up events organized by Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, and the goal is simple – to spur economic development in the City Center by offering both retailers and consumers the opportunity to interact through a unique, value-driven experience. RPC has rallied a dream team of local partners to execute the year-long Pop-Up Project, including Shop Birmingham, Avondale Brewery, Space One Eleven, UAB School of Engineering, United Way, and REV Birmingham. The full Pop-Up program will focus on other important issues to Birmingham, such as effective transportation opportunities and alternatives, and using tactical urbanism to measure the demand for public spaces.