On Thursday, a new pop-up shop will be opening its doors to the public. The Evanston Pop-up Gallery officially launches at 11 AM to showcase the art work of 50+ artists.
I snapped a photo of the application email when I walked by in June, and was promptly invited to see the space when I applied.
Having been a visitor to the former rendition of this storefront, I liked owner Steve and Sally’s vision for the space, and started scoping out the various options for my own display.
After a few calls back and forth, we agreed to a pair of shelves by a mirror and I scoped out the dimensions some more.
It is always exciting to see something new take space.
Maybe that’s why decorating shows are so popular, because we see spaces transform into something new.
I sat down at my bench and made some new earrings for summer.
Then I picked out the pieces I wanted to bring in and made the inventory sheet for it. The sheet was sent off so Sally would have time to add the inventory to the system.
After peeking in to see how lusciously other displays were coming together on Saturday, I decided to visit Michael’s and HomeGoods to scope out new shelf decorations.
HomeGoods inspired the look, and found the right pieces to complement each other.
I did some staging at home to ensure the dimensions would work.
On Monday I returned to Sherman Avenue. Steve put up my rented shelves and I started putting my display together.
Then the barcode stickers were printed and I cut them to size to fit my tags for the next 2 hours.
Then I heard a familiar voice, and Margarita and her mom popped in to plan out their space for Golden Sapphire bath bombs, soaps and other delicious materials to keep people and pets clean. Their natural and handcrafted bath and skincare products are safe for the environment, children, pets, and the rest of your family. All materials are recycled, and they use natural ingredients. I looove the bath bombs.
We are also partners at Hip Circle Empowerment Center’s Women-Powered Retail Zone so it will be fun to collaborate on this space as well. We decided to have fun in the selfie booth.
Angel also christened the selfie booth, and then Steve jumped in on the fun.
I also learned that Elektra and her husband will bring in their lampwork glass. Everlasting Fire Studio will bring in their beautiful wine glasses, marbles and paperweights, and some pendants. I use their vases for my trunk shows.
The shelves were soon arranged, and I really like the look. It’s fun to see how a vision comes together in actuality.
I am super excited to see how the rest of the spaces come together.
There is already a lot of great art to see.
The pop-up gallery opens 11 am to 7 pm on Thursday at 1627 Sherman Avenue Evanston.
Then on Monday, the Mayor and Alderman will be present for a 4 pm ribbon cutting.
Check Facebook for updates, special events and hours.
Here’s to a successful new boutique!