Local artisans and craftsmen who can’t afford a full-time retail venue now have another option – a downtown Elkin pop-up shop.
The small space available for rent is inside the former BB&T drive-through teller building on West Main Street. While the property was purchased to provide additional parking for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital’s Yadkin Valley Gastroenterology office during the day, the building and parking weren’t in use in the evenings or on weekends.
“I have done pop-up shops in downtown Elkin before in vacant buildings that haven’t been used,” explained Eris Ball, broker and employee of UnderdownBall Real Estate. “When Hugh Chatham bought that building, we hated for it to sit vacant, and we thought it would be a good opportunity to give artists and retailers an affordable option.”
For $50 a day, those interested in setting up their wares can have a short-term daily lease on the building. Utilities are provided by Hugh Chatham. During the week, it can be rented in the evenings, and it is available for Saturday and Sunday as well.
The first artists and retailers to take advantage of the pop-up shop availability are Wanderlust Studio 122 and The Barking Coyote Farm.
“It is more of an outreach to the community to support local artists,” Ball said.
Each month, a schedule is announced sharing with the community who is selling their products which days.
“The purpose of the pop-up shop is to invited artists, start-ups, musicians, creative and the like, to set up a temporary shop on a daily basis,” said Ball in the March schedule press release.
Rich Wooldredge of The Barking Coyote Farm said setting up this past weekend gave his family a chance to get back in the swing of things before the opening of the farmers market. Also, they were able to market Easter décor and postcards featuring photography by his son.
Barking Coyote, in addition to fresh free-range eggs, was set up to sell homemade baked goods.
Wanderlust Studio 122’s art work, featuring colorful small and large painted squares with messages and designs for home décor, hang on the walls inside the space as the artists have rented the facility on Thursday through Saturday through the end of March.
Those interested in renting the pop-up shop should contact Ball at 336-366-9210 or [email protected]
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.