Project Pop Up: Downtown
Project Pop Up: Downtown is a program of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, in conjunction with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Department of City Planning and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
“We’ve made it a priority to bring Downtown back to life,” says Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. “New office tenants, residential properties, and the renovated Market Square is part of that vision. For retail, Project Pop Up Pittsburgh: Downtown is a great tool to inject life and energy into the Downtown business district."
Over 90 artists, entrepreneurs, and non-profits submitted proposals to activate Downtown storefronts. Finalists were invited to “pop” into Downtown for limited engagements. These finalists received grants with which they will occupy currently vacant stores in Downtown throughout 2012. Click here to see a map of these projects.
Our pilot year will be wrapping up at the end of 2012. We hope you will continue to visit the vendors throughout 2013.
Night Market V • Friday July 12, 2013 • 5:30 - 11:00 p.m. • Located Outside at the Corner of 8th Street & Penn Avenue
Don't miss the next installment of the Night Market! Night Market V will occur during the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Summer Gallery Crawl.
Vendors are currently being sought. Please download and return the application if you are interested in participating. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, June 19.
Night Market IV • Friday April April 26, 2013 • 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. • Located Outside at the Corner of 8th Street & Penn Avenue
Night Market IV occurred during the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Spring Gallery Crawl on April 26, in the parking lot at the corner of 8th Street and Penn Avenue. It was our biggest Night Market yet, with 27 local vendors offering handmade jewelry, clothing, crafts, art, handmade soaps, food, and more! The Market ran from 6-11 pm and was visited by nearly 5000 people throughout the evening!
Along with the vendors, our friends from Yelp Pittsburgh joined us with the Yelp Prize Wheel, and DJ Soy Sos played a variety of American pop, soul, and funk, Latin, reggae, and a wide selection of dance music from around the world throughout the night. Dancers from The Pillow Project were also on hand performing among the crowd in an improvisational fashion, along with a live chalk artist who created a temporary art display on the brick wall that runs along the parking lot.
Thank you to everyone who came out and stay tuned for our next Night Market this upcoming July!
Check out a slideshow from the event below as well as a list of all the vendors that participated:
Our fantastic vendors included:
Babouche offers handcrafted leather goods, jewelry, and gift items from Morocco
Bluebird Kitchen - One of Downtown's popular lunch destinations, Bluebird Kitchen, will be offering their delicious house-made baked goods - sandwich cookies, cheesecake, brownies, and more!
BRGR – A variety of delicious handcrafted burgers, including angus beef, turkey and veggie, with various preparations and delicious toppings, sides, and gourmet milkshakes and root beer floats made with hand-spun premium ice cream.
Burgh Bites Cart – Delicious hot dogs, sandwiches, french fries, tater tots, and homemade canned items such as pickles and BBQ sauce.
Café Byblos - Want to talk delicious, homemade and healthy? Cafe Byblos will be selling Mediterranean food including several vegan dishes, gluten-free tabooi, rice, and of course gyros!
Cha-Ching Coin Jewelry - A vendor in the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square this past holiday season, Cha-Ching Coin Jewelry offers beautiful jewelry handcrafted out of coins and tokens.
DeadBuryDead & Steel City Cotton Works - Looking for a new T-shirt to wear in the beautiful spring weather? DeadBuryDead and Steel City Cotton Works have awesome tees and accessories for men and women!
Devorah Naturals - Artisan skin care created from the finest organic and natural ingredients for all ages and skin types.
Djoi Jewelry Designs - Handcrafted metalwork and wirework jewelry.
Erra Creations - Making the world a little greener, prettier and funkier with reclaimed material and reinvented vintage wares for men, women and home.
Euro Haus - A vendor in the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square this past holiday season, Euro Haus offers a beautiful selection of jewelry, scarves, ethnic, and religious items.
Fabulous Homemade Cookies - A vendor in the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square this past holiday season, Fabulous Homemade Cookies offers homemade jumbo cookies, brownies, and bars.
Fukuda - Presenting the talents of Executive Chef Matt Kemp & entrepreneur Hoon K., exploring Japanese traditions and experiments in culinary arts.
garbella - Hand screenprinted apparel for men, women, and children, as well as accessories, and home decor made from recycled material.
Healcrest Urban Farm - Do you love your tea? Healcrest Urban Farm offers artisanal, locally grown medicinal and culinary herbs blended for tea, tisane, and tea-pops.
Linda Barnicott Art Prints and Gifts - A vendor in the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square this past holiday season, Linda creates beautiful and enchanting portraits of Pittsburgh.
Meat & Potatoes - One of Downtown's hottest restaurants, Meat and Potatoes will be preparing delicious food, including meat fresh from their smoker.
Neighborhood Blonde - Up-cycled and recycled personal and household goods.
Pittsburgh Pie Guy - An assortment of whole pies or by the slice, sweet pies or savory from this up and coming baking operation based in East Liberty
Pretzel Crazy - Delicious pretzel creations of pretzels dipped into chocolate or caramel and coated them with marshmallows, candy, nuts, and more!
SMD Jewelry - Specializing in beautiful, unique, handmade jewelry utilizing vintage, recycled, and sustainably made materials.
Sugar Baby Soaps - Handmade, all natural bath, body, and aromatherapy products for men, women, and children including lip balms, bath soaks, and novelty soaps.
The Pretty 1 - Handmade, whimsical jewelry featuring dainty and delicate beaded designs inspired by color.
The Vagabond Queen – Singer/songwriter Danielle Barbe handcrafts beautiful jewelry out of re-purposed vintage materials.
Tugboat Printshop - Amazing 100% handmade woodblock prints.
Una Biologicals - Offering a full range organic wellness products including face creams, body butters, lip balms, bath supplies, salves, yoga supplies, and organic tea.
Zekes Coffee - Fresh-roasted coffee from the finest available beans for sale by the pound, and coffee and hot chocolate by the cup by the East Liberty small-batch roaster
Project Pop Up: Night Market III & Outdoor Curling
Thanks for joining us for Project Pop Up: Night Market III and Outdoor Curling on Friday, January 25, 2013!
Project Pop Up: Night Market 2 was held on Friday, September 28
Thanks to everyone who participated! The event featured 25 vendors, welcomed approximately 3,000 patrons, some dancing the night away and others contributing to the "I WANT ____ TO POP UP DOWNTOWN" chalk wall.
Project Pop Up: Urban Forest was one of the more recent Project Pop Up locations for the summer of 2012 and the newest installation to the ToonSeum Sprout Fund Comic Courtyard. From Thursday, June 21 through Tuesday, July 10, downtown workers, residents and visitors were able to escape the busy streets of Pittsburgh into a new oasis of relaxation to sit amongst a variety of trees.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, ToonSeum and the the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership united to bring the forest to Downtown Pittsburgh. The Urban Forest featured colorful tables and chairs beneath the shade of five different trees (dawn redwood, ginko, autumn blaze maple, black gum, zelkova) that were accented by Wichita Blue Juniper, ferns and lilies. The trees and shrubbery were on loan from local lawn and turf management firm, Lawn Sense. The project aimed to surprise Downtown patrons and suggest the possibility of a greener city environment including possible future ventures similar to the Urban Forest.
|Boutique 208, 208 Sixth Street||
Robot Repairs, 210 Sixth Avenue
Awesome Books, 929 Liberty Avenue
Check out Project Pop Up: Downtown photos from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Winter Gallery Crawl!
Project Pop-Up: Downtown - In the News:
Project Pop Up: Night Market pops up on Liberty Avenue - PDP, July 10, 2012
ToonSeum's Urban Forest Takes Root Downtown - PDP, June 25, 2012
Pop-up stores boom along Woodward Avenue - Detroit News, June 2, 2012
Dream Cream Ice Cream, a downtown pop up store, rewards dreamers - Pop City, March 21, 2012
Project Pop-up gives new life to empty storefronts - Tribune Review, January 6, 2012
Project Pop-Up brings sweet shop, used books, robot repairs, and more to downtown storefronts - Pop City, January 18, 2012
New bookstore Downtown; Mystery Lovers for sale - Post-Gazette, February 15, 2012
Awesome Books ‘Pops Up’ - Point Park Globe, February 27, 2012
Cones at new ice cream shop will funnel money to worthy causes - Post-Gazette, February 25, 2012
Made Possible by: Heinz Endowments, Colcom Foundation, and an anonymous donor