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Posted on January 14, 2015 by

45 Pop-ups. $30k in Additional Revenue. 6 Months of Pop-Up Restaurants!

 

Last summer Andie Sobrepena, Founder of Foundation Cafe in San Francisco’s Financial District, joined Storefront hoping to connect with emerging artists and retailers to bring a fresh vibe and new use to her available space.

Since that warm day in July, the Foundation Cafe has hosted over 45 pop-ups with local to San Francisco, artisan operations such as Burmabearsf, Ommies, and suitecase supperclub. These pop-up experiences brought new foot traffic to the neighborhood and helped Foundation easily earn over 30k in additional revenue in just 6 months. “All of the visiting companies who have built a pop-up here have surely added to Kearny Street’s long history as one of the first constructed streets established in San Francisco”. (Andie)

Foodie-centric start-ups like Dinner Lab, Feastly, Cozymeal,  and EatWith, have built communities that focus on creating unique dining and social experiences. Using Storefront, their Chefs are able to host these dining experiences outside of their homes and in larger, more accommodating venues, like Foundation Cafe. We’re seeing this as a growing trend in cafe’s, restaurant’s, and event spaces nationwide. Pop-up dining is the ultimate exposure for up and coming Chef’s and provides an intimate and new experience for food lovers.

Foundation is a working dream that every big loving family fantasizes about. Andie’s entire family is involved and behind the creativity and consistency that makes this space so amazing. Originally the eldest sister and mother worked together to remodel the space. Three out of the six siblings work in the cafe floor as servers, baristas, and cooks. And everyone acts as valued taste-testers for the menu. Brutally honest feedback between the crew is at the core for their efforts to gain popularity and success.

We had a chat with Andie to get some feel for her experience and some solid advice that we can share with the Storefront community of entrepreneurs.

Storefront: Talk about your key to success. What helps you make the appropriate maneuvers with regards to growing and improving your business?

Andie: We have so many awesome customers that come in daily and we try to build relationships with all of the people that come in. We definitely have a special place in our hearts for all our customers that have been regulars since we opened. We’ve received such amazing support from our customers and hearing feedback from them is very important to helping us improve.

Storefront: Your Storefront experience. We know you’ve been building great relationships with local brands. What else has stood out to you?

Andie: Our experience has been great! The Storefront team has been super easy to work with and never fail to help with any issues/questions that come up. The brands and individuals, that have done pop-ups through Storefront, have been fantastic as well. They’ve all been very respectful of our space and responsive to any input we send their way. It’s been great meeting people who are so passionate about what they do and to see all the creative ways people put their passion out into the world. It’s definitely inspired us to be more appreciative of building a community around our space and to support other small businesses that do too.

Storefront: Why the pop-up shop? What sparked this growth tactic for Foundation?

Andie: We love seeing our space transformed! We’ve had several rentals that have set up beautiful dinners in our space. It’s inspiring just to see people appreciate our space and put their own creative touches to make it their own. It’s also always memorable when we’re taking shots of whiskey or sipping glasses of wine while setting up before the event or during clean up with new friends.

Storefront: So what is next for Foundation? It’s 2015, how about some solid advice to give your peers in the industry?

Andie: Who knows! Although we are coming up on our 2nd birthday in a few months, I feel like we’ve got a very strong following. Now we want to focus on continuing to improve and solidify our operations.

After working with Andie for the last 6 months we can confidently say she is one to always have her ear to the ground. She’s always watching and listening for the subtle signs that allow her to make strong decisions for growing her business’s customer base and sales. “The Foundation Cafe is dedicated to creating lasting impressions with their customers and the community.” (Andie)

We’re proud to work with Andie and many other amazing Founders. We’re always interested in growing our network. So, if you’re in need of a full-size kitchen and a space that can seat 25 at any given time, the Foundation Cafe is the perfect space for you.

Submit your request to book Andie’s space here.

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Posted on December 15, 2014 by

How Five San Francisco Brands Built a Pop-up in Two Weeks and Took Over the Union Square Westfield Mall

In the beginning of November, we caught wind of an amazing vacant space on Market and Powell: the Westfield San Francisco Shopping Center. We discovered a beautiful street-facing store with its windows covered, completely hidden from the world. As pop-up experts, we knew exactly what to do. Storefront and Westfield have always been closely aligned in our collective vision to connect amazing brands with beautiful spaces. And so the story goes.

Our Director of San Francisco, Benny, began curating what he knew were some of the city’s most involved, locally based brands. There was a hard deadline to have the space built out in two weeks, so the brands of choice had a big job in front of them. To turn this blank space into a professional and well designed retail experience was going to take a great deal of hard work and expertise.

Benny knew he chose the right brands to participate the moment this collaboration kicked off. Within two short weeks, these professionals proved beyond any doubt that they had the ability to take this project on. Needless to say, once ribbon cutting day came, everything was ready and perfect.

We asked the founder of the participating brand ‘We’ve’, Eve Blossom, about some tips on how her and the other founders pulled this together. Her answer was simple and insightful. “Have the budget. Know 100% WHY you’re embarking on this journey. Lock down solid and Storefront recommended vendors for the build out, like Walls 360. Finally, make sure you have amazing sales people, and an experiential plan for your customers. Think ahead, think way ahead, before they ever walked into your store.”

Eve is a retail expert by all means. Her explanation aligns with pop-up expert Melissa Gonzalez’ in-depth look at the pop-up shop, The Pop-up Paradigm. Melissa writes, “Step one when planning your brands pop-up shop is to step back and think about your key goals. There’s lots of possible benefits, what’s the one goal that this pop-up needs to achieve to be a success?”

We agree to this methodology wholeheartedly. When building growth initiatives, follow the age-old rule:

  • Define: Who, What, When, Where, Why.
  • Design: The How with thorough research.
  • Deploy: Trust your research and deploy with confidence.

The Artisan Square space is designed to the “T” with Eve and Melissa’s checklist in mind. The space pulls you in every direction you want to be pulled. Shop through the must-have handmade goods by We’ve, and be sure make your way over to TCHO, the SF based Chocolatier selling a creamy treat that is a personal favorite of this chocolate addict. There is something for everyone at this space. ORU Kayak has their 10% off briefcase-sized fold-out kayaks displayed fiercely, looking as aggressive as the rapids you’ll be paddling down. The curated collective, Makers Market, will be featuring a rotating inventory of San Francisco Made goods. Don’t forget the sleek designs of Wood Thumb, an SF based reclaimed wood finishing movement.

If you’re so fortunately involved in a San Francisco based company, you need to get down to 845 Market Street to catch a glimpse of this amazing pop-up. If mid December has you scrambling for the most wonderful gift ever, stop by Westfield to support these incredible brands.

Now – December 31st  @ The Artisan Square Market, 845 Market Street, San Francisco

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Posted on December 11, 2014 by

Iron & Resin Pop-up Shop Rides into North Beach, San Francisco

All the way from sunny and rustic Ventura California, and new to the Bay, hails Iron & Resin. This group of seasoned and talented creatives brought their line of lifestyle apparel right here to San Francisco’s North Beach. Much like the clean ocean breaks in their hometown, the smooth lines of their hand crafted California-forged gear are sure to impress.

What really impressed us was what these makers did with the short-term space they rented through Storefront. We saw a vacant store blossom from a blank canvas into a work of art in just a few short weeks (see before and after pictures below). With the help of their neighbors, The Original Timber Company, the I&R crew restored and rejuvenated the 7 Columbus space, creating a stunning retail experience. Flawless execution from these two groups of experts!

Interested in some ideas for your next pop-up event? You need stop by 7 Columbus to see what two complementary brands and a little elbow-grease can do with a blank space. This is true inspiration for any brand working on their build out.

Original Timber had a four-year vacancy at an incredible location, and were looking to fill it with a complementary brand. Thats how they found Storefront back in September. Within a few weeks the requests to rent the space short-term started pouring in. Iron & Resin was the perfect fit for the Original Timber Company. The two companies may take this relationship beyond this first pop-up experience. The space is still available to rent for future pop-ups. Submit your application here.

The Iron & Resin space is open until the end of the year in North Beach at 7 Columbus, Monday through Sunday, from 11-7pm. Ride the two wheeler down and pick up the ultimate apparel & accessories to ramp-up your lineup.

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Posted on December 3, 2014 by

SF Movers and Shakers you must attend!

This is a must-attend event for any business-owner interested in pursuing offline experiences as a growth tactic. Melissa Gonzalez, an advisor for Storefront, and Eve Blossom, pop-up aficionado and Founder of We’ve Built, will be hosting A Fire Side Chat on Tuesday, December 9th at the Artisan Square pop-up shop.

The event is themed by the launch of Melissa’s new book, The Pop-Up Paradigm. Pick this up ASAP to learn how to “tackle some of the many ways that activating a pop-up shop can benefit your brand, from creating partnerships to learning about your customer.” We highly recommend Melissa as an expert in this field. You can grab a copy here on Amazon.

Come support these two phenomenal entrepreneurs and rub elbows with some of the most highly respected experts in the field. Tuesday the 9th, at the Westfield Mall in Downtown San Francisco (right next to Timberland and the main entrance). See you Tuesday!

For more information and RSVP click here

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Posted on November 20, 2014 by

Nov 1 – Nov 30 – JUNGWON @ Ellen – New York, NY

Did everyone enjoy the torrential downpour in New York on Monday? No, I didn’t think so.

If you’re looking for a rain jacket for the coming season, intelligent outerwear brand JUNGWON will be popping-up at the lovely boutique Ellen on 123 Ludlow Street until the end of November. The brand features delightful styles that breathe effortlessly through the water and wind which grace the city this time of year. The jacket will house you as comfortably as the space houses the brand, cozily tucked in between the boutiques and restaurants that dot Ludlow Street.

June Sohn, creator of JUNGWON, found Ellen on Storefront. If interested in a holiday pop-up, feel free to send a request on the site.

Whether you’re on your way back from a Pastrami on Rye at Katz’s, or heading west to the delightful alleyways of NoLiTa, this pop-up should definitely be a point in your route.

The JUNGWON @ Ellen Pop-Up:

  • Now until November 30th
  • Monday – Saturday from 11am-7pm
  • Sunday from 12-6.
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Posted on November 13, 2014 by

Storefront’s Second Annual Holiday Pop-up!

Don’t know where to start your holiday shopping? Come join some of SF’s hottest and most unique brands at this can’t-miss event. Shop some of the coolest brands around at the Second Annual Storefront Holiday Pop-Up in the MIXX Lounge at W San Francisco on Thursday, November 20th (6PM-1OPM).

Featured brands include:

Hardhaus is an apparel company that specializes in men’s underwear that looks great on any guy.

Ever Ivy is a day-to-night premium womenswear line, focusing on cross-seasonal tops and modern dresses.

Whitley Designs makes handcrafted necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets, all made from semi-precious stones and fine metals.

Seldom Seen is a boutique pioneering the Urban Prep lifestyle that bridges modern-preppy with refined street for today’s style enthusiasts.

Treats Quality Apparel brings back the short-sleeved button-down for men.

Lady Alamo’s bags and accessories are eclectic-yet-functional, embellished-yet-versatile, seasonal-yet-adaptive. The designs make you smile, brighten your day, stir conversation, and score handfuls of compliments.

Mobilized provides the men’s “wear” for wherever you want to go. It facilitates your escape from gridlock to fully explore your environs whether you’re cycling, walking, and even, yes, riding the public transportation.

Summer Sequoia handcrafts a line of locally sourced Tallow skin care products which includes body balms for the skin, intimate solid perfumes, and slow-burning, vibrantly glowing candles.

The drinks will be flowing with the tracks spinning, all courtesy of the W’s own in-house DJ!

November 20th (6PM-1OPM) in the MIXX Lounge at W San Francisco 3rd st. Be there!

RSVP to save your spot.

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Posted on November 12, 2014 by

RUUM’s 1-2 punch into the Manhattan brick-and-mortar scene

Across Manhattan marks another Storefront-powered pop-up. RUUM, the uber-chic children’s clothier brings American kid’s wear down from the LES to TriBeCa for its second New York location.

RUUM has publicly announced its excitement for opening their new showroom just last month on Madison Ave (85th St. & Madison Ave). With no intentions of stopping there, RUUM partnered with Storefront, who streamlined the process for RUUM to test a second brick-and-mortar location in a new Manhattan neighborhood (TriBeCa).

The build out of the store is focused on the style of the neighborhood, which effectively allows the company to form new and lasting relationships on a local level. 138 W Broadway, an industrially lit space, sets the store’s vibe in an ever-embracing neighborhood. Outfits hang from peg boards, warm spotlights showcase each perfectly planned outfit, all reminiscent of and tipping a cap to the surrounding galleries that exhibit artwork in a similar fashion. It’s a genius build-out.

The best thing about the RUUM holiday collection is the super stylish tike standing next to you after you leave the store. The great thing is your wallet won’t feel much pain. The worst thing is – the little one might school you in the “who wore it better” contest (pun intended).

Take a trip to TriBeCa this weekend and shop the RUUM Pop-Up @ 138 W Broadway New York, NY 10013

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Posted on November 11, 2014 by

The curated collection of Jennifer Crowe comes to Abbot Kinney

Jennifer Crowe (Taisteal Jewelry) is hosting the curated showcase of the season at The Experiential Space – Abbot Kinney. The locals here, in the epicenter of the Venice shopping scene, are in for a major treat this holiday. Dubbed “the coolest block in America,”(GQ Magazine), the Jennifer Crowe collection is sure to join the hype.

While managing a bead-and-jewelry store for four years, Jennifer spent her free time designing what would become the foundation of the Taisteal brand. Bouncing back-and-forth between her store during the week and a market on the weekends, she built her client base the old-fashioned way; she highlighted her jewelry-making process to customers, inviting them to watch her in action. Succeeding tremendously at the markets, she easily dove into the best trade shows around the country. Jennifer now sells her jewelry wholesale to stores around the country.

Taisteal means “travel” in Irish, and with each line of jewelry she creates, she intends to engage a culture and lifestyle from a unique part of the world.

When it came to establishing this year’s holiday schedule, Jennifer hoped to return to the face-to-face customer interaction that started it all. The up-and-comer aspires to own a boutique in this area, and is using the space she found through Storefront as a trial run. The event is not just about one brand, though. Taisteal will share space with an array of makers, featuring two other jewelers, a panoramic photographer, a home-goods crafter, among others.

Over the years of buying and selling at different markets throughout the country, Jennifer has built an extensive network of creatives that create unique pieces of art and fashion. In an effort to help other artisans that walk a similar path, Jennifer is sharing the space with an array of her fellow crafters, giving them all the chance to showcase their products to eager Venice locals.

Jennifer’s gallery is part of what makes renting retail short term so special – providing a forum for people and brands alike to connect, and create a greater appreciation for the products we see every day. Storefront approved.

The event runs from November 29th – December 23rd – 1306 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, California.

Admit it, you need to be there. 

- STOREFRONT

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Posted on November 10, 2014 by

Malibu-meets-Manhattan at the Michael Stars Meatpacking Pop-up

With a little help from Storefront, Michael Stars brought its effortlessly luxurious basics to New York’s Meatpacking District. Their first New York pop-up store the brand wanted to emphasize a refined mix of leather, denim, cashmere and dresses. The event also marks the debut of the Michael Stars menswear line, so bring the man-friend.

The layout plays tribute to the brand’s easygoing street style staples. That Malibu-meets-Manhattan vibe coupled with the exposed brick walls and a green vertical garden. It’s a beautiful build-out. This was the ideal location for Michael Stars to attract the trendy cosmopolitans of New York, and we’re excited to learn more about the brands overall success in the neighborhood.

The pop-up runs from now until January 2015 @ 32 Gansevoort St. New York, NY 10014

We just love what they’ve done with the place. Having a temporary shop allows brands like Michael Stars to test markets at a micro level and build out a space and product with the locals in mind.

Storefront makes beautiful retail space available for short-term rental. The result: we see brands small, emerging, and large – engage their audience offline, make more sales online and walk away with a new understanding of the customer.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

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Posted on October 23, 2014 by

Storefront Vibes at Treasure Island Music Festival

Over the weekend, thousands hurried over the Bay Bridge and made their way to the Treasure Island Music Festival. Storefront partnered up with Noise Pop to bring the cities best crafters and designers to the festival. Top Shelf Boutique, Stoopid Shades, Griz Coat, San Franpsycho, StudioNicoUpper Playground, Indosole – it seemed like everyone was there. After the vendors secured their spaces, the Storefront team moved on to the next project: The Storefront Booth.

Storefront created an interactive and, occasionally, lucrative booth experience for festival goers of all shapes and sizes. Guests at the booth lined-up for a chance to spin the Storefront Wheel. Some people went for the hard whirl, others chose a soft roll. The lucky ones hit the jackpot, winning cool prizes from numerous Storefront brands.

A huge “Thank Ya!” to Bebeani, FatKid Clothing, Hardhaus, Instapainting, Oh Bar and wolven|threads for donating their handmade items. All who left the Storefront Booth were thrilled to take home a piece of the maker pie.

Patrons of the Storefront Booth were also invited to test their own artistic talents, creating pictures both simple and grand on the Storefront Makers Board. By the end of the festival, hearts, hashtags, and even a picture of Homer Simpson dotted the board, standing tall for all passerby’s to admire.

Till next time #TIMF. We’ll see you soon!

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