One of the most crucial factors to consider when opening up pop-up shop… how the potential listing reflects your brand personality, or how you plan to best present your brand to the public. Choosing a space is similar to adopting a dog. “I feel like I am a classy individual, I should probably get a poodle,” or “I never stop, I love adventure and the outdoors, the boxer is perfect for me.”
This same mentality should be applied to researching a potential space to open up your pop-up shop. If you’re an elegant, classic and vintage style brand, opening in a graffiti covered urban space isn’t your best bet.
In addition, the space should capture your intended target markets attention. Location is important, but curb appeal and interior design are just as crucial components. A retail listing should have its own brand persona attached to it, and if both the exterior and interior doesn’t tell it intention, the result becomes confusing for the consumer.
Below are 20 riveting retail spaces on Storefront ensure your pop-up shop is a complete success:
1. Firehouse 8 SF: Firehouse 8 is a historic firehouse located on Russian Hill in San Francisco. What once lay vacant for more than 30 years, Firehouse 8 is now a completely renovated two-story retail, culinary, and art gallery event space dedicated to creating dynamic revolving pop-up shops.
2. Ludlow Studios NYC: It is tough to make such an immense space with a minimalist design aesthetic feel intimate and cozy, but Ludlow Studios in New York City has perfected it. Stark white walls, exposed brick, imported tile from Zanzibar, and elegant lighting make Ludlow Studios the perfect canvas for any pop-up event. The owners have procured premium interior design elements from antique homes in Hudson Valley, while delivering on the latest and highest quality technology.
3. Table Asia Gallery SF: Table Asia Gallery in San Francisco is a retail space devoted to fine handcrafted Asian furniture and home accessories. Owner Vince Meyer is devoted to constructing custom tables by including antique and vintage Japanese panels with his own welded metalwork. Table Asia Gallery is a unique idea for a pop-up space. Meyer’s existing furniture pieces are available to be utilized as tools to help showcase the brand being promoted.
4. Dijital Fix SF: Digital Fix was a company set to do just what their name implies, fix the retail technology industry. Founded in 2006, Dijital Fix grew tired of these major technology retail chains, and set out with the intent to combine fashion, design and electronics in a fun environment. The fun is built into its brand DNA with the addition of a photo-booth placed near the entry of the store, and even the most camera shy individual cannot resist. Punchy green walls are offset by industrial style cement flooring which is the perfect juxtaposition of geek and chic.
5. MTA Subway NYC: The once assumed passing by subway station from point A to point B is sure to become a destination all its own. The idea for MTA is to transform their underground stations into retail marketplaces and showcase vibrant and eclectic brands that gain a sense of pride to the New York City community.
6. EVA NYC: EVA manifests the innovative spirit of ‘Now and Next’ through its smartly curated selections. EVA’s progressive approach to the modern fashion retail experience has proven to be transformative. In keeping with EVA’s modern ethos, the boutique’s expansive interior is a dynamic, shape-shifting space; an idealized, minimalist environment that invites clientele to explore art and design alongside fashion.
7. The Roger Smith hotel NYC: Dedicated to the arts and creative entertainment, The Roger Smith hotel has implemented The Corner; a street-level revolving pop-up store space that boasts one of the most lucrative locations in Manhattan.
8. D-Structure SF: From the signage out front, to the sketched walls inside, DSF Boutique in San Francisco is a true artist’s haven. Graphic illustrations line the walls inside DSF (available for purchase), giving the stores vibe a contemporary and urban appeal. The space is a split-level boutique, giving the store a loft-like appearance and allowing for tall ceilings and abundant natural light in the main foyer. Graphic illustrations line the walls inside DSF (available for purchase), giving the stores vibe a contemporary and urban appeal. The space is a split-level boutique, giving the store a loft-like appearance and allowing for tall ceilings and abundant natural light in the main foyer.
9. Crocker Galleria SF: Striking the perfect balance between vaulted glass pavilion and traditional mall atmosphere, The Crocker Galleria in San Francisco is an experience in itself. The space may just be the epitome of what Ron Burgundy imagined when he exclaimed, “Smells like rich mahogany”. It exudes timeless elegance, complete with a dramatic staircase and vintage woodwork. The space itself is immense, with over 17,003 square feet of endless retail prospect.
10. PreFAB San Diego: If the walls inside PreFAB Studios in San Diego could talk, oh the tales they’d weave. In what once was a CSI Lab, owner Brian Hawkins is hoping to turn PreFAB into a destination pop-up shop space in San Diego. With such a historically significant (nationally recognized police headquarters) and unique foundation to work with, Hawkins is transforming his vision for a collaborative artistic venue that is guaranteed to keep guests and customers engaged.
11. GalleryBar NYC: Boasting a new twist on nightlife, GalleryBar is the newest addition to the booming Lower East Side. GalleryBar opens as a gallery by day, exhibiting works from the art world’s emerging and established talents. During the evening, it transitions into a bi-level lounge. Oh, and they have a photo-booth.
12. Boot Saloon Austin: These renovated horse trailers are the perfect backdrop to Austin’s cowboy Western nod. Each space is a traveling retail storefront to fit customers, serve cold drinks and enjoy the best tunes. A quintessential Austin experience.
13. The Station SF: The Station Café San Francisco offers an added perk (pun intended) to brands considering collaborating with the company on a pop-up shop endeavor… coffee. Operating as half coffee café, and half retail environment, The Station Café San Francisco is notably changing the face of pop-up shop spaces by allowing in-house refreshment through their coffee and juice bar.
14. W Hotel Hollywood: Located in the epicenter of everything Hollywood glamour, W Hotel Hollywood’s rooftop terrace boasts some of the most dynamic views in the entire city. Swanky interior design makes any pop-up shop instantly feel they have been upgraded to VIP status.
15. Breathing Room: With a gorgeous white columned exterior, one might feel like they’ve been transported to the White House to await a fancy gala for the president, rather than entering a pop-up shop. Inside, this 450 sq. foot classic TriBeCa loft storefront is beautifully designed with cream floors, brick walls, and rich woods coming together seamlessly.
Learn more about all of these spaces on Storefront.