11 vendors pop up in two State Street storefronts

The Madison Pop-Up Shop Program opened The Culture Collectives Pop-Up Shops Friday.
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Madame Chu is one of the vendors.

The Madison Pop-Up Shop Program — a City of Madison initiative to support small-scale businesses and fill vacant storefronts — opened The Culture Collectives Pop-Up Shops Friday.

Eleven vendors were chosen to pop-up their businesses in two storefronts at 440 State St. and 444 State St., a release says. The City announced the program earlier this year as a collaboration with JD McCormick Properties, the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County, the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce and Madison’s Central Business Improvement District.

The goal was to create opportunities for businesses as the community recovers from the pandemic.

All businesses are owned by people of color. “These vendors are unique and diverse. Most of their products you cannot get anywhere else in the city, which is why these pop-ups will enhance the special shopping experience on State Street,” Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway says.

The Culture Collectives participants range from soap makers to photographers and eco-friendly brands to clothing boutiques. The participants are Ardorposh, Better Footprints, DKs Boutique, El Legado, Intuition Productions, Madame Chu Delicacies, Marche-Isa Co, Nobbits USA, Oceans Laugh, OnlyOne Photography and Restoration Soap & Bodycare.

“This collaboration is helping to create opportunities for small, minority-owned businesses in our community, helping customers access unique shopping experiences and increasing foot traffic to State Street,” says Saran Ouk, City of Madison Office of Business Resources Manager.

The businesses will be open weekly Sunday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The city of Madison plans to host a grand opening on Oct. 22.

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