Shop Local: Pop Up Shops Popping Up

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

At Hyatt Centric Pop up. Photo courtesy of Joshua Hebbert/Object Maker.

After doing all of your shopping online for more than a year, are you longing to try things on? Did being cooped up inside make you want to spruce up your living space? Do you value locally-made products? If so, you’ll love the pop up shopping opportunities springing up around the city.

Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia

Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia will host a series of Pop Up shops starting on Friday, June 4. Each weekend local artisans, and businesses owned by people of color and women have been invited to create pop up shops and displays in the hotel lobby. The fashionable new Center City hotel is located at 1620 Chancellor Street, off 17th Street between Walnut and Locust. “We are striving to support local artists and small business owners while also offering guests a distinct experience with Philadelphia flavor,” said Gilbert Santana, general manager of the Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia. “Locals too are invited to stop by the hotel to discover new artists and small businesses." The hotel intentionally sought out partnerships with Black- and minority-owned businesses, in keeping with Hyatt’s Change Starts Here commitment. To commemorate Juneteenth, the hotel welcomes October Gallery, one of the oldest African American galleries in the country, followed by Fason de Viv, offering Haitian-inspired fashion designed by a mother/daughter duo.


Photo courtesy of Tesoro.

June 4 & June 5 - Tesoro by Brit Reed Tesoro is a handmade ethical and sustainable leather goods brand, based in Philadelphia. Founded by Brit Reed, Tesoro provides timeless, beautiful and functional leather bags and accessories for those who care about the environment and want their dollar to make a positive impact. Each item is made with leather made in the USA, and handmade with care in their Kensington studio. June 11 through June 13 - Fabric Workshop and Museum Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum devoted both to the creation and presentation of innovative works of art. The institution’s name honors its roots in screenprinting, aligning well with the hotel’s design which also draws from the region’s rich history in textiles. This pop-up shop will feature a selection of artist-designed fabrics and some of FWM’s best-selling products, including bags, bandanas, napkins, umbrellas, ties and other artful gift items. Special edition items include Kiki Smith’s Owl and Pussycat (2002), a flip doll inspired by Edward Lear’s 1871 poem about two unlikely sweethearts and ceramic artist Jun Kaneko’s printed canvas Dash bag (1979/2007), which is akin to a flexible, portable vase.

Spring Girl in Flowers. Photo courtesy of October Gallery.

June 18 through June 20 - October Gallery -- Celebrate Juneteenth, October Gallery’s 36th Anniversary & Father’s Day One of the oldest African American galleries in the country selling mostly contemporary Black art. The gallery has hosted one of the nation’s largest African American Art Expos for 30 years, until the pandemic in 2020. Stop by to enjoy the work, pick up something to spruce up your home and find father’s day gifts to fit any budget. June 25 through June 27 - Fason de Viv Black-owned Fason de Viv offers a carefully-curated selection of unique, affordable, ethically, and environmentally conscious items including a collection created by Zen Samad, the founder, and her mother, as well as other Philadelphia artisans. The Haitian-inspired store in the Fashion District has an eclectic mix of fashion, jewelry, accessories, home decor, art, and beauty brands.

Photo courtesy of Feast Jewelry.

July 16 through July 18 - Feast Jewelry by Adrienne Manno A line of line of contemporary jewelry and accessories, that derives inspiration from designer Adrienne Manno's love of industrial design, combined with her passion for manipulating natural materials. She uses found and sourced organic elements including freshwater pearl, shell, coral, and glass to create pieces that can range from everyday jewelry to wedding day treasures. As an exercise in sustainability, she designs using up-cycled materials when possible, to lighten the footprint of the brand while adding a vintage aesthetic.

July 23 through July 25 - Joshua Hebbert Joshua Hebbert (aka Object Maker) is an artist/designer/potter from Philadelphia. His highly crafted vessels use layers of colored porcelain to create unique patterns. Whether you are searching for a vase to display a fresh bouquet or a set of cups for cocktails, Hebbert’s work will add dynamic patterns and vibrant colors to any living space. The pop ups are free and open to the public. Masks must be worn and health and safety protocol must be followed at all times. Upcoming: For news about more pop ups coming soon follow the Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia on Instagram.