Shopping is popping up in Downtown Baraboo! Downtown Baraboo Inc has found yet another way to keep things new and exciting in our fantastic downtown. Starting a business is a daunting prospect, but DBI is offering a way to start in a small-scale format. This October through Christmas, Downtown Baraboo will be hosting a new and trending program featuring businesses known as “Pop Up Shops”. These shops will be temporary retail shops located throughout downtown. This is a way to fill any vacant spots or even enhance current businesses as these shops could be located inside of an existing business as well. It is also an opportunity for an entrepreneur to experience opening their business in a controlled and small-scale way with the support of local experienced business leaders. Finding success in this format could lead these business to locate permanently in Downtown Baraboo.
This effort is in cooperation with DBI, and BID with the support of the City of Baraboo. This spring, members of these groups visited Viroqua, WI where they have been hosting “Pop Up Shops” for several years with much success.
The Pop-Up Program is an initiative of the Baraboo Business Improvement District and private property owners in Baraboo to offer low-rate, short-term leases to local entrepreneurs. Selected applicants will occupy vacant storefronts throughout the fall and holiday shopping season with the goal of long-term occupancy after program completion.
The pop-ups will operate from October 1 to December 31. Grand opening celebrations will be held on a date to be determined.
Starting a new business is a very overwhelming task. Our Downtown Baraboo Pop Up Shop Committee has created a mentoring program to help guide our new businesses through some of the major challenges of opening a New Business.