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Makers & Vendors: Apply for Free Retail Pop-Up Space with OPEN ON MAIN 2019

Cover photo by Noah Glenn

Local artisans & makers, entrepreneurs, and retailers can get access to free temporary retail space through the Downtown Memphis Commission’s OPEN ON MAIN Initiative.

Applications are open now for the next round of OPEN ON MAIN tenants. The initiative takes unleased commercial space along Main Street and gives it to local entrepreneurs to use rent-free for a period of one month or longer.

The DMC hopes to boost local entrepreneurs by giving them a relatively low-risk way to test out retail concepts. The initiative also helps bring to life a high-traffic, walkable area of Downtown Memphis and demonstrates the possibilities for a thriving retail corridor.

Some notable uses of Open on Main include Buff City Soap before they launched their Cooper-Young location, the Hive Collective’s group pop-up shop and coworking space, and the group pop-up co-hosted by Gift Wraps and Teeny Toes and Bows to highlight local African-American vendors.

Three sites are available to be activated as soon as June 2019:

Gift Wraps Pop Up on Main St.

100 Peabody Place, Suite 175

145 South Main Street, Suite 110

5 South Main Street

To apply to be an OPEN ON MAIN tenant, review this program overview — 2019_How_to_PopUp_Packet — for proposal requirements, shop guidelines and more, then submit your proposal to

The deadline is on-going. If you wish to be among the first, please submit by May 31, 2019 (early submissions encouraged).

Get more background on OPEN ON MAIN here, and learn more about the Downtown Memphis Commission’s other initiatives at their website.

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