Stop up at the Pop-Up

Main Street’s Holiday Arts offers great gift ideas

By John Rech news@theeveningtimes.com

The Main Street West Memphis pop-up shop goes off-Broadway this year but it’s a bigger production than ever. Twelve booths are set up to shop the wares of local artists and craftsmen on weekends before Christmas at 113 N. Missouri St. The gift selection is bigger with a dozen displays this year up from eight vendors one year ago. The location moved from the old Wonder City Cafe to the old Rent-A-Center, but the idea remains the same. The Chamber of Commerce held their business after hours reception at the site last Monday night to kick things off. “This is bigger than the one we had over there last year,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Holmes Hammett. “We’ve had more than 100 people through here tonight.” The grand opening went event went well and some holiday shoppers made some of their first gift purchases from vendors on hand. Paintings on canvas, gourds, glass and barn fresh wood covered in Christmas colors and slogans were all around the room. Gift ideas on display ranged from small jewelry items to large paintings. The special shop pops up this time each year to give retail opportunity to local artists. Guests at the kick off enjoyed a catered buffet complete with Christmas cookies and candy, and stood fascinated with a pair of glass blowing demonstrations by Teresa White. Main Street West Director Deborah Abernathy lined out the events at the shop leading up to Christmas. Sitting with Santa will be available and photos with the jolly old elf are $5 on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Santa knows a good thing when he sees it and everyone knows he likes cookies and milk. So, he will be greeting children and eating lunch at the pop up shop Saturdays while a cookie decorator lets folks do-it-yourself for $5.00. “After this Thanksgiving week, the shop will be open Thursdays and Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. leading up to Christmas Eve and all the Saturdays in December before Christmas, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” said Abernathy. “We’ll be closed by the 24th.”

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