Grand Appeal pop up shop

WG-Christmas-shop-20123Grand Appeal is the charity that raises funds exclusively for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and St Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. They have opened a Wallace and Gromit themed pop up shop for Christmas, selling a wide range of Christmas cards and gifts for all of the family.
Wallace & Gromit themselves arrived for the grand opening. With Wallace and Gromit merchandise such as calendars and mugs to a new range of seasonal Shaun the Sheep characters the shop has something for all their fans.
All profits from the shop will go towards Grand Appeal’s fundraising campaign to support the expansion of the hospital.  The shop is open in Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol, for more information see
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Rutherfords of Morpeth open at Meldon Park

Meldon Park KitchenThe 166 year old department store, Rutherfords in Morpeth, has opened a pop up market at the nearby historic estate of Meldon Park to take advantage of the Christmas market.

Selling gifts, homewards and textiles, the market will appeal to Christmas shoppers and locals alike.

Emily Cookson – who owns and manages the kitchen garden on the estate – had the initial idea. Cookson said: “I’m new to business but there are people out there with huge knowledge and experience so I decided to approach Jane and Richard. I didn’t want to make a huge outlay for Christmas stock and then have it left over, so allowing Rutherfords to have a satellite business made perfect business sense.”

Richard Rutherford said: “Businesses that try something new and reach out to a new customer base are the ones who will come out of recession strongest”.

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Selkirk top of the pops

SelkirkSelkirk is the latest town to utilise the pop up shop to aid the regeneration of their high street. The Chamber of Trade plans to create four pop up shops in Market Place and High Street that are available to let for a day, week or a month at a time.

“The Chamber of Trade realised the town needed a lift and a freshness,” explained Stuart Davidson, an Architectural Technologist whose practice is in the town. “We’ve got a few empty shops, and we saw pop-up shops working in Stirling and East Kilbride, and thought: why not here? Pop-up shops are there for anyone to use for half a day, up to a week,” he added. “It gives businesses flexibility, by not having to fix themselves to premises or a long-term lease.”

An application for funding has been submitted for 75% of the £20,000 required to refurbish the shops and to employ a part time administrator and the group is hoping to to secure the rest of the funding from other funding bodies such as Awards for All and the Selkirk Common Good Fund. Should the funding be received they are hoping to open the first pop up shop in Spring 2013.

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Pop up park in Heathrow

heathrow_turfing_the_terminal_2London Heathrow Airport has opened a pop up park in Terminal 5 designed to promote the airport’s healthy dining offers and give passengers a space to relax and de-stress.

Research conduced by the airport shows that British people take a third of their annual holiday allowance to relax into their holiday, with more then one in ten never being able to switch off fully while away and the airport is aiming to kick start the process.

Heathrow’s eateries have launched a pre-flight and relaxation menu, designed specifically to be eaten in the pop up park to promote the positive effect food and drink can have on passengers’ wellbeing. Foods on offer include smoked chicken and mango salad (Gordon Ramsey Plane Food) or avocado and crab rolls (itsu).

The park has a lawned relaxation area (albeit a synthetic lawn) with Rosemary and Jasmine plants, the aromas of which are believed to aid wellbeing.

Heathrow Head of Food & Beverage Ben Crowley commented: “Holidays are precious, providing us vital time to relax and recharge our batteries. We want to help passengers start their holidays the moment they arrive at the airport, and make sure their time away is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. Our indoor park adds a completely different dimension to Heathrow’s departure lounge and our menu of specially developed relaxation dishes really completes the experience.”

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Bleech pop up hair shop

BleechFamous for their dip-dye colour services, trendy hair salon Bleech have set up a Halloween pop up shop in Topshop’s flagship store in Oxford Circus.

Inspired by the spooky theme, on sale will be ghoulish wigs, false fringes and their talented staff will be creating your dream Halloween look with braiding, stencilling and of course their well known dip-dye technique.

Open now, the shop runs until 31st October.


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Two pop up shops land at Heathrow Terminal 5

Heathrow airport plays host to the Omega and Swarovski pop up shops at Terminal 5. The temporary outlets form a key part of Heathrow’s plan to provide new experiences for passengers and to introduce brands which are in response to passengers’ demands.

Omega has launched a James Bond themed store in time for the new Skyfall movie. It will showcase the best-selling and limited-edition product ranges and will feature interative digital media and will allow 007 fans to pose with an image of Daniel Craig and the London skyline.

Swarovski have designed their store to feature their Crystal Forest architecture concept which displays the works of Swarovski products including jewellery, timepieces, fragrances and gifts.

 Retail Concessions Director at Heathrow Muriel Zingraff-Shariff said: “As part of the modernisation and improvement of Heathrow we are continually seeking out new brands and retailers as well as developing new concept stores that we know will resonate with our target market.”

Retailers at Heathrow enjoyed an +8.8% growth in gross turnover in 2011, led by a boom in luxury spending and the creation of new brand experiences.

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London College of Fashion pop up shop

LCF-College-ShopKingly Court shopping centre, part of the London’s Carnaby Estate, is playing host to the new temporary London College of Fashion Shop. The shop is offering a selection of menswear, womenswear, accessories, illustration prints and photography from the colleges talented alumni and is the perfect shop for all you fashionistas out there!

There are a wide range of prices to suit every budget – anything from a bracelet from £20 to a beautiful silk dress for £400. For those with cash to splash you may want to pick up something from the store’s Luxe range – offering original catwalk pieces at predictably ‘Luxe’ prices – but before you baulk at the cost you may wish to remember that these are likely to be the big designers of the future so your purchase now might well be a good investment in the future.

College Shop is at G5 Kingly Court, Carnaby, Soho, London W1B 5PW until 1st November.

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Tulisa pop up shop

TulisaTulisa of X Factor fame launched her debut fashion line with a pop up shop on Friday 19th October at Westfield, White City. Supported by her protege from the show, Ella Henderson, Tulisa served fans at the shop and posed in front of a giant billboard commissioned to promote the TFB by Tulisa range.

TFB – short for her tagline ‘The Female Boss’ – has been produced exclusively for Bank and prices are between £18 and £60. The N-Dubz singer has promised that her fashion range is “fun, feminine, full of attitude and something that reflects my personality”.

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Mary Portas back in Margate

kiss me quickMary Portas has been back in Margate to open two shops in the Kent seaside town that she is using her experience to help regenerate. Chosen as one of the 27 Portas Pilots, Margate has received funding from the government to help regenerate their high streets.

The first shop opened was ‘Kiss Me Quick’ located on the seafront has been described as “Margate’s most important souvenir shop”, while ‘Poportunity’ is located on the High Street and allows local entrepreneurs to trade for just £35 per week. The shop will mainly retail arts, crafts, handmade clothing, furniture and photography.

In support of the regeneration of the area, Southeastern Services are offering a special £10 return ticket for rail travel from London to Margate during the winter to encourage more visitors.

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Beautyin pop up shop

beautyinIf you like many people out there are wanting whatever it is that keeps Brazilian models in such good shape, then this Beautyin pop up shop is for you. The range which includes teas, sweets, drinks and bars promises to boost your health and wellbeing and promote beauty from within.

It is said that Gisele, she of the glowing complexion, keeps a packet of the Beautycandy in her handbag. To celebrate the launch Beautyin have popped up in Selfridges, London for two weeks.

Cristina Archangeli is the designer of the Beautyin brand and with her background in beauty, fashion and cosmetics she is well placed to promote her “alimetics” (the combination of both the dietary and cosmetic properties of her products).

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