The only way is… Liverpool?

Minnies boutiqueSam and Billie Faiers are popping up all over the UK to promote their store Minnies Boutique. Liverpool is the first destination on the list and the shop will be open in the Metquarter next week.

Sam commented: “Liverpool was the best place for the first stop on our tour; all the girls are really glam and like getting dressed up and that’s what Minnie’s is all about.”

The shop will feature a wide range of styles from evening wear to casual shirt dresses and will showcase a variety of brands such as House of Dereon and Mink Pink. The sisters are also using the project as a temperature gauge for the boutique as they have plans to open another permanent shop where they have the greatest interest on the tour.

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The Pop-up Hotel

rivercottageHugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s well known for his River Cottage television series and his cookery courses of the same name. His HQ in Axminster has been the host for a multitude of these things an dfoodie events, but until now visitors have never been able to sleep on site. The Pop-up Hotel has pitched up in front of the farmhouse and offers luxury “glamping” with boutique hotel service. The bell tents have wooden floor, double beds and LED lighting and with the ability to order room service or eat at the pop-up restaurant you will not feel like you are camping at all!

Prices start from £495 for a three-night weekend break for two. Cooking courses can be booked separately. or for more information.

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Fair Fashion Fair

Fair Fashion FairPortobello Road has played host to a pop up charity shop called Fair Fashion Fair. Proceeds going to the Mind mental health charity, the shop is dedicated to recycling clothing and furniture and accessories alike. With an upmarket feel, the shop brought together the best of what the charity has to offer with brands such as Christian Dior, high street favourites like Zara and all presented on antique tables, wooden shelves and mantelpieces with beautifully framed black and white photographs.

Feeling every inch the exclusive vintage store this charity shop appealed to all types of people – even those who would normally avoid charity shopping and the atmosphere was busy and fun with the smiling volunteers on hand to offer assistance and keep the store in tip top shape.

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Gallery on wheels

gallery on wheelsCatherine Jones has a perfectly good horse box and lives in the ideal setting for keeping a pony or two, but her horse box has only one purpose – a pop up gallery.

Thinking outside (or in fact inside) the box, Catherine has recently used the box as the “Gallery at the end of the lane” and showcased her colleagues sketches and paintings.

The official launch of the gallery will be on 15th and 16th September when artists that are up and coming, including Ed Bowden will be showcasing their work.

“We originally got the horse box as we intended to keep sheep but it has been sitting there for three years doing nothing. One day I had the idea of turning it into an art gallery and I couldn’t let the thought go.

I think all art – including music and drama – is relevant to modern life, but unless people can access it, how can it be relevant to them? We live along the Cotswold Way where people ride their horses, walk their dogs and the thought of having something like this, which they can pop into, is making art accessible where people are,” explained Catherine who intends to have a new exhibition for two days every month.”


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Hacking and smooching

Daniel-Morgan-007An exhibition inspired by the unsolved murder of Clerkenwell man Daniel Morgan has opened – a private detective found in a south London car park with an axe in his head in 1987.

Hosted at The Bread and Butter Gallery – the new pop up artspace at 133 Upper Street, Islington – the gallery includes an installation by David West which recreates a police incident room. He said “This exhibition asks questions about the events of the past 25 years. We asked some artists to do some work on it and thry have produced sculptures, video pieces and drawings. It’s quite an interesting subject for a show.”

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Portas Pilots

PortasMore than 200 people packed into the Horniman Museum in Sydenum to welcome £100,000 funding from the Portas Pilot for Sydenham, Kirkdale and Forest Hill.

Those present heard how the town team are hoping to rejuvenate the area’s high streets by starting a market, founding community hubs and commandeering empty shops.

Louise Brooks, a Sydenham marketer and mother who is heading one third of the bid’s three-pronged plan, said the event had been a huge success.

She said: “We were at full capacity. We ended up with over 200 people, and it was very well received. We’ve had all of the feedback forms from last night and there are lots of people that want to be involved in various capacities, and I think people kind of understand that this is just the start.”

The bid by the Lewisham area has three winning components:

The Shop Revolution aims to refurbish and let out up to 12 vacant retail units, liasing with landlords who let their property go to waste by securing rights for ‘meanwhile’ use by pop-up or community organizations. ‘Jack’ and ‘Jill’ will be the names of two high street shops – one in Sydenham, one in Forest Hill – renovated as community hubs for events, workshops, exhibitions and further planning.

Market Makers will organise rotating fairs and markets across three local spaces, testing the waters for a permanent market in the area and encouraging local traders to get their business out onto their doorsteps, making creative use of public and private space.

Along with the cash, the town team will also receive advice from businesses and organisations involved in the pilots to enable them to get the project off the ground.

If you want to know more see the town team’s website at or email

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Everything must go

everything must goThe marketing store is partnering with the consumer trend research company Future Foundation and will be opening a pop up shop on 5th and 6th September in Shoreditch High Street. It will be both a shop and a retail experience which will look at the future of retail over the next 25 years.

The experience is based on three pieces of research carried out by the marketing store called respectively The Future of Shopping, The Emotional Shopper and The New Definition of Childhood and the results of this research will be displayed using interactive exhibits, interviews and talks and through various media channels.

Cameron Day, business development director at The Marketing Store said: “We are showcasing all of the key elements, running seminars and we also have some specific products that we are offering to brands that are linked to our findings and applying them to their businesses. We really hope everyone who attends gets excited by what is in store and it helps clarify within a very confused and cluttered retail world at the moment – what will continue to change and what will remain the same.”

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Nina Campbell pop up shop

Open on the Fullham Road, London until end of September, the Nina Campbell pop up shop is offering reductions on furniture and home accessories and is a great place to pick up gifts and bits for your own home.

Nina Campbell is one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers and this pop up shop is in addition to her famous retail shop at 9 Walton Street in London’s Knightsbridge.

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Gingerline pop up restaurant

GingerlineTaking its name from the colour of London’s East London tube line, the location of the restaurant is to remain a secret to diners until 60 minutes before the evening begins.  Part hideout, part parallel reality, Gingerline is billed as a clandestine dining experience with the menu, concept and location all a secret.

Food lovers will be taken from the appointed station and shown to the specially designed arts space for an evening of feasting and merriment.

All dietary requirements can be catered for – contact Gingerline for more information-

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Secret stories

little-green-pig-logoChildren from Sussex schools could soon be writing stories in a secret back room behind a pet shop.

The new project in Brighton and Hove by Little Green Pig aims to take children out of their classrooms into a ‘creative literacy space’ in the heart of the city.  A similar project has taken off already in the USA, where there are now eight literacy projects supported by their own shop fronts.

“Going into the Green’s Pet Emporium will be like walking into ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ so we hope that will help the children to think creatively. We have identified local schools that are most in need and we are really looking forward to getting this off the ground” said Julie Watson, a Little Green Pig committee member.

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