This week’s pop-up is Structure’s first public event, and the company has set out to make it fun and kid-friendly, with inter-active builder kits — comprising a circuit board and sensors — the young ones can try. One of the kits makes a robotic mouse chase a light. Another randomly rolls a pair of LED dice. Henderson said they’ll have about 20 products for sale, with prices starting at $20.
Structure is opening a pop-up shop at Mortar’s space at 1329 Vine St., Dec. 18-20, based around the idea that the Griswolds’ problems in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” could have all been solved through the Internet of Things. The shop’s purpose is partly to educate the public on the Internet of Things and partly to show off and sell products related to it.
Brick OTR, 1327 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine: Business accelerator Mortar started Brick as a way for business owners to host pop-up shops and expand on their ideas; the holiday pop-up opens on Dec. 12. Mortar recently opened a second pop-up shop in Walnut Hills.
939 McMillan seemed like the perfect space for all of those opportunities, but it took a lot of work to get the space ready. Over the past 14 weeks, Mortar has removed more than seven dumpsters’ worth of old merchandise and debris from the former Dollar City store in the process of preparing the building.
“It was a task to have the vision to see what it could become,” Woods says. “When we walked into this space, it completely pulled me in. … Now it has become exactly what we wanted it to be.”
Woods sees the transformation of the Brick 939 space as an apt metaphor for the changes that Mortar leads entrepreneurs through in its nine-week accelerator class, taking their idea from a rough vision to a fully fleshed-out concept and often a realized business. Mortar is now well into its third such class, which is its first one taking place in Walnut Hills.
After one year in operation, Mortar, a local accelerator that brings entrepreneurial opportunities to residents of redeveloping areas and minorities, will open a pop-up marketplace in Walnut Hills. The opening will be just in time for the holiday shopping season. The temporary space, named Brick 939, will be able to house up to 14 vendors at a time in the 10,000 square-foot space at 939 E. McMillan St. The marketplace will open at 10 a.m. on Black Friday (Nov. 27) and remain open until January 2016.
The owners of Flying V Vintage, which sells vintage sports apparel from the ’80s and ’90s, and Mike’s Vintage Toys and Collectibles are teaming up during All-Star Week to offer original MLB jerseys, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, starter jackets, and more old school fun at OTR’s Brick OTR pop-up store.
“We hope to bring something unique and different to the weekend,” Helferich says. “We know that many are fond of the ’80s and ’90s, and I’m sure they will find something they remember or had as a kid. From the unique merchandise to the limited engagement, this isn’t something you see every day.”