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Pop-Up Store Trends



When it comes to dining out and shopping sprees, it’s usually the same ole, same ole. We have our favorite restaurants where we order the usual. We have our go-to clothing stores for styles that fit seamlessly into our wardrobe. We’ve had the same paintings on our walls for years. Status quo can sound kind of boring when you only go to the same places day in and day out.

Perhaps that’s why the pop up trend has become the hot new ticket on Boston’s fashion, art, and dining scenes. New names, new faces, new wares all combined with limited time excitement? Yes, please. We’ve rounded up three of the most anticipated popups that Boston has seen in a while. Link to Boston page:

Arts on the Harbor – A Pop-Up Exhibition

Eastie’s KC Arts Brokerage presents a fantastic precursor to 2014’sHarborArts Festival by hosting a pop-up exhibition and benefit party on September 19. From 7pm to 11:30pm, you and your fellow art lovers will invade an industrial shipyard building for a glimpse of a few of the upcoming festival’s highlights from local artisans. Stroll around and mingle while enjoying live DJ and musical performances by Classic Vibe, Master Millions, Craig G and Zee. There will ooh and ah-worthy artworks by such locals as DAR, BLife, Tatia Cynae, Keith Cerone, Matt Glushien and Guercy Eugene. You can nosh on complimentary bites and sip libations courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company and JM Curley, all the while deciding whether an art purchase is in your future.

Uniqlo’s Faneuil Hall Pop-up Shop

With inventory changing every few weeks, it’s no wonder the pop-up shop held by Uniqlo in the South Market of Faneuil Hall was met with serious fanfare upon opening back in July. Yes, the corner space in former home of Todd English’s Kingfish Hall is small but it’s jam-packed with the classics that you’ve come to love from this Japanese label. There are Supima cotton tees in a rainbow of colors, slim cut two-button blazers, Ultra Light Down pieces , raw denim for men and stretch denim women, and zip front hoodies. There’s also a fun selection of tees, scarfs, and tanks sporting the SPRZ NY label, the Uniqlo/MoMA collaboration inspired by influential pop culture artists like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiet, and Keith Haring. Of course all of this is a ramp up for the real fun. The mother load of all things fashionable comes soon enough, as Uniqlo opens six area locations. The first two in Natick and Chestnut Hill malls are now open, while Northshore and Legacy Place are next up, on October 17 and 24 respectively.

Bread & Salt at Wink & Nod

As quick as a wink, Bread & Salt Hospitality (along with its beloved executive chef Josh Lewin) moves into the Wink & Nod space for six months, beginning September 1. Bidding a fond farewell to Whisk, which is moving into its own permanent location, this South End eatery will welcome BSH as the next young up-and-coming star to create an entirely new menu for diners. The culinary team is big on making things by hand, as well as trying new experiments in the kitchen so get ready to have some fun. The dishes will have a global influence (think Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and India), and will be mostly shareable plates so greedy eaters need not apply.


With all these instant go-to spots for food, art and fashion, you’ll be ready for any special occasion that might pop up in your schedule.