“Silver Bells” has always been my favorite Christmas song. It’s about shopping, what did you expect? But more than that, I have always loved the imagery it conjures up – bustling city sidewalks, filled with merry people enjoying the holiday season and shopping happily for their loved ones. So when I heard that the Downtown Deco District was putting together a group of Pop-Up shops for the month of December, I was giddy with excitement!
I headed down to 5th and Boston for the soft opening on Monday to check out the goods, but the grand opening is TONIGHT from 5-8pm with carolers, Santa, live music and more…finally, a chance for my “silver bells” moment!
Indie Emporium shop vignettes
My first stop was at our friends at Indie Emporium’s shop – they have several rooms dedicated to some of their core vendors, set up in true indie fashion with vignettes of various products including some adorable paper goods and prints, handmade jewelry and hair accessories, my favorite tea towels (above) and more!
More yummy smelling candles and adorable felted soaps in the Indie Emporium shop
HOOD shop goodies – Vintage Christmas, dishware and more!
Next to the Indie Emporium shop, our favorite atomic archaeologist (and Prairie Hive MANDAY contributor), Shane Hood, has set up a shop featuring a jam-packed room full of treasures. I had to restrain myself from shopping for my own home while I was in here…he has tons of great barware, dishware, vintage Christmas decor, clocks and a few small furniture pieces as well. Remember that cabinet from Issue One? Multiply it by 100. I definitely crossed a few people off my list in this shop!
Just down the hall, you can smell the Therganics room – I had never been in their shop in The Farm, but these soaps and bath products smell so fantastic I couldn’t resist…plus they use all natural ingredients and essential oils in all their products. I can’t wait to lather up with the scents I bought (I practiced the one for you, one for me principle in this shop)!
Airplants a variety of containers (ready to give!) in the Earthly Delights shop
Down the street a bit, Mecca has set up a mini version of their Brookside shop, with kitchen goods, holiday decorations and other gift items.
Mecca’s window display
Oil and Vinegar tasting bar at Mecca…YUM!
Across the street, in the Philcade Building, there is also a bookstore, Bison and Bear men’s gift store, an art gallery and the Candy Castle. On the corner is Odds and Ends, another great shop for handmade items like scarves, baby booties, jewelry and home goods.
Odds and Ends Window display
Tie Dyed Scarves in Odds and Ends
(these are now on my wish list!)
In addition to finding some great unique gifts, it felt great to shop downtown, buy from local merchants and chat with the shop owners as I browsed. This is such a great effort by the Deco District to boost downtown businesses and push for more downtown revitalization with some much needed retail! I hope you’ll go down and visit and that you enjoy it as much as I did!
TONIGHT, Wednesday, November 30
Live music, Santa, shopping and more!
See below for even more information on this month long pop-up!