828e/1243003519-pop_up.jpgAfter circling downtown streets for what seemed like hours looking for a parking spot (Note to self: it’s Spoleto season. Either ride your bike or pay for a freakin’ parking garage.), I finally made it to the Pop Up Shop at 501 King just a few minutes before they were set to wrap up their grand opening. Despite this fact, the place was still packed with fashionable folks out in support of this great new venture —a month-long collaboration between local designers and artists. The set-up is impressive, especially considering the last-minute/temporary nature of the shop. With Kate Long Stevenson’s paintings adorning the walls, furniture from Ross Kenan Interiors spread comfortably around, color-coordinated racks of clothes from Clewis Reid, Library, and Carter Humphrey, colorful purses from Proud Mary and Julie Wheat, and Theodosia jewelry, browsing was a leisurely, exciting venture. Besides the generally surprisingly affordable prices, the best part of Pop Up Shop is the welcoming, almost celebratory vibe. The women who created everything in the store are in attendance and eager to meet customers (or perhaps hear what unsuspecting people have to say about their work). It’s bright, stylish, and a reflection of our fashion/retail/arts community that should make anyone proud. At the end of the night, main organizer Lindsey Carter had to jump up on a platform and literally shoo everyone out. “We have to work in the morning!” she said. And every morning through June 22 at least. Be sure to head down there and show them some love!

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