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A gallery of well-designed pop-up shops

12 Great Pop-Up Shops

An experiential alternative to staid brick-and-mortar stores, pop-up shops are like the food trucks of retail—nimble, creative, and fleeting. Pioneered by L.A. marketing firm Vacant at the turn of the millennium, the concept has evolved from being a catalyst for limited-edition retail launches to housing everything from book stores and salons to restaurants. The low barrier to entry and high commercial vacancy rate can lead to structures in which the location and goods outshine the design. But many retailers have created limited-time outlets that make an impression that lasts much longer than the lease. Here are some of Dwell’s favorite examples of the trend.
June 28, 2014
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Shops We Love: Forage Modern Workshop

This Minneapolis idea shop and store focuses on practical Midwestern goods with personality.
May 14, 2014
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Shops We Love: Hugh

In Detroit's Cass Corridor, retailer Joe Posch has created a destination for those seeking furniture and housewares that nod to the midcentury.
May 12, 2014
MADE Toronto Shops we Love

Shops We Love: MADE

The two Toronto curators behind this showcase for innovative Canadian design run through 10 of their current favorites.
May 2, 2014
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Shops We Love: twentytwentyone

This London institution for furniture and modern design travels from vintage to modern in 10 striking pieces. Here, twentytwentyone co-founder Simon Alderson talks us through the wares.
April 27, 2014
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Web Shop We Love: RIA

A fun and funky web shop by Ria Leigh in Los Angeles, California, with bright textiles, ceramics, and more.
April 25, 2014
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Shops We Love: Propeller Modern

This San Francisco storefront presents modern design from a roster of independent makers and locally-based talents.
April 4, 2014

Philadelphia Design Hub: American Street Showroom

Four Philadelphia residents entrenched in the local design scene repurpose an old electric substation as a hub for American innovation and craft.
April 2, 2014
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Shops We Love: A&G Merch

The Williamsburg furniture fixture A&G Merch showcases its edgy, tongue-in-cheek vibe with a selection of its favorite current pieces.
March 27, 2014
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