Pop-up shops on State St. to elevate small-scale business owners

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Prepare to see some new, unique vendors on State Street. The Culture Collectives, a pop-up shop program, is now open downtown.

The collective aims to support small-scale, less-resourced businesses and fill vacant storefronts as the community recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eleven small businesses, all owned by people of color, will make a feature in the empty storefronts of 440 and 444 State St. starting Saturday.

“These vendors are unique and diverse. Most of their products you cannot get anywhere else in the city, which is why these pop-ups will enhance the special shopping experience on State Street,” Mayor Rhodes-Conway said.

For now, the businesses are open Sunday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and the official grand opening of the Culture Collectives Pop-Up Shops will be on Friday, Oct. 22, with more details to come.

Take a stroll down State and take a peek at the featured vendors:

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