New Shops Pop-Up in MuskegonBy Jane Whitttington on April 7th, 2017 /
Come May 4, downtown Muskegon will display a new landscape. Twelve pop-up shops will open and provide new retail options in mid-town. Originally, the plan was for eight shops, but the response from locals was so positive, another four are being built.
According to City Clerk Ann Meisch, “We are building 12 chalet-style shops in three sizes—90, 120, and 150 square feet. The shops will be open from May 1 through October 30 and will rent for $1,125, $1,500 and $1,875 for the whole season. It’s possible that they might reopen for the holiday season, but we are just starting to explore that possibility.”
She continues, “These pop-up shops will be located near the old Century Club building downtown. There has been a lack of retail options in that area, and this venture will give people an opportunity to support the local economy and pick up some unique items. All the shops have already been spoken for and will include Gems Near the Lakeshore, Why Not Embroidery, Kitchen 242, Bodhi Tree Market, an art store, a vintage furniture shop and others.”
Each chalet will have access to electricity and can decorate the interior however they want to enhance their appeal to shoppers. The location is adjacent to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market which is, in fact, the second largest farmers’ market in Michigan.
There will be a soft opening starting May 4 with the grand opening slated for June 1. From May 4 to June 30 and from August 15 through October 30, the shops will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. From July 1 through August 15, the open hours will be 11 am to 6 pm every day.
Meisch says, “There has been a real downtown revitalization going on with new restaurants, coffee shops and a brewery, and we’re hoping that these new shops will fill the need for retail options in the city.”
She goes on, “Muskegon hosts a variety of downtown festivals including a big Art Fair, an Irish Festival, Shoreline Jazz Festival, Muskegon Bike Time, and many others including Parties in the Park every Friday in Hackley Park. These events draw a lot of people downtown, and the pop-up shops will enhance their experience as well as give local merchants and small business people an opportunity to reach a larger audience.”
In addition, two cruise shops will be docking in Muskegon this summer. Pearl Mist of Pearl Sea Cruises and Victory of Victory Cruise Lines will be making a total of 11 visits to Muskegon.
The project has received over $20,000 in grants with support from the Muskegon Community Foundation and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. The land on which the shops sit is owned by the Downtown Muskegon Development Corporation.
For more information about what is being called Western Market, visit Muskegon’s website at www.watchmuskegon.com or www.shorelinecity.com A website specifically for Muskegon’s pop up shops is in the works and should be online soon.