Pop Up Shop Diary… Meet the Shop Sharers Part 1!

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Pop Up Horsham recently appointed a board of directors, who will be taking on various ‘hands on’ roles as the project proceeds, and we are delighted to announce the following entrepreneurs will be kicking off the launch in July. We will of course be introducing them all properly next week, and they would love you to pop over to the launch and check out their amazing products… Here are our first four;

Bonny Boutique – Sarah is experienced in the world of pop up, having been part of various London-based Pop Up Britain events, and her well established local business sells beautiful, on trend hand made cushions, bunting and throws.

Dogbird – Nigel and Misato will be offering their stunning range of laser cut wooden homewares, jewellery, framed prints and more.

Bee Cosmetics are flying the beauty flag for July. Derek and Elizabeth produce a large range of honey related products which includes soap, beauty essentials, hand creams, candles and a few delicious foodie bits! As beekeepers themselves they are passionate about spreading the word (or buzz!) and hope their customers will appreciate the care that has gone into making their products.

Gobsmack Comics – The fledging publishing house, headed up by Drew, brings comics and graphic novels, plus collectables to the shop. Warning – expect some superheroes on launch day!

Meet the final three in Part 2 of this blog next week!

A huge congratulations to all who applied – it was a really hard choice for the directors. I hope the shop sharers will have an amazing time, grow their businesses, and even stay friends after their month in the shop.

When I took part in Pop Up Ashford (above) in 2013, we had a fab mentor in Jo Wynn-Carter, and we stayed in touch – Sam from Inspired Designs was just starting out and sold the car to buy her equipment. She is now a many times award winner (including Theo Paphitus SBS) and her business has gone from strength to strength.

Carole, had just launched a range of typographic cushions. Fast forward to 2015 and Little England Interiors has featured in The Times, and sells products to numerous countries including China, USA, and Australia.

I could go on, as I have met so many wonderful entrepreneurs during my own journey, in fact I like to think of them as my small biz ‘family’. We support each other, give each other a virtual hug when it goes wrong, and wave pom poms when we do well (nearly!)

So back to Horsham and I’ll raise a glass to a new generation of pop up entrepreneurs!


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