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Make Covington Pop! program designed to bring merchants into the urban core for the holiday season

Renaissance Covington has announced dates for the 2016 Make Covington Pop! program.

Local entrepreneurs and makers will sell their wares at 31-33 Pike Street in the Passionate Arts space from Saturday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 18.

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The Pike Street Pop-Ups space (at 33 Pike Street) will include five local makers, ranging from chocolate bars to vintage clothing. The Pike Street Maker’s Market (in the 31 Pike Street space) will feature artwork from local art collaborative, The Independent Northern Kentucky Artists and Artisans Education Program (INKAA).

Make Covington Pop! is a citywide initiative aimed at revitalizing Covington’s urban core by seeking out creative and ambitious entrepreneurs and encouraging them to bring their business, organization or gallery in Covington for a designated amount of time.

The goal of Make Covington Pop! is to activate vacant storefronts along the city’s main corridors and support and mentor small businesses that have taken advantage of this opportunity who then are able to create sustainable small businesses in the area.

Pop-Up shop participants are selected by a team of local business owners and community leaders and are chosen on the basis of their business model, product and its relevancy to the local community.

This year’s Pop-Up shop participants include:

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LDV Vintage: Erica Splitt is bringing the 40’s and 50s’ back with her line of vintage men’s and women’s fashion for everyday wearing.

Keep Your Shirt On Covington is Covington’s own retailer of locally produced humorous products such as Covington Against All Sanity (and several others) along with apparel and greeting cards.

A Squared Decor: Andy Worley and Andrew Harris are makers who specialize in handmade candles and home decor. GLOWINE® and FLICKER LIQUOR™ candles as well as the repurposed aDOORned Wall Art creates ambiance in any room.

Zip Zoo Apparel: Nick Elbisir and Jordan White are the brains behind Cincinnati’s Zip Zoo Apparel. Zip Zoo features seasonal collections of limited edition apparel including Cincinnati, Bengals and Reds-specific items.

Maverick Chocolate, Cincinnati’s only bean-to-bar chocolate maker is owned and operated by Newport natives Paul and Marlene Picton.  With a shop already located in Findlay Market, the Pictons produce 5000 bars and 1200 truffles each month. A complete line of their award-winning bars and truffles will be available at the Pop-up shops.

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The Pike Street Maker’s Mart: The gallery will feature artwork from the local arts collaborative, The Independent Northern Kentucky Artists and Artisans Education Program (INKAA).

“With the historical support that the community gives to local creatives and creative businesses, Covington is the perfect place for our collaborative arts organization to set up a pop-up shop that helps empower and support independent local artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, and creative small businesses,” said Parrish Monks, Executive Director INKAA Education Program, Inc.

For updates on hours, programming and special offers of the Pike Street Pop Ups, click here

For details about the Pike Street Marker’s Mart Art Gallery, click here

Renaissance Covington is a nonprofit aimed at revitalizing Covington’s urban core through creative placemaking, special events, community programming and small business support.

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