Dayton Pop-Up Project

Welcome to the twelfth phase of the Pop-Up Project, part of an initiative to fill downtown Dayton storefronts called Activated Spaces.

Project Warmth, located at 133 E. Third St. on the first floor of Oriel Studios, offers handmade pet beds, mats, leashes, collars, leash hangers, toys, bandanas, hammocks, harnesses, coats, and more. For every pet bed or mat sold, one will be donated to a local animal shelter. The shop will host its grand opening from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3rd with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. Throughout the day, patrons have the chance to win various pet related raffle prizes.

Project Warmth will be open various hours Tuesday through Saturday; see Facebook for exact hours each day.

“Downtown Dayton holds a huge piece of my business’ heart. Starting the business out, I lived in Dayton and was able to see firsthand how Dayton truly does inspire and supports small business owners,” said owner Stephanie Ross. “I’m excited to be a part of downtown Dayton where my supporters and customers know they can always find me and aren’t waiting for me to just come set up at a show.”

Giving businesses like Project Warmth an opportunity to grow from merchant vendor to a bricks-and-mortar retail shop is one way the Pop-Up Project helps local entrepreneurs.

“We’ve had a lot of success bringing small businesses like Stephanie’s into the Pop-Up program,” said Melanie Wagner, leader of the volunteer Activated Spaces committee. “We are always happy to see applicants like her who are ready to take the next step from selling at craft fairs and outdoor markets to becoming a full-fledged retailer.”

The new shop is a part of the twelfth phase of the Pop-Up Project. This program builds on the success of the first eleven phases of the Pop-Up Project, launched in November 2011. The Pop-Up Project provides potential business owners the opportunity for shorter leases at below-market rates as a way for them to jump-start their businesses and contribute to the vibrancy of downtown Dayton. Since it was started, the project has launched 25 shops (17 of which stayed open past their initial pop-up phase), filled more than 21,000 square feet of previously vacant space and created 42 jobs.

Pop-Up Shops from the previous phases of the project include Beaute Box, 116 W. Fifth St.; Vintage Barber Shop, 110 W. Fifth St.; Peace on Fifth, 234 Dutoit St.; two stores at 16 Brown St., Spice Paradise and Hicks’ Barber Shop & Shave Parlor; Twist Cupcakery, 25 S. St. Clair St.; Fronana, 27 W. First Street; Baker Salvage, 31 S. St. Clair St.; Mitosis, 14 W. First St; Buckeye Laptops, 133 N. Ludlow St.; and Soccer Shots, 39 S. St. Clair St. In addition, Catapult Creative, has moved from their original location into a larger space located at 10 N. Ludlow St.

The Pop-Up Project is driven by volunteers from the young professional organizations UpDayton and Generation Dayton with support from the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the City of Dayton, the City of Dayton Neighborhood Mini-Grant program and community volunteers. Activated Spaces is part of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, a strategic blueprint for the future of downtown.

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