In a unique twist to this year’s holiday retail offerings, 3CDC and the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce are opening a pop-up retail shop in Over-the-Rhine focusing on local businesses. Starting November 26 and open 9 days (over 4 weekends) through December 19, 1213 Vine Street is the OTR Pop Up Shop.

The idea of a pop-up shop, or temporary retail space, is not a new concept, but is one that is completely unique to Cincinnati. This trend has originated in larger cities like New York City and London since 2004, concentrating on limited-quantity or unique products and shopping experiences. The OTR shop is no different. The space will house six local businesses and give them a temporary brick-and-mortar setup to sell their locally produced goods.

“Locally owned businesses are the heart of Over-the-Rhine,” said Brian Tiffany, president of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce. “All of these vendors are local businesses and have fantastic products but don’t have their own retail locations. Now they will for the next four weeks.”

Six local businesses –Powerhouse Factories, Nati Evolvement Clothing Co, Chocolats Latour, Studio Vertu, Artfully Disheveled, and Green Bird, will be selling a variety of products at the pop-up shop including posters, clothing, handcrafted truffles, fresco tiles, home decor, men’s accessories, and eco-bird friendly wares. They will be selling at the space for just nine days over the course of four weekends ending December 19.

Hours of operation for the OTR Holiday Pop Up Shop vary, but can be found online. Neighborhood leaders and business owners are also planning a full slate of holiday events in the historic neighborhood.

“We’re honored to be a part of this collaboration,” said Colin Groth, co-owner of Nati Evolvement. “It’s a great chance to offer shoppers more unique choices for their holiday gifts this year. We love being a part of the activity going on in the Gateway Quarter and contributing to the amazing retail scene in Over-the-Rhine.”

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