• Kiera McLaughlin

August round-up

Summer is quickly coming to an end and we can’t believe it! As many prepare for the kids going back to school and reminisce on the weeks that have passed, we wanted to reminisce ourselves and share with you the amazing August pop up shops we have planned and seen come to life.


If you didn’t get a chance to visit one of our pop ups this August, why not grab a brew, sit down for 5 minutes and have a read through this blog to discover a range of exciting businesses we have been so lucky to work with. Don’t forget, even if you missed our pop up shops, you can still support many of the businesses mentioned via their website, social media or Etsy pages.


Stay tuned until the end, as we have some exciting news about two new pop up shop locations which will be opening this Autumn.


Carlisle- The Lanes Pop Up


Kah Ceramics, Go Your Own Way Apparel & Oak and Stone Organics (16th - 22nd August)


Following on from Bricks in Bloom, Kah Ceramics, Go Your Own Way Apparel & Oak and Stone Organics joined us at the pop up shop and offered an array of products that blended together perfectly.


On our visit we were super impressed with how these three businesses had been able to transform the space. The merchandising of the shop was truly faultless and displayed a wide range of products. From handmade planters & herb markers, to luxury bath salts, dried flowers, patches and jewellery. There really was something for everyone.



Solunar Wax, Somber Knots and Alpha Gray Art (23rd - 29th August)


This week, we welcomed Solunar Wax, Somber Knots and Alpha Gray Art into the shop. These three businesses were the very first to take the space over 12 months ago and their return has been highly anticipated! You can find a range of homeware accessories, gifts, candles, crystals for the rest of this week.


Be quick if you want to visit!



Chester- Chester Pop Up


Dawn Woodcock Jones and By Sam Bull (9th - 15th August)


It was all systems go in our Chester pop up this month, as we began our back to back bookings. We welcomed Dawn Woodcock Jones and Sam Bull after Modern Art Chester. The shop was filled with bright gifts and stationery and the shop looked amazing... it was hard to not walk by and smile! Dawn and Sam had an amazing selection of products which included all things gifting and stationery!


The shop was a great success for the duo, and Dawn had this to say after our visit: “thank you so much for all the support… Sam and I are so completely over the moon with how well it’s going!”


Cheshire Paint (16th - 22nd August)


Entering the pop up the week afterwards, was Cheshire Paint. You may recognise the name, as Cheshire Paint has previously joined us in our SQ pop up! Conor decided this time to bring his fabulous artwork to the Chester pop up shop. Once again our lovely pop up shop was transformed and Conor offered the most eye-catching gallery in town.


If you’ve popped up in one of our pop up shops before and would like to try a different location, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We love to see businesses testing new waters.


Insta Pretty (23rd - 29th August)


Ending the month we have Insta Pretty, an online based clothing boutique. Charlotte has transformed our shop into a women's boutique selling a great selection of clothing to suit any occasion!


If you’re looking for a beautiful dress for a special occasion, you still have time to catch Insta Pretty in our pop up this week!



Altrincham- SQ Pop Up


Benji's (2nd - 8th August)


Ancoats-based Benji’s homeware joined us in Altrincham at the start of August. This small business offered an amazing selection of homeware pieces! With a range of plant pots, candles, tote bags and dried flowers there was so much to choose from and so hard to resist too!



Louise Powers (9th - 22nd August)


Returning once more to our pop up this month was Louise Powers! Alongside her usual products of pillows, cards, tote bags and lampshades Louise also decided to use her pop up shop to host some amazing workshops like terracotta pot painting. These workshops went down a storm and it was fabulous to see the pop up space become a multi-functional space.


The products from the workshops looked amazing and we loved seeing the community of Altrincham get creative!




JXE Manchester (23rd - 29th August)


This week JXE Manchester joins us... For two weeks you can shop all things designer in our pop up, from hard to find Yeezys to designer hoodies there is a range of rare items on offer. There is still plenty of time for you to pop by and visit... so don't miss out!



Macclesfield- Macc Pop Up


Personalised Gift Guru (16th August - 12th September)


In the Macc Pop Up this month, we welcomed Personalised Gift Guru who has a range of products on offer such as cute baby hats, dummy clips and baby grows all in which can be personalised to make that gift extra special.


Personalised Gift Guru is with us until the 12th of September, please do pop by if you have the chance to!



Coming soon!


Ready for the juicy gossip?


We are so pleased to announce that our Harrogate and Potteries Pop Up Shops both have opening dates! If you are local you will be able to begin shopping with a range of local businesses from the 13th September. We have a great line up and we cannot wait to see both of these spaces come to life!


Once again we have been blown away by the popularity of these two spaces, Harrogate is fully booked for 2021 but if you would like to try your hand at a pop up shop in Hanley be sure to get in touch quickly, as we only have limited spaces remaining!


We’re always interested to hear where you would love to see us open next. Why not let us know by dropping us a message on social media? Be vocal and speak up for your local high street!


If you are interested in finding out more about our pop up spaces, simply visit our page: https://www.contemporarybybp.co.uk/pop-up-spaces and click the “book now” button on the page about your desired location to send us your interest!


Although we are fully booked in several locations for 2021, we are taking expressions of interest for our reserve lists and we will be getting in touch about 2022 very soon too so please do get in touch.


See you next month!