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  • Writer's pictureKiera McLaughlin

October Round Up

I don't know about you but I feel like October has been and gone within a blink of an eye! Which means there are only 2 months until Christmas! All of the Contemporary team are super excited for the seasonal period and we definitely think with gift giving season coming up, there couldn't be more of a perfect time to get yourself down to one of our pop up shops.

Through October our pop up shops this month have been bustling with a range of small businesses! In case you didn't get a chance to visit one this month do not worry! Sit back and relax and carry on reading. Who knows, maybe there will be a business name or two here that you might want to support online over the seasonal period?

As a little treat at the end we have some exciting news to share with, on that note, let's get right on into it!

Carlisle- The Lanes Pop Up

Spot and Bear Interiors (4th October - 10th October)

Spot and Bear Interiors joined us for one week in our Lanes Pop Up shop. The space offered a fabulous range of home and lifestyle products. We loved the transformation of our shop and we were so glad that it was a great success for Zoe's business.

JK Photography (11th October - 17th October)

We welcomed Joanne back in the summer and we were so excited to see her transform our pop up into the coolest studio in town again. During the week Joanne was offering FREE photoshoots for littles ones... and even furry friends. With Halloween and Christmas backdrops to choose from, the week was a roaring success. We cannot get over how cute some of these photos are. What precious gifts the photos would be!

Pencil Cage, Jo's Little People, Heathers Hands, Manor Barn Organics, Walter Wylder Ceramics and Ramble and Rose. (18th October - 31st October)

Last week, we welcomed back a collective of fantastic small businesses. If you're local to Carlisle, you may remember the pop up last year. In store you can find an amazing selection of products ranging from art, skincare, candles and clay figurines. The collective are with us until the 31st, meaning that there is plenty of time still left to pop by and check them out!

Chester- Chester Pop Up

Sisters and Seekers (4th October -10th October)

Popular fashion brand, Sisters and Seekers transformed our pop up into the trendiest shop in town at the start of the month! For one week all of their amazing loungewear sets, tops and accessories were on offer for purchase in store. They created a real buzz for the pop up and each day there was something different going on in store, such as student discount days and even a live DJ in store on the Saturday!.

The shop was a huge success and it was amazing to see people travel from further afield to come and visit them!

Sophie Jackson (11th October - 24th October)

Following on from Sisters & Seekers, local artist Sophie Jackson joined us in the pop up, bringing her creative and fun products along with her. In store you could shop a fantastic selection of products ranging from 2022 calendars to cute stationery and homeware products. We loved how bright and fun the pop up looked and it was so great to see the incredible support around her!

Greta-Mae Interiors (25th October - 31st October)

In store this week we have Greta-Mae Interiors. This is the perfect time to get down to the pop up if your home is in need of a treat. In store can shop a great range of home and lifestyle products to give your home a little TLC. Get yourself down this week and show your support!

Altrincham- SQ pop up

Cheshire Paint (4th October - 10th October)

After a couple of successful pop ups this summer, Cheshire Paint returned to Altrincham! The shop was transformed into the most fabulous art gallery in town. In store, Conor had a selection of his amazing artwork on offer for purchase, as well as information on a bespoke framing service. We loved having Conor back in our pop up and it was so great to see the support from locals!

The Northern Potters Association (11th October - 17th October)

Following swiftly on, we welcomed the Northern Potters Association who joined us for one week in our pop up. In store, there was an amazing selection of ceramics on offer for purchase from a range of northern ceramic artists.

Juliet from Absolutely Clay organised the event, and we are so glad she did. We hope to welcome the association back soon as their products went down amazingly!

Jaimes Paintings (18th October - 24th October)

Last week we welcomed Jaimes Paintings to our pop up. In store there was a creative selection of his landscape art on offer for purchase. The shop looked so bright and creative and we loved it!

Stitched by Chand (25th October - 31st October)

And finally, this week we welcome Stitched by Chand. Jyoti is bringing a beautiful range of handmade goods and some workshops too! We can't wait to pop by and say hello... make sure you do too if you're local!

Harrogate- Harrogate Pop Up

Sashas interiors (4th October -17th October)

Sasha Interiors, Annie Lane candles and Aire Studio hosted our Harrogate pop up towards the start of the month. The space was full of a great selection of lifestyle and interior products to transform your home! The team were also offering 20 minute free consultation sessions to help you with all your home needs. The space had an amazing transformation and we thought it looked fantastic!

Lehi James Store (18th October - 31st October)

You still have a chance to get down to our Harrogate pop up to shop all things clothes and beauty with Lehi James Store. In store there is a selection of vintage clothing, make-up and accessories. You have until Sunday to pop on down and show your support!

Hanley- The Potteries Pop up

Great Outdoors (11th October - 17th October)

After a successful first week in our Potteries Pop Up, Great Outdoors returned! Michael returned to our pop up with his amazing garden furnishings, wooden ornaments, flavored gin and much more! The space was transformed and was a great success

Ladies True Beauty and The Retro Shack (18th October - 24th October)

Our pop up last week was transformed into the trendiest clothing shop in town. In store there was an amazing selection of clothing and accessories. The shop was a huge success and it was great to see customers enjoying everything in which they had to offer.

Abi Through The Ears and Aromatica Home (25th October - 31st October)

This week our pop up shop has been filled with some amazing and super cute handmade products. In store you can find hair scrunchies, wax melts, trinket dishes and much more. The shop has already been a great success and we are so happy that customers are loving what they have to offer. The two businesses are with us until Sunday, so be sure to pop on down and show your support!

And finally... the big news!

October has been a busy month all round... even more so because the team have been working behind the scenes on bringing not one but TWO new pop up shops! From Mid November we will have new spaces to rent in Stockport and Chesterfield. Both of these pop ups are opening just in time for Christmas, which couldn't be more of a perfect time for a small business to get involved. The Christmas rush is like no other, so why not drop us a message to find out how you can be open on your high street this Christmas?

Whether you're a baker, painter, candle stick maker or something completely different we want to hear from you! If you would like to express your interest please get in touch with myself ( or Jess (

If you are interested in finding out more about our pop up spaces, simply visit our page: 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 so please do get in touch and keep your eyes on our social media pages!

See you next month! I hope you all have a great Halloween weekend too!


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