Following months of closure for many stores across the UK, pop-up marketplace The Pop-Up Club is coming to Manchester for the first time for summer.

The company organises artisan markets in empty retail units creating a unique space for local traders to showcase and sell their crafts, clothing and accessories.

Founded in 2017 by entrepreneur Tillie Peel, the pop-up events company will launch on 19 King Street in Manchester on 12th June until 29th August.

The Pop-Up Club supports those who have used lockdown as an opportunity to turn side hustles into businesses and facilitates the increasing number of people who are looking to shop at independents to support small companies. Following a year where many of us have been isolated from social interactions, the Pop Up Club brings people together for a face-to-face shopping experience.

Traders include Manchester based businesses Red Spotty Dog, TIMIA BOUTIQUE and Nicola Briggs Ceramics, who will showcase a range of sustainable, hand-crafted products, from candles and ceramics to jewellery and artwork, among others. Pitches range from just £25 per day so are a cost-effective way for makers to showcase their items. Pop-Up Club will also offer traders the opportunity to run workshops with local influencers at several of their sites to celebrate the launches.

Tillie Peel, founder of The Pop-Up Club says, “The company enjoyed great success pre-pandemic, but now more than ever there’s a need to attract shoppers back to the high street. Our traders offer a range of unique crafts, clothing and accessories and our events bring together the best local talent to give visitors a unique shopping experience.

Our mission is simple: we want to provide artists, makers, designers, and small businesses, that have sustainability at their core, affordable pop up spaces, as well as drive footfall to the area. Additionally, for people who have been stuck at home for many months, the opportunity to get out and experience a taste of pre-pandemic life by something as simple as an afternoon shopping will also provide a much-needed boost to those who have previously struggled with lockdown anxiety.

As restrictions are starting to ease, we look forward to welcoming both traders and shoppers to the Pop-Up Club and predict this summer to be our best ever.”

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