For the past 6 years, HERE. a pop-up shop has hosted 28 retail space events, given back to the community and charities, and has featured over 400 local artists. A pop-up shop is a temporary boutique that is on-trend, seasonal and a fun place to shop. They feature apparel, jewelry, accessories, art (originals & prints), photography, gift items, home goods, furniture and more. Concentrating on local artists and designers, HERE. a pop-up shop, pops-up 4 times a year, in and around Annapolis, and is always in a new location with a new inspired theme.  While collaborating with local businesses, they bring in a great deal of interest and visitation every time they pop-up. Co-founder El Lunay shared,

“We love the idea of being able to bring a hip vibe, as well as local designers to Annapolis.”

This summer, the theme is Sweet Like Summer and is being hosted in the Annapolis Towne Centre next to Paper Source. Friday, July 12th marked the opening night celebrations. Towne Centre residents, retail tenants, and community members alike came out to celebrate the kick-off with drinks and live music from the Summer Concerts by Misspent Youth!

With a core mission of supporting and vocalizing the art community, El wanted to make sure they were giving back in more ways than one. On the last day of the pop-up, July 28th, part of the proceeds will be donated to a different charity or foundation. This summer, HERE. a pop-up shop is working with Partners In Care, a private non-profit organization offering programs and services that support the independence of older adults in the community.

Throughout the weeks, they host an array of events such as Paper Flower Art – Make & Take Walk-In Workshop on Thursday, July 18th where you can create a mini 3D paper flower piece of art or wearable paper flower cuff. Or sign up for Sunday, July 21st to create a paper Black-Eyed Susan worthy of any gallery wall!  ​And for any 10-16-year-old aspiring artists, on Friday, July 16th, they can learn with Megan Elizabeth at their Summer Art School! With lunch, snacks and art supplies provided, students will complete a painting of their own, create a group mural project & have a lunch Q&A about all things art and business. Who knows, they may just be the next featured HERE. artist with all they learn! There are just a few examples of workshops you can participate in.

HERE. a pop-up shop is excited to be at the Annapolis Towne Centre and said when moving in, they were greeted by residents and tenants that couldn’t be more excited to feature their shop! El said she is looking forward to collaborating with the Towne Center to make more of the space by creating an experience and community bond for shoppers and get involved with events like the Summer Concerts and Movie Nights at the Towne Centre. Make sure you check it out while it lasts!