Hello Kitty Cafe Pops Up at Irvine Spectrum Center

Just like the interesting cast of Sanrio characters, some 50 in number, the operators for the new Hello Kitty Café container store at Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, California, are a dynamic team. With Sanrio’s help, Urania Chien, Charlie Chien and Allan Tea created the first Hello Kitty Café container store and it is setting … More Hello Kitty Cafe Pops Up at Irvine Spectrum Center

New PopBox Shipping Containers Help Developers Generate Buzz Surrounding New Projects

Retailers today are being forced to innovate, and the ever-present battle between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar for sales is opening doors to some unique concepts. Take Co-Working In A Box’s new PopBox containers: These temporary shipping containers rolled out in a soft launch about a month ago and are generating industry buzz. Similar to pop-up concepts, … More New PopBox Shipping Containers Help Developers Generate Buzz Surrounding New Projects

Reimagining Shopping Malls

As guests flock to new theme park-style shopping centers, Southern California mall owners undertake major renovations. When The Grove opened in 2002, it was a breath of fresh air for Southern California shoppers — literally. After years of grand openings for enclosed, suburban-style malls, here was an open-air shopping center reminiscent of a theme park, … More Reimagining Shopping Malls

Pop-up idea proliferating

Sitcom-themed diners, cat cafe among ideas PHILIP MARCELO | Associated Press BOSTON – Now you see them; now you don’t. Pop-up storefronts and eateries have been around for years, but entrepreneurs increasingly are taking the concept in new and unexpected directions. In late July, New York welcomed the Museum of Ice Cream, an interactive pop-up … More Pop-up idea proliferating

Ice Cream Pop-Up Shop Churning Success for Graduate

For alumna Colleen Cruze Bhatti, a combination of timing, connections, and hard work brought her to the next step in her growing dairy business, Cruze Farm Girl. This summer, Bhatti opened her first storefront, the Cruze Farm Milk Bar, in downtown Knoxville. She credits UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for supporting her entrepreneurial … More Ice Cream Pop-Up Shop Churning Success for Graduate

Mall Owners Warm Up to ‘Pop-Up Stores’

Westfield, Simon Property Group dedicate staff, space to short-term stores once viewed as seasonal businesses. Mall landlords are turning to short-term retailers known as “pop-up stores” to attract shoppers and boost revenue as department stores and other tenants struggle to combat the growth of online commerce. Big shopping center owners such as Westfield Corp. and … More Mall Owners Warm Up to ‘Pop-Up Stores’

Kanye West Pop-up Store Opens in Lakeside Mall

The store is one of 21 temporary shops across the globe that will be open for three days. Kanye West pop-up store opens in Lakeside Mall. Christopher Nichols arrived at Lakeside mall in Sterling Heights at 11 p.m. Thursday to begin his 12-hour wait. But when the 16-year-old Southfield resident was one of the first two people … More Kanye West Pop-up Store Opens in Lakeside Mall

For Online-Only Retailers, a Pop-up Shop Can be a Great Brand-Builder

Would you buy a bed online? A number of entrepreneurs believe you would, which is why online mattress retailers are proliferating. Casper, Tuft & Needle, Saatva, Luna Sleep – the list goes on. Each is trying to disrupt the traditional model of buying a bed, which generally involves visiting a store—usually a big box showroom – and lying … More For Online-Only Retailers, a Pop-up Shop Can be a Great Brand-Builder