New Holiday Shopping Adventures at the Pop Up

By on 1 December, 2014 in Art, Carole King, Fun, Shopping with 0 Comments

UPDATED Makers emporium advertisementIf you enjoyed Montgomery’s first attempt at new innovative retail—the Pop Up Shop, Tallapoosa Street Goods—you’re gonna love this year’s holiday Pop Up! The 2013 Tallapoosa Street location was in business for less than three weeks and sales totaled $11,000, with 33 artists selling goods from a week before Christmas to a little after New Year’s. Last year the leaders from the all-volunteer groups of Better Block Montgomery and Helicity asked city officials about renting the space in the high visibility location across from the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center and Embassy Suites Montgomery-Hotel & Conference Center – the city’s two-largest hotels.

Better Block Montgomery, part of a bigger national network, is a local artists’ community. Helicity is a civic organization that aims to stimulate, encourage, and foster the cultural arts in Montgomery and acts as a network for individuals and groups, a proponent of creativity and collaboration, and a gateway for citizens to realize their visions for the greater city .

This year Helicity is bringing back the 2014 Maker’s holiday Pop Up Shop, calling it the New South Maker’s Emporium. The Emporium will be open on December 1 through December 19 with daily hours from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Emporium will be located in a retail space adjacent to New South Books at 105 South Court Street, across the street from the Federal Courthouse and close to Troy State University at Montgomery. The Emporium will feature more than 20 artists, craftspeople, artisans and makers. At the opening event on Monday, December 1, these folks will be demonstrating their specialties with meet and greets and a special reception celebrating all the participating makers and their work.

Helicity is looking for more artists, crafts, artisans and makers of all sorts to fill up the Emporium with unique gifts to enhance our “shop local” holiday shopping adventures. If you’re one of those talented folks, you can get more information on the New South Maker’s Emporium and how to apply to sell your work by emailing

Mark your calendars and begin your holiday season with a visit to the New South Maker’s Emporium located at 105 South Court Street, with plenty of on street parking, on Monday, December 1 from 10:00 until 6:00 and invest in our local community!

Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!

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