Pop-up shops open for business in downtown South Bend

POSTED: 11:30 PM EDT Nov 01, 2013    UPDATED: 11:50 PM EDT Nov 01, 2013 

Some new businesses just opened in South Bend. They're part of a project that's become a downtown holiday tradition, meant to attract people to the city.

The pop-ups, as they're called, are temporary, but sometimes those shops stick around.

“It launched us,” said Mary Labuzienski, who runs Made in Michiana, a store featuring local artwork and hand-made products, “it allowed us to put out what we do and see how people responded.”

Made in Michiana started as a pop-up. The program, sponsored by Downtown South Bend Inc., gives potential small business owners rent-free downtown space, for a few months during the holiday shopping season.

This year a soap store, a pottery shop, a photography studio, a game store, and a furniture shop are taking part in the program.

“I think it’s a great idea because it gives up-and-coming artists a chance to succeed,” said Diana Palomo,” co-owner of Pigeon and The Hen Pottery.