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This past may, our Develop Indy team experimented with pop-up retail as an economic development solution for activating vacant and underutilized space around Downtown Indianapolis. Since May in Indy is a very distinct time, we wanted to capture the energy and enthusiasm for our city while showing visitors a heightened streetfront experience.

Luckily for us, the partnerships of local developers and owners coupled with the creative hustle of our small business community produced unique installations and retail successes. Season 2 of St’Artup317 engaged with over 30 artists and retailers that created exhibits and ran their retail operations in 11 different locations. (The Picadilly Building, Circle City Industrial Complex, CityWay, Circle Centre Mall, and more)

If you missed the installations in May, there are still opportunities to check them out. Search #startup317 on Instagram as well as go shop at Witty by Codi (10 E Washington St.) or go buy a new mattress at Comfort Option in Circle Centre Mall. While at the Mall, check out the incredible, custom made, installation by Project One, #Chromacavity.

Although the official program has ended, we have big plans for Season 3. Stay connected with us at www.startup317.com or shoot the project manager, Catherine Esselman, an email: cesselman@indychamber.com. We are moving the conversation forward on opportunities to connect our small and impactful businesses and creatives with our commercial real estate owners. So, if you are an owner or an activator, connect with us.

Here’s what some of our participants had to say about their experience…