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Pop-up shops open for business in downtown South Bend

Published On: Nov 01 2013 10:30:19 PM CDT   Updated On: Nov 01 2013 10:50:19 PM CDT

As the holiday season approaches, extra shops will pop up in South Bend to attract people downtown. WSBT's Ted Land explains.

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.