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summertime pop-up

summertime pop-up

By Patricia Belyea

SEATTLE WA  Once again I have to thank my family for helping me. Yesterday my youngest daughter Victoria schlepped bins, styled Japanese props, prepped food platters and generally made everything happen to create a wonderful pop-up shop at The Quilting Loft. Then she disappeared once the grand opening event began—slipping away for a Friday night with her friends.

Okan Arts Pop-Up Shop at The Quilting LoftA few months ago I proposed the idea of a summertime pop-up shop to store owner Angie Andreson. Since I was going away for all of July and most of August, I thought it would be great if my yukata cottons could be made available to Seattle quilters and visitors.

Also my home-based shop is by appointment only. The Quilting Loft has regular business hours as well as a parking lot!

Not only was Angie a supporter of the idea, she was a unflappable hostess yesterday. Victoria and I turned the whole front area of her shop upside-down for most of the day with all our gear. We moved furniture and hauled out a ladder to hang lanterns from the rafters. As the mother of two young ones, not one thing we did could ruffle Angie”s feathers.

Okan Arts Pop-Up Shop at The Quilting LoftThe event was slated to begin at 6pm but our guests started arriving at 5pm. Why not? This way they could check everything out before the crowd arrived. I spoke at 7pm about yukata cottons and then gave away the door prizes.

Okan Arts Pop-Up Shop at The Quilting Loft

It was an amazing evening as 50 enthusiastic Northwest quilters shopped and nibbled until we closed the doors at 8pm.

Okan Arts Pop-Up Shop
July & August 2014
Last day is Wednesday, September 3 (closed on Labor Day Monday)

The Quilting Loft
2622 NW Market Street
Seattle WA 98107
Ballard neighborhood

Mon, Wed, Fri  11am – 6pm
Tue, Thu  11am – 8pm
Sat  10am – 5pm
Sun  noon – 5pm

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4 comments to “summertime pop-up”

  1. JIll Varnell says:

    A creative artist with an entrepreneurial spirit who I am happy to know – albeit from a distance

  2. Jo Allbutt says:

    What a fabulous idea. You definitely have that cutting edges dia/marketing angle down pat….and u make it look so effortless.

    Way to go!

    Enjoy your away time

  3. Patricia Belyea says:

    It’s win, win, win. Customers have easy access to my yukata cottons. The Quilting Loft has consignment product to sell that’s unique and wonderful for its customers. And I get to go away and enjoy myself while commerce happens!

  4. april zemke says:

    I love your new book. The photography and quality of the book is amazing.