When you’re planning to add pop-up businesses or shed businesses to your small or rural community, concentrate them in one area.
Better to have four sheds or pop up businesses together on a single lot, than fourteen vendors spread out all over.
Your goal is to make it feel like a concentrated burst of new activity. If your pop ups are too spread out, people will never notice them. Remember that nothing draws a crowd like a crowd, and put your vendors close together.
Tionesta Pennsylvania clustered 10 sheds into one market village along contiguous empty lots.
Wolfforth Texas clustered a set of sheds to use as a farmers market.
Hyannis Massachusetts spread their sheds within the port area which is popular with tourists. Their artist shanties don’t stand shoulder to shoulder, but they are all within a very small area.
Get more ideas to turn your empty lots into bustling commercial spaces with SaveYour.Town’s video Empty Lot Economic Development.
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