The manager of Wallingford’s first pop-up shop has urged businesses and entrepreneurs to launch their own in the town after a successful start to the new scheme.
Madeleine Tanner, 52, of Crowmarsh Gifford opened craft shop Create-ability in a formerly vacent store next to The Gallery in High Street at the end of last month.
Ms Tanner is sharing the unit with three other artisans and craftspeople all pitching in to run the shop selling their own products.
She told the Guardian: “Since we’ve opened, it’s gone really well and it’s all been so exciting to see it develop as a store.
“It’s been really worthwhile and I would definitely recommend it to people to try this out.
“We’re getting such a good buzz of people who come in to the shop and want to know more about it and how they can get involved with the workshops we’re running.”
Ms Tanner also organises craft workshops three to four times a week catered for children and adults.
She added: “The number of people interested in the store was the biggest surprise for me and it’s shown me that this kind of shop needs to adapt to change and that’s where the idea for the workshops came into play.”
The activities include multipom making and designing fabrics, taught by Madeleine.
Pop-up shops are temporary stores that give traders a chance to test out new businesses with short-term lets in a temporary unit.
Polly Morgan, 51, sells vintage clothing in the shop as part of her Polly’s Picks and Vintage line.
Ms Morgan said: “Since the shop opened, it’s started to great a real buzz in Wallingford.
She added: “I think people appreciate a mix of stuff to look at and this idea allows a nice mix in one place.
“We’ve had lots of residents come in and tell us how excited and happy they are.”
The idea for more pop-up shops is welcomed by Mayor of Wallingford Lynda Atkins.
Cllr Atkins said: “I think Create-ability is fantastic, I’ve already been in and become a customer.
“They have done a brilliant job with it and I hope people see it and think that they should give it a go.
“I hope it will have an impact on how the town looks to build on this development.
“We are already looking at a site for a second site and we are looking at potentially opening that to the town soon.”
Create-ability is open until August 23 and also contains Anna Milloy’s Miss Foxglove accessories and Reka Kis-Jakab’s Beegoods, a range of natural hand-crafted products.
The project is the first time it has been introduced in Wallingford on the back of a similar successful scheme in neighbouring Wantage – and serves to fill empty town centre stores.
The project is being led by town centre specialists Iain Nicholson and Neil Wild, as part of a joint South Oxfordshire District Council and Wallingford Town Council initiative.
They asking for people keen to hire the space to get in touch.