A HollyPop pop-up boutique will feature the work of several northeast Indiana-based entrepreneurs next week at 127 W. Wayne St.
Pop-up shops — vacant spaces turned into temporary stores or galleries — are becoming popular.
HollyPop will be open 6-9 p.m. Wednesday for “The Night of Lights,” and it will open again 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24. Fashion-oriented vendors include OFabz Swimwear, The Good Ones Clothing Co., Eternal Youth Clothing Co. and Sharp Dressed Van jewelry.
Kernel Coladas Gourmet Popcorn and Yum-Mee's Bakery will sell food, and Ferocious Quarterly and One Lucky Guitar will have art and design products available.
•By the way, the HollyPop boutique coincides with Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, when we are all encouraged to patronize local businesses. Keep those dollars local, folks.
•And speaking of Small Business Saturday, that coincides with Holly Trolley Shopping, organized by the Downtown Improvement District. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24, free trolley rides will be provided to many downtown shops and attractions. Most of the businesses on the trolley route will offer special holiday items, discounts and refreshments.
Citilink has declared Nov. 24 a free transit day across the entire city, so you can even take a bus downtown and then hop on the trolley. More than 40 gift shops, galleries, attractions, a farmers market and restaurants will participate in Holly Trolley Shopping. Maps will be available on the trolleys and will be posted on the DID website, www.downtownfortwayne.com. Park near your favorite attraction, then wait at a trolley stop sign or flag it down at intersections.
•In addition to the HollyPop boutique, DID and Arts United are coordinating a one-day “pop-up” holiday market 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St. The pop-up market will feature farmers market vendors, artists and entertainment.
Foxy Ladies Art Posse will also be in a one-day market 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 24 at Artlink, 300 E. Main St., in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture. Several local artists and crafters will sell pottery, fiber works, paintings, sewn and knitted/crocheted goods, upcycled materials and crafts, jewelry, handmade soaps, and prints.
For a Holly Trolley map and more information on participating shops, go to www.HolidayFestDowntown.com.
Deal on dogs, cats with black fur
This gives Black Friday a whole new meaning.
On Nov. 23 — “Black Friday” — you can get a special deal on dogs and cats with black fur that are up for adoption.
Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control will join with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Subaru of America for Subaru's annual year-end “Share the Love” campaign and celebration. Off-site dog and cat adoptions will be held at the Illinois Road Subaru dealership, and adoptable dogs and cats with black fur will be $10 to adopt.
I read somewhere once that black dogs are harder to adopt because they look scary. And you know what they say about black cats.
We have a black dog, a Lab, and she has been a joy to us.
The adoption event will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 23 at Fort Wayne Subaru, 5000 Illinois Road.
Target rushing Black Friday
Oh, brother. We had to know this would happen. The retail madness otherwise known as Black Friday is encroaching on Thanksgiving. Target has announced it is opening at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night, rather than waiting until 12:01 a.m. Black Friday.
I heard on the news Target employees aren't too happy about it. I don't blame them.
Conservatory gift shop open house
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the gift shop at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., is hosting an open house. The shop will be selling fresh, local wreaths; cut trees; holiday ornaments; and gifts. You can enjoy free hot chocolate while you shop. No admission is required to shop at the conservatory, but to visit the gardens, regular admission applies. Information: 427-6440.
South-side businesses move
Two Fort Wayne business owners and Burmese natives have moved their businesses on Decatur Road to a co-located space. Htay Htay, owner of Htay's Beauty Salon, and Thant Naing, owner of Win-Win PC, are now at 3132 S. Calhoun St.
Htay's Beauty Salon offers hair and nail services, eyebrow waxing, facials, hair extensions, and permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lip liner. It is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and Monday by appointment only. Phone: 449-5477. Walk-in customers are accepted.
Win-Win PC repairs and installs personal computer systems and builds and sells custom desktop systems. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and Monday by appointment only. Call 755-6226.
New Kay Jewelers
Kay Jewelers has opened a store at 4602 Illinois Road in Orchard Crossing. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 432-4768.
Flip flop store
Flip Flop Shops will open a store in Glenbrook Square, 4201 Coldwater Road, on Tuesday.
The store will sell “the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and sandals,” according to a news release.
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