Get started on your holiday shopping at the reimagined Holiday Pop Up Shops located in downtown Wilkes-Barre on Public Square!
The Pop-Up Shops will kick off with a Grand Opening Celebration at 11 AM on Small Business Saturday, November 28th, 2020 and will run for sixteen days. See schedule below:
Saturday, 11/28: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday, 11/29: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Mon.-Fri., 11/30 -12/4: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday, 12/5: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday, 12/6: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Mon.-Fri., 12/7 - 12/11: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday, 12/12: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
The holidays are a critical time for retailers to promote and sell their goods to sustain and continue operating, and this year is more imperative than ever for them to have this opportunity. The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Shop Program is an initiative of the Diamond City Partnership and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. This program is presented by PPL and the structures have been funded by the Luzerne County Cares Act funding.
2020 marks the fourth year of the program. This year, things will look a little different, as we modify the Pop-Up Holiday Market to provide help to local retailers during COVID-19, specifically those that may have lost a location or need additional assistance in reaching customers during this time.
Selected applicants will become tenants in a temporary Pop-Up Holiday Market, located on Public Square in Downtown Wilkes-Barre, for a sixteen-day period during the peak holiday shopping season. The shops, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, are portable pop-up shops that can be utilized in safe open-market settings with proper social distancing measures, and will provide businesses throughout Luzerne County the opportunity to sell their products on-site.
The goal of this program is to assist in a recovery strategy for retail vendors in our area due to Covid-19, to drive traffic into Downtown Wilkes-Barre, and to assist in elevating Downtown's retail tenant and merchandise mix over time.
The Pop-up Shops will continue to expand in 2021, with the partnership of all of the Luzerne County Chambers of Commerce, to include multiple locations in Luzerne County.