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Pop-Up Shops at Martin Street Now Accepting Retail Applications for the Holiday

July 11, 2022

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Lauren Barnett
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Pop-Up Shops at Martin Street Now Accepting Retail Applications for the Holiday Season
Downtown Raleigh Alliance and StartUp at Wake Tech opens new round of applications for retailers hoping to secure a spot in the high-traffic area of Downtown Raleigh starting this fall and through the Holiday season.

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Pop-Up Shops at Martin Street, located at 17 E. Martin Street, have opened a new application round for Minority- and Women-owned retail tenants who would like to share an affordable retail space and add to the vibrancy of the Downtown Raleigh storefront market starting this fall and through the Holiday season. As part of the program, pop-up tenants will receive monthly business counseling through StartUp at Wake Tech to support and grow their businesses.

The retail incubator program, established by Downtown Raleigh Alliance and program partners in 2021, is designed to grow the presence of Minority- and Women-owned businesses in Downtown Raleigh through access to high-visibility retail space and small business resources. Programs like the Pop-Up Shops are essential to building a more diverse, equitable and inclusive business community in Downtown Raleigh.
The success of the Pop-Up Shops program is underlined by the success of its current tenants, The Bath Place and TrêsLife, and former tenant, Sir Chance’s. Sir Chance’s graduated into its permanent Downtown Raleigh location in the Spring of this year and rebranded as Unorthodox Vintage.

DRA also welcomed Lenovo as a presenting sponsor in May of 2022. Additional program partners include LM Restaurants and StartUp at Wake Tech.

DRA is currently accepting interest from potential tenants for fall placement in the Pop-Up Shops program, ideal timing for the busy Holiday shopping season. The application window will close on Friday, August 12th. Fall leases begin in October 2022 and offer a minimum six-month lease through March 2023.
To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

About Pop-Up Shops at Martin Street

Pop-Up Shops at Martin Street presented by Lenovo is a pop-up retail incubator program in Downtown Raleigh at 17 E. Martin Street. For Minority- and Women-owned businesses, this effort by local program partners, Downtown Raleigh Alliance, StartUp at Wake Tech, and LM Restaurants is designed to increase the presence, inclusion, and equity of business ownership in Downtown Raleigh. This storefront location is available for pop-up retail tenants looking to share an affordable retail space with other up-and-coming retailers, participate in business counseling, and experience the Downtown Raleigh market.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$50 billion Fortune Global 500 company, with 63,000 employees and operating in 180 markets around the world. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, we are developing world-changing technologies that create a more inclusive, trustworthy and sustainable digital society. By designing, engineering and building the world’s most complete portfolio of smart devices and infrastructure, we are also leading an Intelligent Transformation – to create better experiences and opportunities for millions of customers around the world. To find out more visit, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Weibo and read about the latest news via our StoryHub.

About Downtown Raleigh Alliance

DRA’s mission is advancing the vitality of Downtown Raleigh for everyone. DRA facilitates this mission through five goals: 1) Building a culture of authentic engagement and inclusion with downtown’s diverse community; 2) Fostering a thriving and diverse storefront economy; 3) Facilitating strategic partnerships to produce positive, balanced activations across downtown; 4) Improving physical connectivity and accessibility within and around downtown; 5) Positioning DRA as reliable, responsive, representative, and mission-directed.

About StartUp at Wake Tech

StartUp at Wake Tech serves current and aspiring entrepreneurs in Wake County by helping them start and grow their small businesses through counseling, workshops, and educational programming. The services are offered at no charge to the client and are funded by the State of North Carolina with tax dollars.