The Pop-Up Shops change vendors every weekend, with a total of 31 locally owned retailers taking their turns in the igloos.
“I feel like shopping and buying gifts for people should be a warm fuzzy feeling,” said Allison Bailey, coordinator of the shops. “You walk into these little shops, and their owners are in there telling you about the gift, helping you pick something out.”
The shops feature a kids' play area and a live Christmas tree lot, which Bailey said adds a vintage feel to the Pop-Up Shops atmosphere.
Downtown employees have a chance to visit the shops simply by hopping on a shuttle provided by Continental Resources. On Thursdays and Fridays, the shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers can arrange for their items to be gift wrapped and delivered to their downtown offices.
Keep it local
Instead of heading to the malls for your holiday shopping, Bailey and Eddington hope you'll visit the Pop-Up Shops and the Winter Shops at Myriad Gardens for one big reason: To keep your money in the local economy.
“I just think the experience is so much better,” Eddington said. “And your money stays here when you buy from one of these local shops. They're really committed to Oklahoma.”