How do you follow up several successful one-day open-air markets featuring small local businesses? If you’re Polly Weinstein, one of the organizers of the Neon Bazaar, you take products from some of your favorite vendors and open an indoor pop-up store for the holidays.
“I had so many people tell me how much they liked being able to shop local in one place,” Weinstein said. “They asked me if I could do them more often or extend the hours. This was my solution.”
The Neon Bazaar Pop-up Shop is scheduled to run though Dec. 26 at Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St. It is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is slated to be open until 5 p.m. Dec. 24 for last-minute Christmas shopping and closed on Christmas.
Weinstein selected work she thought would sell well for the holidays from the many designers who have participated in previous Neon Bazaar events.
“There were only about eight designers who had ready-to-wear products,” Weinstein said. “I’m switching out stock throughout the month, so it’s always a little different.”
Keith McCoy, one of those designers, is happy to have clothes from his company Vegas Thread, on sale at the store.
“I work for First Friday. I used to work for Vegas StrEATS, and I saw a lot of T-shirts I liked, and I have a lot of T-shirts,” McCoy said. “I thought I could create my own designs, but I wanted to infuse some of what Vegas used to be back into the scene.”
The native Las Vegan created a line of shirts featuring designs inspired by the city and old Las Vegas landmarks.
“I just released a Vegas Village T-shirt,” he said. “It’s a re-creation of the logo, and it’s distressed so it has a vintage feel to it.”
Weinstein also carries her own line of jewelry and that of another jeweler. She carries albums by 26 local musicians, and their music is the shop’s constant soundtrack.
“I’ve got two bands that are selling their music on vinyl,” Weinstein said. “That’s exciting.”
Weinstein said her plans for the bazaar after Dec. 26 include more of the same and an e-commerce site to promote and sell work by Las Vegas designers.
“I may do more pop-up shops eventually when it’s cool and there’s a space that’s interesting for it,” Weinstein said. “Pop-up stores create urgency and are a fun, quick way to bring some energy to the neighborhood.”
For more information, visit neonbazaarlv.com.
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