Pop-up boutique opens in Wabash

By Mandy Mahan

A group of four women who all have small businesses have started a pop-up shop to sell their items due to lack of opportunity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The POP UP Boutique is located at 180 West Harrison Avenue in Wabash and offers products from Paparazzi, nickel and lead-free jewelry; Thirty-One, bag, totes, purses and other storage items; Scentsy, scented wax cubes, wax warmers, and cleaning supplies; and Pink Zebra, scented wax sprinkles and other scented home and body products.

The shop was started by Kristie Bone, Angie Grier, Tiffany Smith and Laura Knable. The women met at pop-up shop for small businesses in Lagro, where they all reside.

“With COVID happening, we all had events that were booked and we all had a bunch of products on hand because we had intended on going to a bunch of events and they got canceled,” said Bone. “So, we thought ‘How can we get our product to our customers and still be in compliance since everything keeps getting canceled?’”

After some brainstorming, the four women decided to find a space where they could all chip in and sell their products while staying in compliance with safety measures.

Shoppers are able to buy products that each lady has on hand, or will be helped with placing an order if the specific item wanted is not in stock. The building is also a space for people to host selling parties in a compliant space.

Knable told The Paper of Wabash County that the POP UP Boutique is a great stop for buying useful and meaningful gifts.

“A lot of times you buy flowers for someone and it can be $40 or $50 for a decent flower bouquet. You can come in here and get a bag, get something from each of the vendors and for $50 you have a really nice gift basket for someone,” she said.

The shop has done well enough that plans are in place to keep the shop open for another year. 

The building also hosts an extra booth space, which the ladies plan to rent out on a rotating basis for anyone who has a small business of any kind. To inquire about renting the booth, call Bone at 260-571-6664 to get set up with an application.

The shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last day of 2020 being Dec. 22. After the new year, the shop will open again with new hours: Thursday from 4-8 p.m., Friday from 9-11 a.m. and 4-8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All payments are accepted. 

Posted on 2020 Dec 22