Five businesses set to pop up in Delaware downtownsMilton business to open by Oct. 1
Owners of five Delaware businesses are thinking holidays already, and they have every reason to do so - they’ll be taking part in a state-led initiative that will provide them with rent-free commercial space for three months in a Delaware downtown from October through December.
The new businesses chosen to participate in Project Pop-Up 2013 will open by Oct. 1 in Dover, Milford, Milton, and Smyrna.
Unlike more traditional pop-up programs in other areas of the country, Delaware’s Project Pop-Up has the dual goal of helping small business owners sign a long-term lease to occupy a brick-and-mortar location while also filling vacant properties in the state’s towns. This year, all selectees have signed leases that will allow them to make a smooth transition to paid occupancy beginning Jan. 1.
“We support small businesses at every phase of their development, because small business is big business in Delaware,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “This program has become an integral part of the reshaping of our economy by not only promoting entrepreneurship but also revitalizing our downtowns.”
The following businesses were chosen to take part in Project Pop-Up 2013: Computers Fixed Today, a computer repair/retail company in Dover owned by Theo Morgan; 302Fitness, a personal training studio and small-group workout center in Milton owned by John Lehne; Milton Wellness Center of Delaware, which offers human performance consulting including yoga, coaching and sports psychology, run by Dr. Bill Shearer and Mary Van House; Milford Massage, Wellness and Yoga, a Milford-based business owned by Paige Deiner; and Royal Treatments, a Smyrna-based business owned by Karen Gill that offers custom window treatments, home décor and accessories.
This is the second year the Delaware Economic Development Office and Downtown Delaware have offered Project Pop-Up, with last year’s program placing three businesses in open spaces.