What started out as a small, grassroots idea of simply having a few models posing as living mannequins to advertise this season’s Queen City Pop Up Shop, turned into a gallivanting wine party on the 600 Block of Main Street. As word got out that businesses along the block were opening their doors into the evening hours, the organic event grew into a festive block party. Just about every retailer on the block volunteered to stay open till 8pm, some with tables set up outside their buildings.
The group even had talented dancers come out to entertain the crowds outside of Shea’s, and an artist came out with paint and brush to set up outside the Market Arcade. Since this was on the second Friday of the month, we all (the business owners and supporters) agreed that the event should be a monthly celebration.
I’ve always wanted to see more activities held on this block. I look at Canalside with their daily events and wonder, “Why not the Theatre District?” It’s an entertainment district after all… it should be vibrant 365 days a year, 24-7. Curtain Up is only once a year, but imagine if that same vibe was weekly or better yet, daily? That is our goal.
During the event, models wore attire from the Queen City Pop Up Shop, located at 653 Main Street (the pop-up will remain open through June 30).
The clothing was from both Yar Mo Muse and MMW Style Studio. Yar Mo Muse carries a wide selection of vintage and new pieces for both men and women. Everything from hats, shoes, to suites, dresses and accessories. MMW Style Studio offers trendy ladies apparel and accessories, including dresses, jewelry and purses.
Another shop called Survival of the Gear was on hand, showing off camp gear and outdoor wear. Life & Live Events, a special events caterer, was selling lip balms, body cleansers, shaving balm and other unique items. Ginametrical featured greeting cards, pictures and many Buffalo-themed gifts.
Special thank you to the everyone who participated in this first ever event and who are also located along the 600 block of Main Street.
Models: Ayana Naomi, Carmina Suzanne, Janel Eppolito, Jasmine Stratford, Miguel Barney, Ezra Scott, Tommy Edwards, Nathan Robert
Dancers: Rook Hawkins for bringing out StreetRudez
Painter: Sterling Carroll
Sponsor: Buffalo Place
Photographer: Julie Foser website: Julie Foser
If you missed the this event on May 8, you missed one heck of a good time. But don’t worry, similar events will be held every second Friday of each month from now on. Please “like” the Theatre District on Facebook and follow on Twitter to stay tuned to other happenings in the neighborhood. Much more is in the works.
The Queen City Pop Up Shop is open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Sat 12pm-5pm