A Pop Ups Guide to Glasgow 2014

This year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games along with a collection of exciting pop ups.


The Liquor Store
190 Bath Street, G2 4HG
The Liquor Store takes over at Saint Judes with an impressive line up of food vendors, cocktails and DJs. La Cocina de Calle are up first with their Mexican Street Food and accompanying Tequilas.

The Liquor Store are still interested in hearing from food vendors who would like to pop up during the residency. Email popupbathst@gmail.com for more information.

The pop up is open 7 days a week 12pm to 1am from the 10th July for 10 weeks.

Grunting Growler

Grunting Growler Craft Beer
65 Haugh Road, Glasgow, G3 8TX

Glasgow’s West End gets an extra slug of craft beer this summer from Grunting Growler. Run in collaboration with The Bike Station, this pop up gives you the opportunity to learn about and sample some fine beers before filling up your Growler.

Grunting Growler’s residency starts 17th July and ends 9th August and will be open between Thursdays and Saturdays.


John Lewis – Tea on the Green
Royal Exchange Square

John Lewis are set to host a tea party in their freshly planted urban garden located on the Royal Exchange Square in the shadow of the GoMA. A great place to sip tea while admiring the architecture of the Merchant City and staring curiously at the cone topped Wellington.

The tea party runs from the 24th July to the 3rd of August. You should book a spot in advanced to avoid disappointment, which is easily done by visiting http://johnlewisgreen.com/


BBC at the Quay
40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1DA

Just a short swim from Commonwealth Games venues the SECC and the Hydro, you will find BBC Scotland’s headquarters which will be hosting the BBC at the Quay Pop Up festival. The festival line up is a cultural feast with workshops, comedy, live music, BBC show recordings and big screens for the opening and closing ceremonies. Check out the line up here.

The festival runs from the 19th July to the 3rd August.


Wilson Street

Scotland’s other national drink launched this phenomenal experiential pop up in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City. Surprisingly not made from girders, instead built using the more conventional pop up construction technology – containers. Inside you will find a collection of IRN-BRU accessories along with the orange stuff itself. The best thing about this pop up is that all of the profits go straight to The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice’s Brick by Brick appeal.

The IRN-BRU pop up runs from July 14th until August 10th on the corner of Wilson Street and Candleriggs.

Thanks to Robert Brown for the photo of the Clyde above.

Millions of new retail shops

by Nicholas Russell

Boulevard Berlin launch We walked from the main part of the shopping centre, to the Pop Up Village.  We passed clean, orderly stores – shoe retailers, a lingerie shop, a café.  Throbbing deep house music gradually replaced the ambient jazz.  Crossing the threshold into the village, everything changed.

A store with a giant boom box painted and objects made from retired jeans.  Another space had a pastoral forest on the wall, an old leather couch, and a phonograph playing.  I looked back at the mall behind, and felt I stumbled on something creative.  Truly special and unique…” 

Boulevard Berlin
In April 2014, We Are Pop Up launched The Pop Up Village at Boulevard Berlin, in Germany.  Boulevard Berlin sits in a pre-war building in the upscale Stieglitz neighbourhood.  The name comes from a public thoroughfare through the shopping centre that connects Schloßstraße with Harry Bresslau Park.

Corio – the owner of shopping centre – is one of Europe’s most forward-thinking property groups. Gerard Groener saw early on that the European retail leasing market demands new thinking.  Consumer incomes remain under pressure, and brick-and-mortar retailers suffer from the explosive growth in online retail.

From London with love
Working with Corio, the We Are Pop Up team developed the concept From London With Love.  Eight independent British fashion retailers coming to Berlin, trading for a few months in one of Berlin’s busiest districts.  For the retailers, From London With Love represented the opportunity for British entrepreneurs and SMEs to test continental Europe’s hottest retail market.

When we started We Are Pop Up, it was difficult for London-based small businesses to find short-term prime retail property in London.  Foreign geographies were unthinkable.  Now, there are over 1,000 short-term retail spaces available in London, and our brands are traveling to Berlin.

The world is flatter
Ten years ago, Thomas Friedman wrote The World Is Flat – a sweeping overview of globalisation.

“In a flat world, where value is increasingly created, and complex problems solved, by whom you connect with.”

In the decade since, software platforms emerged, directly connecting people to create new opportunities in specific sectors. Thanks to AirBNB, the self-catering holiday market now rivals multinational hotel chains.  Kickstarter has channelled $1B in funding to independent creative producers.  In the last year alone, the price of a BitCoin has increased 10% month-on-month. Furthermore, thousands of other platforms – across every sector – chew away at structural inefficiencies and archaic processes.

The rise of lean retail
In January 2012, Dr. Alastair Moore and I sat in the Crown pub on Monmouth Street, discussing what an AirBNB for retail property would look like.  The idea gave millions of brands and entrepreneurs the opportunity to experiment with prime retail spaces, from High Streets to shopping centres. At the time, empty shops dotted every London neighbourhood.  Old retailers like Jessops fell, and nothing new rose in their place.

Then, Homeslice’s food truck turned into a Neal’s Yard restaurant.  Fashion boutique Wandering Minds started with six weeks in BOXPARK Shoreditch, and now has three stores – two in London and one in Berlin.

Independent brands renew the shopping centre
From London With Love launched on a Thursday evening.  Moore and I leaned over a railing and toasted champagne.  Through We Are Pop Up, eight independent British brands launched shops in an upscale Berlin shopping centre.

Moore looked around, surveying the village.  Compared with the other shops in the centre, our retailers had an artisan quality.  Murals painted on walls.  Vintage furniture.  Products not found anywhere else in Berlin.

“Now this is cool,” Moore said.

Announcing the Winners of the BOXPARK + WE ARE POP UP Competition…

London Loves LA

Launching the competition 9th November, BOXPARK Pop Up mall joined forces with We Are Pop Up to offer a FREE shop for three months over the holidays! Creatives, designers, cooks, artists, and business owners were invited to submit their concept for the chance to win a free unit set to run from 1st December to the 28th February. Having received well over 100 applications, the competition attracted a spectrum of ideas, and proved that having a retail space in the heart of East London is an incredible opportunity.
As a bespoke online boutique dedicated to delivering hand-picked, high quality American Vintage, BOXPARK are excited to announce London Loves LA as the winner of a free pop up unit! Created by two sisters, Sophie and Ella Berman incorporate the nostalgia of a road trip wrapped up in teenage excitement and friendship with girly yet grungy, 90’s Americana vintage selections directly from LA.

Runners Up

In addition to the winner, BOXPARK are pleased to announce two runners-up in the competition, and each will receive a free unit for the month of December. Selected are China Doll Boutique, creators of wearable, dainty, and feminine pieces with a whimsical feel, and Finchittida Finch, distinctive designs, made in London, inspired by Laos.