A Pop-Up Shop Success Story in the PA Wilds

[image_caption]The Pop-Up Shop at Your Fired Pottery during the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous[/image_caption]

A Pop-Up Shop Success Story in the PA Wilds

Pop-up shops appear in empty stores, venues for art exhibitions and performances, restaurants, or otherwise unoccupied spaces.

The pop-ups can last for a few hours, a few weeks and in some cases become permanent fixtures due to their popularity. The beauty of a pop-up shop is just that, a wonderful retail experience popping up in unexpected ways. The PA Wilds region is perfect for this style of retail so a PA Wilds Pop-up Shop was proposed to take place during the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. Taking advantage of the foot traffic during this popular event was also a benefit. Now to find the perfect location.

A new pottery studio owned by juried PA Wilds artisan Stacie Johnson-Leske will be opening this summer. Your Fired Pottery will be located at 143 Main Street in Ridgway. Stacie was planning to host a little preview of her studio during Rendezvous. A decision was made to see if she was interested in hosting a pop-up shop that weekend as well and she was – what a perfect combo! Now to gather artisans.

Pop-Up Before

Days before the show.

With her husband rushing to finish the new walnut floor, installing new front windows, running electric and drywalling the space, time was tight with only 3 weeks until the event date. Stacie’s original plan was to work in the front window area throwing pottery while also selling her finished work during that week of the Chainsaw Carers Rendezvous.

Here are the eight juried artists and artisans that participated:

Friday morning we started setting up on the beautiful new floor, against the gorgeous walls and also in the windows with our artwork and artisan wares. The weather was unbelievably warm and sunny for mid-March as were our smiles as we were able to come together as artists in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

pop-up visitors

Lois Crozier explaining the weaving process on her Triangle Loom.


“I really enjoyed having the opportunity to take part in the pop-up shop. Before participating in the pop up shop, I felt very disconnected (through no one’s fault) from the group….but afterwards, even with just the few artisans that were there, I feel very much a part of the group and can’t wait to see what the future holds!” says Deborah Ruhf, owner of Muddy Moose Bath Boutique.

More pop-up shops are to be scheduled during events around the region.  Look for us!


  1. Molly on April 12, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I really love the photographs, you really captured our day. I am looking forward to another one;)

    • Stephanie Distler on April 12, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Yes, Molly, thank-you! It was a great experience and day!

  2. Tataboline on April 13, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    It is such a cool thing to watch artists in the Wilds Cooperative of PA program find each other and team up to do creative marketplace collaborations like this under the Wilds brand. Makes me smile! Keep up the great work!

    • Stephanie Distler on April 23, 2016 at 11:46 am

      You are very welcome Ta <3 We definitely enjoy getting together and love the kinships formed from these pop-up shops and other events. Looking forward to many more smile making times in the Wilds!

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