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'Zero Fox Given,' new store shows Downtown Partnership Success

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The holiday pop-up shops in downtown Colorado Springs have seen success finding permanent homes. A new store's grand opening Saturday is an example of the success a pop-up shop can have. 

Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership started the holiday pop-up shop program in 2014. The program is designed to allow small businesses to operate in vacant downtown properties over the holidays, some eventually lease and try to find a permanent store front. 

"Mostly people first notice the name you know it's pretty snarky. I like puns and foxes," said 'Zero Fox Given' Owner Julie Smith.  

Smith's the "Creative Mastermind" behind her one-year old business with a new store front on Bijou between Cascade and Tejon.

"We've grown quite a bit in a year and I really think that the pop-up program last holiday season really helped with that," said Smith. 

Smith joins forces with three other pop-ups under one roof. Smith runs the store but products from Pals and Paintbrushes (artwork and crafts), Soak (bath products), Sweet Addict Bakery (baked sweets), and Movie Camp (community movie experiences).

It turns out the pop-up program has been helping downtown as well. "A couple of years ago if you came down two blocks of Bijou it was about half vacant. Right now there's almost no vacancies at all," said Laurel Prud'homme from Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership.

The Downtown Partnership's pop-up program has lead to seven vacancies filling with local businesses. One of the first to do so is thriving three years later. "Started off in the farmer's markets and the pop-up was a great opportunity for her. She opened up her first store," said Sarah Glauvitz, store manager at The Rocky Mountain Soap Market, while talking about the owner's journey.

The Rocky Mountain Soap Market on Tejon is a success story for pop-ups. "Now going into Safeways," said Glauvitz. "We've opened up a second store. We're in the Broadmoor, we're in Garden of the Gods Trading Center. It's just kind of blown up."

Julie Smith hopes she'll be the next pop-up to blow up. "Colorado Springs is an amazing place and I want everybody to have a good experience and their businesses to pop and become amazing and they have their own store at some point."

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