A temporary, ever-changing (fluid) pop-up retail third place managed by Bristol Rising members (leased by Renaissance Downtowns) to demonstrate what a Main Street storefront business could be, as well as host Bristol Rising events.
Bristol Rising is about getting people to dream, to let go of their inhibitions about whether or not Bristol can change for the better. However, it also needs to be about getting things done, getting people used to the idea of shopping locally and spending time downtown sooner rather than later. It’s never too early to start creating a cultural feel in the location that we wish to shape.
Volunteers will maintain the day-to-day operations of the store and local artists will rent work space to keep the place lively. Everyone will bring their own mug to hang on the wall for when they want to socialize around a pot of coffee, and there will be a BYOB policy for certain events. Furniture will be eclectic and donated, along with books and other items. Eventually, many events can be held throughout the day, promoting other local businesses and building the community.
Bristol Historical Trivia
Board game night
High school battle of the bands
Green thumb lessons
Bristol rising meetings!
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