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Bridgeport Pop-Up Shop Offers Handmade Holiday Gifts

By Casey Cora | December 3, 2012 11:21am

BRIDGEPORT — A new boutique offering artsy, upcycled and handpicked gifts is opening soon but it won’t be here forever.

In fact, the “Bridgepop” store at 3143 S. Morgan St. will only be open for a total of 14 hours throughout the weekend, offering art, photography, clothing, accessories, home décor, flowers, handmade greeting cards, jewelry and more.

Now in its second year, the pop-up boutique is run by a five-woman collaborative comprised of friends Anne Markovich-Girard, Duk Ju Kim, Vivienne Edmister, Sharon Vitali and Elizabeth Buchanan.

“We felt like the neighborhood we love needs more retail and shopping opportunities," Vitali said. "We're all collectors and crafters and artists and gardeners, and we needed an outlet for our creative products. We think of it as a curated flea market [and] gallery."

Saturday’s opening coincides with the Holidazzle at First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, 643 W. 31st St., which features arts, crafts, food trucks and a cameo by Santa.

The Bridgepop storefront is actually Ju Kim’s art studio. It’s nondescript now, but Vitali said the group is decorating the space and posting bulletins in nearby businesses to help spread the word.

“When the place is lighted, filled with attractive stuff, you'd be surprised how many people can show up,” she said.

The Bridgepop store will be open Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m., Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Dec. 9, noon-5 p.m.