Showing posts with label san jose pop-up shop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label san jose pop-up shop. Show all posts

Friday, September 22, 2023

Sidewalk Shops every Sunday through October 29th at San Pedro Square from 1pm to 5pm

A retail experience highlighting local entrepreneurs is taking place every Sunday in front of Moment SJ (60 N. San Pedro Street). Twelve different makers and artists will set up pop-up shops each week along the four local small business storefronts that already exist there--Woofboard, Tiny Keyboard Shop, Boho Moon Art, and Plant Slut.

You can park free for 90 minutes with no validation needed in the San Pedro Garage on-site. Enter the garage at 45 N. Market Street.

It's all outdoors, admission is free, and it's dog friendly. 

It's also a great opportunity to check out your favorite eateries or some of the newer restaurants on San Pedro such as Serious Dumpling, Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, Dr. Funk, and Slice of Homage Pizza.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Academic Coffee Pop-Up @ Five Points

One of my favorite bars in Downtown San Jose is now hosting a coffee pop-up shop run by Academic Coffee. They have nitro cold brews on tap, pour overs, espresso drinks, coconut lattes, and pastries from Firebrand Bakery.

The pop-up will be open Monday through Friday from 7am to 2pm, up until May. If you become a fan, don't worry they won't be going very far in a couple months. Academic Coffee is getting a permanent home in SoFA (499 S. 2nd Street).


Academic Coffee Pop-Up
@Five Points, 169 W. Santa Clara Street
Monday-Friday from 7AM-2PM

You can learn more about Academic Coffee over here:
FB: @academiccoffee
IG: @academiccoffeesj

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Dandelion Chocolate pop-up shop at Santana Row from Nov9-Dec24

Dandelion Chocolate is a popular Bay Area artisan chocolatier that makes all of their chocolate in house (you can even tour their factory in SF). They are bringing a pop-up store to San Jose featuring their signature hot and cold chocolate drinks, Four Barrel coffee and espresso, and of course chocolate bars and gift boxes.

Fun fact--the very first batches of Dandelion Chocolate were made at Santana Row in a loft above Pizza Antica in 2010.

You can check them out starting November 9th next to Z Gallerie. The shop will be open 7 days a week from 10am to 9pm.

For more details, head over to the Dandelion Chocolate website.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The San Jose Holiday Epicurean Markets

For the first three Saturdays of December, SJMADE will be curating a holiday showcase of San Jose and Silicon Valley's best food/drink makers and food/drink-related makers at Whole Foods Market San Jose. Think of it as a joyous celebration of San Jose and Silicon Valley's foodie, coffee and beer culture. In addition to our amazing local food/drink makers and food/drink-related makers, Whole Foods will have a delicious tasting menu available in the outdoor breezeway space and Mission Creek Brewing will have tasting experiences as well as full-glass experiences available.

Are The San Jose Holiday Epicurean Markets for YOU?
1. If you're looking to shop local high-quality food/drink makers for your holiday food shopping, so you and your loved ones can enjoy that super special small-batch sensation, the San Jose Holiday Epicurean Markets are for you.
2. If you like craft fairs for food and drink, the San Jose Holiday Epicurean Markets are for you.
3. If you like high-quality locally made food/drink goods, the San Jose Holiday Epicurean Markets are for you.
4. If you like amazing coffee and beer, the San Jose Holiday Epicurean Markets are for you.
5. If you're down with artisan quality, handmade quality, handcrafted quality then the San Jose Holiday Epicurean Markets are for you.

Racarons (
Sweetdragon Baking Company (
I Dream of Cookies (
Tico Coffee Roasters (
Hella Hot Hot Sauce (
Wild Orchard (
Cake Therapy (
Back Porch Bakery (
Suha Suha Inc. (

Whole Foods Market San Jose
777 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126

Whole Foods Market San Jose offers the wonderful food shopping experience of all Whole Foods however it also brings its popular coffee and juice bar as well as its amazing on-premises craft brewery Mission Creek Brewing. With tons of comfortable outdoor seating, free WiFi, an indoor cafe and a second-floor terrace with a beautiful view of downtown SJ, Whole Foods Market San Jose has become that chill central hangout for the downtown San Jose and The Alameda community!

Friday, December 11, 2015

The San Jose Holiday Craft Markets

What are The San Jose Holiday Craft Markets?
For the first three weekends of December, SJMADE will be curating a holiday showcase of San Jose and Silicon Valley's best crafters and creatives in the amazing San Pedro Square Market located in downtown San Jose.

Are The San Jose Holiday Craft Markets for YOU?
1. If you're looking to shop local high-quality makers for your holiday shopping, so you and your loved ones can enjoy that super special small-batch sensation, the San Jose Holiday Craft Markets are for you.
2. If you like craft fairs, the San Jose Holiday Craft Markets are for you.
3. If you like high-quality locally made goods, the San Jose Holiday Craft Markets are for you.
4. If you like amazing art and even more amazing artists, the San Jose Holiday Craft Markets are for you.
5. If you're down with artisan quality, handmade quality, handcrafted quality then the San Jose Holiday Craft Markets are for you.

Le Petit Elefant (
Nomad West (
Manic Designs (
Pennie Post (
Maria Woods (
Capricorn Honey (
MPulsestudios (
The Poppie Shop (
Kathryn Marie (
TheLiquorLamp (
Poshaq Silk Artwear (
Three Angels Inc. (

San Pedro Square Market
87 N San Pedro St.
San Jose, CA 95110
Located in the part of the market in which B2 Coffee is located.

"The San Pedro Square Market is the Downtown San Jose meet-up place for foodies, music lovers, locally-made shop supporters, demanders of coffee perfection, history seekers, old-time barbershop hunters, social media followers, and wine and beer libation imbibers. The Market is the all-around best place to hang out with the open-air plaza and sidewalk cafe or inside one of three unique interior spaces. The lively public market includes over 20 unique vendors selling everything from sushi to tapas to home goods. The aromas of fresh ground coffee and wood-fired pizza fills three market halls."

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Dancing Cat is Extending Its Stay in San Jose

Cat lovers of Silicon Valley, you can rejoice. The area's first pop-up cat adoption lounge, The Dancing Cat, is extending its stay!

The lounge, run by Ann Chasson and Mary Rubin, will be extending its stay for 6-8 weeks funded by several donations courtesy of San Jose City Councilmembers Raul Peralez, Pierluigi Oliverio, and Ash Kalra in addition to donations from several individual community members.
“The Dancing Cat brings together communities, and serves as an inventive business model that creatively reuses blighted space and provides an important service. I encourage residents of San Jose to visit the Dancing Cat right now so we can help it become a permanent local business in District 3.”Councilman Raul Peralez, City of San Jose Council District 3
The other day I made a reservation to visit the lounge with a friend. I already have a cat at home, but I wanted to check the place out for myself as well as play with the kitties! I had a great time taking photos of all the cats and gorgeous decor.

When you walk in you sign a waiver in a little foyer room (blocked off so the cats in the other room don't make a break for it.) Then you're granted access to the lounge! And wow.. what a wonderfully decorated space. Modern decor, white walls, and beautiful pops of color fill the room. There is a long picnic table in the middle of the room and couches and chairs at the end. Cat toys, trees, and other lounge-y spots fill the nooks and corners so the cats have plenty of places to sit as well.

You are free to bring in food and drink for yourself, or you can purchase a soda, have a cup of tea or coffee (I spotted a Keurig brewer - so maybe you can just bring your own cups if you wish!)

The building itself used to be a liquor store, so there are a series of glass doors that used to be the fridge. Each glass panel holds wonderful cat-themed paintings done by the group over at The Arsenal.

There is no need to rush to hang out with the cats either. Bring a book or your laptop, sit down and just hang out. The idea isn't to just pet/play with the cats here, it's also a cafe/lounge atmosphere. The day we went there was a mix of people, a couple sat on the couch and hung out with a sleepy kitten. Several older teens sat in a group on the floor and played with an older cat (while they stalked the spot on the couch near the kitten - that was amusing to say the least.)

While we were there, two cats were adopted! Rhett and Butler went to a happy home together. And that's the great thing about this place - people are able to hang out with these cats and kittens in a home-like environment to get to know them. Since opening on May 21, nearly ALL of the cats at The Dancing Cat, have been adopted - this includes typically difficult to adopt cats like senior cats, black cats, and bonded pairs.

The Dancing Cat is open from noon to 6 pm Wednesday through Sunday with extended hours on Friday and Saturday.  A limited number of people are admitted to the space at any one time in order to maintain a comfortable environment for both people and cats. Visitors are encouraged to reserve a spot online at  The Dancing Cat collects an admission donation of $10 per hour and $5 for children under 10 years of age. A limited number of walk-ins can be accommodated as space allows.  

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cat Cafe Now Open in San Jose

Meet "The Dancing Cat." Billed as San Jose's first creative space for people...and cats, this is a limited-time pop-up shop that only runs until June 14th. Cat Cafes began in Taiwan and Japan, places where many people are not able to have pets. You get to come in, have some coffee, and play with cats. Here, you can actually take a cat you fall in love with home.

The Dancing Cat is being run by Marilyn Krieger (a cat behaviorist known as The Cat Coach) and her friend Mary Rubin to promote adoptions for local shelters. They found an abandoned liquor store on North 15th Street and Julian and turned it into something that looks like your living room (an environment cats likely prefer over a shelter). The owners of The Arsenal art supply store on The Alameda even came in and panted a series of panels featuring their own cats.

The cost to come in and play with your new feline friends is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. The fee gets waived if you end up adopting a cat. If the pop-up goes well, they may end up opening a permanent location!

You can find The Dancing Cat at 702 E. Julian Street. It's open from noon to 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday and from noon to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The shop is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more info, peek inside The Dancing Cat website.

Photo by Greg Ramar

Source: San Jose Inside, Hat-tip to Payge Lyn for sending this in!

Friday, April 24, 2015

The CineBrew Mart 2015!

Tomorrow is the second annual CineBrew Mart hosted by Camera Cinemas, Hermitage Brewing, and SJMADE. The event is a mixture of local craft beer tasting, unlimited movie watching, and hyperlocal shopping. I attended last year and this was one of my favorite new events for 2014! Some of the beer vendors even had snacks to compliment the beers such as bacon flavored cotton candy. New to the event this year will be a theater dedicated to showing local films from a variety of filmmakers and organization.

The event is a steal at $25 per person ($15 per person for designated drivers and $12 for kids). That includes both unlimited beer tasting from 1-5pm and unlimited movie watching from 11am to 11pm. There are also lots of great snacks and crafts to peruse through in the SJMADE vendor section.

Get your tickets before they are all gone over here!

The CineBrew Mart
Camera 12 Cinemas
201 South Second Street
Downtown San Jose

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Access to Movies: 11a - 11p
Local Beer and Treats: 1p - 5p

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pop-Up Shops Galore Coming Downtown!

Are you ready for some amazing news? Last week I posted about therethere opening their first retail store in Downtown San Jose. Well, it turns out they will have a lot of company during the holiday season. A total of NINE pop-up stores will be opening by November 7th!!!

These popups will be occupying underutilized spaces both indoors and outdoors, including the lobby of the San Jose Rep. This is a win all around... a win for local entrepreneurs, for Downtown residents and visitors, and for current Downtown retailers that have been yearning for other businesses to open up shop and help attract a critical mass of shoppers.

Times are changing and over the new few years we may see the same explosive growth in Downtown retail that we have with the restaurant scene in recent years. Please read the release below and patronize these businesses. Let's help our local entrepreneurs succeed Downtown and prove that retail can work here!

Temporary stores “pop up” downtown

SAN JOSE – Nine “pop-up” stores will open during downtown San Jose’s holiday season when more than half a million people visit the center city.

The new shops are occupying underutilized indoor and outdoor spaces downtown, including vacant storefronts such as the former San Jose Repertory Theatre lobby.

Civic pride apparel provider Therethere x SJ, opened its doors Oct. 24, sees the San Jose Pop-Up Project as part of downtown’s evolution, where arts, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit thrive.

“Not only do we hope this pop-up microhood activates the downtown corridor and supports independent business, but we also hope to encourage people to explore downtown and shop locally,” said Chinwe Okona, project manager of Therethere x SJ.

All of the stores are expected to be open by a pop-up event Nov. 7, coinciding with the popular monthly South First Fridays art walk.  The shops will remain open into January.

The lineup incudes:

  • Therethere x SJ – unique graphic Tshirdesigns created by local artists; Angela Tsay, owner; 15 N. Second St.; Wed-Sat, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; therethere.comopen Oct. 24

  • Underground: A Fashion Boutique – men’s and women’s clothing and accessories with a seasonal appeal; Sam Garcia, owner; 95 S. Market Street; Wed-Sun in November; daily in December, 11 a.m.-7; expected opening Nov. 1

  • San Jose Bike Clinic and Cowgirl Bike Couriers – bike repair and education; Cain Ramirez, courier owner; Camera Cinemas lobby, 201 S. Second St.; Thur-Mon; and; expected opening Nov. 1

  • The Usuals – apparel, accessories and gifts; Marie and Mike Millares, owner; former San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio; daily except Tuesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon, Wed, Thur; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri and Sat.;; expected opening Nov. 5

  • SJ MADE Playspace – platform for creative entrepreneurship (trunk shows); Marie Millares, owner; former San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio; daily except Tuesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon, Wed, Thur; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri and Sat.;; expected opening Nov. 5

  • Empire Seven Studios – gallery; Jen Ahn and Juan Carlos Araujo, founders; former San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio; daily except Tuesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon, Wed, Thur; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri and Sat.;; expected opening Nov. 5

  • San Jose Earthquakes – soccer merchandise and Earthquakes ticket sales; former San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio; daily except Tuesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon, Wed, Thur; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri and Sat.;; expected opening Nov. 5

  • DIE HARD – unique sports apparel; Adam Mayberry, owner; shipping container on plaza outside former San Jose Repertory Theatre; daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; expected opening Nov. 7

  • First Article – Jaymer Delapena, principal; Bay Area designed and created men’s wear; shipping container on plaza outside former Repertory Theatre; daily, 10 a.m.-8; expected opening Nov. 7

San Jose Downtown Association and the City of San Jose Office of Economic Development started the process of matching retailers and non-profits with vacant and underutilized ground-floor spaces in the downtown core about six months ago, said Nate Echeverria, SJDA business development manager.

The “pop-up” or temporary retail could grow into something more permanent, Echeverria suggested.

We want to catalyze the next wave of retail to downtown,” said Lee Wilcox, city Office of Economic development downtown manager. 

Added Marie Millares, owner of SJ MADE and The Usuals, and who is willing to stay inside the former San Jose Repertory Theatre building as long as possible:  “We've seen similar pop-up programs start and ignite retail districts in cities like Oakland, Los Angeles, and New York.  It's time to see these forward steps happen in San Jose, and we're glad to be part of it.”

Operating retail outlets from shipping containers is a first for downtown San Jose.

Not only will we gain exposure for our company, but also be a part of the larger conversation,” added Adam Mayberry, owner of DIE HARD sports apparel.  “We can work with property owners to find more permanent locations for shipping container retail and possibly create a new hub in downtown San Jose.”

The city-sponsored Pop-Up Project highlights downtown San Jose’s potential, said Jaymer Delapena of First Article consortium of men’s wear developers, who also will be stationed in a container.  “We’re participating partly to showcase our community and a simple, yet innovative approach to retail in an urban setting,” he said.

San Jose Bike Clinic and Cowgirl Bike Courier hope to create a cycling hub that raises enough funds to move its clinic into a permanent location, said Cain Ramirez of Cowgirl and Corinne Winter, president and executive director of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. 

For Underground:  A Fashion Boutique, the Pop-Up Project serves as a chance to reunite with former downtown customers, said owner Sam Garcia.  Garcia previously operated the record store and clothing store OnFirst on South First Street.

As the Pop-Up Project gained momentum over the summer, others came forward to help, including Tracey Ariga of Gensler, graphic designer Ben Henderson, and Spartups tech accelerator managing partner Saif Akhtar.

“We hope to inspire the public to take a peek and discover what the buzz is all about,” Ariga said.


The San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA), established 1986, is a non-profit group of business and property owners working to improve the vitality and livability of downtown San Jose.   SJDA advocates on issues that affect downtown business and property owners; enhances the image of downtown and attract new visitors through year-round marketing, public relations, and special events; and collaborates with its Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) for ongoing improvements to downtown’s cleanliness, security, aesthetics and delivery of services.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Moving Petals Blooms in the South Bay

Food trucks started the mobile vendor crazy, and lately more and more retail-oriented businesses have been getting into the action as well. A San Jose-based flower shop is the newest vendor to go mobile.

Moving Petals is the South Bay’s first flower market on wheels. They offer custom handcrafted bouquets right out of the truck, offering both convenience and quality. Their goal is be be at the forefront of the mobile movement and strive to become a recognized pillar in the community.

I think it's a great idea and hopefully we'll see them around at the many major events in San Jose each year. The Moving Petals truck is already scheduled to be at Oktoberfest at San Pedro Square on October 11th, the Willow Glen Beer Walk on October 25th, and the Halloween Parade in Willow Glen on October 31st.

To find out more, head on over to the Moving Petals website. To locate the truck, follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

7th Annual SubZERO Festival Tomorrow AND Saturday!!!

One of the best festivals in the entire Bay Area is happening tomorrow--and for the first time SubZERO has been extended to take place across two days! It is going to be truly epic for 2014.

I don't even know where to begin. You'll have hundreds of vendors, dozens of galleries, live music across three different stages, 11 food trucks, a beer garden, and all sorts of interesting surprises. This is a must-attend event for anyone who is a fan of Downtown San Jose.

The festival will take up at least three city blocks along S. First Street from San Carlos all the way to Reed. I would recommend parking in the Convention Center and walking across the street. Below you can see a list of artists and vendors participating as well as the food trucks. For more info and a music schedule, check out the SubZERO Website.

Confirmed Artists, Indie Creatives & Vendors participating in 
the 7th Annual SubZERO Festival 

Frank Aguilar
Darius B'Alexander
Jaime Benoist 
Black & Brown
Black Lotus Clothing 
Mike Borja 
Bugs & Monsters
Keith Bunnell
David Canavese
The Cannery Gallery 
Classic Loot
Content Magazine
Crossroads Trading Co.
The Cube by Jarid
Current Tattoo
Drew & Barb 
Elements SJ Vape Shop
Empire Seven
EyeDesign Art
Faire Goatmother
Tulio Flores
Francisco Franco
Friends with Benefits
Force 129
Fotography by Abe Menor  
Lila Gemellos 
ThOm Golia 
Cynthia Gonzalez 
Michele Guieu / Drew Detweiller
Andre Hart 
Genevieve Hastings
Jeff Hemming
Higher Fire Clayspace and Gallery
ILADORA Apparel 
iMiNUSD Fixed Gear Boutique
Jumbo Jibbles
KALEID  Gallery
Denis Korkh 
Korrupt Clothing
John Kurtyka 
The LGBTQ Youth Space
Lost San Jose
Lucy & Mabel 
Luna Park Chalk Art Festival
Frances Marin
Jason McHenry
Mejia Arts
Keith Melot
Woody Miller
Mariya Milovidova 
Monocle Art Group
LAuruS Myth 
Anna Nguyen 
Out of Print Vintage 
Petitie Galleria
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Persephone Dance Company
Poetry Site 
James Pollard
SJ Bike Valet
SJ Rock Shop 
Steven Reece
School of Visual Philosophy
Freya Seeburger 
Seeing Things Gallery
Melanie Sharr
SJSU Art Alliance
SJSU Game Dev
SLG / Art Boutiki
Steamy Tech 
There There
Kori Thompson
Space Palette 
Tiny Splendor 
The Usuals / Showroom
Audre VanBroers 
Visual Confections
Visual Philosophy
Andy Wallace
Michelle and Peter Waters
Women Environmental Artists Directory
Works Gallery
3 Stages of Music
Anno Domini Stage
The People's Park Stage
Secret Garden Stage

Lagunitas Brewing Company presents THE SECRET GARDEN

  • 2 Bros Kitchen
  • Banjara Bistro
  • Bill's Hot Dogs
  • SJ Meatball Company
  • Hula Truck
  • Mad Maxx Mex
  • OhMisoHungry
  • Porky's
  • Rice Rockit
  • Takoz Mod Mex
  • Twisted Chill

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On The Cusp Pop-up Shop @ Black & Brown

Shona Sanzgiri is a writer/editor from San Jose that has been commuting between New York and here for the last six months. He's trying to bring some elements from New York over here in a variety of projects. His latest one is a pop-up shop at Black & Brown on the Alameda  featuring the work of clothing designers, artists, photographers, and writers from both NYC and SJ.

Some of the items will include limited prints, photographs, clothing, accessories, and random curios & tchotchkes from places like Bombay's Thieves Bazaar, a photo-book by Diane Keaton, a napkin Harmony Korine once drew on, etc.

The pop-up shop will be open for two weeks starting March 22nd. The opening reception will run from 5pm to 8pm tomorrow and feature food & refreshments by Dena Cooks (Tunisian Table, America's Test Kitchen). For more info you can check out the On The Cusp website.