With nearly 28 million people visiting Indianapolis in 2017, coupled with an ever-increasing interest in living and working in Downtown, May is a key month to showcase Downtown. It’s also an ideal time for businesses, who might otherwise not consider a Downtown location to test a Downtown presence with the hopes of attracting new customers.

Enter St’art Up 317.

In an effort to address Downtown’s vacant first floor retail spaces, Downtown Indy, Inc. partnered with The City of Indianapolis and PATTERN on a pop-up initiative designed to activate underutilized first floor commercial spaces in Downtown Indianapolis. The program, which is now launching, aims to connect retailers and artists with vacant first-floor spaces, while also supporting the creative class and improving the cultural profile of urban Indianapolis.

Check out the first round of participating artists/retailers:

  • Artistry Apartments, 1,000 square-feet of retail space (498 E. Washington St.)
    • PRSVR (Luxury-inspired clothing brand for independent creators
  • Circle Centre Mall window, Georgia Street
  • Circle Centre Mall window, Meridian Street
  • Circle Centre Mall windows, Former Carson’s windows: Meridian/Washington streets
  • CityWay windows
  • Milhaus HQ window (460 Virginia Ave.)
  • 1034 Virginia Ave, 1000 square feet of retail space in an old mechanics garage
    • KOMAFI, creative streetwear brand

Explore each of these new pop-up sites and the featured artists/retailers at a St’art Up 317 open house on Friday, May 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at each location. You’ll get the chance to learn more about the program, mingle with participating artists and entrepreneurs and explore Downtown.

Can’t make it on Friday? Activations will be up through June 3. Get all the details at startup317.com.