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
- #500FashionFridays, celebrating the fashion of the Indianapolis 500
- Circle Centre Mall window, Meridian Street
- Beth Bennett, custom clothing designer
- Circle Centre Mall windows, Former Carson’s windows: Meridian/Washington streets
- Iron Slab, custom wood furniture
- Molly & Myrtle, floral arrangements and custom events
- People for Urban Progress, Citizen Design Champions
- Mikeal Neon, Multi-media artist, published stylist
- Primary Colors, Non-profit serving visual art and culture and connecting artists with their communities
- John Ross, sculptor. His subject is man. The theme is imperfection.
- H. Ward Miles Fine Art, Indianapolis based visual artist
- Matt Krack, Indianapolis based visual artist
- CityWay windows
- Milhaus HQ window (460 Virginia Ave.)
- Anna Martinez, a painter and cutting-edge collage artist.
- 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.