Guthrie’s downtown historic district will house a park of pop-up shops

ByShannon J. Cortes

Oct 3, 2022

Guthrie’s downtown historic district will soon be home to a year-round pop-up store park. The city hopes the development will bring new life to downtown and give small startups a chance to start their business. One of the lands the city envisions will serve as a retail incubator, allowing retailers to start small and grow. “The hope is that they will grow up and become financially stable to move into one of our downtown businesses and become part of our downtown economy,” said Shawnda Rooney, director of economic development for the city. of Guthrie. The pop-up store park will be funded by two $50,000 grants, one federal and the other from T-Mobile. The city hopes it will breathe life into downtown. “We hope that it will create diversity and some stability,” Rooney said. The historic downtown district of Guthrie is known for its grand Victorian buildings, some of which are 100 years old. However, a retailer said maintenance could be expensive, especially for a business that’s just starting up.” There’s a lot of maintenance on the buildings. Principles don’t always think about the insurance and maintenance that goes into the building,” said Laura Long, owner of Boutique 206. It’s been Long’s Boutique 206 for eight years in the historic district. She said she’s seen a lot of business come and go. “Utilities on old buildings because they’re old, there’s drafts. Utility can really increase during a winter or a summer, and I don’t think a lot of people realize the costs of owning a business,” Long said. The city hopes that by starting small, startups can eventually grow big. “We want to help small businesses bring their ideas to life,” Rooney said. Now the city has its fingers crossed that the pop-ups will be ready in time for Christmas. . So now, Guthrie can expect the park next spring.

Guthrie’s downtown historic district will soon be home to a year-round pop-up store park.

The city hopes the development will bring new life to downtown and give small startups a chance to start their business. One of the lands envisioned by the city will serve as a retail incubator, allowing retailers to start small and grow.

“The hope is that they will grow up and become financially stable to move into one of our downtown businesses and become part of our downtown economy,” said Shawnda Rooney, director of economic development for the city. by Guthrie.

The pop-up store park will be funded by two $50,000 grants, one federal and the other from T-Mobile. The city hopes it will breathe life into downtown.

“We hope it will create diversity and some stability,” Rooney said.

The historic downtown district of Guthrie is known for its grand Victorian buildings, some of which are over 100 years old. However, one retailer said it could be costly to maintain, especially for a business that is just starting up.

“There’s a lot of maintenance on buildings. Principles don’t always think about the insurance and maintenance that goes into the building,” said Laura Long, owner of Boutique 206.

This has been Long’s Boutique 206 for eight years in the Historic District. She said she’s seen a lot of business come and go.

“Utilities in old buildings because they are old, there are drafts. Utilities can really increase during a winter or a summer, and I don’t think a lot of people realize the costs associated with owning a business,” Long said.

Concept drawings show that the park will have a structure of six garden sheds, matching the Victorian look of the town centre, with two for food vendors and four for retail space. The city hopes that by starting small, startups can eventually grow big.

“We want to help small businesses bring their ideas to life,” Rooney said.

Now the city has its fingers crossed that the pop-ups will be ready in time for Christmas. So now, Guthrie can expect the park next spring.