Get Your Christmas Shopping Poppin’

A six day uptown pop-up includes jewelry, clothing, and fine foods


Gifts for men from Ole Mason Jar at the Poptopia pop-up shop


When it comes to Christmas shopping, I’m generally skeptical of the phrase “one stop shop.”

Few places live up to that label, even the malls. But walking through Poptopia, a six-day pop-up shop at the Foundation For The Carolinas gallery in uptown, I found something that fit every person on my list.

Mom? A necklace from Kendra Scott. My stylish buddy? A tie from Ole Mason Jar. My three-month-old niece? Children’s books from Cricket Vision Press.

Poptopia, which is sponsored by Charlotte Center City Partners, is part of a yearlong effort to boost retail in uptown. Gifts range from $6 candles to $2,000 jackets, from a mix of 20 local and national vendors.

Last year, shoppers spent $25,000 over three days at the pop-up shop. And Center City pop-up shops generated $500,000 in gross sales during the 2015 holiday season.

That prompted organizers to extend the Poptopia sale and its store hours this year. Also new this year: evening cocktail and hors d’oeuvres receptions, and an afternoon beauty bar with touch-ups, quick manicures, and hair pick-me-ups.

Poptopia is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec. 2, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3. You can find a full list of vendors and more information here

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