Cincy Pop Shop
Cincy Pop Shop aims to facilitate and hasten the development of a critical mass of retail businesses that will result in more sustainable neighborhood business districts. 


The City is looking for its next Cincy Pop Shop neighborhood location! If you know of a property in your neighborhood that would be a good fit for this program, please fill out our Property Request Form.

Cincy Pop Shop

Thank you for your interest in the City of Cincinnati’s new pop-up shop program. We are beyond excited to bring together entrepreneurs, artists, makers, and small businesses with local property owners to fill vacant spaces and activate neighborhoods across the city. Cincinnati is growing by leaps and bounds, and we know that expanding active retail spaces will benefit residents, existing businesses, and visitors alike.

Why Now?

The City of Cincinnati’s Department of Community and Economic Development in parnership with Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) released a Retail Action Plan in 2016 for the Central Business District. This Pop Shop program is a vital part of implementing the Action Plan. It will create opportunities for future business owners who have had trouble finding accessible, affordable, and flexible spaces and allow them to create, expand, and nurture their small business with relatively low risk.
We are looking for applicants who are passionate about their products and ready to embark on the next part of your entrepreneurial journey.

What do I receive for participating?

The selected applicant will occupy a storefront (location to be determined) from late March, 2018 through May 31, 2018. The applicant will have the option to continue the lease following the Pop-up Cincinnati lease term directly with the building owner. The City of Cincinnati can provide a grant of up to $1000 to the selected applicant(s). The grant is intended to offset the cost of rent for selected applications and will be for non-structural interior modification (ex: paint, carpeting/rugs, lighting, etc.), general maintenance and cleaning, signage, accessory lighting, and window displays.

How do I Apply?

Applications are now available. Applications are due on Friday, March 9, 2018.

I'm a property owner. Where do I get more information?

Download our Property Owner FAQ here!

Let’s make Cincinnati retail POP!

Previous Pop Shops:

Winter 2017 (College Hill):
  • Barcode Glam
  • Chapeau Couture Hats

Summer 2017 (Sponsored by Downtown Cincinnati Inc):GO(O)D
  • Jamerisol
  • Native Brand
  • Slim Furniture

Winter 2016:

  • Barcode Glam
  • Chapeau Couture Hats
  • Davis Cookie Collection
  • Flying Pig Marathon
  • Green Box Gift Wrapping LLC
  • Jenco Brothers' Candy
  • Sarah Center
  • Tronk Design