Seattle Restored: Revitalizing vacant city spaces

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Now through the summer, a new program called Seattle Restored is showcasing pop-up shops + art installations at vacant city spaces. | Photo by Soulvenir via Seattle Restored

Wanna know what’s poppin’ lately? Now through the summer, a new program called Seattle Restored is showcasing pop-up shops + art installations at vacant city spaces.

Out of hundreds of candidates, 30 local creators, artists, makers + entrepreneurs received $2,500 from Seattle’s Office of Economic Development and other orgs to let their creative juices flow. Those strolling through the streets of Pioneer Square, the Chinatown-International District, and downtown will be able to view works like an interactive bubble exhibit and even buy custom threads from local designers.

Oh, and if you’ve got some serious Insta game, Seattle Restored is giving away prizes from participating venues every Tuesday throughout the duration of the program. To enter, take a photo in front of three pop-ups or art installations and share your snapshots through this form. Pro Tip: There’s no need to visit all three venues in one week, just submit your photos when you’re ready — the winner’s list will refresh every Monday.

Check out some of these current pop-up projects before they pack-up.

Inside
📍Downtown | 1313 4th Ave.
🗓️ Open through Fri., June 30 | Wed.-Sun., various times
A retail shop that aims to redefine self-care through experiences like sound baths, massages, classes on bouquet-making + even an intro to the stock market and crypto.

Soulvenir
📍Little Saigon | 1200 S. Jackson St.
🗓️ Open through Tues., May 31 | Sat.-Wed., 12-6 p.m.
A clothing storefront, screen-printing workshop, and coworking space for anyone to enjoy, with an emphasis on connecting Vietnamese + Asian creatives in Seattle.

Now, I let myself free
📍Pioneer Square | 220 2nd Ave.
🗓️ Open through Fri., June 30
The window display highlights artist Monie Love’s appreciation for the diversity of the Black community through the use of deep color + rough-textured portraits.

If you’re looking for more pop-ups, the project has created a map that shows where you can find each active storefront around the downtown neighborhoods + how long they will be occupying the space.

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