Seattle Restored

The Seattle Office of Economic Development is partnering with Seattle Good Business Network and Shunpike to match small business owners and artists with vacant commercial storefronts to host pop-up shops and art installations. These projects benefit neighborhoods, small businesses, artists and property owners by creating vibrant and engaging streetscapes that encourage the public to visit downtown Seattle and other neighborhood commercial corridors to support local businesses and artists — particularly Black, Indigenous, and other entrepreneurs and artists of color.

In phase one of the Seattle Restored program, we activated 30 vacant storefronts with engaging pop-up shops and art installations from local entrepreneurs, artists and manufacturers in Seattle’s downtown neighborhoods. 

For phase two of the program, we will activate an additional 45 vacant storefronts, moving beyond downtown to include neighborhoods throughout Seattle.

Seattle residents can apply for the following types of activations:

  • Pop-Up Shop – Run your own business in a vacant commercial space.
  • Art Installation – Exhibit and sell your artwork via QR code from a street-facing window display.
  • QR Code Window Shopping – Advertise and sell your products via QR code from a street-facing window display.
  • Collective Pop-Up Shop – Share space with other Seattle Restored participants in a collective retail marketplace.
  • Restaurant Pop-Up Residency – Run your own restaurant residency for one month in a vacant commercial space.

Application Process

Applications are due on August 26, 2022. The program is free and there is no cost to apply.

Virtual information sessions regarding the application process and program will be held on:

  • July 28 at 5:30 p.m.: Please fill out this Registration Form. This session is available in English and Spanish.
  • August 23 at 5:30 p.m.: Please fill out this Registration Form. ASL and bilingual interpretation support in Amharic, Chinese, Korean, Somali, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese will be available for this session (must request 10 days in advance).

To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit seattlerestored.org/artists-entrepreneurs.

 

Seattle Restored pop-up shops and art installations are open!

Check out the Seattle Restored map to locate participating small businesses and experience the artwork from entrepreneurs and creatives selected for the program.

For more information and details on all participating pop-up shops and art installations, go to seattlerestored.org.

The Seattle Office of Economic Development is committed to building an equitable and inclusive economy that benefits the whole city by promoting access to economic opportunities for all of Seattle’s diverse communities.

The City of Seattle encourages everyone to participate in its programs and activities. For additional questions, translation or interpretation, technical assistance, disability accommodations, materials in alternate formats or accessibility information, please contact the Office of Economic Development at (206) 684-8090 or oed@seattle.gov.