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Pop goes the business: Storage containers offer temporary retail spots downtown

Three POD containers, transformed into pop-up retail shops on Olive Street between Broadway and 10th. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. A transformation is in the works downtown.

Three POD containers, transformed into pop-up retail shops on Olive Street between Broadway and 10th.

The goal?

"To activate the sidewalks and create a much more vibrant active area for everyone," said Jennifer Knapp, urban design planner for Eugene.

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Two of the pods are for University of Oregon products, where students and staff will sell a range of homemade goods.

The third POD is for Threadbare Print House.

"We printed some pennants that say Best Coast. Obviously it's the West Coast," said Amy Baker from Threadbare. "We don't know what to expect, and it's the first time the city's done this, so I hope it grows from here."

The pop-up retail shops are new and fun - and also good for business.

"People will see what the students have been working on and the kinds of ideas that we work with," said Tom Bonamici from UO.

The shops will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, then Tuesdays through Sunday until August 18.


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