The Downtown Dayton Partnership has been awarded a 2013 Pinnacle Award for its Activated Spaces Pop-up Project. The Pinnacle Award is a national award sponsored by the International Downtown Association.
Since 2011, when the Pop-up Project began, 11 new shops have filled more than 11,000 square feet of vacant space in downtown Dayton. Nine of those shops are still up and running.
Downtown Dayton Partnership president Sandy Gudorf says the award actually belongs to all of the volunteers and organization who have made the Pop-up Project such a success.
“What makes this program so special, it is a partnership with UpDayton, GenDayon, our property owners," Gudorf said. "We help facilitate all this, and of course those entrepreneurs who are realizing their dreams of opening their own business.”
Two new retailers, Spice Paradise and Hicks’ Barber Shop on Brown Street, recently opened their doors, and Gudorf says there are plans to expand the Pop-up Project.
Each year, the International Downtown Association gives out awards for projects they believe “set the standard for best practice in industry.”