CBD venue introduces a fresh vibe for trial Pop-up Enterprises

The next round of Pop-up Enterprises from May 26 to 28, will boast a new atmosphere, relocating to the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre and Lightbox courtyard.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the Pop-up Enterprise trial would continue across the street from its original Library Square location.

“The new site will introduce a fresh vibe to the Pop-up Enterprise concept and the time stalls will operate will also slightly alter,” Councillor Burnett said.

Council’s Commercial Services Committee Chair Councillor PJ Sobhanian said the changes evolved from suggestions and recommendations following the Pop-up Enterprises’ debut last week.

“Members of the community have provided valuable feedback and appear keen to support the Pop-up Enterprise concept,” Cr Sobhanian said.

“As a trial CBD venture, the versatility exists to adapt and modify the concept and adjust it to suit community needs.”

In a community partnership, between GECC and Lightbox owners Benito Zussino and Peter Hawkins, the remaining pilot Pop-up Enterprises will set up in the courtyard of the combined premises.

The next group of five Pop-up Enterprises will operate on Thursday, May 26 from 3pm to 8pm; Friday, May 27 from 3pm to 8pm and on Saturday, May 28 from 8am to noon.

“Lightbox is investing in festoon lighting for the courtyard area and Tannum Sands State High School students are making timber, market stall tables, to add a rustic feel to the area,” Cr Sobhanian said.

“The Saturday Pop-up Enterprise time has also been scheduled to coincide with Library Square markets and to maximise on passing CBD foot traffic.”

The May 26 to 28 Pop-up Enterprises is targeted to appeal to a range of residents with microbusiness operators selling specialised services and products ranging from online recruiting services to children’s clothing, candles, natural-made body products, handcrafted home décor and more.