Month Of August Fully Loaded With New Pop-Ups At The Playground In Chinatown



Vancouver, BC | The blackberries are already in bloom and it’s not even August yet! It’s a super juicy month ahead and we’ve got five charming shops stacking the calendar at The Playground. So when you return from camping, island hopping or that much deserved vaycay surprises await and the door is open for you. We’re stoked to be welcoming new friends and old rocking the heart-of-summer pop-up game. We hope you can make it out to some openings. Who knows, maybe someone will hand you a beer. The Calendar’s got it all.

AUG 4 – 8 | #WheatPopUp
Returning to 434 Columbia, Wheat the Scandinavian children’s clothing line arrives for a four day pop-up to kick off the month. Practical with an old-soul aesthetic garments can be mixed and matched and always look darling no matter what the combo. A pop-up for children? Precisely. Psst. If you’re a big kid with a little kid, this is for you. More info here…

Aug 14 – 16 | #ScrapingWallpaper
Jordan Holms and Jane Popowich, Vancouver based contemporary artists stemming from ECUAD present Scraping Wallpaper: An Exhibition. Large abstract paintings involve the phenomenon of fascination and desire while other works indirectly reference domestic subjects, a wallpaper pattern or a fragment of fabric as underlying structures to a painting. These works consume space. You’ll need to be at the opening August 14th to feel the real deal here and float through hors d’oeuvres and drinks. More info here…

AUG 17 – 20 | #frannyejewelry
Seriously unique Vancouver based Franny E Fine Jewelry is rooted in metalwork and ethically sourced gems. Shop natural gemstones and diamonds sprinkled across free-trade gold and reclaimed fine silver. What’s your stone? What’s your style? Free fresh water pearls go to the first 200 visitors so tell your friends. Demos, giveaways and discounts galore. More info here…

AUG 21 -23 | #UNMADE
Enter three emerging Canadian artists Kyle Gibson, Luke Besth and Julia Buckingham whose works signify embodied relationships to nature, call them meditations or reflections on moments ripped from the mundane and put under a new filter. Big thinking right? Stop in on opening night for live music and drinks August 21st, time TBA. All works are for sale. More info here…

AUG 24 – 30 | #TheRedPalette
Looking to redesign your space? This is art for every day life – at your home, office, boutique. The energy radiating Markella Mildenberger founder of The Red Palette design house presents radical wallpaper and textiles. This is design your neighbour probably doesn’t have and your friends won’t know where you discovered. Stop in and flip through some wallpaper swatches or talk custom work for your unique space. More info here…



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About thisopenspace


thisopenspace is a full-service pop-up production agency. Their flagship storefront in Chinatown is an idea playground and a pop-up ready space. It’s where they have hosted over 70 pop-up concepts since 2012. But there is so much more…

Empty space sucks and space for short-term use is rare. We help clients find flexible space and open underutilized space for temporary use. We’ve done this around Vancouver neighbourhoods including Mount Pleasant, Gastown, South Granville, and Fraserhood. Do you have or need space for temporary use? Contact us.

It ain’t a party if no one shows up. We provide promotion and press relations exclusively to short term pop-up shops, exhibitions, and events. Whether it’s happening at one of our spaces or not, we help clients connect with their audience. Here’s the proof.

A pop-up is a limited time offer and we make sure that clients get noticed by an engaged audience that we’ve built over the last two years. This includes over 1000+ subscribers to our monthlycoolkids newsletter, 3000+ Instagram, 1900+Facebook, and 1500+ Twitter followers. We leverage our audience and get clients noticed.

Over the past two years, we’ve seen the best and the less than stellar. We know the elements that make a pop-up event successful and those to avoid. Our team has a track record of producing successful retail, food, and entertainment events. We design unique and memorable experiences.

“The incredibly successful rotating pop-up shop that offers people the chance to try out a storefront” – Vancouver Sun, August 2014

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