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Creatively Belle’s First Shop at The Rocks Pop Up Project

We’re so thrilled to have our first shop as part of the exciting Pop Up Project at The Rocks.

This is a great opportunity for our micro-business that is Creatively Belle to grow and find out what’s involved in actually running, staffing and stocking a shop.

Freshwater pearl jewellery made at the Pop Up Project The RocksThe Rocks Pop Up Project is an initiative by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Arts NSW working with The Empty Spaces project. So it’s all about bringing more creativity into The Rocks and making vibrant use of empty spaces.

I’m part of the micro-business incubator venue at 47 George Street, along with 10 other local small businesses that have for years been trading down at The Rocks Markets.

Our building has just finished it’s heritage sandstone restoration work and is available for expressions of interest. In the mean time, instead of leaving it empty it’s been turned over to a hub of creativity.

I think this is a great opportunity for future tenants to see the space is a fabulous light – full of life and energy – making it easier for them to envision their own business in the space.

The Pop Up Project is a six month pilot program so it comes down to us participants to make it work in terms of a retail shopping venue, providing interesting and creative environment for local residents and business owners and to enhance the general atmosphere of the precident.

As I have a passion for small business I’m running a series of events at the Pop Up Project, ranging from book launchs to forums to informative evenings about social media.

I’ll also have special VIP evenings and am diving right into the Fashion Show we’re hosting in August.

All of this is to bring people to the Pop Up, get the word out there about the pilot program and to have interesting events on for the locals.

Of course I need this to be an economically viable project too so there’s lots of effort put into have a great range of Creatively Belle jewellery in our shop.

Belinda working at the Pop Up shopI’m using my space as a working studio, shop so you can find me working away there during the week, making jewellery, doing the administrative work a small business needs and having a gossip with the other creative women and men in the project.

There are four venues for the Pop Up Project:

47 George Street where I have my little shop upstairs along with 10 other indpendent designers, a gluten-free cafe and a cinema with ICE film installation.

77 1/2 George Street has Marc with his Son of a Tailor men’s fashion

77 George Street – just downstairs from Marc – is The Red Room Company – an inspiring group of poets

85 George Street is home to Gaffa with their contemporary art and sculpture

Between all of us there’s always something on!

I send out invitations to Creatively Belle events via our email newsletter and on Facebook.

Want to keep up? Check out the Pop Up Project at The Rocks blog and The Rocks Facebook .

Pink necklace lariat made at the Pop Up at The Rocks

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