Kitchener-Waterloo

Pop-up shop Project 220 to fill empty storefront at Kitchener city hall

Project 220 is what Kitchener is calling an empty storefront at Kitchener city hall. It will become home to pop-up shops and art events. For the summer, Four All Ice Cream will take over the space.

Three art events and Four All Ice Cream to be first tenants in space

Project 220 is an empty storefront at Kitchener's city hall that will become a pop-up space. Four All Ice Cream will set up shop this summer. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

The Summer Lights Festival will be the first tenant at a new pop-up space in Carl Zehr Square starting this Saturday, June 8.

The space, which was until recently home to Open Sesame, is at 220 King St. W. in front of Kitchener city hall. It will change hands a few times in June before the summer tenant, Four All Ice Cream, takes over on June 21.

Here's how the month will play out:

  • June 8 — Summer Lights Festival.
  • June 12 to 15 — Indigenous Art Market Kitchener hosted by Pins and Needle Fabric Company.
  • June 20 — Art$pay Pop-Up Gallery.
  • June 21 to Sept. 6 — Four All Ice Cream Summer Pop Up with special guests to be announced.

Hilary Abel, manager of downtown community development for the city, says the community really wanted to see the space used for new and unique offerings.

"With downtown going through a huge transformation over the next few years, and more residents and workplaces finding their home here, it's fun to see how this space might be able to respond to the community's needs whether it be in playful art activations or business casual clothing," Abel said in a media release.

Ajoa Mintah, founder of Four All Ice Cream, said in the release she's excited to be in the space and sees it as an opportunity to collaborate with the city and other local businesses.

City council voted in April to turn the empty storefront into a pop-up shop while it looks for long-term solutions for the space.

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