Downtown Linden, Texas will be alive with lots of new businesses starting Saturday, December 1st. That’s when pop-up week kicks off.
Downtown buildings will be filled aspiring entrepreneurs, like Jordan Rain. His food business includes making gumbo and all kinds of crepes. “I made one this morning that was like shrimp and green onions, jalapenos,” Rain said. If all goe well, Rain has plans for a food truck.
Down the street, Mary Dowd is selling crafts and restored furniture. “I’ve just recently retired from the school business, and trying to find things to do,” she said.
Pop-up week in Linden is a way for people to try out their business ideas with little risk. “Need to learn what’s popular, what’s in,” Dowd said.
Main Street Manager Allie Anderson said, “It’s sort of a crash course, week-long test for their business. We’ve got clothing boutiques, baked goods, home goods,” she said. Anderson hopes this week’s pop-up week is as successful as last year. Three people opened full-time businesses. Among them, Jenna Lockhart. Today, she has lots of faithful customers at her coffee shop. “We just want them to be happy and fed and caffeinated,” she said.
Lockhart also contributes a portion of her proceeds to a spay/neuter program for pets. “It kinda helps make sure that we can take care of one or two dogs a month,” she said.
All the bustling activity around town, is a win for Linden. “It really does a lot of good for our town to kindof be reminded of what the downtown used to be and what it can be again,” Anderson said.
Pop-up week starts Saturday, December 1st and runs through next Saturday, December 8th. Stores will be open from 5pm until 9pm every day.