Bloom Collective Pops Up around Providence

This women-owned business is a unique and lively platform dedicated to showcasing the work of local artisans, floral and vintage vendors.

Photo provided by Bloom Collective.

 

Filling empty retail spaces in Providence is Bloom Collective, a unique and lively platform dedicated to showcasing the work of local artisans, floral and vintage vendors. Small business owners Savannah Barkley, founder of the handmade botanical accessories company Sir Milky Quartz, and Heather Wolfenden, founder of vintage clothing brand Fresh and Fossil, are the women behind this new biz. The platform is aimed at offering a temporary home base for a wide variety of creatives in the community.

“We got to talking and [Barkley] had the idea to bring a pop-up style model to Providence, to fill empty retail spaces across the city, bringing new creative energy to spots that otherwise wouldn’t have anything going on,” says Wolfenden. Her experience over the summer when starting and running a similar style artisan shop helped further the idea. By mid-September, the idea had blossomed into something tangible and the business owners have been working to bring it to life ever since. They aim to help artists and vendors expose their work to prospective customers and connect with other fellow creatives and innovators within the community.

“We wanted to create a stronger sense of community in Providence and an interactive experience as well, so it’s not necessarily just a retail location,” said Wolfenden. “It’s a spot where we’re going to have the community involved with rotating window display artists and weekend vendors coming in for small pop-up events, making it an engaging space but also a safe one in the current climate.”

Barkley and Wolfenden are no longer accepting applications for this pop up, but have future plans in place, and encourage artisan and vintage vendors to apply for those opportunities. Current Bloom Collective members include After Tea Co.,Molly Horan Art, Hungry Ghost Press, Moon Tide Dyers, Potion, Mila Sol, Shear Stones, Marge Hinge, Michelle Phaneuf Ceramics, Josephina’s Creations, Pastels and  Parcels, Popcorn Ink and more.

Knowing that times have been difficult for local businesses and retail spaces, Barkley and Wolfenden have been working hard to ensure that other passionate business owners have the chance to display their work and stay afloat amid COVID. “There’s so much creative spirit in Rhode Island and we really just want to find space for people to be able to share that spirit with everyone and have a moment for themselves and their businesses,” says Barkley. “It definitely allows us to include more folks and give people the opportunity to come at their leisure and be able to experience what we’re putting together while still bringing together the community.”

The pop- up will run until Thursday, December 24. Bloom Collective will have their doors open everyday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., though their Monday hours are solely for shop safe appointments which can be booked on their website.

271 South Main St., Providence, wearebloomcollective.com

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