Shops will be located along a block of Merrimack Street, between How and Main Streets.
Organizers of plans to build a “better block,” along Merrimack Street, between How and Main Streets, are seeking proposals for pop-up shops to line the downtown Saturday, May 6.
A coalition of MassDevelopment, the Haverhill Transformative Development Initiative and Team Better Block, of Dallas, Texas, is accepting proposals for pop-up shops.
“Do you make delicious bbq, empanadas, or pho and dream about one day having a restaurant? Do you create things that you sell on Etsy and wonder whether a storefront concept might work for you?” the coalition asks. Organizers plan to help participants build and curate the shops as a means of helping entrepreneurs test concepts.
Proposals are due by Wednesday, April 12, and may be submitted online at teambetterblock.com/haverhill.
As part of the planning for the May event, team workshops are scheduled Wednesday, April 5, beginning at 1 p.m., with a general planning session from 6 to 8 p.m.
Although the transformation of a block of downtown is temporary, the idea is to encourage city officials and decision-makers to “change policy and fast-track infrastructure improvements.”