Downtown Bellefonte Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 16823
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Pop-Ups are all the rage these days. Whether it's a semi-spontaneous urban craft market bringing life to an abandon building, or a vacant store coming alive for just a few days with hip indie merchandise, the whole world seems enchanted by the Pop-Up dynamic.
And why not, right?
Pop-Ups allow small businesses and independent artists the chance to be discovered by a lot of people who LOVE unique stuff but might have missed it in this day and age of missing so much.
But FINALLY. The wait is over for those of us who've been chomping at the bit. The Pop-Up is coming to Bellefonte! June 3rd is June First Sunday here in town and this month the focus is on the Pop-Up experience. Shops and businesses all over town will be setting up Pop-Up tables out on the sidewalk, offering huge sales and special deals to celebrate impending summer. And check this out: lots of 16823 crafters and other vendors will be paired up with Bellefonte businesses. They'll be setting up their own special wares alongside the resident shopkeepers.
Which means Downtown Bellefonte will be one massive sidewalk sale jam session on the first Sunday in June!
In the spirit of all this Pop-Up community, lots of shops and eateries are offering some pretty cool deals.
From 7am-3pm Dam Donuts, 216 W High St, will be give you a 10% discount on a Frozen Dam.
Over at Cool Beans Coffee and Tea, 141 W High St, they''ll be offering folks different baked goods samples and frozen lattes samples. Plus Village Eatinghouse will be setting up a booth there with samples of their delicious creations too. There's also going to be an apple pie bake off there that day as well, so I bet they'll be some incredible pie floating around at some point.
Down along Spring Creek, by gorgeous Talleyrand Park, Bello Vino Wine Bar at 325 W High St will be doing a bunch of wine sampling between 3-8pm. Plus they can offer you a 10% discount on a bottle of wine that day.
Up the block at 224 W High St, Jabebo Studio will be giving customers a free pair of their chic earrings whenever they purchase two other pairs. So buy two… get one free. Excellent deal.
Helen Foxx & Co. at 122 S Allegheny St are slashing some of their ultra stylish women's clothing by up to 60% just for the Pop-Up.
And a few doors down McCoy's CAAT will be giving customers 10% off all cash purchases. They have some amazing antiques from all over the world in there! It's worth going in just to see the handmade Indonesian mask collection.
That's just the tip of the Pop-Up universe unfolding on the streets of Bellefonte on June 3rd. Tons of other shops and vendors will be set up too, so bring a big tote bag for all the cool stuff you're gonna end up buying!
That same day, the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, 133 North Allegheny Street, will be kicking off their much anticipated Summer Project with an art opening and reception. This year's Summer Project is called 'An Imagination Celebration!' and it really sounds like it will end up being one of their best community -nvolved projects yet (and they have a bunch of legendary ones already under their belts too.) 'An Imaginary Celebration!' is a drop-in art camp for all ages that's all about creating at the museum. Visitors will be able to create art and crafts as well as contribute to works like murals, rugs and a totem pole that will be built as a museum collaborative art work over the two months of the Celebration. Kids will love it and so will Mom and Dad, so swing by and help them kick it all off.
Lastly, First Sunday June will also coincide with a magnificent event happening for the very first time ever in Bellefonte. What is it? Prepare yourself, Centre County. Because Yarn Bombing is coming to town. The brainchild of Loaded Creative's, Sean McCauley, and some of his artistically-minded compatriots, this will be an attempt to put Bellefonte in some pretty exclusive artistic company around the world. Because Yarn Bombing, the action or activity of covering objects or structures in public places with decorative knitted or crotchet material, as a form of street art, is seen around the world as a very hip and wonderful way to temporarily add new color and vibrancy to familiar streets.
I think it might just be one of the most lovely things that has ever occurred in this old town.
"The Borough Council not only approved it, but were highly enthusiastic about the project!" beams McCauley.
Which just proves what we all already know.
Bellefonte is truly one of a kind.
See you at First Sunday.
Bellefonte's June First Sunday
Sunday, May 6th
10 AM - 5 PM
Please note that, although the event is listed as 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each Bellefonte business sets their own hours for the event.
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