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Temporary Pop-Ups Downtown

The City of Santa Barbara is encouraging business owners to open pop-up retail premises in the downtown area. A pop-up is a short-term, temporary retail experience, which enables business owners to present their brand, products, and ideas to consumers through an accessible, visible, and less expensive medium than a permanent space. Pop-ups allow for a more experience-driven retail opportunity, which is increasingly popular with consumers. As a seller you can be more nimble, more creative, and more responsive to your customer base.



Wednesday, September 12 at 5:457:00 p.m.
Central Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu Street

Are you ready for a storefront presence? Attend this workshop to understand the basic requirements, identify your space needs and learn how to negotiate a short-term agreement on a property. This information session about pop-ups is in preparation for a “Pop-up Match” session, where entrepreneurs can connect with property owners and commercial agents who have vacant space. Topics to be covered during the information session, include:

  • Who should consider opening a pop-up
  • What are the benefits of a pop-up vs. a traditional outlet
  • What are the costs of opening a pop-up
  • Opening a food pop-up
  • Licensing/Permitting requirements

Anyone interested in going is encouraged to RSVP to The information session is provided by Women's Economic Ventures and is free of charge.

State Street Match

Wednesday, September 19 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Central Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu Street
Refreshments will be provided.

Calling entrepreneurs looking for storefront space to start or expand your business! This is an event for you to pitch your business plan to property owners and brokers who have space available downtown. Come find the right space to match your initial, short-term needs, whether for a weekend or a few months.

  • Save money without making improvements to the building
  • Save time without needing a building or sign permit
  • Learn quickly whether your business model will work without significant investment
  • No City permit fees; Must pay discounted rent or percent of sales for the space
  • Retail and restaurant concepts only. Collectives welcome. No wine, beer, or alcohol tasting rooms
  • Must have a City of Santa Barbara Business License
  • Be ready for quick introductions and a 2-minute pitch
  • No guarantees for a match



What Is Allowable in the Space?

  • Use must be consistent with the previous permitted type of business use (retail, food service, office, etc.)
  • Interior paint, free-standing shelving units, clothing racks, readily movable furniture, plug and cord lighting and equipment, pre-manufactured office partitions no higher than 5’ 9”, typical office/retain wall decorations
  • No plumbing, mechanical, electrical, or structural additions or alterations to the building’s plumbing, mechanical, electrical, or structural systems
  • No permanent improvements or modifications (i.e. permanent lighting, restroom upgrades, ADA upgrades, fire sprinklers, etc.)

Information Sheet

Downtown Partners

The City has partnered with
Women's Economic
Ventures and
Downtown Santa Barbara
to host the event.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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