By Garrett Stanley
On Thursday, Nov.18, Bothell will welcome a brand-new storefront, the Pop Shop on Main, offering a year-round opportunity for the community to shop and explore products from four new women-owned small business boutiques.
Jeanie Ashe, the economic development manager for the city of Bothell, is looking forward to helping these four local businesses grow their market and revenue.
“These shops are an incubator program. It’s a two-year opportunity for current entrepreneurs to be a part of this pilot project,” Ashe said. “I am super excited about them having this opportunity.”
Ashe added that the goal of the project is to help women-owned businesses, especially women of color, succeed.
“We wanted this to be a meaningful program and I think the events of COVID have pointed out the disparities between the haves and have nots,” Ashe said. “Women and minorities face extra hurdles. We are helping them clear those hurdles.”
According to the city of Bothell website, the four businesses in the shop are HappyBodySoaps natural handmade body products, Bo’Bell Jewels handcrafted boho chic jewelry, Modest Family Solutions hydroponically grown vegetables, and The Painter, The Potter and the Puppeteer custom-made works of art.
“It’s really wonderful because each shop has such a unique story. All of the women work so hard every day,” Ashe said.
All four businesses will be open year-round, Thursday through Sunday, from 12 to 6 p.m.
The business owners are also looking forward to the Grand Opening. Adasha Turner, the founder of Modest Family Solutions, sees the potential of this storefront for her business, which in part sources local produce from BIPOC farmers to support them while also distributing it to people with food insecurities.
“This is a distribution spot for us so that we don’t have to be giving it out on the street corners,” Turner said.
Community volunteers and Mercy Corps Northwest selected these businesses. Each had to demonstrate market readiness and the uniqueness of its product.
“This project has really been a collaboration between so many groups,” Ashe said.
Mercy Corps Northwest also provided the entrepreneurs with education guidance and tools needed to help them navigate the market.
“I don’t want to forget the chamber of commerce,” Ashe said. “They are so friendly and so inviting and, in their efforts, to support small businesses. They are giving each business a one-year membership, plus that’s roughly 370 members they can market to!”
The Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting occurs from 3–4 p.m., at 10029 Woodinville Drive in Bothell on Thursday, Nov. 18.
“This is a community event and will feature speakers from the community, including council and congresspeople from Susan Delbenny’s office,” Ashe said.
Parking is free and available at Bothell City Hall.