A budding warehouse district just south of downtown West Palm Beach is providing pop-up retail and creative space for local artisans and entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses.
Elizabeth Ave Station, located at 1500 Elizabeth Avenue in an industrial area just south of Okeechobee Boulevard and west of Parker Avenue, is designed to give small business owners and artists an affordable place sell their wares. Space can be rented by the month.
As of Friday, 15 local vendors plan to set up shop at the station, which will officially open to the public on Saturday. The vendors will sell everything from jewelry to home decor to handmade artwork.
The station also has a creative space that local artists and business owners can rent out by the hour for photo shoots and other work projects.
“It is something new that Palm Beach hasn’t seen,” said Danielle Casey, a spokeswoman for the station. “I think there is going to be a little something for everybody.”
A grand opening launch party for the station will be held Saturday night. The event, which is opened to the public, is being planned in conjunction with Art Synergy, an effort designed to united the county’s arts community. A donation of $5 is suggested to help with the effort.
The launch party begins at 6 p.m. There will be food trucks, live music and art installations, Casey said.
Danni Mitchell, the founder and art director of Gather and Seek, a local graphic design studio, is the brainchild behind the station project. Mitchell discovered the space while looking for a venue for her wedding, and decided to move her business into warehouse.
Working with the building’s owner, Mitchell reached out to other small business owners and artists about setting up shop at the site.
The building features a large courtyard space, and Casey said the group plans to hold regular events there.
“The sky is the limit with the events we are going to be holding,” Casey said. “The creative area in West Palm Beach is completely flourishing.”