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Veneta Entrepreneurs' Wares To 'Pop-Up' This Weekend

Corum Ketchum
City of Veneta

Small cities like Veneta may not have the established and concentrated business scene that larger places like Eugene or Salem have, but that’s not stopping civic planners. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on a “pop up” retail district launching this weekend. 

Three businesses will be set up in mobile shipping pods alongside Veneta’s farmer’s market on 3rd and Broadway.  They include an artisan soap maker, a food producer, and a graphics shop.  They’ll be featured every Saturday and Wednesday through mid-September.

Credit Corum Ketchum / City of Veneta
City of Veneta
John and Jess of Grateful Graffix. The couple will be showing off their unique designs and apparel in their pop-up space from this weekend until September 14th on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

“The focus here recently has been to create a culture of entrepreneurship," Ric Ingham, Veneta's City Administrator, tells KLCC. 

"Try and encourage businesses that are maybe already working out of their homes, something that they’ve sold at holiday bazaars or what-not.   Really try to get those to a point where it’s a viable business. 

"Maybe even get them to a point where they’re ready to occupy a storefront.”

The pop-up initiative was funded in part by a $35,000 grant provided by the State of Oregon.

Copyright 2019, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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