The former Pizza Hut building on Bedford High Street will undergo a magical transformation on Saturday, December 7 when it becomes a boutique and picturehouse.
The BedPop Boutique and Picturehouse pop up shop, art, illustration and photography gallery and cinema will open for business from Saturday until Christmas Eve.
It will be a platform for local designers, artists, photographers and crafters to sell their unique products and will be a ‘shop local’ hub to encourage people to help retain revenue in the town.
Thanks to grants from the Portas Town Team and Bedford Borough Council’s Economic Development Department, BedPop has worked closely with agents Stimpsons Eves to bring the vacant unit to life.
Visitors will be able to browse and buy original art by some of the area’s talented local artists within the gallery and entertainment will be provided by choirs, singers and musicians who will be busking in the shop.
Workshops, mini pop-ups and creative activities will also take place, so look out for more information about these events from the School of Craft, the Circus of Illustration, Get Out Explorers and many more.
From December 21-24, The Place Theatre will be taking up residence on the first floor with their cycle-powered cinema. They will be showing a programme of family-friendly festive favourites, so expect It’s A Wonderful Life, Muppet Christmas Carol and A Miracle on 34th Street to name a few.
Erica Roffe, editor of The Bedford Clanger and pop up shopkeeper, said: “The aim of the BedPop Boutique and Picturehouse is to showcase the wealth of creative talent in Bedford and to show that the High Street can be about more than just retail.
“We hope that people will pop into the BedPop Boutique to pick up some unique Christmas presents and while they’re there we’ll ask them to share their ‘shop local’ experiences.
“We can then recommend other town centre retailers and encourage people to spend their money in our town centre, not just in our shop.”