Pop-Up CoLab giving a boost to local start-ups in downtown Duluth

Pop-Up CoLab giving a boost to local start-ups in downtown Duluth
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 5:16 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 10:38 AM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - Eight new businesses opened in downtown Duluth Tuesday.

They all have something in common, they share the same space.

It’s part of an innovative new program helping entrepreneurs get their start.

For many high school students, the summer after graduation is all about spending time with friends.

But recent Denfeld graduate Anthony Miller III is all business.

“Jeans, designer jeans, we’ve got purses for the ladies,” said Anthony Miller III, owner of The Fresh Kid.

Tuesday his retail shop, The Fresh Kid opened a pop-up location in downtown Duluth.

For Miller, owning a shop and selling items he creates is a dream come true.

The Fresh Kid is one of eight businesses selected to take part in a Pop-Up CoLab space.

Created by the Greater Downtown Council and the Duluth 1200 fund, the program provides a shared retail space for entrepreneurs to launch their businesses.

“This is an opportunity to have several different businesses come together under a Pop-Up CoLab.”

Kristi Stokes is the President of the Greater Downtown Council.

Stokes says the program will help people gain experience.

“This is a big step to actually have regular operating business hours and have a storefront location,” said Stokes.

Executive Director of the Family Freedom Center Jacob Bell has been working with many of the participants.

“We provide the technical assistance to overcome challenges you might face, that any business owner might face,” said Bell.

He says some people have spent years working on their business ideas before getting an opportunity like this.

“These business owners have put in so much work into their products,” said Bell.

And for Anthony Miller III and The Fresh Kid, he’s hoping the Pop-Up version of his shop is just the beginning.

“I want to end up in a strip mall, or mall at the end of this,” said Miller III.

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