March 31, 2016 By Jackie Strawbridge
A small space on Queens Plaza South will soon be a hub for locally made crafts, food and goods.
MadeinQNS, a pop-up store launching in June at 27-24 Queens Plaza South, will provide a shared space for a rotating lineup of local merchants to sell their goods.
The merchants will be curated based on a monthly theme, according to the Queens Economic Development Corporation, which is behind the store.
“The question we wanted to answer is, ‘how can we help manufacturers in Queens?’ Our answer was what can be any better than to launch a pop-up store in one of the hottest places in the borough for them to sell their items,” QEDC Director of Business Services Sante Antonelli said.
Merchants will be given 30 square feet within the shop to set up their wares. Staff will be dedicated to the store to learn about each merchant and handle sales, so that the vendors do not have to be on site at all times, according to Antonelli. QEDC will also provide a weekly sales report to participating merchants.
QEDC was able to find the Queens Plaza space with the help of the Long Island City Partnership.
The changing store theme is intended to appeal to a range of different vendors. Customers will be able to buy originally manufactured local products including design goods, home accessories and food products, according to QEDC.
Merchants can sign up online here to sell their items at MadeinQNS for two weeks ($600) or four weeks ($1,000). According to Antonelli, applications will initially be open to any New York State-run business, with priority given to Queens manufacturers.
The store will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.