May 27, 2016 Staff Report
Local artisans, food makers and merchants have an opportunity to join a curated pop-up shop launching next month in Long Island City.
Dubbed “MiQ” for “Made in Queens,” the store will be located at 27-24 Queens Plaza South. MiQ will provide a shared space for a rotating lineup of local merchants to sell their goods, including handmade crafts, house wares and small-batch food items.
The Queens Economic Development Corporation, which is behind the store, has released an open call for vendors interested in being a part of the pop-up ahead of its June opening.
Selected vendors will be given 30 square feet within the shop to set up their wares. Participation is on a temporary basis, and MiQ will be re-decorated each month to feature a new theme.
Merchants can rent space at MiQ for two weeks at $600 or four weeks at $1,000. MiQ will be staffed by salespeople, so the vendors do not have to be on site at all times. MiQ will collect sales tax, and vendors will receive their proceeds monthly along with tax forms to file quarterly reports, according to QEDC.
“Located in one of the busiest transit hubs in the city and surrounded by thousands of new apartments, MiQ will be a great showcase for emerging businesses,” QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein said in a statement. “The store will reflect the creativity and energy that is Queens.”
Currently, participation is open to New York State-based companies, and Queens residents get priority consideration. The shop will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Interested parties can learn more about the shop online here or reach out to [email protected].
Paul, Someone has hijacked my MRLIC handle and keeps mentioning Bowling Alleys. I wasn’t even home or online when this STUPID POST was written. This JOKER wants to make me look BAD and antagonize PEOPLE.
Mrlic, what in the blue world are u talking about? Have you even seen Long Island city or did you take a nap in 1954 and just woke up? Lic is not that industrial, flannel shirt wearing 350 lbs truck driver neighborhood anymore …a bowling alley would the most failed business venture in lic after those ridiculous brunches. face it, bowling is working class game….and lic is not a working class neighborhood anymore
I am so tired of this business rotation. These politicians continue to empower landlords to kick out tendered business to pad their pockets and increase their credibility. To invest in a bowling alley wouldn’t hurt anyone. Bowling beings people together and I bet gang violance would disappear of lic had more bowling alleys.
I am sick and tired of people picking on MRLIC. Ok, I got it, he likes to bowl. Everyone needs to take a moment and act like adults. Of you don’t like what I’m , go ahead and click dislike.
I am sick and tired of people picking on MRLIC. Ok, I got it, he likes to bowl. Everyone needs to take a moment and act like adults. If you don’t like what I’m saying , go ahead and click dislike.
That’s pretty pricey for someone who is selling hand made crafts!! Only the truly established might be able to afford that, not someone who has just started. You would have to sell a lot in order to make back your $600- 1000 and make a profit.
$1,000 a month means about $33 a day. A booth at LIC Flea and Food starts at $150 a day. Long story short, that is very cheap for a place that gets good foot traffic. Better hurry before gentrification kicks all the local artists out of Queens.
The foot traffic consist of people trying to get to their offices on time or leaving to go home as fast as they can. Any business on that stretch is fighting to stay alive during week days and DEAD on weekend!!! You are dealing with working people who couldn’t care less about “hand made craft”.