New pop-up shops to open downtown

A retail spice store and traditional barber shop will open this month in Dayton’s Oregon District as part of an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, city officials said.

The two new businesses, Spice Paradise and Hicks’ Barber Shop, will be located at 16 Brown St. in spaces formerly occupied by The Record Gallery, Amore and Sew Dayton. Both “pop-up shops” will hold soft openings Sept. 20 to coincide with Dayton’s semi-annual Urban Nights event, officials said.

Spice Paradise will specialize in spices and food from around the world. The store also will feature easy-to-cook meals to go.

Hicks’ Barber Shop, a traditional barber shop and shave parlor, will specialize in a razor-fading technique. The business also will sell owner James Hicks’ signature beard oil.

Both businesses are part of the fifth phase of the Pop-Up Project, part of the Activated Spaces initiative to fill downtown spaces. The project launched in November 2011 and has launched 11 shops, nine of which are still open, officials said.

The project is driven by volunteers from the area young professional organizations Generation Dayton and UpDayton, with support from the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

Sew Dayton, part of a previous Pop-Up Project phase, is expanding to a new location at 261 Wayne Ave., with a target opening date of Oct. 1.

The number of pop-up stores in the U.S. jumped 16 percent to 2,380 in 2012 from 2,043 in 2009, according to data from industry research firm IBIS World.