In addition to Calhoun and her son, the business will employ four contract artists.
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While the store is one of the pop-up shops in a program run by the Downtown Dayton Partnership that typically have shorter leases at cheaper rents, Calhoun said she went all in and signed a yearlong lease. The rent is starting out lower than average and each month will climb closer to market value.
“Because of the pop-up program, we kind of feel like they’re big brother,” she said. “They’re walking us through this, and they want to make sure, as much as they can, that the small businesses are successful.”
Calhoun said her 1,700 square-foot space in the Talbott Tower is a lot larger and in a much more convenient location than she could have attained on her own.
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