A pop-up is a short-term, temporary retail event or storefront, most often seen during holiday shopping in late falls. Add the word market and you’ve got yourself a shopping extravaganza!
Linda K. Trieu is the owner of Three Hearts Apparel, a baby clothing and accessories company that sells primarily at outdoor markets like The Market at Sawyer Yards, where I met Trieu. Thursday evening she is hosting the grand opening of her new studio space at Aurora Studios in the Heights at 129 Aurora St. As luck would have it, Trieu has suddenly found herself also hosting the Pop-up at Aurora Outdoor Market this Saturday.
After so many years working with artists, Trieu, in my mind anyway, represents a different group of entrepreneurs – I think of them as “the makers.” They bake cookies, cakes, scones, make popsicles, salsa and other treats, candles, soap, cards, succulent arrangements, fragrances, personal hygiene products, clothes, hats and you name it someone is making it and probably a whole lot cooler, hipper and artsier than you can find anywhere else.
“I started Three Hearts in March of 2016 during maternity leave,” Trieu said. “I was spending so much money shopping and obsessing over the coolest clothes and accessories for Eden and half the stuff was falling apart, expensive or didn’t fit his chunky self. So I started to make my own bibs and braided paci clips and it grew from there. The name Three Hearts represent Eden, Gil, and myself. He inspires me and he is what motivates me to work, grow, and create.”
So right in the middle of planning your grand opening, why would you start a pop-up market?
“Pop-Up At Aurora literally was a market that popped up overnight by three vendors at a Sunday market,” Trieu said. “It just so happened that I recently moved to my own art studio and was able to use the lot to set up a market. The markets have become our time to hang out together but still, share our work with others. This is truly a vendor organized and vendor-run market!”
Both events are open to the public. Aurora Studios is located just east of Yale St., at 129 Aurora St. The Thursday evening grand opening starts at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday’s pop-up, which by the way features an impressive group of two dozen vendors, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Listed on Facebook as @popupataurora.
Friday evening, September 29, Free the Captives, a nonprofit that combats the sex trafficking of minors in Houston, will host Heart for Freedom Art Show and Auction at The Church at 1548 Heights Blvd. at 5 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 6 – 10 p.m. The event will feature live music, performance painters, art, photography, artisan craft, hors d’oeuvres and more. Visit www.heartforfreedom.com/tickets to purchase advance tickets.