Airbnb made waves recently for its innovative way of connecting people who are willing to rent their dwellings with people who are willing to pay for them. Tristan Pollock and his partner Erik Eliason also brought this concept to retail space. Pop Up Shop matches landlords with would-be short-term tenants seeking retail space. To date, Pop Up Shop has made more than 1,000 matches.
The process is simple. If you have space you are considering temporarily renting out, simply post your information on Pop Up Shop’s website. You might then get a call from an art gallery wanting to rent a sliver of your storefront on a Friday night later this month. You get paid, your location gets some additional attention it wouldn't have otherwise, and come Monday you can't tell anything out of the ordinary happened. Pop Up Shop is adding its fourth location in Chicago, with offices also in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.