By Cinde Ingram The High Point Enterprise, N.C.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The pop-up shop will take place this Saturday and focus on young North Carolina entrepreneurs and their products.
A woman and her 4-year-old daughter are hosting an event this weekend featuring people like them: business owners.
Cryshaunda Rorie and her daughter, Blair Noelle Lattimore, own I. Am Blairs Closet LLC. Rorie said the idea for the Boss Baby Pop Up Shop event this Saturday in downtown High Point, with 21 businesses involving child entrepreneurs, came from attending other vendor events and pop up shops that are geared toward adults.
"She's usually the only kid vendor there. She still does well at these events because adults come and they have children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews that they purchase for," she said.
Rorie and Blair began working about three months ago to organize a pop up shop focused on children's products and featuring some of the kid business owners they have met. Most of those young entrepreneurs hail from the Piedmont Triad, but at least two will travel from Greenville.
"Everything is geared toward kids," Rorie said. "The businesses are led by kids and all their products are for kids. We will have products like kids' clothes, children's books, fashionable sunglasses and baked goods." Vendor names include Authentik Kidz Swag, Dolled Up Apparel & Accessories, Gyrlz Tyme 2 Shine and Sweet Somethings.
The pandemic itself presented a number of challenges with planning the event, Rorie said. A related obstacle was finding a venue that would allow them to host it. Rorie was glad to be able to land the Gallery on Main at 100 S. Main St.
"They've been very gracious with us, and it's spacious enough so everyone can be socially distanced," Rorie said. "We'll have room to maneuver around. Because it is a pop up shop, you walk in, walk around, see if you want to purchase something and you keep it moving out the door. It's a floating event so they were more apt to letting us have it there."
Rorie wants to help support children who not only are juggling school and everyday home life but also run businesses.
"For the businesses that are joining us with their products, I'm hoping it gives them the exposure that they need and maybe some new connections and networks," Rorie said. "For those who are attending, I would hope it will spark something for the kids who do not have business and their parents so they can start to create generational wealth for their kids also."_________________________________________ What? Boss Baby Pop Up Shop When? Saturday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Where? Gallery on Main, 100 S. Main St. ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.