TREND ALERT: Pop Ups – Popping UP

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marleys kitchen popup restaurant nairobi kenya photographed by susan wong 2013
(TAHIR KARMALI) – It started with a shop that served lollipops at its launch. The Tribe Hotel kicked off this trend late last year with their Pop Up Shop concept, which allowed several local designers to showcase and sell their cloths and jewellery. Then there was Marley’s Caribbean Restaurant popping-up at the carwash on James Gichuru. And finally, the trifecta will be complete with the pop-up night club on Loita Street on Saturday April 27th 2013 – thanks to the Geothe institute and Ten-Cities.Com initiative, officially bringing this long-awaited trend to Nairobi.

 

The Ten-Cities.Com Pop-Up Night Club was announced only a week before the event. Converting Petra restaurant into a full on night club, including the cramped space and bouncers. The Dj’s included Blinky Bill and DJ Ralph – pushing refreshingly different sounds from the usual generic Nairobi night club scene. Similar to Marley’s Kitchen – offering a wholesome spicy Caribbean meal contrasting from the usual restaurant scene.

 

Though the theme for the Pop-Ups so far are a sampler of what is to come. Ten-Cities.Com will be having another event later this week, Saturday April 27th 2013, on Loita Street that will be one of many events across 10 cities around the world.

 

How long will this trend last for? And is it sustainable?

 

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(Image: © Lukas Richthammer)

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