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Temporary Stores

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 | 3 comments

A trend I’m noticing lately in Rome, especially since it’s Christmas, is the temporary store. What is a temporary store? Basically an organization (magazine, cultural association, group of friends, whoever) agree to go in on the rent for a space only for about a month. This way there’s not high overhead and you aren’t stuck with all the issues of running a regular store. Just gather up a bunch of cool independent artists, designers, artisans, publishers, and fill your store with stuff for a short time. In keeping with how things go in Rome, you might even make it an event, hosting artists at different times with DJ sets and wine flowing. It’s an interesting concept that I’m not sure would work in the US, but gives young locals a way to get their goods into a store, which is often nearly impossible. Here are some temporary stores (or quasi temporary stores) that are around right now:

via Braccio di Montone 56
Open until December 30, every day noon – 10 pm.

Each Wednesday a different artist is hosted with DJ sets and wine. You can find items by Rota Lab, Elena Boni (interior design and furniture), Misty Beethoven, Nu Factory (including one of my photos from Outdoor, as shown above!), Fefe’ Project, and more. Sponsored by Bunka

Temporary 10 Store
at Tree Bar
via Flaminia 226
December 20 4 pm – 2 am

Next Monday you can head up toward MAXXI for this very temporary store, in fact, it only lasts 10 hours! The good news is, everything costs €10. The number 10 is the word here, with 10 different projects created by 10 different artists from different fields. Participants include #, Bol23, and more. Sponsored by LoSpremiagrumi.

Mercato Monti
at ES Hotel
via Turati 71
December 19, 10:30 am – 8 pm

Not really a temporary store, but a market put together by the some of the merchants in Monti. The market takes place every Sunday and rotates locations, but usually stays within Monti. Many of the stands are from the normal shops you’ll find in Monti, as well as some other interesting finds. For instance, this weekend friends of mine will be selling designer shoes and bags (barely used) and will then donate the money to charity.


  1. Sounds like a great idea

  2. Actually, around 4th of July and especially at Halloween there are hundreds of little stores that pop up in malls, strip malls and on busy streets that are rented only for the month to sell either fireworks (this would be in New Hampshire or in states that they’re legal) or Halloween costumes. Some of the stores are huge, actually, but they are just rented out for the month.

  3. Crystal – You’re right! How could I forget the Halloween and Christmas stores! They were all over MA as well, but I guess these seem a bit more independent so I didn’t really associate them together.


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