New pop-up shops open in Cornwall

July 9, 2020
Pop-up shops
Mandy Prevost of Whimsical Memories, left, and Elise Jodoin of Quilling It

A new outdoor Pop-Up Shop rental program has been launched to allow for small business vendor sales and not-for-profit community outreach in the heart of Cornwall.

Located at Cornwall Square and Port Theater, the Shops use small sea-can shipping containers and will serve as a temporary storefront location for small retailers, artisans, artists, or non-profit associations currently permitted to operate under Ontario’s reopening legislation.

The Shops have been painted by local artists, creating a unique piece of urban art.

“I am so proud to see this unique initiative take place in partnership with our incredible arts community,” said Mayor Bernadette Clement. “Please show your support by renting a container or popping by to shop.”

Each shop is available to be rented on a daily basis for as low as $20 per day, subject to certain restrictions. The containers measure 10 ft cubed and come equipped with basic accessories like tables, chairs, a plexiglass shield, and umbrella. Renters are invited to bring additional shelving, racks, and tents to build out the space and create their mini shop.

“We wanted to make renting one of the pop-up shops as easy as possible for our local businesses and community groups so we have fitted each unit with some basic supplies,” explains Mark Boileau, General Manager for Planning, Development, and Recreation.  “Rental fees are also very reasonable and include access to the container, the pop-up supplies, and basic insurance.”

Commercial beauty products, food and beverage, resident garage sale, and personal care services such as massage therapy or hair styling are not be permitted at this time due to public health regulations.

Special consideration has been made for COVID-19.  Renters will be expected to practice 2-metre physical distancing and wear a mask or face guard when not protected by a physical barrier. They are also expected to sanitize their hands and the space regularly while in use.  Cornwall staff will also thoroughly sanitize each Pop-Up Shop and the supplies between bookings.

Rental Information

Interested businesses and organization are now invited to visit online for more information and to fill out the application form, or call Janice Robinson at 613-930-2787 ext. 2543.

Play it safe!

We all have a part to play in combating the spread of COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to wear masks in indoor public spaces and practice frequent hand washing and physical distancing. For the latest guidelines and restrictions related to COVID-19, please visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit website.


Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Check out the Explore section of our website for other fun-filled activities to keep you busy. Better yet, consider extending your stay with a night at one of our great accommodations!

Article by Kat Rendek

Photo by Lee Ladouceur