A Christmas season experiment by the Downtown Timmins BIA could end up being a permanent thing.

Starting next Friday and every Friday and Saturday until Christmas, it’s offering a pop-up shop for local crafters to sell their wares.

Executive director Noella Rinaldo says it will feature a rotating roster of vendors.

“It may be different from a Friday even to a Saturday,” she notes.  “So we’re excited about the fact that it’s going to be quite a varied group and they’re giving us calls.  It’s amazing how they each want different dates that they think are going to be convenient to them.”

The pop-up shop will be at 254 Third Avenue, in the former Albert’s Army Surplus location.

Rinaldo says besides providing a place for local crafters to sell what they make, it’s a chance to showcase a big, empty building to potential occupants.

“It brings people downtown, much the same as our market does in the summer. This is the whole idea, to test it out.”

If the pop-up market passes that test, a permanent incubator space for crafters and other small businesses could be established.