WHITTIER — The project to install pop-up art in vacant storefronts appears to be paying off, with two new leases signed along Nicollet Avenue.
A vacant space above Caravelle that was animated with art is now home to Wu Hang Massage at 2529 Nicollet Ave., offering deep-tissue Chinese massage and long hours: 9:30 a.m.–10 p.m., seven days a week.
Another vacant space at 2710 Nicollet Ave. next to the Shuang Hur Oriental Market provided a temporary home for a Chinese ceramic art exhibition. The tenant sold porcelain tea sets, giant canvases and certified Jingdezhen masterpieces.
“This is working to get tenants into commercial properties,” said Project Founder Joan Vorderbruggen. “The proof is in the pudding.”
Vorderbruggen said she was also encouraged to see Little Tijuanareopen at 17 E. 26th St. after a 20-month hiatus.
The next round of “Artists in Storefronts” starts Dec. 1, funded by the Whittier Alliance. A call for artists is currently underway.