Big ideas in a small space

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If you have a creative, interactive or unique retail business idea, PopBox is the place for you!

Applications open again in Summer 2023.

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Three business owners will be chosen to use the PopBox space for four months, with a 1-month break between residencies.

PopBox is a 320-square-foot space within the Boxyard RTP development that hosts pop-up style shops on a rotating basis. In our first year, applications from 55 entrepreneurs from around the Triangle were reviewed and four finalists were selected. 

Coupled with a micro-grant from NC IDEA and the Research Triangle Foundation, this initiative aims to propel women and BIPOC-owned businesses back into the market amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Boxyard RTP has also partnered with Durham Technical Community College. Durham Tech will provide technical assistance and small business counseling to the 2022-2023 selected cohort through a bespoke playbook based on each recipient's strengths and weaknesses.

Brought to Boxyard RTP in partnership with

Durham Tech

Current Popbox Occupant


2nd Hand Concession Stand

January 16, 2023 - May 22, 2023

Feeling nostalgic? You've come to the right place. Aaron and Garrett are passionate about providing people with high-quality, stylish, and sustainable vintage clothing as well as supporting people who do the same. Shop til you drop!



PerSONALIty Designs

May 29, 2023 - October 2, 2023

Find your custom clothing fit with these fun and colorful designs by designer and owner, Sonali! Every piece is designed to empower women and make them feel beautiful and confident in who they are while showing off their unique personalities. Sonali prides herself in making something for every woman out there.


The Tatted Potter

October 9, 2023 - February 12, 2024

Her signature look in her pottery has made her stand out. Megan Shawkey is passionate about sharing the art of ceramics with you. Look forward to private ceramic lessons and group activities. You'll also be able to shop her full collection at Popbox.

2022-2023 Popbox Grant Recipients

Tianna Dean, Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Candle Co.
Aaron Wan and Garret, Founders of Second Hand Concession Stand
Sonali Sethi, Owner and Designer of perSONALIty Designs
Megan Shawkey, Owner of The Tatted Potter

2021-2022 Popbox Grant Recipients

Haley Bunting, Founder of Thirteen West
Skye Ordonez, Founder of SkyeLight Living
Mavis Gragg, Co-Founder of Pop Box Gallery
Laura Ritchie, Co-Founder of Pop Box Gallery
Laura Ritchie, Co-Founder of Pop Box Gallery
Erica Vogel, Founder of Be Like Missy