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 are now closed. Boxyard RTP awaits three women and/or BIPOC owned businesses to each fulfill a five-month residency in PopBox beginning March 1, 2024.

August 1, 2023 | Applications open at 8:30 am
September 5, 2023 | Applications close at 11:59 pm
September 14-15, 2023 | All applicants notified of their status
October 2-13, 2023 | Interviews with finalists
February 1, 2024 | Year 3 PopBox Cohort announced

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PopBox is a 320-square-foot space within the Boxyard RTP development that hosts pop-up style shops on a rotating basis. Coupled with a $6,750 micro-grant from NC IDEA and the Research Triangle Foundation and professional services and counseling from Durham Technical Community College, PopBox is designed to give small businesses exposure to the brick and mortar environment with the tools they need to be successful.

This program began in 2021 with the mission to propel small businesses back into the market amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Since inception, we have seen 7 small businesses come through our program. We are looking forward to working with cohort #3!

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Current Popbox Occupant


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