Monday, June 24, 2024

The proprietors of the Popp Boutique, which opens Saturday. (Photo: Central Square Business Improvement District)

The Popp Boutique, a seller of art, home goods and clothing, opens Saturday in Central Square, the latest bricks-and-mortar storefront emerging from the weekly Popportunity markets.

Run by Nita Mariel of Mahogany Expression art and accessories; Thaisha Guerrier of The Journey Within home goods; and Unique of I Love FGC fashions, the store opens at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at 301 Massachusetts Ave., in the The Port neighborhood near Central Square. It replaces the MIT Press Bookstore, which relocated to Main Street in Kendall Square.

“This is a big deal for us, and to be able to celebrate a grand opening in the middle of Black History Month, we’re just grateful and excited,” the founders said in a Monday social media post.

The space is also expected to host community classes and workshops, according to the Central Square Business Improvement District, which itself launched Popportunity in 2020. The markets run in the Starlight Square outdoor entertainment complex.

Popportunity, now a nonprofit, has hosted more than 100 local entrepreneurs from the ages 15 to 77 in three years, according to the BID, and five have graduated into their own bricks-and-mortar shops, including Lola’s Urban Vintage in Central Square and Amantolli, a Mexican culture boutique in Somerville’s Union Square.

“It’s up to us to support them and prove that Central is still a place where homegrown businesses can make it,” Central Square Business Improvement District leaders said in a Thursday email.