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Debbie Nichol opened Latest Scoop, a pop-up store that operates for only a few weeks at a time in constantly changing locations. (Courtesy Debbie Nichol)
Debbie Nichol opened Latest Scoop, a pop-up store that operates for only a few weeks at a time in constantly changing locations. (Courtesy Debbie Nichol)

The Creativity Gap

Pop-up stores: Here today, gone shoppin' tomorrow Add to ...

No display windows flanked with hiply dressed mannequins signal the existence of this boutique. Instead, walk through an unmarked door on Vancouver’s bustling 4th Avenue, up the nondescript staircase, and you will be transported into an unexpected retail extravaganza – if you know where to find it.

Latest Scoop, a pop-up store that opens for only a few weeks at a time in constantly changing locations, is buzzing. A DJ spins tunes in between packed clothing racks, customers sip beverages while surveying new offerings – martini glasses next to heels from L.A., fake mustaches next to handbags from Bali – and laughter can be heard from the group change room where women gather to try on clothes, public pool style.

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