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Marquette University students roll out holiday retail space for local entrepreneurs

Posted at 4:58 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 20:57:40-05

MILWAUKEE, WI - A neighborhood retail showcase, featuring more than a dozen local entrepreneurs, wants people to spend where they live all throughout the holiday season.

“We want this little section of Walker’s Point to be known as a retail corridor,” Jack Toner, student director of the pop-up shop, said. 

Nestled near 1st and Pittsburg in a multi-use building in the city of Milwaukee, the nest holiday pop-up shop is officially open for business —offering an alternative to big-box shopping throughout the gift-giving season.

“As cliche as it sounds, it’s really world changing. I never really thought I’d be given the opportunity to do this especially as a student,” Toner said. 

The Nest Holiday Pop-Up shop is a Marquette Student-Run business dedicated to providing a retail showcase for consumer product startups in the Milwaukee area.

Nest Incubator (launched earlier this month) is focused on providing support and infrastructure for new and upcoming entrepreneurs in the greater Milwaukee area. Building off of the success of Eagle Incubator, a Marquette student-run business, Nest will help entrepreneurs get their product in front of key stakeholders and in turn drive long-term growth and value.

Behind the project are Marquette University seniors Jack Toner and Isabelle Block. They are key leaders in the inception of Marquette's Student-Run Business Program. 

The shop (located at 157 S. 1st St.) is open seven days a week from 10 am - 6 pm until December 23rd.