Milford pop-up market put off until fall

Plans to showcase local artisans, crafters and vendors at the Connecticut Post mall this summer have been pushed back.

The Milford mall had been preparing to host its first Center Court Pop Shop Market on July 14 and 15, but due to ongoing construction and fit out for the new Boscov’s department store, which is replacing the former J.C. Penney location, it has been postponed.

The two-day event has been pushed back to October, when construction is to be completed. A specific date for the market hasn’t been set, according to mall management, but the new department store is to open Oct. 6.

“We are excited and look forward to hosting an even greater Pop Shop Market once they are open,” said specialty leasing manager Janine Netto. “We will notify the community once a new date has been set so that people wishing to open for business during the two-day event have the opportunity to participate.”

The event will be in the center court on the lower level of the mall outside the Boscov’s and Macy’s entrances. Participating vendors will get a designated area in the court where they can set up their goods on a table for two days in the mall.

The pop-up market will be open to vendors from throughout Milford and neighboring cities and towns. There will also be tables set up for businesses looking to pass out information about their services.

“I’m looking for anyone and everyone who is looking to participate,” Netto said, adding that she is looking for a mix of vendors for the event as they look to fill around 30 slots.

“It’s definitely something where I want to take people in the community and get them into the mall,” she continued. “People who aren’t necessarily looking to run a full-time business, still being able to bring their product and bring them into the mall.”

While this is to be the first pop-up event the mall is hosting, Netto is hopeful it won’t be the last. She is already looking at future dates and will base frequency on patron and vendor feedback following the first event.

“Really, I’m looking to build a relationship with the vendors and the crafters and the artisans to see what works for them and what we can do to partner up together to make it work for us both,” she said.

Netto said the mall will provide a table on the weekends for vendors during mall hours for two days at a time this summer. The table will be in the food court and will feature vendors on a rotating schedule leading up to the new event date.

“I wanted to be able to still get them into the mall and give them the experience,” she said.

Vendors interested in participating in the fall pop-up market can reach Netto at 203-301-2253 or through email at