Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooke Santos.
Brooke is the owner of I Speak Boutique llc and dba Pop Up Shop Galleria. The I Speak Boutique portion of the business, focuses on retail consulting to help small business grow through right product placement, right people and proper training. The Pop Up Shop Galleria portion of the businesses, focuses on the brick and mortar aspects of small businesses by providing space within the high-traffic mall of Texas, The Galleria Mall, and helping those small businesses grow.
The Pop Up Shop Galleria hosts a collection of artists, makers and entrepreneurs focused on creating great quality products for you to love for years to come! The Pop Up Shop Galleria came from the I Speak Boutique clients looking to expand their businesses into brick and mortar while still maintaining social and digital presences. Our founder, Brooke of I Speak Boutique®, utilized her 25 years of Fortune 500 Companies retail experience to create the Pop Up Shops. She curated a collection of over 60 artists, makers and entrepreneurs for the Pop Up Shops.
“The competitive difference at the Pop Up Shop Galleria is that our artists and makers work at the Pop Up Shop also— using the time at the shop to gather important feedback from customers on creations and the direction of individual companies.” With Brooke’s leadership, the Pop Up Shop Galleria is also a community that is an amazing support group for one another and are constantly helping elevate each of the businesses. “Currently, we have 61 local to Houston businesses in our community, and with the opening of our newest location mid-October, we will grow to almost 80! Come see us, at The Galleria Mall.”
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
“We are opening our third location within The Galleria Mall, we will have almost 80 local-to-Houston small businesses within our community. Our challenge is that we need help getting the word out– COME VISIT US in the Galleria! Most people assume the local businesses are in the Heights, or out at festivals. But we at I Speak Boutique have made it possible for local talent to afford to be at the largest mall in Houston, and the 7th largest mall in the country, by being a part of our Pop Up Shop Galleria community!”
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Pop Up Shop Galleria – what should we know?
“The Pop Up Shop Galleria has three locations at The Galleria Mall. Our flagship location is next to Nordstrom and has a lovely collection of mostly-women-owned businesses that cater to other women’s needs. We have a luxe location next to Saks that focuses on luxury apparel and accessories. And as of October 13th our largest location will host 40 to 50 local-to-Houston businesses! We are proud to tell you that all of our vendor partners get 100% of their sales! Plus, all of our Vendor Partners work in our stores, so you can meet the maker, artist or curator! And, we host events weekly and there is always something NEW arriving!”
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
“I am passionate about the curation of the shops, matching the right demographic of vendors with the right demographics of the shop location. I make sure our vendors are a collection of local, great people with great products who are passionate about their businesses!”
- Pop Up Shop Galleria focus on a wide range of products from under $5 to over $300
- Address: Pop Up Shop Galleria-inside The Galleria Mall at the Nordstrom wing, the Saks wing and center of the mall as well!
- Email: Brooke@ispeakboutique.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/popupshopgalleria/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PopUpShopGalleria
- Website: https://www.popupshopgalleria.com/
- Website: https://ispeakboutique.com/