Tent Merchants Welcome!

Do you have a product you would like to sell? BC Cargo marketplace offers outdoor tent merchant space within the footprint of the marketplace which is available for rent on Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. by application for $10/day.

What is BC Cargo?

BC Cargo is a seasonal pop-up shop marketplace. The marketplace was established by the Small Business Development Fund of the City of Battle Creek as a creative and affordable incubation option to launch small businesses in downtown Battle Creek. Additional space is available for rent by pop-up vendors seeking to sell family-friendly products on select days.

What is the length of the season?

The 2019 BC Cargo season runs from May 1 through October 26 open Tuesday through Saturday.

What are BC Cargo Marketplace hours?

Summer hours for the 2019 season were:

  • Tuesday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Individual merchants can be open during additional hours. Visit individual merchant websites or social media pages for more information.

Are pop-up vendors required to be open the full day?

Pop-up Vendors are asked to comply to the hours of BC Cargo to help create vitality throughout the duration of the day. Closing early is permitted in the event of unforeseen circumstances or inclement weather.

What types of businesses are located at BC Cargo?

The marketplace is open to a variety of retail product and food service establishments. The 2019 season includes clothing boutiques offering men’s vintage wear, women’s vintage lines and a custom line of urban wear, vegan restaurant, coffee and cacao shop, cupcakes and baked goods shops, and vintage memorabilia. Outdoor food carts will offer freshly cooked meal options within the marketplace.

Who sets up and maintains the pop-up space?

Each pop-up vendor is responsible for the establishment, physical set up and management of their materials as a stand-alone pop-up business (similar to an outdoor market). BC Cargo staff or other representative will be on-site at arrival to guide vendor to appropriate location and positioning of vendor space. Tent, table and all display needs are to be provided by the pop-up vendor. There is no available electric service for pop-up vendors.

What if I can only attend the market periodically?

Pop-Up Vendor space is available on Thursdays and Saturdays for a daily rental rate of $10/day. An application for daily Pop-Up Vendor space is available here.

Pop-Up Vendor Application

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