Cambridge Uncommon, a local e-commerce startup, opened its very first pop-up store on the second floor of the Cambridge Savings Bank building on October 21.
Cambridge Uncommon sells “unusual products” with an emphasis on clothing, although the store also sells housewares and accessories, according to co-owner Nicola H. Wodlinger.
Wodlinger and his co-owner Jessica Good grew up near Cambridge Common and have known each other since they were four years old. The couple chose to open their first store in Harvard Square because of their familiarity with the location and customer base.
Good, a former Harvard Square Business Association member, previously owned Passport Boutique at 43 Brattle St., which is now occupied by the Mint Julep women’s clothing store.
“Cambridge Uncommon is designed to be a store where you can find something that will make you smile,” Wodlinger said. “Or someone will ask you, ‘Hey, where did you find this? “”
Good added that one of the main reasons they chose to open Cambridge Uncommon was to “put a smile on people’s faces”.
“After last year, I think everyone needs a little bit of happiness in their life, and we feel like we are bringing it to the people of Cambridge,” she said.
The opening of the pop-up store coincided with the Head of the Charles Regatta.
“We were very busy during Head of the Charles, which we were hoping for because we know Head of the Charles well,” said Wodlinger. “We weren’t sure if being on the second floor and having to walk into a bank looked a bit like an underground store situation, but people found us and were so kind and welcoming.”
Good said the foot traffic had “definitely exceeded” the duo’s expectations.
“It was really amazing,” she added. “The customers in Cambridge and Harvard Square are just wonderful, really supportive, really positive and really love the store. “
Denise A. Jillson, executive director of the Harvard Square Business Association, said Good contacted her a few weeks ago to help her find a space for the pop-up store. She said Daniel E. Fraine, senior vice president of facilities at Cambridge Savings Bank, offered Good and Wodlinger space above the bank for their business.
“It’s just another example of local people working together,” Jillson said. “From a big bank to a very small pop-up, they make it work for the benefit of Square. It’s just wonderful.
“Another fun opportunity in the square for people to show up,” she added.
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