Bahrain Pop Up Market was established in 2017 by local artist Maha Al Sahhaf. The community-driven concept was launched to support local businesses while rooting itself firmly into the fabric of local communities. Taking Bahrain by storm, the outdoor event found success at the likes of The Courtyard, Mercado Mall, Block 338 and Riffa Palms fast becoming a staple of the cooler winter months with its family-friendly appeal to retail.
With a fiercely local approach, the vision behind Bahrain Pop Up Market is to provide a platform for vendors to sell their curated items that range from fashion, home accessories, beauty, macrame and hand made items to like-minded individuals. With family and charity at the heart of the Bahrain Pop Up Market ethos, the outdoor markets have always offered a vibrant community hub complete with food vendors and a charitable focus.
Out of adversity comes opportunity and in 2020 Maha joined forces with Jayne Houghton, a media professional with a background in high-end fashion and luxury to launch ThePopUpShop.co - seemingly a match made in heaven, the combination of Maha’s skill set as an art curator and Jayne’s keen eye for fashion, lifestyle trends and a way with words. The dynamic duo has created a platform for local artisans, not just in Bahrain but across the wider GCC.
ThePopUpShop.co provides a very bespoke approach to its curated platform. With international shipping, Maha and Jayne have created an online platform brimming with additional opportunities for local talents to showcase their wares to the world.
Maha and Jayne pride themselves on their strong work ethic, ease of communication, a bubbly flare for narratives and a lust for life. They have forged strong communicable relationships with vendors, customers and communities alike. This adaptable approach has allowed them to build an additional sense of community around their newly launched brand while also creating opportunities for their growing network of talented individuals.
ThePopUpShop.co was recently a finalist for SC Women in Tech, a competition through Standard Chartered Bank, supported by Bahrain FinTech Bay and The Supreme Council for Women. This competitive accolade and key support is another testament to Maha and Jayne’s passion and the innovation on display in this project.
Pivoting the business model of physical markets into an online platform has catered to a gap in the market. ThePopUpShop.co fuses Bahraini hospitality with an unmistakable British charm to accelerate into the world of untapped local talent in the Middle East, providing artisan brands with the voice and help they need to elevate them on their business journey.