Renting a Pop-Up Shop

Rent a pop-up shop container this summer! Pop-ups have been designed to allow for vendor sales and not-for-profit community outreach while ensuring compliance with provincial legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A pop-up shop is a short-term rental space for small retailers, artisans, artists, and non-profit associations, with certain exclusions. Commercial beauty products, food and beverage, resident garage sales, and personal care services (like massage therapy and hair styling) are not permitted uses of the pop-up shop container program.

The pop-ups are located at the corner of Pitt Street and First Street near the Cornwall Square.

Book a pop-up shop!


  • September 16: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall & District
  • September 19: Kaytee's Cluttered Attic and Little Town Bowtique

Photo Gallery: Pop-Up Shops will appear here on the public site.

 Program Details

Your application will be reviewed to ensure it complies with the permitted rental uses as regulated by Ontario reopening legislation and City of Cornwall Pop-Up Shop Program criteria. Your booking is not confirmed until your agreement and payment have been received, and your certificate of insurance has been issued.  

Refunds: There are no refunds for no shows or cancellations, however, clients can re-book due should the provincial regulations change and no longer permit outdoor retail sales of this nature. 

Short-Term Rental Period: A Pop-Up Shop can be rented for a minimum of one (1) day up to a maximum of three (3) days.  Renters are limited to one (1) booking in a two-week period for each Pop-Up Shop location (3 locations in total), until the end of the season. 

Container Details and Accessories: A Pop-Up Shop container measures 10’ (w) x 8’ (d) x 7.5’ (h).  Each rental unit will contain two (2) 3’x6’ folding tables, two (2) plastic chairs, one (1) patio umbrella, one (1) umbrella stand, one (1) plexiglass barrier, and signs for the vendor to use. Should any of these accessory items be damaged or go missing, the renter will be expected to cover the cost of replacements.

Tent: The use of one 10x10 pop-up tent is permitted per rental unit, however the tent must be placed directly in front of the container door and not over the walking path. Tents must be weighed down in each corner with a minimum of 10lb weights per corner.

Rental Fees: Cost is $35 a day plus HST. Includes unit rental, accessories, and third-party insurance under the City of Cornwall policy. 

Third-Party Insurance: A copy of your insurance certificate will be sent along with your booking confirmation and payment receipt. 

Vendor Permit: You will not require a special event or craft show vendor permit to participate in this program.

 After your Booking is Confirmed

artist at pop-up shop containerCity staff will provide the code to a key lock box, location on the right side of the pop-up shop.  Open the lock box from the top downward, and you will see a key pad.  We will provide you with a four digit code to open the lock box and inside will be the key.  Use the key to open the two pad locks on the front of the Pop Up Shop.  Once the pad locks have been removed, slide each latch and then you can roll up the door.  Be sure to use the key pad four digit code in order to re-lock the lock box.  Please note that the hours of the Pop Up Shops are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 

Setup can begin as soon as you have picked up the rental keys. City staff will not be available to help set up/tear down.  Please note that when setting up at the Cornwall Square Pop Up Shops, your vehicle cannot be parked on the grass at any time.  The renter is responsible for all garbage removal at all Pop-Up Shop locations.  Nothing can be permanently affixed to the Pop-Up Shop. If tape of any kind is used, it must be removed immediately after your rental.

Internet, power, and water, if required, are the renter’s responsibility.

The renter is responsible for advertising their Pop-Up Shop along with set hours and their location.  The City of Cornwall will add all confirmed bookings to the Community Calendar for added promotion.

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for no shows or cancellations, however, clients can re-book due should the provincial regulations change and no longer permit outdoor retail sales of this nature. 

A representative of the Corporation of the City of Cornwall may in his/her sole discretion cancel this agreement where: the renter has not paid prior to their booking date; the renter agreement was transferred without approval of the department; the Pop Up Shop is not being used for the purposes set out in the agreement; there is a breach of terms outlined in the agreement; or the Pop Up Shop requires emergency repairs.

 COVID-19 Precautions and Regulations
Renters should practice 2-metre physical distancing and wear a mask or face guard when not protected by a physical barrier. Renters should practice adequate hand hygiene after servicing each customer by washing their hands with soap and water (or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) for at least 20 seconds.  Renters should sanitize their point of sale after each transaction and any surface a visitor may have touched.  For more detailed information and guidelines, visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit's website

Renters are required to bring their own sanitizing solutions, sprays, and\or wipes to use during their rental period.  Cornwall staff will be thoroughly sanitizing each Pop-Up Shop between bookings, but not while occupied.

Cornwall By-law Enforcement Officers will play a supportive role by visiting the Pop-Up Shops on occasion to ensure renters understand and follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.  

 Discover the Artwork

Village Place by Focus Art

Description: The Village Place Pop-up Shop depicts how we are all connected. It illustrates the inclusiveness and respect we should all strive for as we share this planet. The illustrations of people, animals, nature and even mystic creatures are rendered in a very colourful Folk Art that invites passers-by to stop and visit.

Participating Artists: Claudine Trottier, Virginia Lake, Sylvie Labrecque, Elaine MacDonald, Beverly Leroux, Shawn Thomas, Kathleen Morin, Marleene McWilliam, Linda Geisel, and Rose Desnoyers

Kizis by Cailuan Gallery Cornwall

Description: The Kizis container was a collaboration of artists from Cailuan Gallery and it includes several nature scenes. 'The Earth' with tee pee, pods, a bee and flowers. ’The Water’ abundant with fish. ’The Marsh’ full of lush vegetation and the ’The Bird’ soaring across the sky towards the sun. Kizis is an Algonquin word for the ‘Sun'. Being of Algonquin heritage I felt the creative urge to share some visions that came to mind when the project was presented to me. Being an intuitive piece, each artist was given the idea for their side and went on their way to bring it to life. Each of us supporting the other with ideas and a helping hand at times.We hope this bright happy pop up shop will bring many smiles and positive interactions to those who use it or even for those who just sit in the park and enjoy all the details and bright colours.

Participating Artists: Lee Theodore, Kat Rendek, Mandy Prevost, and Tracy Lynn Davies of Cailuan Gallery Cornwall.

Le Fleuve/The River by 125 Pitt Street Studios

Description: We named this container “Le Fleuve” [The river] because communities like Akwesasne and Cornwall grew up and thrived along the river. Rivers connect us in so many ways with their majestic beauty and serenity, and provide habitats and nutrients for many living organisms such as fish, dragonflies and blue herons!

Participating Artists:

  • Heron and Cattails: Jane Macmillan (designer), Kathleen Morin, Linda Geisel
  • Fish of the St. Lawrence: Marleene McWilliam (designer), Louise Mignault, Kimberley Cameron

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