LA Pop Up Handbook

Are you gearing up for a pop up in Los Angeles? Utilize our guide to ensure the success of your pop up store, showcase or event in LA!

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Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Your LA Pop-Up Event

Establish Clear Goals 

Before diving in articulate your objectives. Whether its enhancing brand visibility, product testing or curating a brand encounter having goals will steer your planning journey.

Plan Your Budget

Mapping out a budget is essential. Take into account the following expenses:

  • Rental Expenses: rates in LA vary based on location and space size ranging from $1,246 to over $24,412, per week (xNomad).

  • Permits and Certificates: Allocate between $200 and $1,500 depending on the permits.

  • Setting Up and Decorating: Professional design services can range from $5,000 to $15,000.

  • Promoting Your Business: Plan to spend $1,000 to $5,000 on marketing efforts.

  • Hiring Staff: Expect to pay employees between $15 and $30 per hour.

Finding the Location

The location of your store is vital. XNomad offers options for renting pop up stores, showrooms and event spaces throughout Los Angeles. Use our platform to filter by area, size and budget to locate the spot.

Designing and Setting Up

Ensure that your pop up shop is visually appealing and aligns with your brand identity. Consider these design elements:

  • Interior Design: Bringing in a designer can help create an inviting space typically costing between $5,000 and $10,000.

  • Signage and Branding: Set aside $500 to $2,000 for high quality signs and branding materials.

  • Displays: Budget $1,000 to $3,000 for fixtures.

Permits and Rules

While not all pop ups require permits, adherence to regulations is often necessary, in Los Angeles. 

Here are some common permits you might need for your pop up:

  • Temporary Retail Permit: necessary for sales activities usually costs between $100 and $200.

  • Signage Permit:  If you plan to use signs outside your store you'll need a Signage Permit, which typically ranges from $50 to $200.

  • Event Permit: Hosting events in your pop up may require an Event Permit costing between $100 and $500.

Promoting Your Pop Up

Marketing is crucial for the success of your pop up. Consider these strategies to create excitement:

  • Allocate a budget of $500 to $2,000 for Social Media Campaigns with targeted ads.

  • Engage with your audience through Email Marketing campaigns that range from $100 to $500.

  • Collaborating with influencers can cost between $500 and $2,000.

Store Operations and Staff

To ensure a customer experience focus on operations and friendly staff. Keep in mind:

  • Hiring staff typically approximately ranges from $15 to $30 per hour.

  • Implement an inventory tracking system for Inventory Management.

  • Invest in a POS system that can cost, between $500 and $2,000.


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