Pop Up Shop

Here at Mukala, we don’t do things half heartedly ! After just 10 months of going live online and building our loyal fan base, we decided it was time to take Mukala to the next level by hosting our first pop up shop in Glasgow, Scotland.

Now if you know us already you’ll know that I (Mrs Mukala) am Scottish but what you might not know is that my story with Mr Mukala and Cameroon all began in the glorious city of Glasgow. So when it came to such a monumental event, there really was no other place to consider.

Our mission has always been about celebrating Cameroonian culture with the wider world, while sustaining traditional craftsmanship and making a positive difference in the lives of our team and those around us.  So as we brought Africa home, we set out to do it BIG!

The Venue

We hired an amazing venue called “The Vacant Space” in the coolest part of town (Finneston) for one weekend only. The venue was everything we hoped for – feature lights, spacious, modern. A blank canvas really for us to make our mark with our beautiful wall art.  I mean, check out these pics…SWOON!


The Concept

With our mission in mind, we decided to create a cool African vibe full of beauty, history and abundance. We created branded invitations shaped into passports and flight tickets as we took our guests on a journey to Cameroon. Teamed with African wax bunting, exotic scented candles and African beats, we really made sure our shop vibe was authentic.

The Programme

We decided to really launch our brand with a VIP night where we invited a mix of Interior Designers, Local businesses, Influencers and Mukala enthusiasts on Friday night. We gave them the full experience by;

  • inviting the best Afro beats DJ in Glasgow (DJ Naeem)
  • a Tribal Catwalk showcasing our products
  • live African musicians including saxophonist and  African drummer
  • and of course our delicious branded cupcakes and prosecco

It was a recipe for success leaving many guests on a high and gaining new Mukala fans. Together with the power of social media, we were able to spread the word and didn’t stop for the rest of the weekend with fresh faces and intrigue.

Post Pop Up

Mr Mukala and I (with help from friends and family) did not stop over the weekend and every second was just a pleasure. From mopping the floors to meeting all you lovely people, it felt like home. We cannot wait to come back to the UK and possibly US for similar events as we continue to grow as a small business. 2020 will be a BIG year, we can just feel it.

 

 

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