Welcome to PopUp Rhody!

PopUp Definition: A Short-Term Rental  

PopUp Rhody is an online marketplace for RI establishments to post extra space for retail, event or meeting popups. It's just like Airbnb but rather than posting rooms for rent, businesses post space for popups. 
PopUp What? 
Traditionally, popups referred to a sales event like a jeweler temporarily popping up in a boutique to sell their wares. PopUp Rhody expands the definition of popups to embrace the micro ways people conduct business in today's sharing economy.  We've learned that the tools in our sheds and clothes in our closets can be monetized when idle. Using the Internet, people popup to use our stuff when they need it. Well, the same applies to space.
At PopUp Rhody, folks can let others popup in their extra space to:
  • Work at an extra desk
  • Meet with colleagues for a presentation or group think
  • Sell pottery, culinary goods, jewelry... 
  • Celebrate a special occassion - wedding, birthday... 
With PopUp Rhody, you can turn your underutilized space into a revenue stream!  No counter is too small or space too big to list as an hourly or daily popup rental. 
You've Airbnb'd. Now PopUp.

COVID RULES: all parties involved in the organization of popups on the PopUp Rhody marketplace must comply with social gathering limits and adhere to current executive orders, regulations and state guidance relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency. For more information, including easy to use checklists for businesses to comply with up-to-date capacity and cleaning rules in Rhode Island, go here.

Founded in 2019, PopUp Rhody is a limited liability corporation driven by a mission to support Rhode Island's dynamic and creative small business community. By connecting owners of space with makers without space, PopUp Rhody helps businesses work together to dream big and succeed.
PopUp Rhody was started by Jo Lee, who is proud to call herself a Rhody after happily living in Rhode Island for nearly 20 years. Jo has spent the bulk of her career leading the development of high impact digital content around the world for industry changing startups, leading companies, and educational insitutions including VocalTec, Sapient and Brown University. She began creating online marketplaces in 2002 as the founder of a nonprofit called CitizenSpeak, the first hosted email advocacy service for nonprofits, CitizenSpeak's distinguished accolades include recognition by the WSJ as a recommended free and open source service for nonprofits (2006). She is an active member of Rhode Island's civic community and currently sits on the board of DESIGNxRI.
Jo is extremely grateful to all the help she has received from Rhodies and non-Rhodies in the development of PopUp Rhody. Special shoutouts go to Social Enterprise Greenhouse, her amazing mentoring team organized by RIHUB, the team at District Hall for coalescing RI's dynamic entrepreneurial community, the ever-creative intern, Maggie Kerins, and most importantly, problem-solver extraordinaire consultant, Julie Holabird.