Dissatisfied with stencils of country ducks and painted wooden slices of watermelon, a hodge-podge of friends started the Bazaar Bizarre craft fair in Boston in 2001.
In 2007, Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland moved to a new location as part of Pop Up City. The temporary event occupied a vacant storefront owned by MRN Ltd. on East 4th Street. The alternative craft fair shined a spotlight on one of Cleveland's spectacular, but underutilized properties. Hundreds of people provided an exciting one-day shopping experience in a part of the city that lacks retail activity. The Bazaar Bizarre continues to take place every year during the peak holiday shopping season in December and has grown to require larger venues. The formerly vacant storefront is now home to the Chinato restaurant, which opened in 2010.
The Pop Up Bazaar Bizarre in 2007 was supported by The Civic Innovation Lab, The Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, and The Sears-Swetland Foundation.