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Chesapeake Entrepreneur Wins Battle of MacArthur Center Pop Up Contest

Chesapeake Entrepreneur Wins Battle of MacArthur Center Pop Up Contest
Chesapeake Entrepreneur Wins Battle of MacArthur Center Pop Up Contest
Chesapeake Entrepreneur Wins Battle of MacArthur Center Pop Up Contest
Loud Accessories Joins MacArthur Center in Time for Holiday

NORFOLK, Va. — Aug. 21, 2018— Chesapeake-based entrepreneur Lissette Rodriguez’s store, Loud Accessories, will open in MacArthur Center in November after winning the center’s most recent Battle of the Pop-Up Contest.

“I am so excited, it’s some of the best news I could have received,” said Rodriguez, who learned about the contest award on her birthday. “I’m thankful to have the opportunity of bring my online shop to life.”

The contest asked area entrepreneurs to submit business plans and concepts for a chance to win a rent-free space for six months, among several other high-value perks.

Loud Accessories sells affordable, high-quality products inspired by fashion stylists and celebrities.  Shoppers and visitors will find an array of accessories and graphic tees including 14-karat gold filled jewelry.

The store will also offer monthly workshops to help inspire and teach creating personalized jewelry and fine art. This is Rodriguez’s first brick-and-mortar location, although she has sold her products online, wholesale and at local pop-ups.

Rodriguez will get a rent-free space for six months, use of existing mall or store fixtures, and free utilities. She’ll also get a $500 merchandising package from the property that includes interior signage, table-printed displays and graphic design services.

“This is our second time with the Battle of the Pop-Up Contest and we had many great applicants,” said Karen Husselbee, marketing director of the MacArthur Center. “But Loud Accessories stood out because of the styles it offers and the workshops that local residents can enjoy. We can’t wait for shoppers to enjoy this fantastic and unique new concept.”

The Loud Accessories pop-up store will launch at MacArthur Center on Nov. 1.

Loud Accessories
Location: Level One in the Nordstrom Court
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays
Owner: Lissette Rodriguez

For more information, please visit and for additional information about the mall’s operator, Starwood Retail Partners, visit

About MacArthur Center
MacArthur Center, located on Monticello Avenue in downtown Norfolk, features one million square feet of retail offerings, including Hampton Roads’ first Nordstrom and the region’s flagship Dillard’s department store. Shoppers can explore more than 140 stores including Nordstrom, Apple, J.Crew Michael Kors and Fink’s Jewelers. Entertainment and dining options occupy approximately 25 percent of the tenant mix. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For seasonal hours and information, visit or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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