DULUTH, Minn. -

Pop-up shops are returning to downtown Duluth for the holiday season.

The program gives new businesses and entrepreneurs a store front, rent free, to test the downtown area for opening a permanent business. Some former pop-ups have remained open after the holiday season and continue as retail stores in the community.

"We're hoping that a new business can come in, really get the feel for what it's like to have a store front location and work with hours of operation and being there, and then that it becomes a longer term lease," says Kristi Stokes, President of the Greater Downtown Council.

The Greater Downtown Council is accepting applications to fill four vacant downtown storefronts with pop-ups this season. Their goal is to open the shops on Small Business Saturday.