By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jun 05, 2017 at 7:07 PM

It is with a heavy heart that Margaret Czaplewski announced the closing of Hot Pop, 201 N. Water St., an art gallery and gift/household items shop that opened in 2008. 

"After nine years fostering Milwaukee’s art scene we can no longer keep our doors open. We have been hit hard by the boom of internet shopping and the amount of redevelopment and construction in the Third Ward the last couple of years," says Czaplewski.

For the first five years, Hop Pop was located in another Third Ward space, 213 N. Broadway, and moved to the current location in 2013.

A store closing sale starts on Monday, July 17 with 40 percent off all items.

On Sunday, Sept. 3 Czaplewski will host a farewell party and art sale "to express our gratitude and undying love for the neighborhood and every artist who supported us along the way."

The event will include beer from Brenner Brewing Co., local vendors and a dance party spun by DJ Jbahr.

"Come say goodbye while we wiggle our butts and shed a few tears," says Czaplewski.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.