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By Sarah Mote
November 22, 2014

This Holiday Season, #ShopLocalKC


‘Tis the season to go shopping. And this season, we're partnering with some of our best buds to encourage you  to spend their holiday dollars locally and patronize area merchants.

Here's what you can do:

  • Shop local first. Choose KC independently owned stores over the big boxes whenever you can this holiday season. 
  • Use the shop local map. You can find those businesses on our shop local map.
  • Tag your finds and photos with #ShopLocalKC. Let us know on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram where, what and why you shop local.

To help you get started, here are just a few events planned in the coming weeks that focus attention on local Kansas City companies.

Plaid Friday, Nov. 28
Plaid Friday Kansas City is a celebration of our unique and creative locally owned businesses here in the Kansas City Metro Area– an alternative to the big box store Black Friday. On Plaid Friday, community members and business owners are asked to wear their plaid and shift more of their holiday spending to locally owned businesses. The Crestwood Shops at 55th Street between Brookside Boulevard and Oak Street Kansas City, Mo. will serve as the Plaid Friday hub. 

Small Business Saturday Cash Mob @ Urban Provisions General Store, Nov. 29
The Kansas City Metro Area Cash Mob has organized a "mob" at Urban Provisions General Store (2616 Guinotte Ave Kansas City, MO) on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. – noon. To get involved, show up and plan to spend around $10-$20 (CASH ONLY). Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Merchants all across the region will be highlighting their wares.

Micro pop ups in local stores
These “store within a store” kiosks featured Made in KC products, bringing to the forefront some of Kansas City’s iconic products along with new offerings. Micro pop ups are featured at:

  • Olive Tree, 4937 W. 119th St., Overland Park
  • HMS Beagle, 180 English Landing Dr., Parkville
  • The Greener Life Market, 227 SE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit
  • Velo+, 13440 Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa
  • Ugly Glass Company, 1400 W. 12th St., Kansas City

Other Shop Local Events

Nov 22: Handmade Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ Myriad House (4448 Bell St, KCMO) 

Nov 23: Craft Collective from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. @ Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS  (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS)  

Nov 25: Charity Party from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. @ STUFF! (316 W 63rd St, KCMO) [15% of sales benefit Cultivate KC] 

Nov. 27: The Pitch’s annual gift guide comes out. Grab one.

Nov. 28: Black Friday starting at 8 a.m. @ Mills Records (314 Westport Road, KCMO)   

Nov. 29: Canihaveasip Pop Up @ Black Kettle Coffee from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Springfield Street, Kansas City, KS). Runs through the end of December.

Nov. 29: Small Business Saturday Celebration @ Power & Light District from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (14th and Main Streets, KCMO)

Nov. 29: SBA is partnering with the National Restaurant Association to encourage everyone to #DineSmall at local restaurants. 

Dec 5:   Sip & Shop KC @ 8183 Studio from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (1735 Oak St, KCMO) 

Dec 5: Gypsy Market Royale Holiday Sale from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (115 W 18th St, KCMO) 

Dec 5 - Dec 6: The Holiday Swing @ The Foundation (1221 Union Ave, KCMO) 

Dec 6:    Holiday Farmers' Market @ Matt Ross Community Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (8101 Marty St, OPKS) 

Dec 6 - Dec 7: 5th Annual Hollis Winter Art Fair @ Hollis Renewal Center (11414 Kansas Ave, KCK) 

Kansas City Proud

Several organizations have joined together to promote #ShopLocalKC. They include:

And virtually all the area chambers of commerce are supportive.

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