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By Kyle Smith
December 05, 2016

Have You Finished Your Holiday Shopping? Check Out These Kansas City-owned Businesses

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We’ve shopped at 34 locally-owned businesses in Kansas City so far this holiday season. How about you?

We got a head start thanks to a photo contest that we ran during Global Entrepreneurship Week called #GEWKCgo. We awarded the winners with their very own #ShopLocalKC baskets (see their happy, smiling faces, below.)

Shopping from locally owned businesses keeps our neighborhoods vibrant and keeps your hard-earned dollars in the Kansas City economy. (Learn more about the economics of shopping local, here.)

Before you head out on your next holiday shopping excursion, check out our #ShopLocalKC map which features more than 100 businesses across the metro. Are you looking for yummy baked goods? Some schnazzy clothes for the grandkids? KC-branded...anything? It’s all on the shop local map.

And join in on the #ShopLocalKC love going on all December-long on our Instagram where we are featuring small business owners and all they have to offer to Kansas City. Here’s just a taste:  

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And now for the grand finale, here are the 34 Kansas City-owned businesses that we featured in our #ShopLocalKC baskets (go buy something!), and the happy winners of our #GEWKCgo contest:

Coffee from Velo+ Maps Coffee Roasters: Website | Instagram
Rawxies: Website | Instagram
Ennovation Center: Website | Facebook
Cassie’s K-9 Bakery: Website | Instagram
FineVines Condiments: Website | Facebook
Berry Nutty Farm: Website | Instagram
Hammerpress: Website | Instagram
The Sundry: Website | Instagram
Zim’s Sauces & Spice: Website | Facebook
Boys Grow: Website |  Facebook
Grace’s Best Cookies: Website | Instagram
Born with Seoul: Website | Instagram
KC Classic Gourmet Foods: Website | Facebook
Dragonfly Gourmet: Website | Instagram
Beer Paws: Website | Instagram  
KC Cool: Website | Instagram  
Westside Storey: Website | Instagram  
Sock 101: Website | Instagram  
Wild Wash Soap Company: Website | Instagram
J Reiger vodka: Website | Instagram
Thou Mayest Coffee: Website | Instagram
Wood + Salt: Website | Instagram
The KC BBQ Store: Website | Facebook
Original Juan: Website | Facebook
Christopher Elbow: Website | Facebook
5B & Company: Website | Instagram 
MidCoast Modern: Website | Instagram
Bear Soap: Website | Instagram
Dez Nutz: Website | Instagram
Messner Family Farm: Website | Instagram  
Kansas City Canning Co.: Website | Instagram 
Louisburg Cider Mill: Website | Facebook
Roasterie Coffee: Website | Facebook
Cupini’s Italian Foods: Website | Facebook

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