Cityscape

Pop-up store in Power & Light District to sell local works

Updated: 2013-10-29T16:27:44Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

Local artists, musicians and authors will sell their works at a new downtown pop-up store.

The KC Annex at the Garment District Boutique plans to open Friday. It will be in the Garment District Boutique, at 1350 Main St. in the Power & Light District.

KC Annex will feature works from more than 30 local artists, musicians and authors, including handmade scarves, jewelry, wooden bowls, steel furniture, lighting fixtures, housewares, prints, letterpress cards, books, CDs and more. Prices will start around $10.

Even the shop’s retail displays were handcrafted by students from the Kansas City Design Center using recycled materials.

Amanda Graor, artist liaison and concept developer of the KC Annex, said the collective will give artists more opportunities to sell their works since it will offer set hours and a set location through the holidays.

“There’s not really local art in the Downtown Loop where people can easily access it,” Graor said. “It’s a really good opportunity to show off local work to people who come down to the Sprint Center, the Power & Light District, and who don’t go out of the area.”

KC Annex will host events throughout the holiday season, including talks, live music and demonstrations. Shoppers also will be able to purchase a handcrafted cocktail or a glass of wine from the full-service bar in the center of the Garment District Boutique.

Its lease runs through the end of the year.

The Garment District Boutique is a collective of eight locally owned boutiques. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC.

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