Made in KC expanding with marketplace, food hall concept on the Plaza

Made in Kansas City Marketplace plans to showcase local makers, as well as offer a food hall and bar, at 306 W. 47th St..
Made in Kansas City Marketplace plans to showcase local makers, as well as offer a food hall and bar, at 306 W. 47th St..

A local purveyor of locally made goods, Made in Kansas City, is expanding with a super-sized Country Club Plaza location.

Made in Kansas City Marketplace is taking an 8,000-square-foot space at 306 W. 47th St., former home of American Eagle Outfitters.

Like Made in Kansas City's other shops — in the Crossroads, the Northland, Overland Park and Prairie Village — the Plaza marketplace will carry locally made products including T-shirts, candles, coffee, specialty food items, ceramics, jewelry, prints, artworks, and soaps and other body products.

But unlike the other shops, the Made in Kansas City Marketplace vendors — more than 20 — will have their own store-within-a-store.

Some vendors will be permanent, including Ampersand Design Studio, Christopher Elbow, FarmDog Studios, KC Canning Co., MADE Urban Apparel, Sandlot Goods and Sew KC.

Other vendors will stay only a month or two, so Made in Kansas City Marketplace will continue to have fresh offerings.

"In our existing stores we can only carry a small number of products that each vendor makes," said Tyler Enders, partner. "Now they can bring in all their products and add new ones. And they can interact with their customers directly."

It also will have a food hall with a coffee shop, 7 Swans Creperie, ice cream, bubble tea and a bar selling local beer, wine and spirits. A late June or early July opening is scheduled.

In a statement, Meredith Keeler, Country Club Plaza general manager, said: "Made in KC Marketplace is the perfect addition to our merchandise lineup to ensure we have the right mix of local, first-to-market and national retailers and restaurants."

The vendors will pay Made in Kansas City Marketplace a base fee and a percentage of sales.

"In many ways the marketplace is the culmination of all of our efforts over the last years," Enders said. "Our primary mission is to support and develop small artists and makers in Kansas City. This marketplace is a unique opportunity for these companies to experience a retail setting without the commitment of a full multiyear lease and a dedicated staff."

Ariel Thompson, who has been with Made in Kansas City since it was formed in 2015, will be general manager of the new location. It will also have more than a dozen part-time and full-time employees.

On the second Saturday of the month, a representative of one of the stores-within-a-store will be at the marketplace in the afternoon so customers can meet the maker.

"I think many owners will open their own shops in the future and this is a nice step toward that goal," said Enders, a partner in Made in Kansas City with Thomas McIntyre and Keith Bradley.

They recently opened the Crossroads Made in Kansas City shop below their headquarters at 509 E. 18th St. They also are opening Made in KC Eats food truck patio next door to the building with plans to set up three or four food trucks for lunch Fridays and Saturdays. It also will have a shipping container bar.

They also opened Made in KC Cafe in downtown Kansas City in December.

The Plaza is moving and changing out tenants as it makes way for Nordstrom's opening in 2021.