More and more shops and restaurants are joining the art galleries in the Crossroads Arts District. Visitors can check out eight new places this month, ranging from a restaurant selling Thai and Lao cuisine to jewelry and apparel designers to a dance club:
▪ Cheryl Eve Acosta — Sculptural Jewelry, 217 W. 19th Terrace. Jewelry designer Cheryl Eve Acosta has had her studio in the Crossroads since 2010. In mid-April, she opened a shop in front of the studio.
The shop sells some of her pieces, including large-scale sculptural designs that can be worn as necklaces or displayed as art pieces, as well as rings, earrings, pins, bangles and cuffs.
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Costa was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in jewelry from New Mexico State University and a master’s in fine arts in jewelry and metals from the Rhode Island School of Design.
She said her work is inspired by the cycle of life.
▪ Cable and Company, Bauer Alley Shops, 115 W. 18th St., Suite 106: Owner Christopher Oppenhuis recently opened the vintage shop selling American-made clothing from the 1940s to ’80s, including denim, T-shirts, jackets, flannel and hats — all with a focus on “timeless classic style and quality items built to last.” He also sells some new apparel and accessories.
▪ The Cottage Rose, 217 W. 19th Terrace: An event and design styling company. Owners Marydee Richardson and her daughter, Ferrell Richardson, added a boutique floral shop this year. The shop sells fresh florals, a variety of plants and succulents, and some home decor items. They also will have a pop-up flower shop selling mini-bouquets and flower crowns starting at 4 p.m. Friday at Southwest Boulevard and Wyandotte Street.
▪ Flying Pig Local Mercantile, 1919 Wyandotte St.: Owners Adam Nelson and Katie Wooldridge, who are married, plan to open the shop at 11 a.m. Friday. It will sell local art and locally made goods, including apparel, candles, barbecue and hot sauces, salad dressings, and books by local authors and books about Kansas City.
They also carry a line of T-shirts under the Flying Pig Apparel brand. The name honors Wooldridge’s mother, Joyce Wooldridge, who as a young widow adopted the flying pig as a mascot for “hope and the ability to defy the impossible.”
▪ Kokothai, 1513 Grand Blvd.: Steve “Koko” Srivisay plans to open the restaurant at 5 p.m. Friday. It will offer Thai and Lao cuisine, including Thai Crab Rangoon, beef satay, Lao egg salad (with cucumbers, red onions, mint, cilantro and creamy garlic dressing), Thai barbecue chicken, red curry chicken, sweet and sour salmon, and Chinese broccoli with crispy pork belly.
▪ Sex + Ice Cream at 1515 Walnut St.: Designer Nicole Leth plans a 6 p.m. opening Friday. The Des Moines, Iowa, native earned a degree in textile design from the Kansas City Art Institute. She will sell apparel and accessories by female designers and women-owned brands, as well as ceramics, candles and other items.
▪ The Batcave at Rhythm & Booze, 2111 Washington St.: The dance club opened earlier this year. Hours are 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
▪ Niall timepieces, 1810 Cherry St.: Owners Michael Wilson and Mark O’Renick opened Niall in 2012 and expanded in late 2015. They will debut their new showroom at 5 p.m. Friday and offer tours of the factory. Prices for the timepieces start at $3,950.