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Merriam’s Mer-Sea has Anthropologie line; SouveNear now in San Francisco

An Anthropologie store in Portland, Ore., has the Mer-Sea line of products on display.
An Anthropologie store in Portland, Ore., has the Mer-Sea line of products on display. Anthropologie

Merriam-based Mer-Sea & Co. has created a new line in collaboration with national retailer Anthropologie.

Owners Melanie Bolin, Lina Dickinson and Stephanie Lawrence founded Mer-Sea — “ocean-inspired” bath and beauty products — in 2013.

The collection for Anthropologie comes in six scents and includes soaps, body wash, body lotion, bath oils, salt soaks and scrubs, and it is sold exclusively in Anthropologie stores.

“At first I was just struck by the beauty of all the products and just the care that was put into every little detail, and that was initially what drew me to the line,” said Catherine Moellering, general merchandise manager of beauty for Anthropologie. “I knew our customers at Anthropologie would love their story and their products.”

The line is sold in Anthropologie’s 197 stores across the country, including area locations on the Country Club Plaza and in Leawood’s Town Center Plaza, where employees said the line is selling well and some items have sold out.

Mer-Sea’s core line is sold in specialty stores and spas across the country

SouveNear expansion

Kansas City’s local souvenir vending machine company has added locations in San Francisco.

SouveNear vending machines are now in The Yard at Mission Rock, across from AT&T Park, and in The Hall, a food and drink venue showcasing local, independent food vendors near Twitter headquarters.

Both vending machines sell jewelry, artwork, apparel, edibles and other travel-sized mementos by artists and makers in the San Francisco area, and some items also have a San Francisco theme.

SouveNear was launched in Kansas City in 2014 with a vending machine at Kansas City International Airport. The company now has five locations at KCI and one in Union Station. It also plans to expand to other cities this year.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

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