Artisanal, Craft and More: Local Goods Made in KC
Small-batch goods and locally produced items are more than just buzzy phrases used by retailers to attract the eyes of consumers. It’s about knowing where a product was made and who made it, possibly even buying directly from the person who put their time and effort into creating what you’ll use, wear or apply. The maker and doer community is thriving in town thanks to a greater appreciation for these quality, handmade items.
Here are some of the best local goods made right here in KC:
Keep Your Apothecary Well-Stocked
It’s true: “apothecary” is an antiquated term from the time well before smartphones and social media. However, the descriptor has made a comeback as a way to describe the soaps, balms and more that we use in our everyday life. Bramble & Buck makes organic shaving cream for men to help prevent razor bumps while 1740 Beard Balm has exactly what you need to keep your facial hair looking clean and healthy.
Exfoliate with Wild Wash Soap Co.’s face wash and other hand-cut soaps, plus all-natural deodorant to help you stay fresh. Meanwhile, Messner Bee Farm uses beeswax in its lip balm, lip tint, insect repellant and more. All-purpose company Indigo Wild is well-known for its wide assortment of Zum soaps, candles, sprays, baby products and more. Search for their products in area shops or at the Zum Factory store near Union Hill.
Deck Out Your Home
From keeping your place smelling nice to decorating with touches of KC style, plenty of retailers have your back when it comes to home furnishings. 5B & Co. Candlemakers in Brookside produces candles with quirky names and aromatic flavors.
Throw blankets and fun screen prints from Ampersand Design Studio add stylish flair wherever you put them. Pop tops with mounted bottle openers from 928 Woodworks and then keep your surfaces safe with the company’s coasters, both made from previously-used Boulevard Brewing Co. pallets.
Spice Up Your Menu
As it turns out, there are plenty of ways to elevate your food and drinks with local market goods. Steadfast Shrubs uses real fruit for its complex cocktail mixers while Boozy Botanicals crafts not-so-simple syrups perfect for dressing up drinks.
Artisanal salts and spices from Wood + Salt dress up all kinds of meals with offerings including Tellicherry Rye Peppercorns and Winter Smoked Sea Salt, plus unique takes on barbecue rubs. KC Canning Co. makes preserving a high art thanks to complex flavors in its vegetables and preserves, such as Sriracha Pickled Green Beans and Vanilla Bourbon Peach Preserves.
Look Good with Local
Up-and-coming designers can be found all over Kansas City, oftentimes in collectives and boutiques such as The Garment District in the Power & Light District, Made in Kansas City and handmade/locally sourced goods retailer Mid Coast Modern. Brands like EB Leatherworks—which recycles old suitcases to make eco-friendly clutches—and Lost & Found Design’s affordable KC-themed jewelry can instantly upgrade your style.
Local designer brand Coki Bijoux crafts fine jewelry and charms as well as exclusive collections, many featuring organic, earthy elements. Handmade bracelets, cuffs, rings and more from Lily Dawson Designs are must-haves as well. Kansas City fashion extends well beyond jewelry, as hot designers, events and more make KC threads trendier than ever.