Urban Provisions in the East Bottoms

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. While not unique to KC, the maker and doer community is thriving in town thanks to a greater appreciation for quality, handmade items.

Here are some of the best local goods made right here in KC:

Keep Your Apothecary Well-Stocked

1740 Beard Balm, Made in KC

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.

Wash off with Basement Soap’s all-natural cleanser or 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 Family 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

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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. Hand-poured soy candles from Shine Candle Co. are simply named and simply lovely while 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. Decorate your kitchen with colorful tea towels made by Urban Provisions, an East Bottoms boutique and one of the champions of KC local goods. 

Spice Up Your Menu

KC Canning Co

As it turns out, there are plenty of ways to elevate your food and drinks with local market goods. Vino ketchup from Amigoni Urban Winery adds a Cabernet Sauvignon twist to the standby condiment. 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. Our Sassy Pantry lets you take a walk on the wild side with unusual (yet delicious spreads), including the ever-popular Our Bacon Jam. 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

Lost & Found Design

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, Urban Provisions, Made in KC in Overland Park 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.

Image courtesy of Coki Bijoux

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.

Created with the assistance of the team at Urban Provisions. Photos by Alyssa Broadus unless otherwise specified.

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