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SouveNEAR brings goods from Kansas City’s arts community to Kansas City International Airport

SouveNEAR has curated an eclectic selection of objects and art, featuring a range of items from Kansas City-based artists and makers. The collection includes jewelry, artwork, apparel and other travel-sized mementos ranging in price from $2.50 to $40. The new venture aims to provide exposure and sales opportunities for local designers and creators in busy venues where locally-made goods typically wouldn’t be found.

SouveNEAR has curated an eclectic selection of objects and art, featuring a range of items from Kansas City-based artists and makers. The collection includes jewelry, artwork, apparel and other travel-sized mementos ranging in price from $2.50 to $40. The new venture aims to provide exposure and sales opportunities for local designers and creators in busy venues where locally-made goods typically wouldn’t be found.

New local business opens art souvenir vending machine in Terminal B at Kansas City airport

SouveNEAR, producer and retailer of authentic local goods, has launched its first vending machine at Kansas City International Airport.

Located in the Southwest Airlines area of Terminal B, SouveNEAR offers locally-designed, locally-made goods, providing travelers with a convenient source of creative souvenirs.

SouveNEAR also produces its own locally-themed items, with co-founders Southard and King collaborating on initial concept development and then sourcing local design and production. Original SouveNEAR items are currently available at its new KCI vending machine and can also be found at The Nelson-Atkins Museum Store as well as Unique Finds and The General Store & Co. in Overland Park.

SouveNEAR also produces its own locally-themed items, with co-founders Southard and King collaborating on initial concept development and then sourcing local design and production. Original SouveNEAR items are currently available at its new KCI vending machine and can also be found at The Nelson-Atkins Museum Store as well as Unique Finds and The General Store & Co. in Overland Park.

SouveNEAR has curated an eclectic selection of objects and art, featuring a range of items from Kansas City-based artists and makers. The collection includes jewelry, artwork, apparel and other travel-sized mementos ranging in price from $2.50 to $40. The new venture aims to provide exposure and sales opportunities for local designers and creators in busy venues where locally-made goods typically wouldn’t be found.

“Finding meaningful souvenirs is always a challenge, especially when you’re rushing to find something at the last minute,” Suzanne Southard, co-founder of SouveNEAR, said in a press release. “We want to provide a convenient way for people to get mementos that are artistic and that have a real connection to the city. Our new SouveNEAR vending machine at KCI offers travelers a fun and easy way to get something that reflects Kansas City’s vibrant arts community, with the swipe of a credit card or tap of a smartphone. “

“It struck us as a little sad that so many souvenirs offer only the name of the city — and none of the story, none of the spirit. We loved the idea that buying a souvenir could actually do a small part to support the work of creatives within our city.” Tiffany King, co-founder of SouveNEAR, said in a press release. “We’re so proud to be able to showcase the work of Kansas City artists.”

SouveNEAR also produces its own locally-themed items, with co-founders Southard and King collaborating on initial concept development and then sourcing local design and production. Original SouveNEAR items are currently available at its new KCI vending machine and can also be found at The Nelson-Atkins Museum Store as well as Unique Finds and The General Store & Co. in Overland Park.

“The SouveNEAR brand is all about offering locals and visitors beautiful and authentic items that they know are made in the cities they represent.” Southard added.

SouveNEAR plans to add an online shop and expand to other cities by summer 2015.

For more information about SouveNEAR, visit souveNEAR.com.

Streetcar construction rings in holiday savings, fanfare for local businesses

The streetcar is a URBOS 3 Platform Vehicle. The color of the local streetcar vehicle will be determined by the Kansas City Streetcar Authority. The vehicle will be ADA compliant and each car will have the ability to carry approximately 148 passengers.

This season, residents have even more reasons to visit businesses and restaurants along the streetcar route in the heart of Kansas City. The city, in partnership with the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Visit KC and the Downtown Council, will be … [Continue reading]

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial receives designation from Congress

World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

Following legislation passed in the United States House of Representatives in May, the United States Senate passed a bill as part of the National Defense Authorization Act  providing the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial with its second … [Continue reading]

KC Mystery Players presents ‘A Murder on 34th Street’ Dec. 18

KC Mystery Players will present “A Murder on 34th Street” on December 18, 2014, at 7 pm at Cascone’s Italian Restaurant.

KC Mystery Players will present “A Murder on 34th Street” on December 18, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Cascone’s Italian Restaurant. This is an interactive comedy murder mystery event: Winkle’s Department Store is gearing up for their Annual Parade of Toys … [Continue reading]

The Bridge announces new local music program ‘Eight One Sixty’ starting in January

The Bridge announces new local music program 'Eight One Sixty' starting in January

A new weekly hour-long music program will begin in January on The Bridge, station manager Jon Hart announced this week. Eight One Sixty will air weekly on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on The Bridge, 90.9FM. The show will be an extension of The … [Continue reading]

Special preview screening of Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ held at National World War I Museum

Special preview screening of Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' will beheld held at National World War I Museum on December 16.

Tickets to Dec. 16 event available to public; all proceeds benefit the National World War I Museum The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial will host a red carpet reception and special preview screening of Universal Pictures and … [Continue reading]

Discover nature during Eagle Days at Smithville Lake Jan. 10-11

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Join wildlife watchers around the state to view our nation’s symbol in action Because of its big rivers, many lakes and expansive wetlands, Missouri is one of the best states to view bald eagles. The Missouri Department of Conservation will … [Continue reading]