KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On the first day of every month, the sidewalks of the Crossroads District in Kansas City are filled with food trucks, music, and art. The event is a great place for local businesses to showcase what they have to offer and now there’s even more to discover.
First Fridays are more than just food trucks and art; it’s a way to celebrate local businesses. The best part is that there’s a little something for everyone.
Do you want to showcase your KC pride? There are handbags, shirts, and even wallets for you to choose from at Sandlot Goods. For those in touch with your spiritual side head over to KC Conjure Shop.
“You’ll see chicken feet in here. Old timers scratch themselves down,” said owner Julie Valdivia.
Valdivia is an initiated voodoo priestess excited for her third First Friday.
“Was a little nervous about it because we are in the Bible belt. And voodoo has a scary connotation for most people because of Hollywood movies,” she said.
She says voodoo is about community and healing despite how it might be portrayed in popular media.
Let your imagination spark in the True Style Glass Gallery and Studio. Tyler Crane showcases undiscovered talent in this space. These painting were created by inmates.
“It’s important for me to have a space where the underdog can show their art as well,” said owner Tyler Crane.
If you stick around, you’ll get to see him demonstrate glass blowing.
It’s easier to appreciate art with a glass of wine. KC Wineworks just opened a tasting room and event space
“Wine really is an expression of a place. The closer we can bring the place where that wine is grown to you, the better your experience will be,” said winemaker James Lowry.
As you sip, notice the barrels in the back. The wine is made on site. There’s much to do this First Friday, but try to make time for something new.
Sandlot Goods: 504 E 18th St.
KC Conjure Shop: 1620 Locust St, Suite 400
True Style Glass Gallery and Studio: 805 E. 31st St.
KC Wineworks: 1823 McGee St.