Every Christmas my whole family gets together for a meal and gift exchange. The gift exchange is one of the highlight of my holidays, full of laughter. It is mostly for sport, some people buy joke gifts, others buy gift cards or gift baskets. Everyone always knows my gift. They know it will be from a local entrepreneur or purchased from a small business here in Kansas City. One year I gave a set of Missouri shaped coasters from Lost and Found Design (featured below) along with some screen printed items from Raygun. This last Christmas I was down to the wire so I ended up giving a Moscow Mule set but with booze from Kansas City, a metal shaped Missouri Christmas ornament from DE Metal Works and a Raygun print of George Brett.
The truth is, we should all see small local businesses and start ups like family. We give back to the local community and the money stays here in KC. When I give gifts, I always strive to shop local. Sure, a big box company may have some of our local sports teams and university items like t-shirts, hats, baby clothing and so on. Why not get something of possible better quality that was made here in KC? Kansas City has way too many amazing local companies who put their heart and soul in their wares. Flying Pig Mercantile is one of them.
Flying Pig Mercantile is located at 1919 Wyandotte in the Kansas City Crossroads district. Fellow girl boss and owner of Flying Pig Local Mercantile, Katie Wooldridge has created a space where local artist can sell their products at a brick and mortar store, instead of online only sales. With a passion for Kansas City, Katie has curated products that are hand made here in Kansas City and only made by entrepreneurs in KCMO. Her taste is flawless, she has many of my favorite Kansas City Makers. From jewelry to keychains, Flying Pig Mercantile has something for everyone. Katie and her husband Adam had been screenprinting tee’s for 4 years when they found this quaint corner space in the Crossroads. They knew they didn’t want to just be a shop that sells tee’s. So they set out to find unique and different makers who did not have a lot of product available in other KC shops. In securing the unknown makers, they creating a store where they have one of a kind merchandise from up and coming Kansas City makers. You can purchase these makers items and Flying Pig Local Mercantile’s speciality tee’s and hat’s 6 days a week. I know that I personally like to hold and see items that I buy, especially clothing. Flying Pig Mercantile has a screen printing shop, along with t-shirts, hats, prints and fun little things like drink coasters with iconic KC places. They have wares from a simple KCMO screen print, to Salvy tees. I personally love how soft their tees are! Wooldridge, on the name of the shop and what it means to her;
“I named Flying Pig Apparel (our screenprinting business) and then the store Flying Pig Local Mercantile was for my mom too. When my dad died 17 years ago, my mom found a picture of a flying pig. It was a pig flying off of a dock into a lake! The whole flying pig became her thing that she looked for because of what flying pigs represent: hope, anything’s possible, etc. I then started to adopt that same mascot in my life. I just love what the Flying Pig means to me and I like that I could name something after my Mom, even if it is in a weird way.”
Flying Pig Local Mercantile is having it a First Birthday Bash during Kansas City’s First Friday in the Crossroads district, May 5th. The will have local food and drink for you to get your party on with a raffle as well. Here is your personal invite! Flying Pig Local Mercantile’s first birthday/first friday in Kansas City.
Katie was gracious enough to allow me to photograph her store and the products they offer. Below are images of the store and it’s wares. At the end of the post there is a link to all the makers, so if you feel so inclined you can follow their social media accounts and/or give them your money.
If you have a small business in Kansas City or the surrounding area’s, I would love to hear from you. Drop me a line and we can talk about photographing and featuring your store at no cost. I simply want to spread the Kansas City love with my photography.