Urban Provisions crafts its first monthly pop-up night

A recent visit to Urban Provisions reminded me that I don’t make it to the East Bottoms enough.

Located on an industrial street corner where trains rumble up and down the nearby railroad tracks, the cozy general store is packed with one-of-a-kind goods, all locally sourced or American made. I lost track of time sniffing the richly scented soaps and candles and daydreaming in front of the design-your-own-light-fixture station before purchasing bacon jam and some chewing gum that tastes like birthday cake.

This eclectic union of old and new is exactly what co-owner Savannah Northcraft is going for. She describes the shop’s aesthetic as “modern-day Americana.”

“We are lovers of the midcentury modern style and a pop of fresh, bright color, whether that be for your house or your wardrobe or something fun and fresh like a cocktail mixer,” she says. “We’re also big-time vintage lovers.”

This weekend, Urban Provisions announces that love a little louder with the first of what Northcraft says will be monthly pop-up events. It’s an extension of Columbus Park’s Third Friday Art Walk, and it features several local vendors, including I Loaf You, Porch Pots, KC Bravery, Monstrosity, Crane Brewing Co., Perilin Jewelry, and CartWheel. It’s a way for Northcraft to highlight the wares of even more local craftspeople.

“In our search for awesome local and national makers and crafters, we’ve met a lot of people doing really awesome stuff, and we just couldn’t fit everything in the store,” Northcraft says.

One of those makers is CartWheel’s Jessica Rogers, who has been selling handmade textiles and children’s wear out of her baby-blue school bus since 2011. As the organizer of the Gypsy Market, a Crossroads First Friday fixture, Rogers is a pop-up-shop veteran, and she’s eager to showcase her clothes (“fun and funky,” she calls them) in a new part of town.

“It’s really exciting that more stuff is popping up in the East Bottoms,” she says. “It’s another catalyst in this city to shop local and support all the talent we have.”

Porch Pots’ Dan Ohm is also looking forward to Friday. Since purchasing a kick wheel at a garage sale several years ago, he has spent a lot of time at home crafting ceramic mugs, bowls, tea infusers, and flasks plugged with leftover corks from Boulevard Brewery.

“It’s just me and my kick wheel,” Ohm says. He adds that his ceramics are a “weird, different” alternative to the “boring” pottery he sees everywhere. He lives near midtown, so he doesn’t make it to the East Bottoms often. “But I’m very excited to be part of something new and fresh,” he says.

In addition to clothing and home décor, expect edible goods in the Heim No. 20 Firehouse, across the street. Crane Brewing Co. will have beer samples on hand, and I Loaf You’s Rachel Rolon will have DIY beer-bread kits. “People can take it home and share the experience of making bread with each other,” she says.

The bread kit’s instruction booklet comes with beer suggestions, but Rolon has had the best luck with brews that have, she says, “good color and strong flavor.” Some of her favorites: jalapeño-cheddar IPA bread, chocolate stout bread, and Boulevard Tank 7 bread.

“The ones I made with Boulevard’s Smokestack Series were really good because the higher alcohol content brings out more flavor in the bread,” she says. “You can use a Pilsner, but I feel like that doesn’t bring out much flavor.”

Urban Provisions’ next-door neighbor, Pigwich, is staying open for the evening, filling the streets with savory aromas. In addition to the sandwich shop’s regular food (sausages, burgers and brisket so good you’ll dream about them), Local Pig co-owner Adam Northcraft (Savannah’s husband) is planning to serve up street food inspired by his trip to Vietnam last winter. He loves loading up on exotic ingredients that aren’t available in town. (He plans to do it again when he travels to Italy and Morocco this winter, a monthlong adventure that will include an apprenticeship at a 250-year-old butcher shop.)

“I try to travel as much as I can,” he says. “I want to share what I’ve learned in other places with our community in Kansas City.”

As for that community, Savannah Northcraft is excited to see new people enjoying the burgeoning East Bottoms neighborhood she knows so well.

“I’m really excited to see folks that may have never spent any time in the East Bottoms making a night of it,” she says. “Start with dinner at Pigwich, come to the shop and check out our pop-up vendors and our normal wares, and get ahead of some Christmas shopping. There’s also a Talking Heads cover band that night at Knuckleheads, so you might as well walk down and buy yourself a tallboy and dance.”

Urban Provisions Third-Friday Pop-Up Shop: 5-9 p.m. Friday, November 21, at 2616 Guinotte, urbanprovisionskc.com