Wednesday, March 27, 2013

We heart you, Lawrence

The past week has been exciting one for Essential Goods! Chad Lawhorn of the Lawrence Journal-World wrote a feature in Town Talk on the development of the Warhouse Arts District east of downtown Lawrence and included our shop in the article! We love supporting local artists and we were honored that he included us in Town Talk. I have always enjoyed reading Town Talk and appreciate his dedication to informing Lawrencians on local matters.

The following day, we had the pleasure of meeting Jessica, the creator of, who stopped by our shop that afternoon. When she asked if she could feature Essential Goods in her blog, which features a variety of shops in downtown Lawrence, we of course said yes!

A huge thank you to both Town Talk and Mrs. Mass for not only your support of our business, but your continued interest and support of local businesses in Lawrence! We are grateful.

Aaaand... yet another thank you to Sarah Shepherd of for mentioning us in The Lasso the following day! Again, we are so appreciative! All of the local support and sense of community are just a couple of of the many reasons we love Lawrence and are proud to be a downtown local business. So, a big thank you to all of you!

We are very excited to bring a variety of new artists' work into our shop this week! Stay tuned for pictures of a sampling of new works and more info on each artist sometime this week. Apparel, kitchen-y wares, stoneware, jewelry, etc!

In the meantime, enjoy the beginnings of Spring (I think it's here to stay this time), and stop by and say hi should you be strolling around downtown enjoying the weather!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Top O' The Morning To You

Only four days until St. Patrick's Day... . We have a variety of one-of-a-kind handcrafted goodies for you to don to avoid being pinched and to proclaim your Irish-ness for the day! A little sampling below... . As many local Lawrencians know, the St. Patrick's Day parade in lovely Downtown Lawrence will be this Sunday at 1 pm. We hope you enjoy the next two beautiful days and have a wonderful weekend! xoxo - Essential Goods

Thursday, March 7, 2013

iamthemandy :: Mandy Stos

We think the work by Kansas City artist iamthemandy is greatness and we love how crafty and creative she is with materials she uses - most of which have been repurposed and given another life. From measuring tapes to magazine scraps, Mandy Stos has a knack for giving treasures that may have otherwise been forgotten a new existence and reinventing their purpose through her creativity. Below is a sampling of what we carry by iamthemandy. You can check out her work on her website

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Neighborly Neighbors

The two snowfalls last week brought on a welcome and much needed calm space, and our little town turned still and sleepy, with many folks tucked in for the day, enjoying the beautiful snow that nourished the earth and our souls. After the heavy snow slowed a bit, people slowly emerged from their abodes, snow shovels in hand, ready to unearth their driveways and walks that had been buried in a thick blanket of glistening white. And once that task was complete, many went on to perhaps help the elderly neighbor's drive across the street, or the mother's who was home with her children for the day. And during that time, life was quiet again and harkened back to a more quiet existence, and we noticed humankind doing little, beautiful things that bring us together.

We received a phone call after the first snowstorm from The Phoenix Gallery, who warmly welcomed us downtown, expressed kind words and offered to help in whatever ways they could to help our name get out into the Lawrence marketplace. Neighborly neighbors taking the time to welcome us and bring us into their community.

The Blue Dot Salon and Astrokitty Comics, our neighbors on either side of Essential Goods, have welcomed us from day one, helped spread the word of our shop and studio opening and sent business our way. We love residing next to them and working with them to make the beautiful historic Palladian Building we share an even better place.

Our dear friends and fellow local artisans - those that sell work in Essential Goods and otherwise - who make up this lovely little city that we love to call home, have supported us in many ways and become more a part of the community with us.

This is a shout out, and a thank you, to all who take the time to do little things that can mean so much to others.