Thursday, June 20, 2013

Final Fridays June 28th! LARISSA WILSON and KELLY KEARNS

We are very excited for this month's Final Fridays at Essential Goods in Downtown Lawrence! We will be hosting the opening receptions for printmaker Kelly Kearns and Larissa Wilson of Butternutsquash, and it should be a fantastic evening. In addition to wonderful art, we will also have DJ On.It (Sean Foust) playing live.

There will be a lot of great shows going on around downtown and in the warehouse arts district, so it should be a lovely evening filled with a part of what we love so much about Lawrence. We hope to see you next Friday!

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lis Niswonger

We are excited to welcome local artist Lis Niswonger to Essential Goods! She offers a variety of hand-knitted and crocheted goods perfect for gift giving. Lis taught herself how to knit in college. The first thing she made was argyle socks for her boyfriend. She taught herself how to crochet while on bed rest with her fourth child and counted cross stitch later on. Since then, she seems to always have some sort of needle or hook in her hands and loves trying different projects.

We love the knitted washcloths that pair perfectly with Nurture Botanicals handcrafted soaps that we carry in Essential Goods. We carry a variety of sweet baby and children's crocheted hats, as well as vests that we really dig. We look forward to a variety of more vests arriving shortly as well!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Hoop Mamas

We are thrilled to welcome Hoop Mamas to Essential Goods... just in time for the gorgeous summer (hooping) weather that has just arrived! We were excited to see local business Hoop Mamas at our local LOLA show this spring and knew we wanted to bring them into Essential Goods. 

Ali, founder, started Hoop Mamas in 2007 after she bought her first hoop and was instantly hooked. Not only did she enjoy hooping immensely, but she also lost over 30 pounds in a short four months due to hooping. Since that day, she has been making hoops and teaching as a HoopGirl Certified Instructor.

Hoop Mamas hoops are made with poly tubing standard in the hoopdance industry and are jazzed up by hand using a variety of decorative tapes, grip tapes and fabrics. Hoop Mamas is passionate about creating the highest quality hoops around and have vowed to make their hoops affordable so that everyone can experience the benefits of hooping.

Hoop Mamas was voted the second best hoop company in 2012. In addition to finding a variety of hoops for children and adults, Essential Goods also carries travel hoops made in two different collapsable styles - perfect for traveling.