The pandemic and recent cool temperatures have led to cabin fever for many Kansas Citians. With predicted temperatures in the 70s and plenty of room for social distancing, the West Bottoms area is giving people an option to get out and celebrate Thanksgiving early this weekend.
First Friday Weekends will be held on November 6-8. Daytime events focus on the West Bottoms shop, where district stores open at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Area shops featured everything from vintage fashion, antiques and collectibles to home goods, décor, furniture, and much more. Plus, merchants have joined forces to offer Friendsgiving Giveaways, where a few lucky fans will win private feasts.
“We feel so blessed that we’ve been able to continue to have visitors most of the year,” said Amber Arnett-Bequeaith, spokesperson for the West Bottoms Entertainment District. “Visitors can shake a tail feather at our turkey bowl. It’ll be a hoot. Our giveaways and free street events find ways to have fun in 2020 and make everyone feel special .
“And we’ve added a gem of a sight with our recent adoption of a majestic quarter horse, named Blueberry Sapphire. She’ll make the event sparkle, showing her love for her new home and family — warmth we all hope for during this magical time of the year,”
The West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District, located just off the 12th Street Bridge, has 22 warehouses in a 13-block area. with approximately 600 vendors and more than 25 stores and restaurants. Many of its large, multi-story buildings have histories starting more than 120 years ago. These repurposed, vast spaces form the largest, year-round, indoor vintage entertainment district. The West Bottoms is the destination for interior decorators and designers, collector, and consumers seeking stylish décor and gift options with history and patina that cannot be replicated.
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice