MORE West Bottoms!

West Bottoms Antique District
Kansas City, Missouri

I came away junk-drunk from my first First Friday in the West Bottoms, and Day Two was equally intoxicating. The vendors there are creative, clever, and passionate. It’s a big party where you get to buy really cool old stuff. If you like architecture, history, antiques, or food trucks…you’ll like the West Bottoms — it’s just plain fun!Β My Day Two finds…

Bella Patina
1320 W. 12th Street (directly across the street from the 12th Street Bridge)
Open only on Warehouse Weekends (first Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
A long-time West Bottoms shop with 3 floors and over 25,000 square feet of vintage and antiques. Lots of design inspiration here, and really cool hand-made Kansas City gear.

 

Really cool cafe on the third floor…

 

THE PAINTED SOFA
1101 Mulberry Street
Open every weekend and many Wed/Thursdays
Don’t be fooled by the store’s name. It’s chock-ful of fun home decor items, some vintage items, fun hand-made stuff, cool local stuff (including Charlie Hustle shirts) and creative lighting…as well as painted furniture. Their Christmas store was FABULOUS…

 

RESTORATION EMPORIUM
1300 Liberty Street
Open First Friday weekends + Tuesday-Saturdays for Boutique
Vintage, antique, farmhouse, and urban-inspired decor in an ultra-cool historic building. These West Bottoms pioneers have accumulated 3 floors of fun…

 

BEHIND THE VINTAGE DOOR (fka Studio 1404)
1222 W. 12th Street
This market re-opens on February 5, with many of the same wonderful vendors as Studio 1404.

 

HICKORY DICKORY
1107 Hickory Street (get it???)
Open First Friday Weekends only
Cool vendors in an ultra-cool building…(I know I say “cool” a lot, but it’s the West Bottoms…it’s cool…).

 

And there are STILL MORE cool West Bottoms shops — guess this is going to have to be a 3-part blog post!!!

 

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Ghost Signs (who you gonna call?)

It seemed wonderfully appropriate to arrive in Butte, Montana on Halloween, since I sought out this historic mining town for its architecture and, especially, for its many ghost signs. Ghost signs are painted billboards on the sides of decades-old buildings and, like decades-old people, some have survived better than others. There’s a conscious effort in Butte (and in Port Townsend, Washington and Eureka Springs, Arkansas) to preserve these artistic beauties as time capsules from the past. Nearly 100 of them survive in Butte, in varying conditions. A few of my favorites —

WRIGLEY’SΒ SPEARMINT GUM
Alley behind 83 E. Park Street
This 4-story-tall ad was hard to photograph because the alley isn’t much more than 10 feet wide. I did take photos to stitch into a panorama (good winter project!), because I don’t have a super-wide lens. The gum label reads Pepsin Gum, which dates the design between 1893 and 1913. If you look closely, you can see that it is painted over a previous advertisement for Elgin Watches.
Lots of excellent sign info available at MainstreetButte.org

OVERLAND RYE WHISKEY
15 W. Park Street
“Cures the Blues” (doesn’t all whiskey?)

Photo by Stephanie Roberts, ObsessiveHobbyist.com

PATCHWORK MOSAIC
East wall of Stephens Hotel on Park Street
This gorgeous rainbow has at least half a dozen ads on top of each other.

Photo by Stephanie Roberts, ObsessiveHobbyist.com

CREAMERY CAFE
19 W. Broadway, from 1913-1957
“Booths for Ladies”

Photo by Stephanie Roberts, ObsessiveHobbyist.com

BULL DURHAM
Walkerville (just north of Butte)
You can see this from Main Street as you drive into town, off to the right. Just take the first right in town and it’s one block away. It’s a gorgeous example of a very common advertisement. Apparently it was kept in good condition when it was covered by siding that was recently removed. I noticed they seem to be doing the same thing on the opposite side of the building but aren’t finished yet.

Photo by Stephanie Roberts, ObsessiveHobbyist.com

VARIOUS BEAUTIES…

HAPPY HAUNTING!!!

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