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The first Ampersand Design Studio store!

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Well, it happened...WE OPENED A SHOP!!!!
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Our very first brick and mortar space inside the new Made in KC Marketplace is here, and we are SO excited to be able to say those words!!! We can’t wait for you to come by and see it!!! We have lots of super soft t-shirts, tote bags, planners & calendars, serving platters, glassware, art prints and a brand new greeting card line!!!!!!!!!!! We've lost our minds designing things but it's all feeling very worth it as we load things into OUR SHOP!!!!

Before we go too much further, we really want to thank all of the people that helped make this happen, cause you know we couldn't have pulled this off on our own!!

We are so lucky to work with the most amazing team at Made in Kansas City. Keith, Thomas & Tyler are the masterminds behind Made in KC. They can do. it. all. And we mean ALL. So when they approached us with their latest idea to open a Marketplace on the Country Club Plaza (a must visit spot in KC!), we were flattered and we knew if anyone could pull this off, they could!!! THANK YOU, guys for asking us to be a part of this brilliant concept!! A major thanks, as well, to the whole team at MIKC! Ariel, the manager of the marketplace has been an amazing resource, and we think you'll find when you visit, that everyone who works at the store is incredibly helpful and friendly.

As we started getting our minds around a physical store, we started planning our retail display, product line and inventory lists, and we quickly realized what a huge undertaking this would be. We couldn't dream of making this happen without our studio manager, Kate Edwards, who is a literal super woman!! In fact, we talked to her and made sure she was on board before we even said yes to this endeavor because we were that sure that we couldn't make it happen on our own. Kate, THANK YOU, for keeping us on track, helping us with all communication and coming up with ways to streamline the process and always make it seem like anything is possible!! We are so grateful for you!!! Not to mention those spreadsheets that you know we'd mess up if we were left to our own devices.

We also called in Morgan's dad, Craig Shaw of Shaw Hofstra + Associates as our architect to bring the vision into reality. He spent countless hours drawing plans, offering advice and meeting with us to figure out the best way to construct the space. His expertise was priceless since we had no experience constructing a retail environment! Thank you!

We partnered with Nick of Skookum Supply Co. to build the plywood shelves, tables and modular pegboard wall of our dreams! We added tables, greeting card shelves, a gift wrap display rack to his agenda, and we have a feeling we aren't done bothering him yet! He was very patient with our evolving ideas! 

Once again, we worked with See More signs for our neon and decals. We always recommend them for signage; they're the best!

Huge thanks go out to our husbands, Dan & Zack, for always supporting our crazy dreams and then physically helping us build them...this time by means of our all white lacquer floor installation! These two really don't bat an eye when we pitch these types of projects to them, often on short notice. Then, they give up relaxing evenings to do tiring manual labor. For this particular project, we even roped in Morgan's dad and cousin, Devin, for the flooring as well. Thanks, guys!

So it truly takes a village. THANK YOU to all of you for your support!!! And speaking of support, thanks to everyone who has taken a trip to see the shop in person! All of your kind words about it, purchases and photos in the space make our day! We are so grateful for every Ampersand fan cheering us along in this journey! Thank you all!

The shop inside the Made in KC Marketplace is now up and running and Made in KC called this their most ambitious project to date! This project is a true celebration of the talent, artistry, and innovation of our growing community in Kansas City. Inside the 8,000 square foot all-local Marketplace you'll find new unique products, unexpected flavors, and endless inspiration. The Marketplace houses dozens of brands in a variety of formats. There are permanent mini-shops as well as seasonal displays that will rotate throughout the year. And it also includes, drumroll please.... the very first Made in KC Bar! In the back of the Marketplace, you can taste many of Kansas City's local beers and wines. A cocktail menu will be added soon as well as flights of whiskey, gin, wine, and beer. And of course, what's the maker scene without Kansas City Roasted Coffee? The second Made in KC Cafe is located right at the entrance so you can sip on a signature Café Au Oui (a cereal milk latte, for the uninitiated), cold brew, or latte while you shop! 

 

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In addition to our own brand products, this is also a place where, for the first time, we can offer some of our licensed products that we have designed in partnership with other companies...like these wunderkin bows, lulujo swaddles, and coming soon, kaleido bags.

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We hope you stop by and when you do, make sure to visit and say hello to all of our friends: Sew KC, Family Tree Nursery, Christopher Elbow Chocolates, Bell Boy Apparel, Made Urban Apparel, Boh Buh KC, Kansas City Canning Co., Emily Bordner, 1KC, Wonderboy Apparel, Flint and Field, Sandlot Goods, Farmdog Studios, Ice Cream Bae and

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This Saturday, we'll be celebrating the GRAND OPENING with a maker party! Come and say hi to us and the many other makers of your favorite local good!!!

306 W. 47th St., Kansas City MO 64112

11 am - 3 pm

One more thing, if you don't already, find Made in KC, us and our other Marketplace friends on instagram to follow along: @madeinkc_, @ampersandstudio @family_tree_nursery @christopherelbowchocolates @sewkc@bellboyapparel @madeurbanapparel @bohbuhkc @kansascitycanningco @emily.bordner @1kcshop @wonderboyapparel @flintandfield @sandlotgoods @farmdogstudios @icecreambaekc @aixoisbistro


#madeinkc #madeinkansascity#madeinkcmarketplace #mikc#shopampersand #ampersanddesignstudio#kansascity #kc #kcmo #countryclubplaza#newshop #yay

Freely Given Movement // Apparel that matters

Ampersand Design Studio

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Today we get to share a project with you that is so very near and dear to our hearts. We were introduced to the Freely Given Movement at the beginning of the year when our sweet friend, Allison Corrin, emailed, telling us of a dream she and her husband, Chris, shared to help people going through hardship. She shared with us the first story they had chosen to tell, the first family to support —The Van Sickle family. Allison had used her amazing photography talent to share their three-year-old daughter, Kit's, story visually, and as we watched, the tears ran down our cheeks. We were so thankful to know of Kit's story and couldn't wait to share it anywhere possible, as is the goal of the project. The way they describe Freely Given is as "a social enterprise created to rally community behind families in crisis through the power of social media and the sale of uniquely designed apparel." To say that we are honored to have had the opportunity to create the first shirt designs for their campaign is an understatement. Supporting a cause born of such caring and compassion truly makes our work worthwhile.

Meet three year-old Kit. Learn more about her story and how 90% of profits from the Go Kit Go collection will go towards providing for her in home care.

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In Allison's words after spending the day documenting Kit's family: "They had met many others walking these days, months, years ahead of their story, but the journey was often the same. Children were around them daily, flesh failing yet spirit thriving, strength exemplified. They had also met those broken. Destroyed by disappointment, hope burnt out, souls empty. Yet, Kit's choice has been made from the beginning. They'll carry hope wherever they go, they won't let go of faith. And when they can't, their people will carry them.""As unique as each of our stories are, we can find a unifying theme in the journey. We celebrate together in the peaks, in the joyful times, where we have received and are full. But then for many of us, unavoidable landslides occur along the way somewhere. We find ourselves caught up in hardships - stretched in every sense of the word. The valleys close in, the bottom of our financial capabilities reached, drained by medical expenses, a job suddenly gone, transportation finally on it’s last mile, a loved one lost, or perhaps it is everything that has come at us at once, and fast.

This is when unity must prevail. This is the time to come alongside, to build community, to hand-in-hand give freely to those traveling through a valley of their story."

We hope that you take the time to watch Kit's video and check out the shirts that you can get to help this amazing family! You guys....THIS is what it's all about. We couldn't be happier to use our talents to help support a business like this!! Check out the shirts below.

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Morgan is wearing: Gray Triangles (also in oatmeal) // Carrie is wearing: Gray Brush (also in oatmeal)

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Ampersand Pop-Up Shop at West Elm 7/18/15

Ampersand Design Studio

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SUP Kansas City!!!! Whatcha doin' this Saturday? Come see us at our West Elm Kansas City pop-up shop from 11-3!!!! 400 W 47th Street. And guess what? We just decided to give you all 15% off everything (yeah, you heard us)!!! We'll have art prints, t-shirts, #KCtotes, platters, stationery and even our brand new planners!! See you there! #shopampersand