Urban Provisions brings handcrafted, local goods to the East Bottoms.
If the carnivorous delights at The Local Pig and Pigwich and the cool concerts and cold beer at Knuckleheads Saloon haven’t been enough to entice you to check out Kansas City’s East Bottoms, now there’s a new reason to visit: Urban Provisions General Store.
The shop, owned by longtime friends Savannah Northcraft and Britton Turnbull, is stocked with a wide range of products from dry goods to clothing and accessories just like a traditional general store (but much hipper). Everything the shop stocks is produced in the U.S.A., and much of it—like candles from Browning Co., denim and leather goods from Burgundy Circus, and a capsule collection of midcentury modern-style furniture built by Turnbull himself—comes from right here in Kansas City.
Northcraft says frustration with not being able to find a local source for unique, handmade products like she sees sold through online markets such as Etsy inspired her to open Urban Provisions. While there may be nothing like the shop in the area, Northcraft says she thinks it’s crazy that it seems like a new concept.
“It’s really the oldest idea there is—a shop that sells handcrafted American-made goods,” she says.
In addition to the retail aspect, Northcraft and Turnbull also plan to use the space to host small events, such as craft workshops and cocktail mixing classes.
In the meantime, every Thursday from 3-7 p.m., the pair put some vinyl on the turntable and host “Homegrown Happy Hour,” when guests can sample food (likely from neighbor The Local Pig, where Northcraft’s husband, Adam, is a partner) and beverages (often from KC’s Boulevard Brewing Company, where Northcraft previously worked as guest relations manager) and beat the weekend farmers’ market crowds by stocking up at a pop-up produce market supplied by Catholic Charities of Kansas City’s New Roots for Refugees program.