Travel/Adventure

SouveNEAR Is Ready for Takeoff

File under: Why didn’t someone think of this already?

A new vending machine has been installed at Kansas City International Airport that makes buying souvenirs (or gifts for those you’re visiting) a cinch. Luckily, Suzanne Southard and Tiffany King did think of it—the pair founded SouveNEAR in December to allow passengers a chance to pick up last-minute mementos before boarding.

And the machine isn’t filled with the typical generic mass-produced items that could’ve come from anywhere. Instead, you’ll find a selection of items designed and produced here in KC, including letterpress prints and postcards from Tag Team Tompkins and Hammerpress, handcrafted jewelry from DecoyLab and See(k) Design, and apparel from Normal Human and La Cucaracha Press, at price points from $2.50-$40. Thankfully you don’t need a carry-on full of quarters to make a purchase; the SouveNEAR machine, located in the Southwest Airlines area of Terminal B, accepts credit cards and smartphone payments.