KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's not just BBQ taking over the west bottoms this weekend. Thousands of shoppers waited in lines from all over every month for First Weekends.
The woman who started it all is leaving Kansas City. Trish Moore learned about event retail after two years of working at a store in Midtown.
But when she opened Good JuJu six years ago in the West Bottoms, she changed everything.
About a hundred people came to shop that first weekend in 2007. By July of 2008, people were lined up waiting for Good JuJu to open.
"I'll never forget that moment," she laughed.
Over the next few years, a handful of stores joined her. Now almost 30 stores draw about 10,000 people from all over the country and world.
The merchandise? A mix of antiques, up-cycled or refurbished furniture and one-of-a-kind creations. Things like chair backs turned into coat racks or bicycle rims into chandeliers line the walls of warehouses that had been dilapidated and empty for decades.
"Nothing was down here," Moore said.
Now she's thrilled about the veritable shopping district it has become. Even so, she will now leave Good Juju in good hands.
"It is time," she smiled.
Trish plans to move to India next year to help the poor. She'll eventually return to the West Bottoms and Good JuJu but only as a vendor.
"I'm just tickled," she said. "Just like Good JuJu, it all just came together."
You can check out these warehouse weekends every first Friday weekend. More shops are slated to open soon.
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