KC coffee shop opens its doors to help local artists

Posted at 12:21 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 19:35:04-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In an effort to help other small businesses, a Kansas City coffee shop is opening its doors this holiday season.

Anchor Island Coffee, on 41st and Troost Avenue, is allowing artists to set up tables inside the store and display their craftwork.

“I’m glad to see a little space we can’t use, especially with restrictions right now, being used for something good,” co-owner Mike Hastings said.

The idea came about after Hastings saw a 41 Action News story about KC Local Christmas Shopping Hub, a group created by former restaurant employees to connect businesses with artists.

Hastings connected with Tom Alyea, who displayed his crochet dolls at the coffee shop on Saturday morning.

“I love seeing through things, like Facebook and connecting with people, that just leads to a network of small people helping each other out,” Alyea said.

Artists looking to display their pieces can contact Anchor Island Coffee on its Facebook page.

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