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Disney's Kansas City Studio | Shop Kansas City Local

Laugh-O-Gram studio at 31st and Forest, 1989.
Dory DeAngelo
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Courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
This 1989 photo shows the 1922-1923 location of Walt Disney's first animation company, Laugh-O-Gram, at 31st and Forest.

Walt Disney's first professional studio was in Kansas City and is now getting a new lease on life, and a way to keep holiday dollars in the metro.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:35: A non-profit is envisioning the cartoonist's studio as a community space.

The Laugh-O-Gram animation studio building was on the demolition list before being rescued by the Thank You Walt Disney organization. Now the goal is to restore the structure and reopen it as a museum, offices for entrepreneurs and a digital arts training program for local youth.

Segment 2, beginning at 31:41: How to find the perfect gift and support area entrepreneurs and artists along the way.

The first "Shop Local" campaign occurred in Boulder, Colorado in 1998. The idea has since spread to cities around the country including the Kansas City metro and this year could prove to be the most impactful for small business owners. Get a guided tour of one such effort, The Strawberry Swing's Holiday Market, and hear gift suggestions to help with finishing your shopping list.

The Strawberry Swing's Holiday Market takes place Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., December 12-13 and 19-20 at Union Station, 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108. Tickets are $7.50 to $25 and are required. CDC guidelines will be in effect.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for KCUR's Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and A People's History of Kansas City. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.