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How To 'Shop Local' In Kansas City For The Holidays

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Julie Denesha
Shopping at Strawberry Swing’s 10th Annual Holiday Market is by appointment only and vendors and visitors are required to wear masks while on the premises.

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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.

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