Meet Our Staff


Ryan graduated from the University of Kansas in the Spring of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. In the Summer of 2018, she began working as full time manager of Essential Goods- a job that she loves and is quite frankly obsessed with. 

When Ryan is not at her favorite job in the world, she is probably hanging out with her dog Sid, and her two cats, Georgie and Oona. Ryan loves listening to podcasts, exploring different cities and binge-watching Ozark on Netflix. Though Ryan loves everything in Essential Goods, some of her favorite items include Brian Giniewski pottery and Supermaggie tee’s. Ryan says the best thing about working at Essential Goods is that she now has a group of lifelong friends who have become family. Ryan would like to thank Molly Crook for all of the wonderful opportunities that she has provided for Ryan, her coworkers, and artists! 



Riley has worked at Essential Goods since May of 2017. He is currently in his fourth year of architecture at the University of Kansas and plans to graduate in 2021 with his Masters. Riley’s favorite thing about working at Essential Goods is the ability to know and interact with the artists whose work is featured throughout the shop both in and around Lawrence. When Riley is not working, he enjoys spending time doing studio projects or grabbing a bite to eat at one of the restaurants downtown.



Gabrielle is a KU foreign language grad that has been sweepin’ the shops floors with us since 2017! She’s passionate about local art and artist almost as much as she is about perfecting her French and Spanish skills. This Wichita native fell in love with Lawrence and Essential Goods because of the quirky and unique jewelry from Shelby Akers, handmade crafts from m. Bueno and of course the amazing locally roasted coffee from our very own roasters- Repetition coffee. Gabrielle digs hanging out downtown with friends for some good food, drinks and live music but also enjoys heading out to Clinton lake. Stop by and say hello if you’re up for practicing your French with her!!!



Zara is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas, where she received a bachelors of Architecture and a minor in Environmental Science. Zara is an avid member of the Lawrence music scene and can be caught at a concert a on any given day of the week. Her favorite parts of working at Essential Goods are being surrounded by so many amazing artists and being a part of the Lawrence small business community.