Please note: We have moved to an online-only format for the remainder of the pandemic.
Located in beautiful downtown Lawrence KS, our online shop and gallery showcases a variety of handcrafted works created by over 250 local and independent artisans, with the majority of them being local or from Kansas. We feature a rotating Gallery (Sparrow Gallery) and participate in Final Fridays Art Walks in downtown Lawrence the last Friday of every month. We take pride in supporting the arts and providing our customers with unique, handcrafted artwork from individual artists. In our shop you will find a wide selection of greeting cards, prints, jewelry and accessories, apparel, candles, bath and body care, gifts for the kitchen, drink mixers and edibles, children's apparel and gifts, glassware, pottery and much more!
Each month, we feature a new Artist of the Month in our bricks and mortar shop, giving our customers a chance to learn more about a particular artist and their work. In 2018 we began our Meet The Maker series, an event in which we have a particular artist in the shop at a given time with their selection of their works, giving our customers a chance to meet a particular artist and learn more about their work!
We’re not gonna lie— we love this town, our community and the community within our artist network. It’s a pinch me and wake me up is this real kind of deal— we feel so lucky to be able to participate in such a vibrant community that supports local and the arts so strongly (thank you, Lawrence!). Our artists feel like family to us and we are proud to share their works with you. We enjoy collaborating with groups within our city that we feel are supporting the greater good, such as Van Go Mobile Arts and Phoenix Woodworking. More and more, we are partnering with a variety of our artists to create custom work proprietary to the shop, which is a lot of fun!
Our history: Essential Goods began in the fall of 2012, when two friends decided to open a small working studio making bath and body care products nestled in downtown Lawrence at 15 E. 7th in the Palladian Building. We began participating in Final Fridays Art Walks shortly after opening a portion of the studio up to a retail space that featured a selection of local artists' work. In January 2013, the retail portion of the shop was named Essential Goods, and we expanded our artist base to over 30 local artists. In August of 2013, Essential Goods moved to the lower level of 825 Massachusetts Street, with more room for more artists' work. In late fall of 2016, we moved to 933 Massachusetts, on ground level and with much more room to carry more artists' works, where we resided for four years. Given the pandemic, we decided to move to an online-only format for the remainder of 2020. We now office in downtown Lawrence (we couldn't leave downtown - we love it too much!).