Updated: Nov 8, 2021
In an effort to wean Linn County shoppers off buying merchandise from big box stores and boutiques in the city, the owners of Muddy River Outpost are hosting what is being billed as “First Saturdays Down South” this Saturday, Nov. 6.
Vendors, local artisans and other businesses will set up shop in and around Muddy River’s shop on Kansas Highway 152 just west of the Family Cafe at Robertson Road in La Cygne.
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Owner Randy Broyles said he got the idea to gather several businesses together after his coffee shop sponsored a ladies night earlier this fall with about a dozen vendors selling their goods.
“We had a big turnout,” he said. Broyles said he hopes Saturday’s event is equally successful. If it is, he is considering making it a monthly – or even a biweekly – event.
The outpost will open up its shop doors, and some vendors will set up inside the shop while others will be stationed in the parking lot in front of the building.
Initially, Broyles asked a few businesses if they would be interested in having a booth. But since word of the event has gotten out, he’s had calls from vendors wanting to join in.
Some of the businesses participating include CK Creations with baked goods, Five Anchor Farms’ farm-based products, Rustic Wingate Design with their one-of-a-kind creations and Chris Jones Custom Knives. Blue Dog Wine Co. will be offering free tastings to adults, and Whildin’s Weiners will be serving food.
Pop and Circumstance & Park Lane Jewelry will be there. So will a Mary Kay representative and the Rusty Bus Photo Booth Co. Other vendors include Mudd and Magnolia VIP, 75 Creations, CLB Designs and Keeks Soaps.
Broyles said it should be a great event for vendors and shoppers alike.
“It helps everybody to shop locally and shop within the community,” he added.