Normal Human Opens “Good Golly” in the Crossroads
Retail and screen printing shop Normal Human will be hosting an open house for the public to see their new production space, called Good Golly, at 1815 McGee St on First Friday, November 6th. They will be joined by other makers and startups including: Maker Goods, who will offer patrons a chance to sample some of the art products they sell; Basement Soap, who will hand out samples of their all-natural hand & body soap; and Boxo Coffee, a recently launched monthly coffee subscription, who will be serving up brewed coffee from Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters.
The space at 1815 will operate under the name Good Golly, and will have a variety of uses. “Since this space will serve a different purpose than our retail space in Westport, we went with a different name, so people won’t see a ‘Normal Human’ sign in the Crossroads and expect it to be a second retail location,” said Pat Egger, co-founder of Normal Human, adding that there will be a long-form name “Good Golly: the Creation Division of Normal Human” so it has ties to the Westport location.
Why ‘Good Golly,’ then? “Honestly, there’s not really any meaning behind this name,” explained Dan Mahaney, who founded Normal Human with Egger. “We have so many people ask where ‘Normal Human’ came from, so we wanted this to just be memorable and maybe a little weird-slash-funny. We made a list of about 100 possibilities, ranging from literal to abstract, and ended up going with something pretty random that we just liked the sound of, that doesn’t pigeon-hole it into serving one purpose or another.”The open house is expected to begin at 5pm and end around 9pm on November 6th.
Hello humans! It’s now been nearly a year since we moved to our Westport location. The amount of support you’ve given our little shoppe has been tremendous and we’re pretty much at capacity in terms of production capabilities and space. Because of that, we’ve decided to move our printing equipment to a different location and expand retail to our entire Westport space!
This wasn’t a particularly easy decision, because we really love for you to be able to see the items in our store actually being made, so we want to maintain some sort of human interface with our production. For that reason, we decided the best place we could move our studio to would be the Crossroads. Thus, we’re set to take over the ground floor and basement at 1815 McGee, Kansas City, MO on August 1st 2015. It’s a very awesome and LARGE space in the East Crossroads, close to other fine, established businesses like Christopher Elbow Chocolates, Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, Screenland Crossroads, and others recently and soon-to-be added! You can read more about those businesses here.
It’s important to note, this will not serve as a second retail location. Rather, it will primarily be used for our own production purposes, with occasional pop-up markets, First Friday events, and the like. We’ll be moving in August, but we expect our first First Friday to be in September. Our building owner has started making improvements to the building which include some interior work and a new roof, as well as a facelift for the storefront, which may not be quite finished by August’s First Friday. The building is pictured below, but by the time it’s completely done, it probably won’t look much like it does now.
That’s it for now. We’ll be sure to keep you updated via our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts!