STUFF is a store dedicated to artists and the people
who collect art for their homes and themselves...and give art as gifts.
They offer work by local, regional, national and international artists
that create one-of-a-kind, handmade, original, unique, inspirational,
clever, artistic, innovative, eclectic and witty collectible, decorative
and usable art.
STUFF is located in Kansas City, Missouri (a few
blocks from Mission Hills, Kansas) in a neighborhood called Brookside.
Brookside was established in 1920 as one of Kansas City's treasured
neighborhood shopping districts and still remains one of the city's
most cherished neighborhoods. Brookside is filled with lovely, authentic
homes, shops and service businesses. STUFF
occupies a brick storefront that was built as a bank when Brookside
was established. The "STUFF Sisters", Casey & Sloane,
share an office that was one of the original bank vaults. STUFF is
literally a "brick and mortar" store.
Since STUFF began in the late 1990s, it has grown
into one of the most well-known and respected businesses in Kansas
City. STUFF now offers work from over 300 hundred artistic sources..
The co-owners are the creative force behind the
STUFF brand and the PURSUE GOOD STUFF lifestyle, and they
offer professional business and creative consulting both
directly to clients and through seminars, classes, and
sessions. The local artists that STUFF represents offer
art classes in an unlimited variety. And the store offers
birthday parties, team-building classes, adult art parties,
kids' art parties and much, much more.
One of the most notable parts of this small but
well loved family business is their commitment to the community. STUFF
has an expansive program that supports local charities, schools and
not-for-profit organizations. Sloane
Simmons and Casey Simmons both serve on community organization boards
of directors and have committed time, expertise and money to over
a hundred charities in the Greater Kansas City area in the past fourteen
This small business has grown bigger and bigger
since they first propped the door open - a daily habit and a welcoming
way to enter the store. But, if you ask the sisters how they feel
about getting bigger over the years, they answer, "We don’t think
about bigger, we focus on 'people not product'. Being better every
year is our goal."
is STUFF a gallery?
When we established STUFF in 1997, we insisted on
not being called a gallery. At that time, the term "art gallery" didn't
fit. Yes, we represented fine artists and fine crafters from our region
and beyond. But we weren't "stuffy" - pun intended. We aimed
to be accessible, approachable, open every day, energetic, friendly,
open-minded, hip, current, and fashionable, and we wanted to be able
to laugh at ourselves. At that time, "gallery" didn't describe
Today, Kansas City - as most cities in the United
States - is filled with the new generation of art galleries. In Kansas
City, we have First Friday gallery openings every month. The Crossroads
Art District is evolving and growing. Downtown is hopping, and there
are unique galleries sprinkled throughout our fantastic city. It almost
seems like there is gallery on every corner in America.
has most definitely evolved, too. But our roots, our mission, and
our vision have remained the same - to make art accessible to anyone
and everyone, every day.
We have grown to be an award-winning business -
proud to have been nominated for eight consecutive years as being
one of the top galleries and stores in America that feature Fine American
Craft, and honored as one of Kansas City's Top 25 Small Businesses.
It's humbling, because STUFF doesn't strive for awards. We strive
to run a business that is judged on merits beyond financial success.
We believe you can be outstanding and professional
and still have a sense of humor - still be approachable, open-minded,
hip, current, fashionable, energetic, and open every day.
So...is STUFF an art gallery? Damned skippy it is!
And it is a store, an experience, a family of artists, a team of great
staff, a local boutique, a destination shop, a hangout, and a place
to smile, laugh and celebrate.
Open 358 days a year in Kansas City. Open 365 days
a year online. Join us.
And always pursue good stuff.
proudly represents these artists,
mom & pop companies and creative
works every day.
is Kansas City's favorite fine art store and American craft gallery.
pursue good stuff
Over 15 years ago, we - Casey Simmons and Sloane Simmons - had
a dream. We opened a small store in Kansas City, Missouri, and began
our journey. We had a vision for our lives and, at the same time,
a vision for our community and for the great big world: to always
PURSUE GOOD STUFF. We chose to share our vision with everyone we
met, and we did just that.
That dream continues to grow and evolve.
We have learned much along the way. We have shared both
triumphs and bumps in the road with everyone. We have met
incredible people. We have learned that no one is passive and
that each person has the power to pursue good. We believe
waiting for life to come to you will probably leave you
waiting a long time. So get off your porch and get in