The second annual Kinshop is back at Junction West November 23 for a day of shopping, mingling and celebrating local businesses. Founders Hannah Lee and Lauren Waston created Kinshop last spring as a new kind of retail experience, one that builds community while benefiting a deserving nonprofit (this time, it’s the Woman’s Center of Raleigh).
The day will be filled with snacks, specialty cocktails, live music and lots of shopping—there are over 20 vendors this year, from eyewear by Johnny Fly Co to textiles from Formation Design. “It’s just a feel-good experience that’s more than a market, it’s something where people want to hang around,” says Lee, who also founded Otherlove, a contemporary branding studio. She and Watson hope to create a positive setting for old and new friends alike. “We wanted to create a space for people to gather and make connections.”
Shop with vendors from across North Carolina or chill out in the lounge area while listening to music—it’s all shoppable, thanks to Raleigh’s Flitch Furniture—and make it a family affair with kid-friendly activities like holiday card and gift tag decorating. Watson, founder and owner of events company Lion House, says the duo—who met at a networking event—believes that in-person exchanges are the best way to form relationships in the current era of cell phones and social media. “The name Kinshop derived from kinship, the sharing of characteristics and origins and the bonds that come from that.”—Catherine Currin
Noon to 5 p.m.; kinshopnc.com