NORTH TOPEKA -- Get set for December's First Friday in the NOTO Arts District. Begin by strolling across the street to find interactive artwork on the building next door to the Christmas Store; meet artist Charles Moore and join the "Hide and Seek" art game. Enjoy the keyboard music! Also featured in the NOTO Arts District…
831 North Kansas Avenue
Listen to music by Fred Appelhands and enjoy refreshments as you visit STUDIO 831! New works by Lois VanLiew, Hi Stockwell, Anne Kufahl, Diane Lawrence, Cindy Stubbs, Angela Lexow, Pam Renovato and Barbara Waterman-Peters as well as ceramics by Larry Peters, Michael Bradley and Merl Miles will be featured. Smaller art pieces, note cards, etc., suitable for gift-giving are being featured!
900 North Kansas Avenue
Live Entertainment begins at 5:30 with Monk's Wine. The Eclective will be featuring Artist Jeni Unrein, who donates her proceeds to Cancer Research and other organizations. Also, featured is jewelry Artist Lara Englehardt and author Mary Ann Whittman signing her new children's book "The Little Christmas Tree". Regular Store Hours are 10am-3pm every Friday and Saturday, with extended hours 9am-9pm for First Friday. The Eclective is pleased to announce that the winner of our "R U Out OF UR Gourd" Contest was Nancy Overmyer. We will be donating $600 in her name to The Helping Hands Humane Society. Thanks to all who participated!
Two Days Market
824 North Kansas Avenue
Delight in the festive and Christmassy atmosphere at Two Days, with refreshments and lots of gifts for your favorites on you Christmas list. Meet the featured artist: Susan Rose, a self-taught painter who is inspired by what she affectionately refers to as "God's Canvas." She will be showing acrylic Kansas landscapes and horse -themed images as well as photographs.
830 North Kansas Avenue
Southwest Traders features various southwest and desert theme artwork for your home and office. New items this month include 30 new native artifacts and 40 new pieces of handmade pottery. As always, we carry a large assortment of authentic Indian jewelry perfect for holiday gifts. Also featured this month, 4 new hand-woven Navajo Rugs.
Artist Lofts & Rusty Haggles Antiques
826 North Kansas Avenue Open Thursdays to Sundays
Join the fun with live music by pianist Gary Bisel, a raffle for a painting by Robert Hubbard, tours of the Artist Lofts while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, hot cider and wine. Featured artists: Lisa Adame, Melody Beacham, Joey Embers, Robert Hubbard, Joyce Knott. Antique and vintage items are open to “HAGGLING”!
The Christmas Store
On the corner, across the street, north from Robuck Jewelers, you’ll find the Christmas Store, opened just for the holidays by The Topeka Rescue Mission. You’ll find a fascinating inventory of Christmas items at affordable prices.
845 North Kansas Avenue
Enjoy the aroma of hot spiced cider and cookies as you shop in this popular jewelry store. Featured silver jewelry artist Kris Haug will display her handmade silver jewelry, a gift that would please anyone on your list. Robucks will also have a special silver sale case in addition to new and estate jewelry, watches and clocks. At the end of the evening, there will be a drawing for three $50 gift certificates (you do not have to be present to win).
Second Chance Antiques and Collectibles
840 North Kansas Avenue
Stroll across the street from Robucks for their ‘soft opening’ of Second Chance Antiques & Collectibles where you will find a wonderful selection of antiques in all price ranges. Notice the amazing décor featuring converted doors and ornate pillars from a house formerly located at 10th and Topeka Blvd current sight of the Docking State Office Bldg.
833 ½ North Kansas Avenue
Christmas is time of joy and smiles, sharing and giving. Shelly Bedsaul draws more inspiration from this season than any other and has filled Foole's Dream Studio with the results from angels to Santas, poinsettias to pears. ‘Tis the season to be jolly....Fa la la la la la la la la.
Kaw River Mercantile
833 North Kansas Avenue
Welcome to another new business, hosting a ‘sneak peek’ : Kaw River Mercantile will be offering art, photographs, antiques, quilts, braided rugs, primitives, heirloom glassware & silver, pottery, jewelry, books - and whatever else grabs their fancy.