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west bottom 1912, was known as Fairbanks Morse and Company — one of the first companies to produce gas-powered engines in the United States. Even though this was more than 100 years ago, Restoration Emporium is only the fourth business to occupy the building. On the fifth floor, what is now nicknamed “The Loft,” is the classroom for all of the creative classes hosted by RE. Chrysy and Jeff Huff say they are excited about this new space because of all the opportunities it presents for people to come and be creative. Amy Howard Paint is used on the furniture sold as well during the classes taught. The paint’s tagline is “rescue, restore, redecorate” — all RE words, which instantly caught the Huffs’ attention. The creators of Amy Howard Paint have a similar mission to that of RE, and the paint has a smoother finish and faster drying time than most paints. Visitors of RE can create something new for their home and learn a new skill during the painting and DIY classes. Huff teaches a new series of classes that take a set of Pinterest-like crafting projects and let visitors create several holiday or season-themed pieces. Shaun Sullivan lives to the north of Kansas City and drives 40 minutes south over the Missouri River to West Bottoms once a month knowing she will find antiques and handmade, vintage décor at RE. “The things found in RE can’t be found anywhere else,” Sullivan says. “They definitely have a vision.” Not only does Sullivan shop in the West Bottoms during First Friday weekends, she also has taken several classes offered by RE, including a wreath class, a chair painting class and a fall-themed Pinterest series. Sullivan says the classes are enjoyable and useful outside of RE walls. She has also taught

Build Your Own Shadow Box Bookshelf What You Need • Four pieces of wood that create a rectangle together • Wood stain color of your choice • An old T-shirt • Electric drill and screws • Fastener to hang to wall

a wreath-making class in her own home with friends and painted several pieces of furniture using skills she developed in RE classes. The West Bottoms Business District Association is making strides to revive its neighborhood and enhance the quality to live, work, shop and visit in the area. The district is less than a few miles from downtown Kansas City and the River Market, and is considered to be the original Kansas City. Through the celebration of a new month and the creativity during the weekends of First Friday that business owners, residents and stakeholders see all of their hard work come together. First Fridays originated as one of the nation’s largest art walks in Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District but now has a more general name and includes vintage shops. “Every age, every kind of person can enjoy the West Bottoms,” Chrysy Huff says. “Every shop appeals to different people.”

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step will take several layers until the wood is the desired color. Be sure to do this outdoors or on an old sheet to avoid staining anything besides the wood. Step 4: Once your wood stain has dried completely, you can attach your fastener to the back of your new bookshelf. Depending on its size, two fasteners may be necessary.

Step 5: Pick a place on your wall to hang your shelf that has a stud to ensure your bookshelf doesn’t fall. Now you can hang your shelf and fill it up with books, art or your favorite collectables. For more do-it-yourself, eco-friendly home ideas with Rachel, visit

Step 1: Attach the four pieces of wood together using your drill and screws. Wood glue can help keep the pieces sealed but isn’t necessary. A friend can help hold the pieces together two at a time as you attach them to one another. Use two screws on each side of the boards, totaling 16 screws all together. Step 2: Once all four corners are attached, make sure the shelf is sturdy, the corners are 90 degrees and any glue you used is dry. Step 3: Rip a piece of cloth from an old T-shirt or towel and shake your bottle of wood stain up. Dab your cloth into the stain and slowly rub into your wood in the direction of the wood grain. This

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