Franklin Smith PTA

seeks vendors for

Craft & Vendor Fair

The Franklin Smith Elementary School PTA will hold its annual Spring Craft & Vendor Fair April 29 in the Franklin Smith Elementary gymnasium.

The fair, which features crafts, artisans and local businesses, will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29.

Booth space is available for $35 for a 6-by-8-foot space and two chairs. Tables can also be provided for a $5 fee. Set-up starts at 7 a.m. April 29.

For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact Mandie Scott at 816-935-1040 or, or Robyn Weber at 816-352-9574 or


Student-run store

honored by EDC

All Things Independence, a store on the Square run by Independence School District students, has been chosen by the Independence Economic Development Council as the Emerging Business of the Year.

From before the doors opened to its launch, the student operated store has generated new and renewed interest in this vital part of the Independence community and our economy. The students accepted their award at the EDC awards luncheon on Thursday, April 13 at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center.

Before opening, students visited other Independence businesses and collaborated with business leaders to better understand the business world.  The ribbon cutting for the store coincided with the school district’s 150th anniversary parade, which brought more than 4,000 people to the Independence Square.

Students manage and run All Things Independence during school hours as part of their junior and senior level capstone coursework through the Independence School District. In the back of the store, students run their own screen printing shop, the middle is a classroom space and the front of the store is what the public sees. Local professional sports apparel, school spirit wear for ISD high schools and even ISD student produced products are available at the store.

The students determine target market, develop a marketing plan, design business cards, do product research and ordering, design the store layout and product placement

The Independence Business Awards recognize contributions made to the local business community. The winner of the Emerging Business category is chosen based on areas of economic impact, innovative practices, community engagement and leadership and operating for less than three years.

– Compiled by Karl Zinke