SouveNEAR is an innovative Kansas City-based company putting a folk art spin on the vending machine movement. The unique SouveNEAR concept revolves around making locally crafted art more easily available to guests of the city in order to promote local artists and artisans.
The project is a great representation of the growing movement toward conscientious consumers doing "tourism right," which is to say, using purchasing power as a tourist to support local businesses and industries rather. By investing in a city's art scene by purchasing locally produced crafts rather than purchasing kitschy souvenirs, tourists can feel good about the impact of their spending.
Having opened the premiere SouveNEAR machine at Kansas City International Airport, the brand has since expanded to install several machines all over the city.
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