This artisan-dispensing vending machine, currently in the Oakland airport, provides a unique glimpse into the values and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. The vending machine is jam-packed with hand-made trinkets, as well as niche novelty snacks. Some favorites include bone broth, kale chips, dog treats made with grass-fed beef, a knitted beanie, ready to hang wall art, and hand embroidered kitchen towels.
SouveNEAR, the company responsible for for the artsy souvenir vending machine said its goal was to celebrate and promote local artists, in a uniquely interactive way. People often buy souvenirs that have no personal connection, but this vending machine aims to change that by retailing gifts or souvenirs which capture the spirit of the city, giving personality, meaning, and memory to an otherwise inanimate object.