Tyler Enders

Entrepreneur, Made in KC

Tyler Enders is a KC native with a background in finance and a passion for his hometown. Enders, an entrepreneur at heart, took a chance happening with friends Keith Bradley and Thomas McIntyre to create Made in KC.

Made in KC began with one artist relationship and soon grew into a 13-artist pop-up shop. The company now operates four retail stores, the Made in KC Café, and the Made in KC Marketplace. Today, Made in KC features work from more than 200 local artists, designers and makers, providing a platform for exposure and access to retail shops throughout the greater metro area.

In addition to Made in KC, Tyler is involved with a variety of projects in the KC area and the greater midwest, including women’s clothing boutiques, furniture stores, and other new retail concepts in cities including Boulder, Colorado, Omaha, Nebraska, and St. Louis, Missouri.

 

What is it about KC that inspires creativity in you?
I’ve found that a lot of Kansas Citians act upon their ideas and dreams. Part of that is because we have lower barriers to entry. Part of it is being immersed in a supportive and inspiring environment; being surrounded by people who actively pursue projects, and then seeing people find success - realizing their projects, goals and ideas. 

What is your favorite spot in Kansas City?
The Crossroads. There is a really nice blend of generations, culture, and architecture. There are buildings and organizations that have been there for a really long time juxtaposed to brand-new start-ups and small businesses. There’s also an unmistakable authenticity in the crossroads; it’s warm, inviting, and welcoming. 

Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
New York City. I’ve been spending more and more time there recently. As someone whose work intersects retail and creative fields, there might not be a better place in the world than NYC for me to find inspiration and ideas. Besides endless restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and stores all operating at a really high level, I immensely appreciate the cultural and ethnic diversity of the city.

What's your most treasured possession?
I have this amazing handmade kaleidoscope from this artist couple in Austin, Texas. They come up to Kansas City occasionally for art fairs (Plaza, Brookside) where I purchased mine. The craftsmanship of the wood inlay on the kaleidoscope is impressive in itself, but the infinite patterns and colors inside are breathtaking and mesmerizing. I love playing with color and light. This kaleidoscope does that better than anything I’ve ever seen. 

Who's your favorite fictional hero?
Sam Shakusky from Moonrise Kingdom. He’s craft, well-prepared, sticks to his guns, and isn’t afraid to be unabashedly himself. 

Who do you most admire in real-life?
Barack Obama. He does a phenomenal job working towards his goals and ideals, but with a realistic view of the world. He has to constantly mitigate competing views and interests and does it with such grace.

When and where are you happiest?
At a dinner table filled with friends. My favorite thing in the world is really long dinners. 

 
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