Since opening Iron District in North Kansas City in October, managing partner Rachel Kennedy Cuevas has been busy making sure the four retailers and eight restaurants operating inside of the new container park are set up for success.

The outdoor retail and restaurant space opened just in time for the weather to get chilly, but this weekend, Iron District is taking advantage of the warmer temps on Saturday to host a holiday shopping event that will show off its restaurants and local retailers, including some new holiday pop-up shops.

On Sat., Nov. 16 from 9am to 2pm, guests can shop the following pop-up vendors: Bein Aimé JewerlyLola and Finn PaperieMark Jenkins Footwear, Christina's $5 Chic BoutiqueYounique and Color Street. Iron District's three regular retail partners, Wasteland Society3&Me Boutique and Bohème, will also be selling their wares, and live music will be offered from 11am to 2pm.

All of the restaurant containers will be open for the event and will then roll right into regular happy hour from 4 to 8pm. Tiki Huna will also have Tiki Hot Chocolate, Captain Appleseed Cider, Basil Bloody Marys and mimosas from 9:30am until noon, and will then serve its regular menu the rest of the day.

As the weather turns colder, the food vendors may choose not to open for business but will continue to use their kitchen containers throughout the winter to make food for private caterings, similar to local food trucks. Iron District, itself, however, may choose to stay open this winter. Cuevas is currently working out a plan with all of her vendors to come to a decision.

“I am not sure if Iron District will actually close, because our retail partners would like to continue to operate throughout the winter,” explains Cuevas. “We will be having a series of meetings with all of the vendors, to ensure everyone has a say in our final decision on how we should handle this moving forward.”

Soon, the owners of Snow Buh by Ice Cream BAE, Addison Sichampanakhone and Jackie Faltermeier, plan to open their second container inside of Iron District: Thaiger. Their new restaurant stall will serve Thai and Laos night market street style cuisine. They will be taking over the spot that had formerly been announced as Urban Café.

Iron District, 1599 Iron St., North Kansas City, Missouri, irondistrictnorthkc.com