Carrie Rengers

Sandbar Trading to reopen as pop-up store that could become permanent

Richard and Julie Gottsponer are reopening their Sandbar Trading as a holiday pop-up store in the Commerce Arts District, which could become a permanent home.
Richard and Julie Gottsponer are reopening their Sandbar Trading as a holiday pop-up store in the Commerce Arts District, which could become a permanent home. Courtesy photo

Along with Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman, Sandbar Trading owners Richard and Julie Gottsponer are returning for the holidays.

Depending on how things go, the Gottsponers may stay around once festivities are over, too.

After 15 years in the Old Town area, the two closed their store at 922 E. Douglas almost a year ago when their lease was up. Their intent was to find new space they could own.

“We did not get a building purchased,” Richard Gottsponer says.

“We’ve looked at a ton of them,” he says. “We’re still in the market.”

They’ve been selling their southwest and American Indian items, such as jewelry, rugs and pottery, through area shows.

Now, the Gottsponers are going to open a holiday pop-up store at 414 S. Commerce St.

Starting Friday, they’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Christmas.

“It’s all happened pretty fast,” Richard Gottsponer says of their deal with property owner Chris Stong.

“He’s very engaging and very easy to work with and seems very open to about anything we want to do or try,” Gottsponer says.

Sandbar Trading also has always sold a lot of art, including entire collections from various individuals who have all kinds of styles, which fits with the theme of the Commerce Arts District.

Gottsponer says he and his wife are friends with other store owners in the area and, depending on how things go, the Commerce address could become a permanent one.

“This is a possibility,” he says. “Something could happen here.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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