On Saturday, December 21 there will be a "pop-up” store at Kansas City International Airport. KC rapper and entrepreneur Walter “The Popper” Edwin will be on hand to showcase his popular IMKC Merchandize. There will be a meet and greet with The Popper with tunes by DJ Fresh. Pop-up stores are a trend of opening short-term sales spaces that last for days to weeks before closing down, often to catch onto a fad or timely event.
The entrepreneurial Kansas City rapper Popper, whose real name is Walter Edwin, claims “I never left KC. I’m always repping KC. I’m KC to the bone.” This is more than a claim as his love for Kansas City has surfaced in his music, some called anthems of hometown pride, and now in the merchandize he sells at a storefront shop he opened in 2018 at historic 18th and Vine named IMKC. Popper began rapping in 1996 with dozens of CDs/albums to his name. He collaborated on a song called “Kansas City” with Tech N9ne and Rich the Factor and the trio was nicknamed the “KC Kings”.
Popper became an entrepreneur by launching the IMKC clothing line in 2015 and the 18th and Vine store in 2018. The small store’s line includes T-shirts, hats, hoodies, baby onesies, shot glasses and phone cases. The 18th and Vine anchor store has not been the end of the retail world for Popper as he often sets up “pop-up” stores, a trend of opening short-term sales spaces that last for days to weeks before closing down, often to catch onto a fad or timely event. The IMKC merchandize was recently added in KC Marketplace a store operated by Paradies Lagardère at Kansas City International Airport where it has been a hit with locals and visitors alike.
Popper’s pop-up effort will continue December 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Kansas City International Airport Terminal B with a pop-up store inside the KC Marketplace store near the Southwest Airlines ticket counter. Garage parking is free for the first 30 minutes December 20 through January 3, so the public is encouraged to attend the pop-up event.