Your Local Artsy Ambassador
Brandon Eisman is extra… extra committed to love, acceptance, and diversity; extra focused on creating a positive platform for the LGBTQ+ community; extra determined to keep Lawrence a community supportive of ALL people. A vibrant artist, entertainer, advocate, educator and local personality, Brandon, known as Deja Brooks when performing, has made an impressive, cultural footprint (often beneath a stunning rainbow gown) on Lawrence – a city known for academia, diversity and the arts.
Brandon's Top 5 Recommendations
What it’s known for: One of the anchors of the Arts District on the east side of town. Home to many community events.
Why he loves it: Cider Gallery curates sophisticated showings often highlighting local talent in a delightful space with a bar and performance stage.
Insider tip: New exhibitions are unveiled each Final Friday.
THE TOY STORE
What it’s known for: Champions of timeless, interactive, educational entertainment.
Why he loves it: The folks at the Toy Store carefully curate a collection of classic gifts and the latest products that challenge and delight children (as well as the adults who accompany them).
Insider Tip: Come prepared to play.
DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE GALLERIES
What it’s known for: Lawrence’s downtown, with its boutiques and restaurants, is always a rewarding spot for an extended stroll.
Why he loves it: One of the key attractions is the area’s galleries, such as the quirky Wonder Fair Gallery and the upscale Phoenix Gallery.
Insider Tip: Visit in the evening on the final Friday of each month when the galleries throw special events for the monthly art walk.
What it’s known for: These old-world, on-site candlemakers create artistic centerpieces with a wide price range.
Why he loves it: It’s the perfect place to find a souvenir for yourself or a special gift for someone else.
Insider Tip: Plan just a short time ahead and you can sign up for one of their Waxman Candles candlemaking classes!
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY
What it’s known for: Even if you don’t hold a lending card, Lawrence Public Library is an architectural gem and welcoming community space that is a delight to tour.
Why he loves it: You can stop in and grab a coffee at the lobby café, give the kids a chance to explore and play in the children’s section, visit the in-house art gallery or simply find a comfy spot to relax.
Insider Tip: The lobby cafe’ is run by our Community Mercantile. Try the pumpkin bread!