Longtime goals of Emporia Main Street, Mock mesh as Trox Gallery and Gifts becomes incubated business Featured

Kaila Mock, the driving force behind the Emporia First Friday Art Walk, has a new art-related venture -- Trox Gallery and Gifts -- that will become Emporia Main Street's first incubated business when it launches in February. Kaila Mock, the driving force behind the Emporia First Friday Art Walk, has a new art-related venture -- Trox Gallery and Gifts -- that will become Emporia Main Street's first incubated business when it launches in February. Emporia Main Street

As she helped to develop the successful Emporia First Friday Art Walk, Kaila Mock had another art-related venture in mind: developing a business that would showcase several local and artists at the same time. She now has that chance, thanks to a longstanding goal of Emporia Main Street.


On Thursday, Main Street announced Mock's startup business, Trox Gallery and Gifts, would be its first incubated business. Trox will specialize in featuring emerging artists that want to showcase and sell their wares in a professional setting. The goal is to provide a space for showcasing different art, as well as internal displays, online sales, exhibits and events.

Main Street Director Casey Woods says Trox was chosen for several reasons.

Main Street has wanted to use the incubator method for launching local start-ups for years. The Main Street approach uses different supports including Internet connections, voice over IP phones from ValuNet FIBER and incrementally-increasing rent payments.

Trox Gallery and Gifts will launch in February and will eventually occupy its own independent storefront. It is named after longtime Emporia High art teacher Jerry Troxell, who played a pivotal role in Mock's interest in art before he passed away several years ago.

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