This nice sculpture found just south of the entrance to the Liberty memorial is worth a stop. The subject is an American solider from the Spanish American War. It is well placed and crafted. This is a largely forgotten part of American history so visiting this monument is thought provoking.
Placed here in 1947 I can find little else about who placed it of why it is here. It is one of about 20 copies that are place around the U.S. The original is found in Minnesota.
When you consider how many people were affected by such a war it is strange that so little id remembered about it by most of us.
This store to me was one big wonder, pleasure and true joy. You are supposed to start by choosing a bear among a huge collection (choose me). Then you give your bear a voice by recording some words, the mic gets inside the paw (hear me). Then you choose a heart for your bear and make a silent/secret wish (what was the wonder part in my case since the exact wish came true right the next day). Then a sales lady will stuff your bear with that heart & wool by using air pressure (stuff me). Then on a PC you are going to name your bear and get a Birth Certificate (name me). Then you dress your bear with any costumes among many to choose from (dress me). And then you pay, enjoy, and leave in a happy mood since it was really fun (take me home).
I live in Kansas City and I'm making it my mission to get out and do things in Kansas City that I've never done. Lately, I've been hearing about Cowtown Mallroom. It's located in the midtown area between downtown and the Plaza/Westport area. It's an old skating rink/concert hall that they turned into a "mallroom" of sorts. It's full of vendors selling musical instruments, housewares, vintage clothing, vinyl records, original artwork, furniture, housewares and antiques. You name it - they have it. This is not the suburban mall or the swap -n- shop. Prices are all over the place. I bought a cool shirt for $5.00 and a beautiful vintage vase for $30.00. They had a vintage dresser going for $250.00. Lots of one-of-a-kind items. It's like going to a museum. I've been there three times and each time it's different. Most of the vendors are the same, but they change the items frequently. You'll see stuff you've never seen before. This is a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon and to visit even if you're not a shopper.
Stop by the historic Uptown Theater. It opened in 1928 and Bob Hope evidently did vaudeville there when it was new. After a long and stored history, the Uptown closed in 1989. It underwent a $15 million restoration in the mid-1990's. Today, the Uptown is one of the Midwest's finest restored historic movie palaces (except for the "w") and is definitely worth seeing.
Prohibition – 1919-1933 – crushed a thriving brewing industry within the U.S. and it was only the very biggest brewers who were able to survive in different guises. Beer in Missouri usually means Anheuser-Busch, but with the microbrewing explosion in the late 1980’s Boulevard Brewing Company opened its doors in 1989. Boulevard has since undergone several expansions and today, with a brewing capacity of 700,000 barrels a year, is no longer considered as a microbrewer, but a regional brewer. Boulevard is the largest craft brewer in the Midwest and, in fact, with the sale of Anheuser-Busch to InBev, Boulevard is also the largest independent brewer in the State of Missouri – it is also the 7th largest craft brewer and 18th largest brewer in the U.S.. The newest expansion phase is the obvious glass brewery to the south of the old brick brewery. Tours of the facility can be booked on the weekends with tastes at the tour’s end. Most of their sales are accounted for by the Unfiltered Wheat Beer and Pale Ale, but for me, their newer Smokestack Series offers beers of much more interest – Double-Wide IPA, The Sixth Glass, etc..
There is an all local, all organic farmers’ market each Saturday April to October in the Brookside shopping district. I will be totally honest here I am a farmer at this market. I do not care if you want to buy from us or not. This is a great market for fresh organic produce. The farmers an all local and can only sell what they grow.
Some have farms that are only a few miles away. There is coffee and breakfast for sale. It is in a school parking lot and is very kid friendly and fully accessible.
The produce is seasonal as all the farmers’ are local (within 90 miles). All produce is certified Organic. There are also some baked items, fair trade coffee beans and handmade soaps. The Breakfast Burritos are quite good.
This movie house is like a trip to the days when people that projected movies gave a damn.
It is a rare treat to attend a move that is more like an event than a way to kill some time. This is how Films were ment to be seen. The lobby is clean well staffed and they have a wide array of treats that go far beyond the usual. The toilets were spotless.
Now the nuts and bolts. The theaters have a good screen aspect ratio. The seating is stadium style and comfortable with cup holders. The sound was excellent with no bleed over from the other screen. The projection was spot on. And get this it is clean.
Out toward the west is a museum that is different, but does depict the culture of the Midwest to a tee. It is of the agricultural activity and livelihood of the region. Displays includes a large number of tractors and farm implements, and old farm house, and barn, hall of famous known names that promoted farming and agriculture, and a childrens' activity center. the main building is 11,000SF of exhibits, and outbuilding of 20,000 SF of farm equipment, and farmtown USA in the back section. It is open 9-5 Monday-Sat and 1-5 Sunday. Admission is $7 and $6 for seniors.
In addition there is something not seen anywhere else in US, a poultry museum that explains current day and past chicken farming and raising of the birds. There is another similar museum in Holland. There are 185 billion eggs harvested annually to support all the food stuffs we eat, with only 70 billion eaten as an egg only, and the rest goes into food processing. There are 7 billion broiler chickens processed for eating annually for the US. All this is done is mass fashion where there is no room for chickens to move around, and are fed grain and the result cleaned out automatically.
The other side of the area to the west of Westport is this 4 block area with restaurants and shops for locals and tourists to come by. It is all from the 1940-50's era, and the buildings have been restored mostly, even though some not yet touched in upper floors. It can be a bit "seedy" at times, so beware of what and where you go and do. Jimmy's Jigger is a restaurant near the center, and a bit more for locals to drink.
Downtown they have recently completed a mixed use complex to draw people to downtown. It is called by this name because of the old electric utility building -Kansas City Power & Light (art deco from early 1900's) in the middle of the area, even though it is not renovated yet. The Power & Light district is really a series of bars and brand name restaurants to bring in the younger crowd to eat and party all night, at least until 1:00AM or so. They tried to make it an upscale ambiance, but time will tell. It is close to Sprint Center that holds events. The courtyard is set up to have people eat out there, but mostly drink at the many bars that have set ups outside. Therefore, it is better in good warm days, but cold and hot are terrible for this. They put out heaters in the winter, but that apparently is not working well. One main feature that may survive is the AMC theater that just opened in March 2009. It is replicated back to its hey day of 1950's and the stage is great. The City got sucked in to fund $250 million of this, and that is not going well. They are losing money at the operation and the City has the liability, and it is broke. Show up quick before it dies. They have had problems with an element of unwanted individuals already.
This place is to close down for another renovation soon. This time it is to be $20 million. About 20 years ago it costs $15 million or so and closed for a couple of years. The food is great here, and famed by locals. The hotel I stayed at a couple of times many years ago, and it was nice but rooms small, like what you would get in the old days. Those days beckon back from 1888, and is now a B&B for the time being. The hotel has 200 rooms and the inside is ornate with stained galss windows around, and old memories form the 1903 restaurant section.
The Board of Trade has been a landmark for over 100 years. Founded in 1856, they traded mostly grains; wheat to begin with. It is now a hub for many food items and partially processed foods. It has made many people wealthy, and your food costs are driven by that wealth sector taking a piece of the action before you get to it.
This area has come alive from a death nell for many years. It's resurgence came from converting old warehouse buildings into what is now called lofts for condos. Prices are not great, but a certain sector of GEn X like this type of environment. It is located right to the north of Union Station, so near Crown Center, and about 1 mile from downtown. Besides that, they started three mid to upscale restaurants here which are getting traffic for the weekends and some lunches. There are also a dozen+ art shops by entrepreneur people showing their wares to sell. Every Friday in the summer they have an art exhibit and partying on the streets.
This is a famed place now a historic site. It was used as a stage line and store for goods when people traveled west in late 1800's. During the year they have a number of events on the site and also a reenactment of a a Civil WAr battle on mounted horses.
This city is now over 150,000 people, and it is connected to Overland Park in territory. As a bedroom community, the city has thrived and grown as being in the top 10 in the country in the last 10 years. The town was raided in the Civil War by Confederates in 1862. Due to the access point of famous trails like Oregon, Santa Fe, and California heading West in the late 1800's this became a dropping off point. Mahaffie store and stagecoach stop was the place to get last minute items to the trip west. The Courthouse is form 1951 through 1975 with add on pieces. It replaced the second original one that was from 1891
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