Kansas City Missouri
What U.S. city is so cool that one state simply can’t contain it? The answer can only be Kansas City! Spanning two states–it hugs the border of both Missouri and, of course, Kansas–the city is bursting at the seams with cultural heritage (just two little words for you: jazz and barbecue), upscale shopping, trend-setting dining experiences, amazing artwork (street murals abound in this colorful city) and gorgeous architecture, no matter which side of the state line you’re standing on. Known affectionately as both the “City of Fountains” (the 2nd-most number in the world, just behind Rome, with over 200 fountains…try to see them all and you’ll need at least a few days in town!) and the “Paris of the Plains” (Kansas City has more boulevards than any other city in the world except Paris itself), the city is lively, charming, and a cultural hotspot in the heart of America.
In fact, with so much to see, it can almost be overwhelming, so REstyleSOURCE turned to one of our most stylish friends, A.J. Cosgrove of Barbara Cosgrove Lamps (don’t forget to take a sneak peek inside A.J.’s gorgeous contemporary Kansas City home here!) for a hand-selected list of places to eat, drink, see & be seen, and of course do some shopping while you’re in town. See A.J.’s picks–and some of our own REstyleSOURCE favorites–below!
A.J. on K.C.: Favorite Places to Eat + Drink
A.J. says….”Newly opened in the past year or so, owner & chef Ryan Brazeal absolutely kills it with this moody intimate restaurant, serving up dishes he calls New American Cuisine (hint: this is shorthand for a fusion of flavors and styles that will blow your mind). Having worked under renowned chef David Chang (Momofuku) in New York, Ryan returned to Kansas City to create Novel in a creaky old house–think rich dark wood and candlelight–in the city’s historic Westside. Cool vibe, amazing staff, fresh bar drinks and innovative dishes like Spicy Octopus, Hamachi Crudo, Duck Neck Dumplings, a killer Duroc Pork Chop…and plenty of veggies, if you please: broccoli, kale, and Brussel sprouts are all bursting with flavor.”
815 W. 17 St. Kansas City, MO 64108
A.J. says….”On the fun and funky tip, this place serves up inventive authentic Mexican food with style to spare. Rock star chef Patrick Ryan, nominated in 2015 for a James Beard Award for Best New Midwestern Chef, serves up simple ingredient-driven food with the rustic flavors of a Mexican cantina. Port Fonda would win the award for ‘best margaritas in town,’ owing to their extensive list of tequilas and mezcals….but an honorable mention has to go to their decadent weekend brunch for the unreal assortment of goodies at the Bloody Mary bar (I am talking candied bacon here!). The staff is easy on the eyes, (which never hurts), clientele is hip and the surroundings are even hipper, done in a minimal vintage vibe. Eat, drink, or hang out and watch a game in this Westport hot spot, it never disappoints.”
4141 Pennsylvania Ave. Kansas City, MO 64111
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All of the baked goods at Heirloom Bakery & Hearth are made fresh daily, using local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. They find inspiration from what’s growing locally, heritage recipes and the act of gathering together to bake and share a meal. They want to celebrate and preserve this essential human experience by providing from-scratch fare in an inviting atmosphere.We couldn’t agree more–and we’re especially crazy about the housemade hazelnut spread, fresh daily soups, and the BYOB, aka the “Build Your Own Biscuit” sandwich….now those are heirloom experiences we can truly get behind!
401 E 63rd Street Kansas City, MO
Located right in the heart of KC’s popular downtown Power & Light District, Cleaver & Cork is a gourmet butcher-driven gastropub, featuring Midwestern influenced offerings with fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. The menus (lunch, dinner and signature cocktails), developed by chef Alex Pope, showcase classic yet bold ingredients featuring the highest quality ingredients available. Even the space itself is beautiful, celebrating timeless comfort using natural materials and colors while maintaining a subtle, urban feel. When you go, be sure to try the light and crispy zucchini fritters with fresh ricotta, steamed mussels with chorizo (pictured at right) or, what else….the perfect Kansas City strip steak, served with caramelized onion and blue cheese butter.
1333 Walnut Street Kansas City, MO 64106
Found within the heart of Kansas City’s art district, The Jacobson (known simply as “The J”) draws on the local creativity to create a spot that can’t be found anywhere else in the city. What was once an old warehouse has become a blank canvas where both artists and chefs can make their mark. The food is modern and simple, with a push to fully enjoy the company you’re having dinner with. Like the food, the decor is meant not to distract but to subtly feature artwork made by Kansas City residents. The crown jewel of The Jacobson is its patio feature, giving a great view of the city’s skyline with the iconic “Delta Rings” sculpture hanging above you.
2050 Central St. Kansas City, MO 64108
House-made pasta, bread, and mozzarella? That should be enough to get you in the doors of Trezo Mare. Their mission is to bring you boldly flavored Italian dishes, and the only way to do that properly is with the freshest ingredients. You’ll find that most of the menu items are either made in-house or come from local farmers; anything that can’t be found nearby, like seafood, comes in “jet-fresh” – never frozen so the integrity of the flavor remains. Like any good Italian restaurant, their wine list is extensive and made to complement the menu. If you still need convincing, Trezo Mare can also provide a little peace of mind; about 80% of what is not consumed is either composted or recycled and they also give back to the community through the “Dine With Purpose” project.
4105 N. Mulberry Dr. Kansas City, MO 64116
Newport Grill was built on one simple, guiding principle: to be the best. They want their food to speak for itself–no overly-decorated and stuffy atmosphere designed to distract you from your plate here. By flying in their seafood fresh daily (don’t miss the chef’s daily special ceviche) and sourcing the rest of their ingredients locally, keeping the most diverse wine list in the area, and pouring award-winning cocktails, this place truly provides a reprieve from the ordinary. Enjoy great, new food in the presence of great company at Newport Grill!
5501 W. 135th St. Suite #2330, Overland Park, KS 66223
A.J. on K.C.: Best Accessories, Decor + More
A.J. says….”Owner and style maven Leslie Fraley has brought a SoHo-worthy shopping experience to Kansas City with this boutique. Fine Folk’s selection is carefully curated with Barney’s-caliber independent designers like Raquel Allegra, A’ Detacher, Jerome Dreyfuss, Rachel Comey and R13 denim. Located in the Crossroads, this beautiful part loft/part art gallery-like space features a mix of apparel, shoes and accessories, and is soon to feature the clothing of blazing hot French designer Isabel Marant. Fine Folk provides a unique shopping experience with its exclusive assortment of edgy designs and personalized styling by Leslie herself, who can always be found at the shop, vibing with her clientele.”
1000 W. 25th St. Kansas City, MO 64108
A.J. says….”The Coveted Home has become a Kansas City staple and a beacon for tasteful, fashion forward, upscale home decor. Jaclyn Joslin is the creative force and Interior Designer behind the store’s success. Carrying nationally recognized brands like Mitchell Gold furniture, Roost accessories, Happy Habitat throws and Barbara Cosgrove Lamps (just to name a few), the store is also always decked with surprise vintage goodies that Joslin has picked up on her travels. In addition to her fabulous finds, Jaclyn offers her world class design acumen to her customers. Whether a color consultation or a full on home make-over, her eye is fresh and her mix is casual, eclectic and California cool. Step inside her new Plaza location and see for yourself…there’s no place like The Coveted Home.”
Country Club Plaza, Corinth Square, 610 W. 48th St. Kansas City, MO 64112
A.J. says….”Every designer in town knows about this place: Mission Road Antique mall, a treasure trove of worldly goods! An assorted mix of all things old and beloved looking for a new home, Mission Road considers themselves the city’s most stylish recycling program. Established in 1994, Mission Road Antique Mall has the largest selection of quality antiques, vintage furnishings, and decorative accessories in the Midwest. Be sure to visit when you have plenty of time to spare, you may spend hours losing yourself in the splendor of the treasure hunt. A trip upstairs will find you in Lawren’s Loft–a newly added section of what they’re dubbing ‘mantiques’–that would make even Ralph Lauren jealous.”
4101 W. 83rd St. Prairie Village, KS 66208
A.J. says…”Well-known as Kansas City’s antique district, this little gem of an area has real polish and panache, so grab your checkbook before visiting! Some of the city’s most prestigious antiques dealers dwell on these few blocks. You may step out of your car and feel you’ve been transported to a charming street in Charleston with Christopher Filley’s gorgeous stone statuary spilling out of the door of his shop and into the sidewalk. Barbara Parrin of Parrin & Co. is sure to delight you with her refined assortment of treasures and always fabulous glasses, and don’t miss Kincaid Antiques and their eclectic mix of art and accessories. NuFangle will intrigue you, with its vintage goods fresh off of a ship from France, the shop itself evocative of a fine European manor. On a gorgeous day, this shopping strip is a little slice of heaven!”
Kansas City, MO
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Traditional charm and farmhouse chic are the primary looks at this renowned Kansas City boutique. What began humbly in 1981 as a gourmet food shop in Atchison, KS has since garnered national attention for the design savvy of the shop’s owner (who now owns multiple locations). Owner Mary Carol Garrity is known for her elegant, but practical tips on everything from holiday decorating to stylish ways to entertain at home, setting tables and displays that wow guests with their inspiration and affordability. Be sure to stop into Nell Hill’s for a dose of visual inspiration–and some new lovelies for your home!
4101 North Mulberry Kansas City, MO 64119
Season + Square is an inviting spice and home goods shop in Kansas City’s historic Brookside neighborhood. In addition to carrying over a hundred varieties of natural spices, as well as their own Kansas City-themed signature spice blends, they feature unique artisanal products and home goods from around the country, focusing on local or small-batch manufacturers using reclaimed or upcycled materials. Even cooler? Season + Square use recycled goods themselves whenever possible—from their recycled glass spice bottles to their packaging. Try a delicious new variety of red pepper and shop ‘green’ at the same time….it’s a win-win!
6205 Oak Street Kansas City, MO 64113
In a sweet little storefront on West 39th Street sits Donna’s Dress Shop, a charming, bright boutique that carries a unique blend of new and vintage clothing. Their vintage stock of designer pieces and quality jewelry is carefully hand-selected to reflect both current trends and represent timeless classics, so no matter what your era of choice, you’re sure to find something to delight your wardrobe! New weekly shipments from brands such as Freddie’s of Pinewood, Stop Staring, Bettie Page, Heart of Haute, Bernie Dexter, Emily and Fin, Ark & Co, Flying Tomato, and Mata Traders also offer an ever-changing variety. Staying true to the REstyleSOURCE mission to “shop brick & mortar” is easy at Donna’s: they are a brick & mortar shop only, and do not currently have an online store. However, if you see anything on their website or Facebook that catches your fancy, the Donna’s team are such sweethearts that they’ll take your info and ship to you (anywhere within the US). Stop in or give them a call, and get yourself something pretty already!
1410 West 39th Street Kansas City, MO 64111
Named for the children’s game, Mash offers plenty of homemade goods to fill up your mansion, apartment, shack, or house. Started up by a mother & daughter team, the goal was to sell unique home goods that would help to support independent makers. Their products are always changing because everything on their shelves is made by over 30 different artisans, both local and from afar. Not only do they offer accessories for the home, but also men’s and women’s accessories, children’s clothes and toys…there’s something for everyone over at Mash!
3900b Pennsylvania Ave. Kansas City, MO 64111
Located in the Crossroad Arts District, all of Hammerpress’s paper goods – cards, stationary, ephemera, show posters, art prints – are designed and letterpress printed in store. The art itself is urban and modern, but holds a bit of an old-fashioned, 1940s kind of charm. They also offer home accessories, desk supplies and decor, other miscellaneous goodies to add little something special to your space!
500 SW Blvd. Suite #1A, Kansas City, MO 64108
Bringing chic and sophisticated style to Kansas City, Standard Style has you covered, no matter what look you’re going for. Whether your own “standard style” is something more casual or more high-end, they’ll be able to help you find it. With both established and upcoming clothing designers featured in store, accessories at the ready, and the help from the team of personal stylists, you’re going to walk away with something unique and fabulous after your visit at Standard Style.
451 W. 47th St. Kansas City, MO 64112
Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza (better known simply as “the Plaza”) is a downtown icon that should definitely be your home base when you stop by for a visit. Spanning four miles and including over 150 upscale shops and more than a dozen restaurants, you just may find it hard to leave and explore outside the area. Of course you’ll be able to find big names like Kate Spade and Michael Kors here, but there are just as many Kansas City-exclusive stores to be found at the Plaza, including local gem Standard Style’s sister store, Baldwin KC. If you happen to find yourself in Kansas City near the end of September, then you’ll be able to partake in the Plaza’s annual art fair and really get the chance to see the wealth of talent that really makes Kansas City unique.
4750 Broadway St. Kansas City, MO 64112