I had an adventurous long weekend with my friend Liz in Kansas City recently. As we arrived in Kansas City we went to Traditions (http://www.traditionsfurniture.com/) Lovely store with Stickle furniture and unique accessories all set in an old stone building. Liz then introduced me to Penzey’s Spices (http://www.penzeys.com/) What a treat! I left with vanilla beans, chili powder, cumin, and basil. I was amazed at the variety and the freshness. I didn’t know there was more that one kind of cumin!
Our next stop was The Curious Sofa (http://curioussofa.com/) Enjoyable store with clean lined furniture, shelves full of soft bedding, earthy accents, and unique jewelry. Before leaving we asked the helpful gal behind the counter to suggest a place to have dinner. Café Provence (http://www.kcconcept.com/cafeprovence/) owned by a French family just across the parking lot was highly recommended. I had the sea bass and Liz had the chicken with a morrell mushroom sauce. Delicious! We decided it was one of top 5 memorable meals we had ever had. The service was fantastic.
The next day our travels took us to The Lamp Maker (http://kansascity.citysearch.com/profile/5835064/kansas_city_mo/dave_smith_the_lamp_maker.html) A must if you need lighting or shades in any shape or color. Take your measurements – they are not on line and don’t ship. Found a wonderful selection of chandelier shades here. My favorites were a gold shade with black bees and a black shade with a molted gold lining. This is one place I will have to re-visit when I’m in the area again. Before leaving we asked the helpful staff to suggest some other places we shouldn’t miss.
The ladies at The Lamp Maker sent us to Hiles Two, just across the street. (http://www.insiderpages.com/b/3716970400) – fun store of accessories for home and wardrobe. I was delighted that Liz found the perfect scarf for an outfit she had been trying to accessorize for 5 years!!
Hiles Too sent us to Webster House (http://www.websterhousekc.com/%20). We were so glad we didn’t miss this place! We had a delicious lunch in the setting of a restored school house. After eating our yummy food and wanting to move into the ladies restroom – absolutely gorgeous decor – I’m sure they wouldn’t have notice me!! We shopped downstairs in rooms that offered kitchen fare, baby and child clothes and toys, antiques and accessories for home and fashion. The caramel corn is dessert to take with you and enjoy on your trip home.
From Webster House we wandered down the street to the Peruvian Connection Outlet store (http://www.peruvianconnection.com/home); one of 4 stores in the world for this catalog company based in Kansas City. Liz found another scarf and I wanted to buy half the store. I love clothing that feels soft and comfortable. The Peruvian Connection sent us down the street to the Black Bamboo (www.black-bamboo.com) saying it was a visual treat. I couldn’t have said it better. Fun design store with lots of Asian influence furniture and very unique items. I loved the red wall behind the counter!
That evening we chose our dinner destination by a newspaper ad! Fridas –(http://www.kcrestaurantguide.com/fridas.html) best Mexican we have had in a long time. Fridas offered a very fresh and fun twist on Mexican food. Guacamole with pomegranate, grilled chicken with goat cheese, and the Frida margarita topped off our night!
First Watch (http://www.firstwatch.com/) was our destination for breakfast. A breakfast place you want to arrive at early! The locals were lining up to be seated and I understood why after a terrific breakfast. After our meal we stopped next door at Her Majesty’s Closet (http://harzfelds.blogspot.com/2009/11/her-majestys-closet.html) Wow – found a dress to wear to the dinner theater! I was starting to feel like the one I took wouldn’t stretch enough with all the delicious food I had been eating. This was a consignment store of high end fashion that had a wonderful boutique feel. A few doors down from here we located the Victorian Trading Co. Catalog Outlet Boutique (http://www.victoriantradingco.com/), another catalog that is based out of Kansas City with an outlet. They had a tea room to rent, clothing and wide variety of Victorian home accessories.
Liz and I finished the afternoon off with a drive to the Historic and Antique section of Kansas City. Here we visited the Knotty Rug Company (http://www.knottyrug.com/index.php?page=home) a wide variety of area rugs with an educated staff. We took a stroll through the Morning Glory Antiques (http://morninggloryantiquesinc.com/)had an impressive collection of antiques for sale. After visiting with the staff here we learned that a lot of their collection and the other stores in the area were attending an antique show in Atlanta.
We rested at our hotel before joining our fellow Rotarian and his wife for the dinner theater production of Cactus Flower at New Theatre Restaurant (http://www.newtheatre.com). The food was fabulous and Loretta Swit and the rest of the actors and actresses were so entertaining! I loved the circular stage that could rotate to the next scene with ease. The 60’s themes sets and fashions were very authentic. The seating was comfortable and yes, you have to have dessert during intermission!
And I can’t forget to mention a delicious breakfast at Mimi’s (http://www.mimiscafe.com/) before our trek back home! Liz’s favorite is the French toast with the cream cheese and orange marmalade filling.