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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Exploring Kansas City, MO

After my time teaching at Primitives of the Midwest, my hubby and I went onto Kansas City, MO for a day or two of fun.  We stayed in the Country Club Plaza district which was just chock full of restaurants and shopping right outside our door.
Saturday was the first day of a week long Jazz music celebration.  Musicians were playing all over the area and boy were they great!  We lingered here a few hours (with a cold beverage) to listen and take it all in.

I wanted to get in some antiquing time in if I could.  I had heard about the West Bottoms district which was a short 15 minute ride from the hotel. 

What a fun and unique place to go pickin'! 

This industrial neighborhood looked like it was abandoned and is now enjoying a new life with antique shops and re-purposed goods stores, along with some new kitschy merchandise.  This shop, Nook & Cranny, was my favorite, full of three warehouse floors of antiques!  Heaven!
I'm not sure if any businesses occupy the top floors of other buildings, but the street level spaces are all occupied.  They played oldies music over loud speakers throughout the streets, which was kinda fun, too.
You can find anything from architectural pieces to fine furniture, glass ware to textiles and everything in between.  My only complaint was the total lack of air conditioning in every industrial shop, but that's just part of the industrial experience, I guess.

Honestly, we had a terrific time every day.  Great food (especially the BBQ at Jack Stack where we ate twice!), good weather, lots of things to do and places to shop, all within a short distance. I'm already looking forward to returning there. 

I hope this gives you just a peek at some fun things to do in KC, MO ~ and don't forget feed your quilting soul at Quilter's Station, too.
I'm home for a few weeks with a To-Do list a mile long.  I will soon pack and get ready for a trip to Texas!  I'll be visiting two quilt guilds there for lectures and workshops.  I'd love to meet you if you're in the area.  Here's some info on my two stops:

Saturday, Sept 16th ~ 7 pm    

Veriens Quilt Guild ~ Zion Lutheran Church, 424 W. Main St., Fredericksburg  

Monday, Sept 18th ~ 9:30 am

Hill Country Quilt Guild ~ Zion Lutheran Church, 624 Barnett, Kerrville

Hope to see you there!


  1. My guess on the a/c is bottom line. Those buildings not built for a/c and it would cost a LOT to do.

  2. Pam so looking forward to your lecture and workshop at Veriens Quilt Guild. I was so disappointed when you had to cancel last year.
    I know you will enjoy our guild. I am one of the 5 members who worked to get the guild going.
    We had no idea if we would have anyone attend or many. We had about 60 or so show up to our first meeting. We will be 20 years old come Jan.
    See you in September.
    Deborah Hill Russell

  3. Wow! Oh how I would love a trip out to MO!!!

  4. Next time you are here (KC) try the BBQ at Kansas City Joes. Great BBG in a filling station!!

  5. I find trying to read your post difficult due to the background. the brown twill tape with middle of the road stitching is not in a good place for me. Sorry.