Love, Humility and The Greeting Committee

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The first time I ever heard the Greeting Committee play on 96.5 The Buzz, I assumed they were some band, possibly from L.A., making their run at the big time. Imagine my surprise when I saw them live for the first time and realized, not only were they local, they weren’t even old enough to drink. It has been almost two years since The Greeting Committee got signed and released their hit single, “Hands Down” and while most would think they would have moved to a bigger, “better” city to grow their fan base, the band has remained rooted to their hometown. Continue reading

Death of a Business

Fall is finally here! That means pumpkin spiced lattes and wearing leggings for pants is in full swing. That also means that local festivals celebrating the Kansas City community are going on from the Northland to Downtown. One of KC’s most popular and notable “eat, shop, buy local” campaigns is KC Local week, which was about a month ago. But local business appreciation doesn’t stop there; just last weekend North Kansas City hosted its first local festival, The Swift Mile Fest. If any of you didn’t attend, you have no idea what you missed. But amidst all these festivities It’s always sad to hear when a local business closes.

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Gin lovers anonymous: a night with Snake Oil

Who in the crowd likes gin? My guess is that most of you are sticking your tongue out in disgust at your computer/phone/tablet. Tonight I found myself in good company, a bit of a gin lovers collective. Even though this was considered a couples lab at the Bonfire creative space, Artis was the only person in the group actually coupled with the person she brought—married if we want to get a bit more specific. Artis: petite and soft-spoken with an excited smile on her face, was our gin master.

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Restaurant Week. ‘Nough said.

Last week, Kansas Citian’s open tabled like they never have before in anticipation of the 7th annual Kansas City Restaurant Week, myself included. The fundraiser/restaurant expose benefits prominent local charities while feeding adventurous foodies for reasonable prices. If you weren’t making reservations or at least looking through menus before the start of restaurant week last Friday, you have probably set yourself up to miss out on a lot of those “hot commodity” restaurants. But, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of amazing alternatives to choose from. Or if you are from the camp of why go to restaurant week, which I can’t imagine anyone saying, there are a couple of reasons why you should.  Continue reading

The Strawberry Swing: No strawberries but lots of crafts

So, I have been AWOL on the posting game, I’ll admit. Lots of things have been going on for me from my computer crapping out on me and I having to take it in to be fixed to getting a new job. While I did still have my iPad to blog with, my pictures from this event were on my camera and I had no way of tranferring them. Fortunately, I now have my computer back and we can return to business as usual! But, you aren’t here to listen to me give lame excuses for why I’ve have been “behind on the city”. You care about the good stuff, like the Strawberry Swing at the Alexander Majors Barn on State Line Road. Founded in 2011, the Strawberry Swing is all about supporting handmade crafters. 

As a huge supporter, lover and buyer of handmade goods, I was all over this fair. From the moment I arrived, there were quite a few people buying various wares. There was a heavy population of jewelry crafting tables, including Opal and Gold, a local jeweler I discovered at First Fridays. While I do love jewelry (I mean, next to diamonds, they’re a girl’s best friend right), I was on a mission to find a few specific goods. Continue reading

KC Fringe: Delivering the Unexpected

Kansas City Fringe Festival, for thiose of you who may not know, is the largest performing arts Festival in the city. Spanning over two weeks, the festival includes arts as well as theatrical performances. Not to mention there are several evenings on the town, also known as Late Night on the Fringe; the party destination that allows you to meet the actors and crew behind Fringe as well as the volunteers and fellow lovers of the arts. Your KC Fringe buttons are not to be forgotten either. Not only do they get you into the shows and allow you free admission for Late Night, those bad boys can also get you some sweet discounts atselect local spots around the city (for the fully listing of those and sicount specifications, click here). Continue reading

Let’s Cultivate

If any of you braved the murky heat last weekend, you may have been at Cultivate, hosted by Chipotle. Cultivate, though not local, does broach the importance of knowing where your food comes from and happily supported many local restaurants and breweries around Kansas City. The festival is packed as to be expected; it was free and Chipotle was involved.

Upon making a 15 minute trek from my car, I immediately headed towards the beer hall. While I probably should’ve been sucking down some water, I wasn’t about to miss all the local breweries Chipotle had invited to share their summer brews. While I usually go for an old-fashioned wheat on a hot summers day, I had a few saisons, a beer style I also love but usually don’t have often. I bought a few samples from various breweries, including “A Saison Kiss” by Martin City, but finally landed on the ginger peach saison from Cinder Block Brewery. I even ventured outside my comfort zone and was prompted to try my friend’s chocolate stout. The verdict; not bad considering that I am not a stout person. It was definitely a brew I could see myself drinking more of, had she remembered which brewery she got it from. Continue reading