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Places to Go, Museums to See: Museums in Kansas City (Part 1)http://finditkc.com/places-to-go-museums-to-see-museums-in-kansas-city-part-1/ http://finditkc.com/places-to-go-museums-to-see-museums-in-kansas-city-part-1/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:59:26 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26733 by Brittany Curran February 25, 2015 With spring just around the corner, we are all getting anxious to get out of the house. Why not, get out of the house with your family and go to some of these great places that will allow you to have an enjoyable weekend outside of your home.  If […]

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February 25, 2015

With spring just around the corner, we are all getting anxious to get out of the house. Why not, get out of the house with your family and go to some of these great places that will allow you to have an enjoyable weekend outside of your home. 

WorldWarIIf you have not been to the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, you need to go immediately. This museum is one of the first places I would recommend to anyone who is visiting or has recently moved to the Kansas City area. The amount of information and artifacts on display is absolutely mind-blowing. In fact, I could spend an entire day getting lost in this museum and still not have seen everything. This is a great place to take your family because the information and the way it is displayed is what makes the museum interesting for all ages. This museum does not just discuss the United States involvement in World War I, but discusses the entire conflict and the global scale thereof. The museum is currently open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. When you visit, don’t forget to go up in the tower, the view is awe-inspiring.

KemperArtThe Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is a sanctuary for the mind and soul. This museum features a variety of collections of contemporary artwork, which allows the viewer to gain new insights into art and the different forms of aesthetics that can be used to create great works of art. This museum is free to the general public and open Tuesday through Sunday. The Kemper Museum’s permanent collection features artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Stella and Romare Bearden. Currently there are five very interesting exhibits on display, the artists of each exhibit used different mediums to create the finished pieces of work that are on display. My personal favorite is the Make Your Mark exhibit featured at the Warwick Boulevard location. 

SteamboatArabiaThe Arabia Steamboat Museum, located in City Market, is an enthralling museum and highly recommended. If you do not know the story, The Steamboat Arabia sank in the Missouri River in 1856 carrying 200 tons of mystery cargo. 132 years later, in 1988, the Arabia Steamboat was found. Due to how recent the find was, as well as the number of artifacts found, the museum curators are still cleaning and working on the artifacts. Meaning, new items are constantly being displayed, which is why many people have visited this museum more than once. This museum is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and on Sundays from Noon to 5pm. 

NelsonAtkinsI could spend all day at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and leave still wanting more. This is a world-class museum with an amazing display of art from around the world. The museum is located northeast of the Country Club Plaza, has free admission, and is open Tuesday through Saturday. There are beautiful exhibits that display art from a variety of cultures. The Native Americans exhibit is truly exquisite. The Nelson-Atkins also has an impressive outdoor area, the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, and it is definitely worth seeing. However, if you end up going to this particular museum on a chilly day, you will want to come back when it is warmer, just so you can walk around outside to view the sculptures. If you do happen to go when the weather is nice, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the sculptures while you eat. And don’t forget the Bloch Building, a significant work of contemporary architecture by Steven Holl Architects, woven harmoniously into the Sculpture Park.

There are many more museums in Kansas City, just too many to write about in one blog post. So check back later for our next post on fun museums to see in the Kansas City area.

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Johnson County Home + Garden Show 2015http://finditkc.com/johnson-county-home-garden-show-2015/ http://finditkc.com/johnson-county-home-garden-show-2015/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:54:25 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26705 by FINDit Staff February 19, 2015 Starting to think about those spring home projects you’d like to get done this year? The Johnson County Home + Garden Show is this weekend, which means we’re going to see home projects come to life for 3 days at the Overland Park Convention Center. Patios, decks, tree trimming, even new landscape beds and […]

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JoCo Home Show 2015 BlogFebruary 19, 2015

Starting to think about those spring home projects you’d like to get done this year? The Johnson County Home + Garden Show is this weekend, which means we’re going to see home projects come to life for 3 days at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Patios, decks, tree trimming, even new landscape beds and gardens will be on display for you to draw inspiration from for the various home projects on your list this spring and summer. Get inspired with all the latest trends in DIY, Remodeling, Home Decor and Interior Design. Get fresh ideas and creative solutions for your home-related projects from local and national experts. Don’t miss it!

Here are the FINDitKC clients who will be at the Johnson County Home + Garden Show. We hope you’ll visit this weekend:

ABC Seamless Siding – providing a new level of siding by combining the durability of steel with seamless technology to the home remodeling industry.

ACSoffering Kansas City quality patios, driveways, concrete stamping and repairing, and other distinctive home-exterior projects.

All N 1 Landscapeoffering residential services including sprinkler-system installation, retaining walls, patio design & installation, garden design & more.

Awnings By Haas – providing commercial as well as residential custom shade solutions.

Blue Haven Pools – designing and constructing swimming pools and spas that transform your backyard into your own private resort.

Budget Blindsthe best in custom blinds and window coverings, offering shades, blinds, draperies, coverings and more.

Doctor’s Lawn & Landscapelandscape services ranging from design & installation to lighting and irrigation.

Family Tree Nursery – offering a wide range of plants – from annuals and perennials to so much more.

KB Complete – providing full service plumbing and HVAC service, installation and more throughout the Kansas City area.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectivesoffering some of the best outdoor lighting design in the area.

Poke around FINDitKC.com and start planning your projects now. The Your Home category is a great resource for KC to find the “best of the best” in town. Check out the various businesses and watch their videos to get more information about who they are and what they do.

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Your Next Cup of Coffee in Kansas Cityhttp://finditkc.com/your-next-cup-of-coffee-in-kansas-city/ http://finditkc.com/your-next-cup-of-coffee-in-kansas-city/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:23:20 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26702 by Brittany Curran February 16, 2015 We all know Starbucks makes a great cup of coffee, but why not skip Starbucks and get a coffee from one of these neighborhood spots. The Roasterie is probably the most popular roaster in Kansas City. With imports from 31 different coffee-producing countries, The Roasterie takes single-origin pour-over coffees, […]

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February 16, 2015

We all know Starbucks makes a great cup of coffee, but why not skip Starbucks and get a coffee from one of these neighborhood spots.

The Roasterie is probably the most popular roaster in Kansas City. With imports from 31 different coffee-producing countries, The Roasterie takes single-origin pour-over coffees, espressos, lattes and cappuccinos to an entirely new level. The Roasterie is recognized as a respected national roaster and sells its product in cafés, restaurants and homes across the country.

CoffeeBlogAnother popular coffee shop in the Kansas City area is Parisi Café. Parisi Café is located in Park Place in Leawood and also in Union Station. For those looking to navigate the flavor nuances of some of the best coffees in the world, consider a one-of-a-kind coffee cupping experience at Parisi Café or their historic roasting facility near Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. Parisi Café is known for their handcrafted espresso drinks, brew-by-the-cup single origin coffee and a big selection of mouthwatering baked items. I always enjoy a Cold Toddie when I visit this café.

Second Best Coffee is a first rate experience. This coffee shop is located in Waldo’s Neighborhood in South Kansas City and offers a coffee shop experience unlike any other. Their coffee is exquisite and always leaves a person wanting more. While I have been told Second Best Coffee serves the best espresso, my personal favorites are honey lavender latte and askinosie mocha. 

Located in Kansas City right next to Ibis Bread Company is Blackdog Coffee. The moment you walk into this coffee shop you fall in love with it. Not only do they have fantastic service with reasonable prices, but also the atmosphere is the perfect “home-like” setting for anyone who wants to meet up with friends or enjoy a good book while sipping superb coffee. 

If you are in the mood for a high quality, rich and creamy cup of espresso, look no further than Revocup Coffee Roasters on Quivira road. The founders of this shop are from Ethiopia and try to bring their heritage and culture to Kansas City through their coffee shop.  When at the shop, visitors are allowed to see a ritual coffee ceremony, from crop to cup, performed for free. This ceremony is part of Ethiopia’s unique cultural heritage that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world. Coffee is a big part of Ethiopia, so the founders have begun a charity to build libraries in Ethiopia. 10 cents of every cup of coffee sold and one dollar for every pound of coffee sold goes straight to this charity. As of 2013, 40 libraries had been built from the proceeds.

One More Cup owners, Jeremy and Stacy Neff, state their coffee shop is “a love letter to the neighborhood and Kansas City in general.” I have to agree that One More Cup is all that and more. The atmosphere of One More Cup is friendly and inviting and the service has just the perfect amount of quirkiness to make this coffee shop charming. While all their coffee drinks are great, it is the baked treats that I find irresistible.

Quay Coffee states their goal is “to be an extension of your living room that happens to serve great coffee.” And they have definitely hit this goal in more ways than one. Their coffee beans come locally from Oddly Correct Roasters, which fits into this coffee spot’s mission “to promote social justice through the way we operate.” If you are in the mood to go sip a delicious spice latte and read a book, study or meet up with friends or associates then head over to Quay Coffee. Or, if lattes are not your thing, then try the caramel macchiato, it is just as wonderful.

These are just seven of many great coffee spots located throughout the Kansas City area. Each one has a unique environment and puts a special twist to a cup of coffee. I encourage you to skip Starbucks one morning and visit one of the local shops for your next cup of coffee in Kansas City.

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Where to Eat in Kansas Cityhttp://finditkc.com/where-to-eat-in-kansas-city/ http://finditkc.com/where-to-eat-in-kansas-city/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:30:26 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26697 by Brittany Curran February 11, 2015 Being recently new to the Kansas City area, I have discovered this city has much more to offer than just great sports teams and a fun night life. What has really made exploring this city fun, is all the amazing places to eat. Here are just a few places […]

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WhereToEatBlogby Brittany Curran

February 11, 2015

Being recently new to the Kansas City area, I have discovered this city has much more to offer than just great sports teams and a fun night life. What has really made exploring this city fun, is all the amazing places to eat. Here are just a few places that have quickly become some of my favorite dining spots.

Joe’s Kansas City is an amazing barbecue spot and was named one of Yelp’s “100 Places to Eat in 2015.” Their signature Z-Man Sandwich is a hard meal to beat, however their ribs, brisket, gumbo and salads are also delicious. Joe’s also offers a vegetarian version of the Z-Man Sandwich. If you get the opportunity to stop by this restaurant, I highly recommend it. It was a great place for me to begin experiencing food venues in the Kansas City area. You can find it in their original location, Olathe, or in Kansas City and Leawood.

Keeping with the barbeque theme, Smokehouse Barbeque opened their doors 25 years ago and now have four locations in the Kansas City area for diners to come in and enjoy their excellent barbecue. Don’t forget to add a side order of amazing sweet potato fries to make your meal unforgettable!

If you are missing your mom’s home-cooked meals, Anna’s Oven is the place to go.  Anna’s Oven is located on West 39th Street in Kansas City. While there are many options to choose from, the meal that has quickly become my personal favorite is the rotisserie chicken, complete with a side of their creamy mac ‘n’ cheese. 

If you want to try something a little different, then stop by Empanada Madness. When people hear I love this place, they are very surprised, as I am not one to venture outside of the box when it comes to food. However, Empanada Madness is absolutely delicious. Located in Kansas City, this venue offers affordable & fresh food that will leave you wanting more. Stop by on a Monday, for their Monday Madness specials for their wide variety of empanada choices.

While I have not personally had the opportunity to attend Rosati’s Pizza. I have heard nothing but good reviews. Rosati’s serves Chicago-style pizza, and for those of you who are not in “the pizza mood,” they also serve pasta, sandwiches and more from recipes that have been handed down through their Italian family for years. Rosati’s only allows for delivery or carryout, so why not swing by on your way home from work and enjoy this mouthwatering pizza? I know I will!

I cannot end this post without mentioning an Argentinian steakhouse located in North Kansas City, called, Piropos. This is another restaurant that has been added to my list of places I must eat within the next couple weeks. This restaurant serves authentic Argentinian style foods and was started by a native Argentinian, Christina who has made Piropos into the place to be whether you are there for a meal or just want to stop in for a quick drink to experience the nice atmosphere the restaurant offers.

I am looking forward to continuing to explore all of the great restaurants the Kansas City area has to offer.  Maybe I will see you there.

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Winter in the Midwest is a pretty miserable time, but everybody that lives here has to get on with their lives despite the cold, wind, and snow. People often get flabby and out of shape during the winter, it’s hard to find motivation to go to the gym, and it’s easy to find excuses not to get out the door and exercise.

If you’re like me, running is a big part of your life, a daily necessity. Also, if you’re like me, you hate the treadmill and will only resort to running on it in times of absolute crisis.

Here are some of my winter running tips to get you through the cold:

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 10.33.11 AMClothing is Crucial:

Probably the most important part of winter running is the clothing you wear. It doesn’t have to be fancy, expensive, high-tech running gear…just stuff that has some reflective material on it and that you can move easily in. This is a picture of what I wore to run in when it was 1 degree (windchill -10) and I was fine!

Base Layer was a shirt and half tights.

Middle Layer was a Nike half zip, long tights, socks, gloves, and a facemask.

Outer Layer was a hoody, cheap sweatpants, more socks, more gloves, and a hat.

No matter what you wear, it’s still going to suck when you step out the door…You just have to start running and you’ll warm up, I promise!

Know the Weather:

Winter Weather in the Midwest can sneak up on you if you’re not careful. Keeping track of the forecast will help you plan out your routes so you can avoid the wind as much as possible (wind kills in the winter).

There WILL be days you can’t avoid Mother Nature’s arctic grasp. In my opinion, the best way to handle this challenge is start your run heading into the wind or snow so you can get the nasty part out of the way first, then the way back will be a piece of cake!

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 10.33.36 AMDon’t be a Dummy:

Winter can be a dangerous time of year to run, especially at night. Always let someone know where you will be running and how about long it will take. As my mother would say, “Have an action plan!” Also, bring a friend with you…It makes the run go by faster and it’s way safer to not be alone. 

Don’t let the harsh Midwest winter discourage you from running…You just have to get out there and do it!

If you want to know where to run, check out the other blogs I’ve written about running in Kansas City!

Stay warm out there!

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Paintball at Martin City Sports Complexhttp://finditkc.com/martin-city-paintball/ http://finditkc.com/martin-city-paintball/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:48:40 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26627 The post Paintball at Martin City Sports Complex appeared first on FINDitKC.

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TanPerfekt in Johnson County, Kansashttp://finditkc.com/tanperfekt-merriam-kansas/ http://finditkc.com/tanperfekt-merriam-kansas/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 04:05:02 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26616 TanPerfekt is a spray tanning studio offering custom spray tans for those looking for a natural glow and phenomenal dark color. Where you are a bride-to-be, or a fitness athlete taking stage TanPerfekt can help prepare you for your big day.

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