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6 BELIEVE 10 KC MAPS, FACTS & FIGURES 18 ROOM TO ROAM

Discover the many ways to get outdoors in Kansas City

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Stories of professionals living their dreams in Kansas City

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The KC metro is a network of lively, unique neighborhoods

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Explore high-end amenities and local must-sees

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Writers ANN M. CLIFFORD – Ann is a freelance writer specializing in blog, ghostwriting and content marketing strategies. Through her business, Write Hand Ann, Ann collaborates with a range of Kansas City-area entrepreneurs to tell their stories and grow their businesses.

KATIE VAN LUCHENE – “Kansas City” appears frequently in Katie’s bio: former executive editor of KC Magazine, author of Insiders’ Guide to Kansas City and contributing writer for IN Kansas City Magazine. She loves sharing stories about her hometown’s most fascinating people.

KELSEY HAYNES – Kelsey owns and operates #KelseyDH Communications, where she produces blog and multimedia content surrounding empowerment, pop culture and her adventures navigating millennial adulting. She is a graduate of Wichita State University.

RANDY MASON – Randy has been telling the stories of this area and its people – both in print and on the airwaves – for longer than he’d care to admit. He is a graduate of the KU School of Journalism.

ANNA COWDEN – Anna is an award-winning writer studying Journalism and Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. As a local, she loves being in KC as often as she can.

Photographers KIM GOLDING – Kim is a KC-based freelance photographer. Prior to working at Hallmark Cards, she had a studio in Los Angeles and shot photos for a variety of publications and personalities. She was educated at Plymouth College of Art in England.

CAMERON GEE – Based in KC, Cameron explores his craft through both commercial and personal work. Holding his images to a minimal aesthetic in an attempt to slow people down in our fast-paced, digital world, he offers a glimpse of a genuine version of his subjects, as opposed to a constructed persona. Additional photography courtesy of: Alex Todd; BKS Artisan Ales; Children’s Mercy Hospital; City of Lenexa; City of Olathe, Kansas; CommunityAmerica Credit Union; Crown Center; David Vellaut; Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street; Eli Stack; Iron District; Jauqui Craig; Johnson County Park & Recreation District; J. Rieger & Co. Distillery; Molly Kaiser (Kaiser Visual Creations); Kansas City International Airport; Kansas City Monarchs; Kate Sweeten; Kauffman Foundation; Kaylee Piele; KC NWSL / ISI Photos; Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council; Matt Kocourek; Miami County, Kansas; Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; Nicholas Jenkins; Pilsen Photo Co-op; Quixotic; Somerset Winery; Todd Zimmer; Visit Kansas City Kansas; Visit KC; The Regnier Family Wonderscope; YaYa’s Alpaca Farm and Zip KC.

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W E LC O M E TO KC

BELIEVE In the heart of it all, KC is in the process of rediscovery, ready to do things differently and unafraid of whatever challenges lie ahead. KC is no longer a hidden gem. Word got out. That’s why you’re seeing KC headlining articles as a best place for remote work by CNBC and PC Magazine, as well as gaining recognition for exquisite dining and entertainment venues by Travel + Leisure. What makes us one of a kind? The collaboration. Cheering each other on. It’s in the water here. We build together and we never quit. We wear our hearts on our sleeves. And that heart is fully brought to life in the Apple TV+ series, Ted Lasso. (If you haven’t had a chance to catch hometown celeb, Jason Sudeikis, drop notso-subtle KC references in the heartwarming show, you’re simply missing out.) Ted’s “believe” motto drives everything he does. These days in KC, we have a similar credo: “Why not?” We believe in KC. And you will, too. Why not here? Why not now? Explore the pages ahead to uncover this vibrant and constantly evolving community. Hear from entrepreneurs, young pros and executives choosing to grow their careers and life in KC. Take a virtual tour of the region and get the inside scoop on our new KCI Airport terminal, diverse cuisine, thriving arts scene and so much more. With each flip of a page, you’ll believe in KC more and more. n

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BY THE NUMBERS The Region

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BEST WORK FROM HOME CITY HIGHER VISIBILITY, AUGUST 2021 FRIENDLIEST CITY FOR FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS LENDINGTREE, JULY 2021 BEST PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY WALLET HUB, JUNE 2021 TOP CITY FOR TECH GROWTH COMPTIA, MAY 2021 NAMED A TOP COMMUNITY FOR SUCCESSFUL WOMEN SMARTASSET, APRIL 2021 BEST PAYING METRO FOR RECENT COLLEGE GRADS SELF FINANCIAL, MARCH 2021

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION JAN:

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TOP 10 FOR NET MIGRATION GAINS LINKEDIN, MARCH 2021 BEST CITIES TO LIVE IN AMERICA NICHE, MARCH 2021 MOST TECH JOBS PER CAPITA SPANNING BACKUP, JANUARY 2021 BEST CITY FOR MILLENNIALS TO LIVE NEIGHBORHOOD LOANS, JANUARY 2021

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Room to Roam: Explore the Outdoors in KC By RANDY MASON

After countless Zoom calls, takeout deliveries and tons of TV bingeing, the lure of the great outdoors is greater than ever! “There’s almost nothing you can’t do around here,” says Cori Culp. Her company, Locale, provides insider intel and tours of KC to candidates and new hires at companies in the region. Many, she notes, are “blown away” by the expanse of easily accessible outdoor activities. Take parks — Kansas City, Missouri, alone has 213 of them. Everything from pocket parks to Swope Park, one of the largest urban greenspaces in the country. In addition, communities on both sides of the state line also offer dozens of picnic-perfect spots and pleasant places to stroll or toss a frisbee. Looking for a more rigorous route to hike or bike? The Riverfront Heritage Trail, Mill Creek Streamway Trail and Indian Creek Parkway Trail are just a few options of the many that traverse every corner of the metro and beyond. The most recent addition is Rock Island Trail. Starting near Arrowhead Stadium, it links to the Katy Trail, which runs across Missouri all the way to St. Louis. If you need some “elbow room” to unwind, stunning state parks and campgrounds can be found nearby. Like Weston Bend, perched on the

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bluffs of the Missouri River, or Watkins Mill State Park — complete with a historic mill next door. Just to the west, Kansas’ Flint Hills harbor the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Did someone say water? Smithville Lake offers kayak and paddle boat rentals. As does the lake at Shawnee Mission Park, Lake Olathe Park, Blue Springs Lake and more. Cast a line at Lake Jacomo or hit the beach at Longview Lake. People who expect the KC region to be “nothing but flat,” Cori says, get a big surprise. The limestone bluffs along Kessler Park’s Cliff Drive provide a real rock-climbing challenge inside the city. Limestone also helped forge what she calls “world-class” mountain bike trails. A personal favorite traces a route along the Blue River in Swope Park — but others like the loop at Hidden Valley Park in the Northland bring challenges of their own. Because we see four distinct seasons, most of these locations yield dramatically different experiences at different times of the year. Naturally, a few do have limited windows. The outdoor ice rinks at Crown Center and Park Place are skateable only during winter. The Snow Creek Ski Area is another seasonal site. Its slopes may be modest, but are just the right size to hone your winter sports skills! n


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By ANN CLIFFORD

With its central location and diverse workforce, the Kansas City region is home to a range of thriving industries, a dynamic startup community and an innovative can-do mindset. And all are generating a lot of buzz.

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Tech it out: One in every ten workers in the area is employed in the technology sector. With 15,000+ tech businesses – from fastscaling startups like PayIt to global leaders like Garmin – it’s no wonder the KC region ranks third in the nation – behind only Austin and San Francisco – in technology job creation for 2020. WFH with ease: The KC region is a top place for remote workers based on Internet connectivity, cost-of-living and access to coworking spaces according to PCMag, HighSpeedInternet.net, Business Insider and others. Startups take off: With accelerator programs like TechStars KC, funding sources like LaunchKC and expert guidance from the KC-based Kauffman Foundation leading the way, KC ranks as a top city for both startup growth and survival. In 2021, the Heartland’s supportive startup ecosystem propelled several local founders onto Forbes’ Next 1000 list, including the entrepreneurs behind Aspis, Maze Freight Solutions and ZIV. #1 in animal health: KC’s Animal Health Corridor, which stretches from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, boasts the largest concentration of animal health companies (300+) in the world – and

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represents 56 percent of worldwide animal health, diagnostics and pet food sales. The heart of the supply chain: KC’s central location, skilled workforce, top-tier industrial space and extensive logistics infrastructure make it a hub for a wide range of manufacturing, distribution, fulfillment and warehouse operations. The region was the fifth fastest growing industrial market during H1 2021 and is on track to deliver 15 million sq. ft. of industrial space in 2021. Businesses that recently selected KC for their supply chain operation include Amazon, Chewy, Niagara Bottling, Melaleuca, Dot’s Pretzels and Urban Outfitters.

Built-in creativity: As a global center of excellence for architecture and engineering, KC firms produce impactful work. For example, nearly three out of every four modern sporting venues across the U.S. are designed by KC firms, as are 20 percent of the world’s water systems. It’s no surprise that four area companies – Burns & McDonnell, Black & Veatch, HNTB Companies and Terracon – rank among the country’s top 25 design firms. A healthy focus: From diagnostic and surgical innovations to cutting-edge research, KC is a recognized hub for healthcare. In 2021, Children’s Mercy Research Institute opened a state-of-the-art

facility dedicated to accelerating discoveries related to complex childhood diseases. At the Stowers Institute, scientists and researchers work to better understand human health. Beyond research, The University of Kansas Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and Children’s Mercy Hospital achieved national specialty rankings for care from U.S. News and World Report in 2021. Financials matter: As the home base for American Century Investments, H&R Block and Creative Planning, KC’s financial savvy is wellknown. The area is also invested in redefining the industry’s future with growing fintech companies like Blooom, C2FO and Mylo. n

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Diana Condori is bringing tiki back. And she’s incorporating her Bolivian culture into the cocktails she makes, pouring diversity into KC’s bar scene. “It’s a chance to share the history of my culture and my story by having conversations about the ingredients I use or the decorations I use,” said the Condor’s Cove mobile-bar founder. What started as a one-time pop-up bar experience turned out to be a business opportunity for Diana to help tiki thrive in KC.

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Now, the liquid chef is guest starring at soldout pop-ups throughout the metro while raising her voice about the need for more representation in the service industry and spreading awareness about her heritage. “I grew up in this industry and now having my own business I’ve had the opportunity to take leaps of faith. I believe in myself more and I really want to represent women and Hispanic culture and people of color in this industry,” says Diana. Since launching Condor’s Cove in 2020, she has been featured in industry publications for its skyrocketing success. Diana credits a lot of her business success to the collaborative nature of Kansas City, dubbing it a great place to start a business. “KC is all about community and supporting each other. There’s a lot of people trying to make it and we’re all excited about creating new opportunities and partnering,” she says. “It’s been a ride; I was not ready for it! I thought it was going to be a cute pop-up and now we have a lot of bars that want to work with us and people who want to help us with merchandise. It’s insane!” n


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Big Dreams

Begin at Home By RANDY MASON

Donald Hawkins doesn’t mind if you call him a “serial entrepreneur.” “I think of it as someone who locates pain points and helps find ways to relieve them,” he explains. Donald has played that role in various fields — healthcare, fashion, tech and now banking. In 2021, Donald and his team launched First Boulevard Bank –– a digital-only neobank offering economic tools to better serve the Black community. And ultimately bridge the wealth gap that has developed over decades. “We’re building our ancestors’ wildest dreams,” he smiles. A native of Albany, Georgia, Donald lived in Atlanta before moving to Overland Park four years ago with his wife and two children. He finds the pace here a little slower, making KC the ideal location for maximizing his career — and life — goals. “My focus right now is on my family, and this is such a great place for that,” he says. It’s not just the community that gives that confidence. Donald is also impressed by the area’s efforts in education, and innovations like the Blue Valley CAPS Program. In his leisure time, Donald says he seldom misses a Sporting KC home game and when football season rolls around, he cheers for his Chiefs. He’s also a big fan of KC’s food scene, particularly at Rye KC and Parlor in the Crossroads — a great place for noshing over someone’s notion of a project worth pursuing. “I’ve met some of the nicest people here, and they’re really open to ideas,” he says. “You can get ingrained in this town really quickly!” n

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Meant to Be: Growing

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When Meg Knauth tells her Kansas City story, it’s full of choices that put her in the right place at the right time. One of those right times came when, while focused on pre-med in college, Meg discovered a love for computer programming that landed her a post-graduation job with Cerner in North Kansas City. Then, on her very first weekend after moving to KC, she attended the Crawdad Festival with some coworkers and met her future husband. Both consultants for Cerner, Meg says they were committed to getting to know their adopted city.

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“From the beginning, we tried everything in KC because we knew we wanted to make it our home,” Meg says. “What we discovered is a cool city with a low cost of living that’s a great place to raise a family.” Alongside learning about the region, Meg gained opportunities to explore her career. She was hired as the first non-executive employee in the IT department for the startup, Sprint PCS. Twenty-four years and a couple of mergers and acquisitions later, Meg is now the Vice President of IT Development for T-Mobile. Connecting with the community happens naturally in KC, Meg says. For her, it grew through involvement in her church, her two sons’ soccer talents and her experiences as part of the Centurions Leadership Program. Today, Meg’s rich KC story includes chapters on everything from volunteering with Project Uplift and enjoying the First Friday art scene to engaging in the region’s wide range of recreational activities, such as hiking, biking and paddleboarding at Shawnee Mission Park. n

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Recent Grad Grows Roots in the Heartland By ANNA COWDEN

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anywhere to start his new life chapter. The recent Morehouse College graduate’s resume is impressive, boasting several research stints and degrees in applied physics and mechanical engineering. With a packed car and no prior network in the KC region, Eion drove 10 hours from Atlanta to begin his career as a mechanical design engineer at KC-based Henderson Engineers. To date, Eion says he’s yet to have a negative interaction with a Kansas Citian. Upon his arrival, Eion developed a fast group of friends. It seems they’ve made it their mission to introduce him to the very best of KC — from food and music to disc golf, which has become Eion’s favorite pastime. His favorite spot to “frolf” is the Blue Valley West Golf Course.

The 24-year-old is a proud regular at Aoyama Ramen, even striking up a friendship with the ramen shop’s manager. He also quickly became a fan of his new home’s pro sports, attending NASCAR races at Kansas Speedway, Royals games and Sporting KC matches. Eion is a longtime fan of producer and rapper, Tech N9ne. He says the KC music legend is an integral inspiration to his own music under the stage name, “Isaiah Curry,” calling the style “hip-hop with a rock edge.” Eion plans to complete his fundamentals of engineering certificate, with the broader goal of becoming a professional engineer or a project leader. “I’m just really happy to be here in Kansas City,” Eion said. “There are lots of feelings of home here.” n

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AUSTIN

SINGLE-FAMILY HOME –

$286,700

$315,000

$515,100

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

$70,215

$71,742

$80,954

RENT – Monthly 1 Bedroom Outside of Centre

$809.87

$1,114.38

$1,141.03

UTILITIES

$173.69

$175.50

$142.16

$60.00

$55.00

$57.50

1 Gallon

$2.17

$2.50

$2.32

MOVIE

$12.00

$14.00

$12.00

INTERNET

$62.12

$67.96

$61.26

FITNESS

$44.79

$35.92

$42.66

CAPPUCCINO

$4.43

$4.28

$4.45

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Kansas City Tops the List in Affordability and Quality of Life There’s no doubt that Kansas City is abundant in art, culture, shopping and sports, but if we’re being practical, numbers matter too. Fortunately, the Kansas City region scores just as well in cost of living as it does in quality of life. Kansas City’s local real estate market is strong and thriving, a trend that is expected to continue in the years ahead. When stacked up next to comparable cities like Chicago, Austin and San Francisco, Kansas City’s home affordability stands above the rest. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, the median home price in the Kansas City region is $287,000 as compared to $348,000 for Chicago, $515,000 for Austin and over $1.3 million for San Francisco.

Kansas City also takes top rank when looking at livable home space for the investment. On average, a buyer looking in the $250,000 to $350,000 range in Kansas City can anticipate homes with two to four bedrooms and averaging between 1,200 to 3,000 square feet.

But time is money too, and establishing a positive work life balance makes drive time another highly important factor. Nearly 70% of Kansas City residents report commute times under 30 minutes, regardless of which side of the state line or which community they live in.

And Kansas City comes through for the win in number of bedrooms and square footage for the price, regardless of the price range.

From golf course communities to lake living and urban condos to quiet culs de sac, Kansas City has an option for everyone. If you’re looking at moving to the Kansas City area, partner with an expert. Not only are REALTORS® experts on the city, but they are knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to finding you the right home in the perfect location. REALTORS® are the best resource to begin your homebuying journey. SPONSORED CONTENT


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Forty-nine years ago, Richard Nixon won his second term, polyester leisure suits were fashion-forward and Kansas City International Airport opened for business. Clearly, much has changed since 1972! Even the airport’s three-terminal layout – once seen as innovative – fell from favor in the 21st Century. In 2017, voters approved construction of a new single-terminal KCI, slated to open on the site of the old Terminal A in early 2023. Bearing a $1.5 billion price tag, it’s officially the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history. Justin Meyer, Kansas City Deputy Aviation Director, is happy to report that with construction more than halfway complete, the project is still “on budget and on time.” That’s no small feat, given how intensely COVID-19 affected the airline industry in 2020. But, Justin says, because most construction materials had already been procured, the new 44

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KCI will be delivered “post-pandemic at a prepandemic price.” Collaboration being key to efficiencies in the Build KCI project, Kansas City Aviation Director, Pat Kline, adds that the stakeholders “have all been wonderful.” Since the first steel beams began emerging from the ground early in 2020, crews have been steadily shaping the airport’s form – a striking, two-story, glass-enclosed “H” structure that resembles the renovations at Dallas Love Field and the new airport in Indianapolis. “We’re in good company with those two,” Justin says. The 1 million-sq.-ft. facility – that’s about the length of two football fields – will house all ticketing and security operations in one area, with escalators and automated walkways to help whisk passengers to their gates. A 6,300-car parking garage adjacent to the terminal will add to the ease of catching a flight. Pat is particularly proud of another feature – glass passenger boarding bridges instead of enclosed steel walkways connecting aircraft to the


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terminal gate. With one for each of the 39 gates, “KCI will have the most glass boarding bridges at any airport in North America,” Pat says excitedly. Thanks to the upbeat budget numbers, the team has been able to revisit amenities shelved early on. Like a Flight Simulation Lab for apprehensive travelers, a USO Lounge and an inclusive children’s play area built for all levels of ability. Concessions have not yet been finalized, but an ambitious mix of local and national names serving a wide variety of food and drink is promised. And yes, barbecue is part of the plan! Additional amenities will delight passengers, whether flying out or passing through. From private changing rooms exclusively created for the emergency wardrobe change to peaceful meditation rooms for a space to get centered in the midst of stressful travel, the thoughtful and inclusive designs will ensure KC’s front door is as welcoming as the people that live here. “As more people using the airport can actually see the progress, they’re getting excited,” Pat says. “It’s great to get calls like that!” n

GETTING AROUND KC KC Streetcar It started with a 2.2-mile route from the River Market to Union Station and will soon expand dramatically. North to the riverfront and south past the Country Club Plaza all the way to the University of Missouri Kansas City campus. All anticipated to be up and running by 2025.

RideKC This metro-wide partnership aims to “connect people to opportunities” through a variety of mobility services. Its core components are buses, both local and MAX rapid transit lines. A system reboot called RideKC Next will place even more transit muscle along key corridors with shorter waiting times. And all RideKC buses are Zero Fare through 2023.

People-Powered Transit Cyclists enjoy recent improvements including more bike lanes, bike racks and new cycling trails throughout the area. RideKC Bike rents classic bicycles, e-bikes and scooters that can be picked up and dropped off at 40+ convenient locations around town.

Electric Vehicles KC is one of the best places in the country for EV drivers to power up. The Evergy Clean Charge Network touts 2,000+ charging ports around the metro, with a pilot program to piggyback off existing streetlight power that will add even more.

Smart City Technology Real-time traffic and parking data are easily accessible to drivers navigating KC streets and highways. Kiosks downtown offer up-to-the-minute info on transit arrival times, give suggestions of things to do in the area, act as interactive photo booths and more.

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You’re never too young to cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bring a furry friend and grab a beer at Bar K Dog Bar.

From jazz to country to rap, music drums a beat throughout the Heartland.

Explore the 175 acres of lush meadows and beautiful plants at Powell Gardens. Show off your KC pride with a shirt from We Got Your Back Apparel.

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Welcome to Kansas City, a Midwestern metro made up of a multitude of unique communities all interconnected where it matters most; pride in America’s heartland. It’s got all the big city amenities, yet still maintains its small-town vibe. It’s a place where there is always someone new to meet even though everybody may know your name. There’s no shortage of places to “cheers,” build a career, enjoy family fun and exercise new ideas — no matter which pocket of town you live in. Whether you prefer a rural, urban or suburban landscape to call home, there are plenty of ways to customize your day-to-day to meet all of your lifestyle wants and needs.

Big City Vibes Urban neighborhoods located in the heart of KC are brimming with vibrant energy. Downtown you’ll find stunning views of the city’s lights from sky-high luxury apartments as well as intimate stomping grounds in emerging districts like the West Bottoms and Electric Park. Just north of Downtown on the fringes of River Market, the Berkley Riverfront area draws sand volleyball enthusiasts and dog lovers to its spacious trails and courts. Travel a smidge south to explore Martini Corner and Westport — prime locations for some of KC’s hottest restaurants, bars and live music venues. Young professionals bring heart to these neighborhoods where free-to-ride public transit makes it easy to get anywhere you want to go.

Culture All Around An eclectic blend of cultures brings a rich style to the KC region. The 18th & Vine and Crossroads Arts Districts are where art and history come together to create diverse experiences. Home to museums, galleries, eclectic shops and modern housing options, this is where creativity meets culture. Continued

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Along 39th Street and throughout Midtown, you’ll catch a glimpse of some of the most colorful murals across the metro. The Spanish-inspired architecture of the Country Club Plaza exemplifies why KC is also called the City of Fountains. Dozens of water features decorate the streets and corners of this home to top designer fashion shops and premier restaurants. Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas (or KCK to locals), is a thriving neighborhood that honors its Slavic founders’ roots with authentic cuisine and museums.

Scenic Suburbs From quiet nature spots to bustling walkable community centers, the neighborhoods of KC offer something for everyone. Parkville and Liberty are quaint, historic towns known for their beautiful nature sanctuaries and trails. Johnson County suburbs offer residents rolling hills and parks to explore, such as Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa. Lee’s Summit is consistently ranked on Money’s Best Places To Live due to its spacious, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods as well as an abundant park system bordered by multiple lakes. Overland Park, named the No. 1 Place to Raise a Family by WalletHub, has a variety of outdoor shopping and posh retail outlets, as well as an eclectic downtown core. Shawnee’s recent renaissance has launched a variety of chic clothing shops, restaurants and drink establishments. Visit the colorful Iron District in North Kansas City, where boutiques and eateries are housed in converted shipping containers. Or take a walk through the picturesque streets of Prairie Village.

Get Away Nearby Ready to venture off the beaten path? There are plenty of don’t-miss spots just beyond the metro. Lawrence, home to the University of Kansas and less than an hour’s drive west, features a lively downtown with restaurants, breweries and music venues. Just north of KC lies St. Joseph, a unique pocket of Midwest culture and history. Stop in Weston along the way to venture through the multi-level limestone cellar at O’Malley’s 1842 Pub or visit Green Dirt Farm. Travel south to Miami County and have a tasting tour of authentic Missouri wine at one of the many vineyards in the area or take a walk on the wild side by visiting the big cat sanctuary, Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory and Education Center. Whether you like to get loud out on the town or prefer a quiet stroll, whether you can’t get enough of the late-night hustle and bustle of the city or love family trips to check out local art, if you like all these things and more — there’s a place for your heart in KC. n

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Kansas City’s collaborative education landscape provides ample opportunity for students of all backgrounds due to the region’s mix of public, charter and private education, advocacy groups, nonprofits and higher ed. Pathway Financial Education, located in a stateof-the-art facility in KC’s jazz district, opened in fall 2020. This nonprofit provides accessible financial, law, business management and tax education services primarily geared toward small business owners and individuals in underresourced communities.

Similarly, Apprenti, launched by the KC Tech Council in January 2021, provides a non-traditional pipeline for tech talent in under-resourced communities to some of the region’s biggest tech employers, such as Burns & McDonnell, BARR Advisory and CertTech. One of KC’s biggest education influencers is the Real-World Learning (RWL) initiative supported by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. RWL invests in the future of the workforce by providing students the opportunity to explore their interests, aptitudes and skills through local industry opportunities. By 2030, the initiative hopes to see every high schooler in the region graduate with a diploma and market value assets.

The Kauffman Foundation also helps fund other innovative education efforts in the region, such as People of All Colors Succeed (POAC). Founded in 2019, POAC works to create access to job and internship opportunities for marginalized high school students. The Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) partners with Blue Valley and Northland school districts to offer high school students the opportunity to gain real-life business experience and earn college credits through the program. At all stages of education, you’ll find an impressive array of academic options here in KC. n

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Stemming from our rich agricultural history, it’s no secret that Kansas City has the best barbecue around. While we wear the crown thanks to classic spots like Gates Bar-B-Q and new smoke-stack-stars like Harp Barbecue, KC has an endless array of alternative options to satisfy all of your cravings. From thriving farmers’ markets in every community throughout the region and soul food-inspired bites in KC’s historic jazz district to thirst-quenching cocktail and juice bars that help wash it all down, KC boasts an eclectic and vibrant food scene. Diet-inclusive eateries Happy Gillis and Cultivare Greens and Grains are among the growing list of nutritious options that incorporate locally-sourced produce into their menu items, serving up light yet (ful)filling soups, salads and shareables. The Farmhouse and Billie’s Grocery bring nostalgic Midwestern farm-to-table vibes to the heart of the metro with fresh entrees curated from regionally-harvested ingredients. Local beer favorites, including Boulevard Brewery, Servaes Brewing Company and Martin City Brewing, craft an assortment of flavorful brews and often partner with local, mission-driven organizations to add extra purpose to each pour. Continued

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Artisan earth-based options such as Soulcentricitea, which offers 54 flavors of loose leaf tea, and local kombucha tap rooms like Tea-biotics and The Brewkery, are expanding the scope of KC brewing. Enjoy the authentic taste of traditional Pakistani and Indian dishes at cultural eateries such as Kurry Leaves and Seva, or embark on the Forbes-renowned KCK Taco Trail. This deliciously mapped-out tour features more than 50 local taquerias for a historic and flavorful journey with everyone’s favorite Tuesday dish. Looking to celebrate in style? The Mercury Room offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience sitting amongst the stars and the KC skyline while imbibing world-class cocktails. Micheal Smith, one of many James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs in KC, is widely recognized for his Mediterranean and Italian fare at Extra Virgin and Farina. Chef Linda Duerr of The Restaurant at 1900 receives similar accolades for her modern American cuisine. Wherever you choose to explore, your taste buds are in for a never-ending treat in KC. n

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Championship trophies and huge parades downtown. Twice in recent years, Kansas City has celebrated big wins for the Kansas City

Chiefs and Kansas City Royals! But that’s only part of the picture. Sporting Kansas City draws raucous crowds to its Major League Soccer games. And now the Kansas City National Women’s Soccer League (a.k.a., KC WoSo) has begun its own exhilarating brand of play. Each year, T-Mobile Center welcomes the annual Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the NAIA Basketball Championships tip off at Municipal Auditorium. Those stadiums get loud, but nowhere near as noisy as the Kansas Speedway, which hosts two NASCAR events a year – as well as being home to the American Royal World Series of Barbeque. Golf brings the same excitement (without the noise) at courses like The National, designed by Tom Watson. The AdventHealth Championship at the Blue Hills Country Club is a PGA TOURsanctioned event along the Korn Ferry Tour. There’s also action on ice, courtesy of the Kansas City Mavericks from the ECHL professional ice hockey league. Our minor league baseball team, the Kansas City Monarchs, renamed itself in 2021 to honor the city’s Negro Leagues history. Hy-Vee Arena in the West Bottoms is the nation’s first multi-level, multi-functional sports complex, with courts lined for basketball, volleyball, futsal and pickleball. For those who enjoy participating in recreational sports like rugby, tennis and disc golf, facilities and leagues can be found throughout the region. And in 2023, this sports-crazy town takes center stage when the NFL Draft stops in for three days of fun and fandom. n

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For the city known as an epicenter for arts and culture, a year in quarantine was challenging. But when the high-flying aerialists, dancers and musicians known as Quixotic launched a series of live performances atop The Westin Kansas City at Crown in 2020, the message was clear. No one can contain the artistic community in KC! This is evident at the majestic Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts — home to the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The Folly Theatre, built in 1900 and recently restored, is host to world-renowned jazz and classical music tours, stand-up comedians and more. The 8,000 seat Starlight Theatre in Swope Park hosts Broadway shows, touring musicians and unique theatrical shows year-round.

Local theatre thrives on many stages, including those at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The White Theatre at The J, Spinning Tree and First Act Theatre Arts. Artwork from throughout history can be seen at the park-like grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art — also home to Art Course minigolf. A collection of newer works is on display at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. NASA-made glass is the calling card of KC’s distinguished Museum at Prairiefire and the recent $25 million investment in Harry S. Truman Library and Museum reveals why “the buck stops here.” Arts of all kinds — theater, music, visual and more — are the focus of ArtKC’s new campaign, “Who Needs Art?” The year-long effort shines a light on the crucial impact arts and culture play in the community. n

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Behind every champion is an MVP barber. In KC, that barber is DeJuan Bonds. From the ground up, DeJuan built his empire in Kansas City. From cutting the hair of friends and family members at the age of 14 to servicing KC’s world-class athletes - Patrick Mahomes included - DeJuan paved his own path to success. DeJuan built his old school barbershop with a “if you’re gonna do it, do it right,” attitude. The shop is complete with modern amenities and a myriad of KC sports memorabilia. His hard work and resilient attitude are paying off, as he continues to receive accolades for having “the best hands around!”

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AT ONE TIME, KANSAS CITY’S NELLY DON COMPANY WAS THE LARGEST DRESSMAKER OF THE 20TH CENTURY, SELLING MORE THAN 50 MILLION DRESSES FROM 1916 TO 1978.

Fast-forward to today and you’ll see that KC is still a fashion-forward town thanks to designers, makers and a robust retail environment. Fashionistas flock to annual runway shows, including artist Peregrine Honig’s 18th Street Fashion Show that spans a block in the Crossroads Arts District. Kansas City Fashion Week, held in spring and fall, showcases established and emerging regional and national designers. For an instant wardrobe refresh, retailers offer everything from distressed jeans to tailored suits, vintage finds to wedding gowns. Look for national brand names on The Country Club Plaza as well as suburban shopping centers like Town Center Plaza, Oak Park Mall, The Legends and Zona Rosa. Shopping and entertainment districts — like those in Lee’s Summit, Prairie Village, Brookside, Fairway and Crestwood — focus on home-owned shops. Crown Center houses Halls, a revered department store with goods for him, her and kids.

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For bespoke fashions, celebrities and sports figures turn to Paolini Garment Company for suits and tuxedos that reflect their individual style. Meanwhile, Amina Hood’s hand-sewn hats are adored by the trendiest women. And no Kansas Citian — or visitor, for that matter — can be without a t-shirt heralding a local sports team or logo, including Charlie Hustle’s KC-in-a-heart graphic. And Three KC’s “JoeArthur Gatestack” tee, a mash-up of four barbecue joints, got a boost when the owner’s childhood friend Jason Sudeikis wore one on his TV hit “Ted Lasso.” From a dressmaking empire to today, KC caters to every fashion need — from children’s boutiques, pet accessories and casual-to-dressy shops for men and women. Ready? Let’s go shopping! n

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SPORTING KANSAS CITY IS A MODERN SPORTS CLUB. A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ARE MORE THAN FANS. LOUDER THAN SUPPORTERS. BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES. A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE COME TOGETHER. A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE SAY, “WE”. WE RAISE OUR VOICES IN UNISON. WE WEAR OUR COLORS WITH PRIDE. WE SWAY WHEN WE WIN. WE HUG TOTAL STRANGERS. WE COME TOGETHER FOR OUR CITY AND FOR OUR CLUB. THIS IS YOUR INTRODUCTION TO WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PART OF IT. WELCOME TO THE CLUB. WELCOME TO SPORTING KANSAS CITY.


As the second woman to hold a full-time NFL coaching position, the first female to coach in a Super Bowl and the first openly gay coach in the NFL, Katie Sowers is blazing a trail for others. A KC area native, she now finds herself back in her hometown coaching with the KC Chiefs under the Bill Walsh Diversity Fellowship. Katie has chased her passion for sports throughout her entire life. She competed at the highest level of women’s tackle football and was selected as a member of the United States Women’s National Football Team in 2013. Listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Sport by Sport360, Katie is a powerful catalyst for women in sports. @KateSowers5

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Music isn’t in the background in Kansas City. From intimate stages and concert halls to stadiums, festivals and coffee shops, KC Heartland’s soundtrack is a lively mix of homegrown talent and visiting artists that satisfy the widest range of musical tastes.

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In the historic 18th & Vine District, jazz takes center stage in the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum, often featuring local talents like vocalist Delynnia Jannell or composer and saxophonist Bobby Watson. Live jazz is also the focus at Lonnie’s Reno Club, where local musicians and luxe dining meet. Beyond the city’s history in jazz and blues, local musicians are redefining genres, including Calvin Arsenia, a classically trained singer and harpist, The Phantastics, a party band described as “ambassadors of phunk, rap, rock and soul,” Making Movies, a group that mixes Afro-Latino rhythms with rock and roll, and, of course, the multi-talented, Grammy-nominated Janelle Monáe. The area’s venues are as varied as the music. Take in a show or six on the multiple stages at Knuckleheads Saloon, or venture to The Rino for SongLab, a weekly open mic night for aspiring singer-songwriters. Join 19,000 friends for a concert at T-Mobile Center in the Power & Light District, or keep it small with live music at the elegant Corvino Supper Club in the Crossroads Arts District. Even a global pandemic couldn’t stop the music. Lemonade Park, a new outdoor venue showcasing live, local music, arose in the KC’s Stockyards District in 2020. n


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A native of Sonora, Mexico, Marissa founded Yoli Tortilleria alongside husband Mark in 2017. Family road trips she experienced as a child heavily influenced her journey as an entrepreneur. From Sonora all the way to the Yucatan Peninsula, Marissa’s travels allowed her to learn of the nuances between regional cuisines. With a mission to bring people together, Yoli products are inspired by those trips, prioritizing traditional processes and local ingredients. Yoli’s retail shop, in KC’s Westside neighborhood, offers tortillas, salsas, aguas frescas and even more seasonal items. Yoli products can also be found in restaurants and grocers across the region and online. EatYoli.com

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Family Fun in KC: Ready, Set, Explore By ANN CLIFFORD

Activities to engage and entertain each member of the family are everywhere you turn in Kansas City. The challenge is choosing what to do next. Start outside. Among the region’s thousands of acres of parks and preserves, take a walk on the wildlife side at James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, which is also a prime fishing spot with Honker Pond just for kids. Or discover the 2,100+ miles of trails for walking and cycling, such as the Trolley Track Trail through the Plaza and Brookside neighborhoods.

For off-the-beaten-path adventures, zipline through the trees at Zip KC, pick your own produce at Pendleton’s Kaw Valley Country Market or visit the residents of YaYa’s Alpaca Farm. When it’s time for a cool-down, make a splash at one of the area’s many water attractions, like Lake Olathe’s Sprayground or Summit Waves Water Park, which also hosts “dive-in” movie nights. Family-friendly sports are available year-round. Strike up a pickleball match at Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village or shoot hoops on the 12 hardwood courts at HyVee Arena.

Explore the many youth sports programs offered through The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy, Heartland Soccer Association and YMCA of Greater Kansas City. Feed your curiosity with visits to the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, Wonderscope Children’s Museum or Science City. One-of-a-kind memories are guaranteed when you tour Shatto Milk Company, go tubing at Weston’s Snow Creek or take a trip back in time with a visit to Farm Town at the National Agricultural Center. n KC OPTIONS 2021 | 2022

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Kansas City’s Role Models FOUR KC NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE PLAYERS REPRESENT THE ENTIRE TEAM’S PASSION AND LOVE FOR THE GAME — AND EACH OTHER. By KATIE VAN LUCHENE

There’s no dispute that Kansas City is a sports town. It starts with cheering on rival teams at the high school and university level and escalates to flat-out love for the Chiefs, the Royals and Sporting KC. But Kansas Citians still found room in their hearts for the KC National Women’s Soccer League, formed in December 2020. The team came with a ready-made fan club: The Heartland Soccer Association is the largest soccer league and tournament host in the United States. Over 1,300 teams and 3,000 youth from age 9 to 19 compete each season.

Owners Angie and Chris Long, along with partner Brittany Matthews, did more than just create a roster of talented young women. They established a culture. “From day one it was important to foster an environment of inclusion, excitement and energy,” Chris says. Angie adds, “That energy extends on and off the field. As an organization we want to partner with not-for-profits like Variety KC that helps special-needs children gain mobility and freedom. And our players will be out in the community to help encourage a love of sports for females of all ages. They’re all eager to become role models to girls and young women.” Continued KC OPTIONS 2021 | 2022

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But for today, four of these role models become models. Lo’eau LaBonta (who everyone calls Lo), Kiki Pickett, Kristen Edmonds and Victoria Pickett posed in their tealand-red team uniforms before changing into head-turning fashions, showing a side of themselves crowds don’t see on the pitch. And, while there was no game-day huddle with their signature “KC Baby!” the women encouraged one another as each took her turn in front of the camera. The connection they feel is palpable. That camaraderie was especially gratifying to Kiki, one of the last to join the team after an outstanding season at Pepperdine. “You know how you always hang back,” she said, “wanting to see how you fit into a group? Within a day I wasn’t the new player. I was a member of the team.” Kansas City put out its welcome mat as well. Between photo takes, the players talked about how KC has made them feel special. “The outpouring of support has been so cool,” Lo said. “The fans showing up and getting loud — especially the Blue Crew (a riotous fan group that shows up with drums and banners) — gives us extra energy during home games.” Kristen said it was amazing to see city landmarks including Union Station and downtown’s Power & Light Building illuminated in teal before the first home game. “And seeing billboards with our pictures and the team logo has been awesome,” she said. “Everyone involved, from the front office and owners to our coaches — and especially the city — make us feel respected and important.” The team is eager to return the favor. #WePlayForKC is more than a hashtag; it’s their mission. Victoria brushed back tears as she related a moment during the season opener at Legends Field that crystalized the community connection. “During the National Anthem, I looked up at the scoreboard with images from the crowd and saw a girl wearing a jersey with ‘V Pickett’ on the back. “That brought it home to me,” she said. “We have an opportunity to make a positive impact on young athletes. To let them know, ‘I can do this,’ whether they’re playing sports in school or hope to become professional.” Starting the following weekend, fans were rewarded with back-to-back wins at its hometown arena, a wellearned boost to the team’s confidence. Game on, KC. Game on. n

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