Monday, October 31

Peek Into Oddly Correct

Kansas City, Missouri » Midtown/Westport
This coffee shop/letter press print shop sits on the corner of Main and Westport Road. Its charm and warmth lies in the abundance of textures and handmade details, from the the custom furniture in the relaxing area to the climbing bookcase wall in the back of the store. Exposed brick walls, raw plywood,  transformable walls, a sweet rainbow mug nestled in between letterpress blocks and a vintage typewriter sit comfortably amongst all the beaker-like tools of this coffee purveyor. I grabbed a cup of coffee and read a wonderful children's book while I waited. Each coffee they roast has its own special packaging designed by owner Gregory Kolsto (who you'll meet tomorrow) and is printed in-house. Locals get their coffee delivered by bike. A quirky coffee storefront that will win you over with its distinct personality and product. They just put up a new sign, I can't wait to see it!

Friday, October 28

Smoke 'Em

Kansas City, Missouri » Westport
There's nothing like the smell that embraces you when you walk into a cigar shop. It smells like a man, a manly man. Fidels', a Westport icon for many, many years, has been expanded (slightly–the space is still wonderfully intimate and cozy) and improved upon when it changed ownership in 1998. A lounge with a large round table and a smaller sitting area were added as well as private lockers in the back of the shop. Although we've stopped into Fidels' for the occasional cigar over the years, we didn't know about the lounge or lockers. There's a waiting list for the private lockers, they're all full up right now as annual membership is a mere $200 a year. The lounge, however, is open to anyone who wants to have a seat and have a nice, slow smoke. They don't sell alcohol, but you are welcome to bring your own bottle of scotch or whiskey to enjoy with their cigars. Fidels' was voted by Best Cigar Shop by Pitch readers this year, and now we know why. What an awesome space. We love the varying shades of dark brown, from the cigars and their boxes, to the tobacco leaves in glass jars and the furniture. The typography and design in cigar culture are wonderful. We think Fidels' would be great for a sophisticated bachelor party or a birthday gathering. And definitely just for an unexpected smoke.

Link Love for the Weekend

Light play in a barn in Weston, Missouri. Photos by Tina Magee-Jenks, Backyard Ink.

With holiday parties right around the corner, these fancy little snacks
would be great whether you're hosting at home or for bringing to a party.
Ohmygawd. Too funny. Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses. via @FrancisLam on twitter
Kansas City - Top 10 Destination of 2012, World's Most Beautiful Museums,
one Personal Top 10 of our city.
A Donut Tree! This post was for Halloween, but great for any day really.
A blog for our gluten-adverse readers.
Life on a Cocktail Napkin – really lovely writing, I was only one post in
and hooked. Sad, heartfelt in one, then, next post, I was cracking up.
Thanks to David from Tips for Tips for sharing this link!
Even though they don't need anymore sweaters for penguins
affected by the old spill, we think this is still a great project.
Two things I like about this: it's a folded pie you can eat with
one hand and it has goat cheese. via Jennifer Young Photography
My shower curtain rings/hooks drive me absolutely crazy.
This is an ingenious trick and the photos, of course, are pretty nice.
33 Ways to Stay Creative - I think we do a lot of these but we'll keep doing it more!

Thursday, October 27


Terry R. | Owner
Service Industry Detour
Thirteen years ago, when Terry was going through breast cancer treatment, she underwent a stem cell transplant. She is survivor, but one of the side effects of the procedure left her with a memory short circuit.  Terry says she has great long-term memory, but her short-term memory from the last three to five years, everything runs together. "Sometimes I don't know if I've seen someone 10 years ago or this week," she said.

Before she opened Colfax, Terry had Revue, a boutique that for 17 years, was a go-to dress shop for 39th Street. It was further west on 39th Street in the row of shops across from where Donna's Dress Shop currently sits. After she closed the doors on Revue, she didn't think she would be back in the retail business. "I really didn't think I could top Revue,"she said. "I was fairly played out. I did everything I wanted to do. I was winding down. But apparently not." After buying their current building with the owners of Boomerang, Terry and her business partner are back with Colfax, named for the county in New Mexico which is also the longest street in Denver.

Terry is married to a psychologist, they have a great dog named Diablo, a Black Lab-Blue Heeler mix and together, they develop small properties. "Most of our tenants are independent," she says. "We're real pro-small business. It's a lot of fun seeing small businesses develop."

Take a peek inside Colfax. Our original post here.
Terry was happy to speak with us, but for the love of all that's decent, no pictures.
Tina snuck in a far away shot that I'm in too. That's my "deep listening" pose.

  Make KC Better » A really cool light rail. 
 I think the city is still divided in many ways

Tuesday, October 25

The Roasterie Story Brunch

Prairie Village, KS » The Village
You may remember, but last month, our friend and General Manager of Story invited us out for a special brunch out the restaurant. It was a five-course breakfast paired with Roasterie coffees, but you could order off their regular menu as well. I am the only one who splurged for the tasting menu AND a Bloody Mary. The French Toast and Chicken and Waffles on the regular menu were amazing, but really, everything was beautiful. Five coffees, even half cup tasting pours, were a bit much for me though, and it was difficult coordinating the timing with the kitchen. We even saw some familiar faces, Nancy and Michael Smith, out with their family (last picture, above).

On a side note, the busboy, someone we noticed when they first opened for his nervous energy and saggy pants, is getting our thumbs up. He was a bit green and there was some breakage during those early weeks. But during this meal, we were the clumsy ones. He was at our table immediately, expertly and quickly removing all the linens and resetting the table. His pants were firmly up on his hips, he was friendly and we just want to say, job well done!

See their full brunch menu here.
Full Disclosure: Sloane treated us to brunch. All of it. And it was so good. Thanks Sloanie!