[DISCOVERING] KC Crossroads Arts District

I think people oftentimes stereotype the midwest as being “cows and cornfields” or “nothing but grasslands”. While that is true for some parts of the midwest, there is SO much more to the middle of the US states than stereotypical “midwest stuff”. Something that Kansas City is known for is its Crossroads Arts District. Here, there is various types of art ranging from pink angel wings painted on a white wall to cool textile windows.

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You may be thinking, “So what? There’s some cool paintings, but what’s the point?!” Oh, let me tell you. The Arts District is the perfect place to go walk through on a nice day. It is one place that my boyfriend and I love to go to when the weather is nice just to walk around. It’s also near the plaza so it is one of the best places in KC for walking around and enjoying each other’s company.

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My boyfriend and I in front of the Art Wall in the Crossroads Arts District

Another fun thing about the Arts District relates to what I mentioned earlier about it being near the Plaza. The Plaza is an area that is filled to the brim with things to do. With the Arts District being a quick 7-10 minute walk from the Plaza, it’s easy to make an afternoon out of it! Grab a few friends or your significant other and hit the Plaza for a quick shopping trip, coffee, or a bite to eat then head on over to the Crossroads Arts District to fill you up with some creativity and inspiration.

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My best friend, Faith Johnson, in front of the Art Wall in the Crossroads Arts District

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” -Alan Alda

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[DISCOVERING] Heirloom Bakery & Hearth

Located on 63rd and Oak Street in Kansas City, Missouri is the baby blue building known as Heirloom Bakery & Hearth. The cozy wood tables and cute little aloe plants combined with an aroma of espresso have a way of making you feel right at home as you sit in Heirloom.

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Heirloom is a place that I love to go with friends if I’m needing a little escape from reality. My best friend Faith and I like to call it our “coffeeshop home”. You may laugh, but really…..it’s like a little home in the way that the staff treats you with such care and kindness and also in the way that it is decorated! BUT, with that being said, it’s a place that I refuse to take homework to. I love doing homework in coffee shops and bakeries, but Heirloom is a place that, when I think of it, I don’t want to think about doing all my homework, I want to think about good conversations, great company, and of course, a yummy latte along with a gluten-free, caramel drizzled brownie (or two)!

Among the many things that I love about Heirloom, the wide variety of the treats that they have is most definitely near the top of the list. Not only do they sell them, but they MAKE them! How cool is that?! Fresh, homemade treats of all kind. Everything from brownies and cookies to breads and poptarts – it doesn’t get much better than that!

So, next time you’re out and about, searching for the perfect spot to camp out at for an hour or so, pop on over to Heirloom. You are guaranteed to be greeted with a smile and to leave with a belly full of good coffee and yummy pastries.

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