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Meatloaf Sandwich from The Brick – a Triple D Featured Restaurant

It’s foodie Friday and we don’t have a recipe for you but we do have a great place eat if you are in Kansas City.  A couple of years ago The Brick was featured on one of my favorite Food Network shows, Diners Drive-In’s & Dives.  I had the meatloaf sandwich with a spicy Chipotle Ketchup (yum!) and Kristi had the Pubby Burger with Bleu cheese crumbles, bacon, and topped with an onion ring…how could there possibly be anything wrong with that combination?  The sweet potato fries with sea salt rocked, service was great…and we were thrilled to be eating in a one-of-a-kind restaurant instead of one of the big box restaurants that seem to have taken over.

The Brick is located in the  Crossroads Arts District downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  You can find them online at:  www.thebrickkcmo.com.  This is First Friday weekend so if you want to find some cool art or vintage finds head on down there and check it out!

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Meatloaf Sandwich: Meatloaf, Pepper Jack cheese, spicy chipotle ketchup on wheatberry bread.

Top 10 Places to Shop For Antiques & Vintage Items in Kansas City Area

We visit many antique stores, architectural salvage shops and thrift stores searching for unique items to make into jewelry.   We often find ourselves wandering down tiny winding paths in stores filled to the ceiling with treasures.  Kristi has a history of tripping over things and getting her scarf stuck in running fans and I have an extremely sensitive nose so I have been known to gag dramatically now and then at the pungent smells around us.  Our shopping excursions are always filled with adventure, fun and a lot of laughter.   Today we are going to share the best of the best, in our humble opinion.  Taking into account cleanliness, organization and unique finds the following are our top 10 favorite places to shop for vintage and antique items in the Kansas City Area:

  1. Jesse James Antique Mall, St. Joseph, Missouri (www.jessejamesantiquemall.com).
  2. The Brass Armadillo, Kansas City, Missouri (www.brassarmadillo.com/kansascity).
  3. Rivermarket Antique Store, Kansas City, Missouri (www.rivermarketantiquemall.com).
  4. Lucky Dog Vintage, West Bottoms Kansas City, Missouri(https://www.facebook.com/LuckyDogVintage/info).
  5. West Side Story, Kansas City, Missouri (http://www.thewestsidestorey.com/).
  6. Hickory Dickory, West Bottoms, Kansas City, Missouri (https://www.facebook.com/hickorydickorykc).
  7. Timeless Treasures, Claycomo, Missouri (433 U.S. 69  Kansas City, MO 64119).
  8. Nook & Cranny, West Bottoms, Kansas City, Missouri (www.facebook.com/NookandCrannyKC?ref=br_tf).
  9. Jeff’s Architectural Salvage, Weston, Missouri (www.jeffsarchitecturalsalvage.tinytownsusa.com).
  10. The Hillcrest thrift stores in Liberty and Parkville, Missouri (www.hillcresttransitionalhousing.org/thrift-shops).

The best way to find out about new merchandise, sales and events at your favorite stores is to “Like” their Facebook page.  We love the daily updates and inspiration that we get from our favorite stores!

If, like us, repurposing is your passion we highly recommend that you follow the Junk Mafia Gang via their “Junk In My Trunk” radio show, Facebook or check out their website (www.junkmafia.com).  In their own words Darren, Ed and their team are “reporters of JUNK, Day Trips, Road Trips, independent business owners, restaurants, truck stops, and all of the other things that make the road ways of this great country a wonderful place to live and love!!”.  Hang Ups in KC is thrilled to be:

This summer I discovered the Granddaddy of all Antique Stores near Perth, Ontario, Canada.  I will blog about it next week with some pictures.  In the meantime we would love to hear about your favorite places to find antiques and vintage items.  It doesn’t matter if you are not local.  We travel frequently and are always looking for new places to check out.

West Bottoms Shopping in Kansas City

One of our favorite things to do, aside from making jewelry out of vintage and upcycled materials, is  shopping for vintage and upcycled materials.  We go to yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, antique stores, flea markets and salvage yards to find material and inspiration.

As we mentioned in a previous blog (Hang Ups at Lucky Dog Vintage), Kansas City has a neighborhood called West Bottoms that is made up of antique stores and art galleries housed in historic buildings.  If you love an original artsy and vintage vibe and are in the area, it is definitely worth visiting.  The first weekend of every month is a big deal in this area – it’s called Warehouse Weekend/ First Friday Weekend and all the stores are open.  We thought we’d share our First Friday shopping adventure with you by taking you to the stores that we visited today.

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Hickory Dickory is a great store that has an inside and outside retail area.  I found some typewriter keys and fabulous vintage earrings there.  They are only open on First Friday Weekends but are worth the month long wait to check them out.

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Next stop:  Lucky Dog Vintage!  Of course they are our favorite not only because they carry our jewelry line but also because they have beautiful repurposed furniture, home décor and unusual finds.  Look what else we found there – Junk Mafia’s Junk Journal!  Junk Journal is a great place to learn about great new finds in the world of repurposing.  To learn more about Junk Mafia visit their website at www.junkmafia.com.  Lucky Dog Vintage is open Friday & Saturdays every weekend of the month and extended hours Friday, Saturday & Sunday’s of First Friday Weekends.

Third Stop:  Stuffology.  One word:  Gorgeous!  They are open First Friday Weekends and by appointment.

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Fourth Stop:  Liberty Belle.  We fell in love with the metal art that was located by the door.  They are open First Friday Weekends only.

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Fifth Stop:  Bella Patina.  Three floors of fabulous vintage, antique & repurposed furniture, and decorations.  They are open First Friday Weekends only.

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Sixth Stop:  Restoration Emporium.  Check out these displays!  There is so much to love about this very large store which is full of repurposed home décor items.  They are open First Friday weekends of every month.  On their Facebook page they note that they have Boutique hours on Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday 10-3pm.

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Seventh Stop:  Nook & Cranny.   Nook & Cranny has typewriters, vintage jewelry, silverware and antique books so of course we fell in love with this store!  They have so much diverse and interesting stock that you need some time to properly go through this store.  They are open every Saturday of the month and Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday on First Friday Weekends.

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Eighth Stop:  Good Ju Ju. Good Ju Ju is a store made up of more than 20 antique dealers so there is an excellent variety available.  Our favorite find today was the pink antique Maytag washing machine.  Good Ju Ju is open First Friday Weekends.

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Ninth Stop:  Rag and Bone.  This was our first visit to Rag and Bone and we loved it!  They have a great selection of re-purposed furnishings, original art and unique vintage treasures. Check out their record department.  How cool is that display?  Rag and Bone is open every weekend.

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Whew, nine large stores in one day!  We didn’t even come close to visiting all the amazing stores in the West Bottoms and are excited about our next trip down there.  If you’d like to learn more about Kansas City’s historical West Bottoms you can visit their website at www.westbottoms.com.

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

Hang Ups at Lucky Dog Vintage, West Bottoms, Kansas City

We are very excited to announce that our Hang Ups jewelry is available at Lucky Dog Vintage in the West Bottoms of Kansas City.  Lucky Dog Vintage is located at 1231 Union Avenue, Kansas City, MO.  They are open Fridays and Saturdays 10-5pm weekly and extended hours on First Friday Weekends.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with First Friday weekends in the West Bottoms we highly recommend that you check out the fantasic antique vendors and art galleries in the area.  First Fridays take place the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every month.

The West Bottoms is a historic area of downtown Kansas City that has been a central marketplace dating back the early 19th century. The historic buildings now house businesses that focus on reclaimed, repurposed and vintage items.

Our Hang Ups jewelry line is featured near the cash area at Lucky Dog Vintage.  We have a created a selection of vintage silverware jewelry, antique key jewelry, repurposed belt bracelets/ necklaces, typewriter key jewelry, handmade cards and a variety of other jewelry.

Lucky Dog Vintage is a large store full of amazing finds.  We thought we’d give you a taste of some of the fun stuff available.

Stop by and check it out for yourself.  We promise that you won’t be disappointed!