Just step outside to discover murals and street art plastering the walls of KC. Much of the work is displayed in the thriving Crossroads Arts District. Popular murals include #KC Loves, Maker Mural, and the Power and Light District Mural. Creativity flows through KC. Learn more about the murals, artists and where to find the city’s most Insta-worthy shots.
Julia has a soulful voice with quiet charisma. She started on the local music scene with Motown/Soul band The Good Foot after studying at the University of Missouri Kansas City conservatory. Julia likes to keep a varied catalogue of music by mixing jazz and soul with elements of reggae, rock and funk. She is recording an album with HiLux with titles like, “Don’t Blame Me,” “Dance with My Baby” and “Take Me Where You Are.” Julia believes the musical energy in Kansas City is emulating, “We really cherish what we create and support anyone working hard to visualize their dreams.”
Kansas City is nationally unique because a state line (Missouri/Kansas) bisects the metropolitan area. From the downtown area to the north, the Missouri River defines the states’ shared boundary. From a point just west of downtown, the Missouri River runs south through the center of the metro area. See a map of OneKC.
For many, brunch is a weekend tradition to be upheld in the highest fashion. Don’t miss a beat visiting some of the best brunch spots in KC. Local favorites like The Farmhouse, Ça Va, Happy Gillis Café & Hangout and The Brass Onion. Show your friends that you do not mess around when it comes to brunch showstoppers in KC.
Owner, Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters
Bo and Thou Mayest have been recognized by Feast Magazine’s Feast 50 Awards (2015-2016), Star Chefs – Rising Stars (2016), Pitch’s Best of Awards (2015-2016), and the 25 Best Roasters Across the Country (2016). The shop’s continued climb to popularity has been recently accompanied by accolades such as inclusion in KCUR’s Best Coffee Shops in Kansas City 2018 and as a finalist for a Sprudgie Award for a collaboration with J. Rieger & Co. Caffé Amaro on packaging design.
KC locals love to sport their regional pride. All across the region you’ll find locally made products that are one-of-a-kind. Places like Normal Human, Made in KC, and Charlie Hustle carry everything from T-shirts and jewelry to screen printed wall art and snacks.Shop local in KC to discover hidden treasures and uncover the true meaning of KC proud.
There’s a lot to know about KC. What are the top industries? How do you get around? Why are people so obsessed with shuttlecocks? Visit LiveWorkKC.com for an encyclopedia of information on the region.
Food trucks all over KC serve up a mix of Midwest favorites and forward-thinking cuisine. Food trucks offer a quick - but filling - meal throughout the region. Local mobile favorites include KC Food Truck Mafia, The Casual Foodie, and Taco Republic Truck. Explore the scene to satisfy your wildest of cravings.
From KC‘s rich history, renowned jazz artists, and serving up the nation’s finest barbecue, KC is grabbing the world’s attention. Most recently, KC caught the attention of Google and was named the first U.S. city on its Arts & Culture Platform. From learning about the legacy of jazz in our region and exploring the mini-city neighborhoods, to quick tips on food, music and history.
KC Crew is a cutting edge adult sports league and special events company started designed for people that are awesome, by people that are awesome. The goal is to connect fun-loving, social individuals through entertaining sports and events. Whether it’s a rec sports league, urban golf tournament or anything in-between - you’ll join a high-energy group with KC Crew.
Managing Partner of Ça Va
In 2014, Caitlin won the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition. She is a Level II Certified Sommelier, and at Ça Va, KC’s first and only Champagne bar, they have champagne and sparkling wine from every corner of the world. Caitlin was recently awarded a James Beard Foundation fellowship with the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) program for female food industry entrepreneurs and restaurant owners at Babson College in Massachusetts.
The KCP&L neighborhood is a lively restaurant and entertainment district located in KC’s downtown core. Just across the street from the Sprint Center, you’ll find KC Live!, an outdoor concert space known as “the living room.”
With roots in ancient harvest celebrations, tailgating in Kansas City is something akin to a religion for many residents—and something truly unique to this city. If you’re not a football fan, just move your tailgate across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium, where the tradition is just as strong for the Kansas City Royals, recognized for the “best tailgate parties in baseball” by USA Today. Read more
Kansas City is well-known for jazz, but that is just the beginning of what the metro area has to offer. With an assortment of concerts, festivals and venues, nearly every musical taste can be satisfied. Read more.
Clothing Designer and Entrepreneur
Chase is a young and ambitious entrepreneur with a passion for vintage tees and textile design. After starting his first business at the age of 20, a T-shirt subculture and lifestyle blog, he quickly became interested in creating designs of his own influenced by the T-shirts he had come across over the years. Linking up with his close friend Josh Riesgo, they launched Charlie Hustle in 2012. Their top-selling tee, the KC Heart design, seen throughout the city, wasn't on the initial roster of T-shirts when they first launched, but it has quickly become a signature piece. Chase's most ambitious goal is to be a part of bringing back the Kings (NBA Basketball) to Kansas City.
KC boasts numerous ways to get around. The free-to-ride KC Streetcar zips up and down a 2.2 mile rail, soon to expand another 6 miles. This strip also sports a Smart City intelligence network in partnership with Cisco. Read more about the variety of public transportation options available in KC.
From James Beard award winning chefs and restaurants to the best hole-in-the-walls in the world, the tastes of Kansas City will astound your pallet. Read more about the world renowned food and beverage to be found - and don’t worry - there is plenty of life beyond our amazing barbeque.
From prominent families and legacy brands like Kauffman and Hallmark, to the next generation of extraordinary volunteers and fundraisers, giving back is in Kansas City’s roots. The annual Big Slick event raises millions of dollars for local hospital, Children’s Mercy, and is hosted by KC-native celebrities Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle and more. Find your place and purpose in KC.
Founder & CEO, MADI Apparel
MADI Apparel - Make a Difference Intimate Apparel, is a women's underwear line that donates a pair of underwear to a woman in need for every pair sold. The elegant intimates are made in the U.S., out of organic bamboo. Hayley founded the company based on a single statistic: underwear is the most-needed and under-donated item of clothing in the U.S., and new underwear tops the most-urgent needs list of nearly every domestic violence shelter.
Being bored is not allowed - and hardly possible with all there is to do in Kansas City. A recreation revolution has arrived, and its brought everything from indoor skydiving and axe throwing to ziplines, escape rooms, pickleball bars and more. See why we can’t sit still.
Health care knows no boundaries of gender, race or language, so it’s only fitting one of the minds behind its technological advancement is also leading the charge for diversity in the industry. Meet Denisse Osorio de Large of Cali, Colombia, and learn more about why she chooses KC as a software engineering executive.
Devin Caruthers feels called to help the youth of Kansas City. During his 16 years at a multidisciplinary engineering firm, Devin has used the company’s resources to create opportunities for KC’s underserved students. Learn more about the unique advantages of giving back in KC.
Owner, Purple Label Luxury Barbershop
DeJuan graduated from Ea La Mars Cosmetology and Barber College in 1995 and opened the doors to his first shop in 1997, Napps Barbershop. In 2010, DeJuan opened Purple Label. He specifically decided to change the name in an effort to broaden the demographic and diversity of his customers. Purple, to signify royalty and the Paleolithic tradition that cutting hair was a duty of the wisest priests, and Label, as a reference to his first storefront, Napps. In 1998, DeJuan became the Official Barber of the Kansas City Chiefs and in 2004, he became Barber to the Royals.