Across Cork and Barrel’s shelves, cubbies, and barrels repurposed into tabletops sprawl bottles of all kinds. Labels hint at the European and American provenance of a huge selection of wines. Notes of red peppers, chocolate, or fruit wait to leap from adventurous small-batch craft brews, from saisons—light Belgian ales—to potently hopped double india pale ales. Beer-brewing classes introduce the art of combining barley, hops, water, and yeast, and guests in art classes sip wine while swirling blues and greens for landscapes or portraits of Gumby weeping.
At Tactical Simulation Solutions, a set of hypothetical scenarios unfold in choose-your-own-adventure style, teaching students to make the split-second decisions associated with firearm force. The scenarios create an immersive experience that safely recreate conflict stresses. Beyond simulations, the center’s team of NRA-certified instructors teach the skills and legal expertise required for a concealed-carry permit or bring students up-to-date on defensive pistol maneuvers.
Harrah’s VooDoo Lounge hosts distinguished evenings of upscale boogying on an immense dance floor bathed in light shows and thumping, DJ-spun beats. After stepping to the front of the line, VIP guests traipse to their velvet-roped private table, where servers present a bottle of wine or liquor such as Belvedere vodka, Tanqueray gin, or Captain Morgan rum. Patrons can combine their chosen libations with four complimentary cans of Red Bull and nonalcoholic mixers, or sample cocktail selections spilled forth from three bars and the glasses of compulsive hand wavers (not included with today’s Groupon). Rhythms of top 40 dance, house, and hip-hop lay the soundtrack as go-go dancers and silk aerialists illuminate the visual landscape with graceful athleticism and misplaced fabric swatches.
A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
Though Tiffany Nelson and Brian Wilkerson have always been passionate about athletics, they come from two fairly different backgrounds. Tiffany was a top softball and track athlete in college before taking up a career as a physiotherapist, while Brian served in the Marine Corps and became a Kansas City police officer. Despite their differences in history and profession, the duo united in their passion for the CrossFit program.
They pack their no-frills facility with training equipment and free weights, welcoming fitness-seekers of all ages and fitness levels. More than just a place to work out, the duo strives to foster a sense of community at their gym—providing constant motivation, updating their website with fitness and nutrition articles, and conducting a special workout on each clients birthday before breaking open a piñata with their bare hands.
There seems to be support waiting around every corner of North Kansas City Hospital’s 69-acre campus. Whether through their acute care facility, their accredited chest-pain center, a children’s learning center, or a pavilion dedicated to an array of inpatient and outpatient services, the healing center dispenses cures for ailments both big and small. In addition to fixing physical problems, such as a broken bone or a bad haircut, the hospital also offers support in the form of counseling and group fitness classes such as yoga, Zumba, and kickboxing.