Since 1957, HiBoy Drive-In's retro neon palace has been grilling and frying meals on the go. The classic quarter-pound HiBoy burger ($4.50) stacks a quarter-pound patty with basic burger accoutrements, including the secret-recipe HiBoy sauce, kept in a vault guarded by braver sauces. Crisp onion rings ($3.19) and crunchy pickles ($3.19) emerge from the fryer, ready to be washed down with a sweet peach Nehi float ($2.79).
"Our upstairs rooms used to be cold in the winter and hot in the summer," states one customer. "Now it's perfect year round." This praise, along with a slew of other positive testimonials, which applaud Better Service, Inc. for their "utmost professionalism" and problem-solving skills, allude to the technicians’ exceptional reputations. Servicing all brands, they can install heat pumps, repair humidifiers, and perform air-quality checks to ensure that their customers are inhaling clean air in their homes instead of air filled with pollutants or mashed potatoes and gravy.
Colonial Nursery has equipped gardeners with an extensive stock of blossoms, greenery, and landscaping products since 1969. Greenery gurus stand by to answer gardening questions and help shoppers navigate aisles brimming with annuals, perennials, and semimillennials. Apart from a Bing Crosby soundtrack at the mall, nothing says the holidays quite like the red, white, and marbled petals of potted poinsettia plants ($3.99–$18.99) or a christmas cactus ($12.39). Live spruces and pines ($65) rally seasonal sentiments, and bundles of firewood ($4.99) feed chimneys’ insatiable appetite for trees.
Clark's Tool & Equipment opened in the 1970s as a discount tool shop, but when Don Gamble took the helm, he swapped out the supply of inexpensive outlet supplies to feature quality, American-made tools. Since then, the single shop has blossomed into four retail stores and a 15,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with a full line of brands such as SK Hand Tools, Ingersoll Rand, and Eagle Industries. The emporium of tools is an authorized supplier to industry students and teachers with a strong clientele in the rail, trucking, and manufacturing sectors.
Clark's catalog of tools and accessories includes hand tools, electric tools, and abrasives that summon the steady hands and keen eyes of everyone from industrial veterans to DIY enthusiasts. Safety equipment, tool accessories, and compressors are available to round out every toolbox with the appropriate fixings. Expert technicians also sharpen dulled blades, saws, and gardening tools and bring damaged or broken power tools back to life with skilled repair services.
In 1988, potter Michael Smith invited a small group of peers to his home to share ideas and further explore the art of clay manipulation. After just a few meetings, the group quickly grew to include around 70 craftspeople, who started meeting at the Kansas City Art Institute instead of inside Smith's giant conch shell. These regular get-togethers laid the groundwork for the initial incarnation of KC Clay Guild, a place where artists could socialize, buy materials in bulk, and learn from one another.
Now, the volunteer-run co-op is even larger. It occupies its own facility and has vastly expanded the number of services it provides. Amidst the changes, KC Clay Guild has remained true to its initial goals, guided by a mission statement to support the clay community. Artists of all skill levels enroll in classes that cover an array of techniques, such as wheel throwing, hand building, and slip casting. Members take part in regular meetings, open-studio time, and monthly shows, and visiting artists stop by to lead workshops and repair their ceramic automobiles. The guild even offers a scholarship to high-school seniors and hosts birthday parties, team-building exercises, and family-fun nights for casual potters.