The nuptial experts at Mr. & Mrs. take a serious approach toward matching couples with their ideal wedding planner, using a brief quiz to gauge clients’ preferences and personalities before they even walk through the door. Once seated in one of Mr. & Mrs. consultation suites, couples glean wedding-day wisdom from the team’s experts, including Ashley Hotka, a detail-minded floral designer, and Jen Fyffe, a wedding coordinator who hails from California. Combining a professional touch with a stress-free attitude, each consultant walks pairs through the vendor selection process and helps them to set up meetings and make decisions about everything from the catering menu to the music. Mr. & Mrs. also opens up its brightly colored studio space for DIY workshops, where couples gather to learn wedding day dances or timing tricks to ensure the reception flows smoothly between the best man’s speech and pickle-throwing contests.
At Screenland, campy and classic are rarely mutually exclusive terms. The movie theater serves as a cinematic time machine, transporting spectators through the history of Hitchcock's mysteries and straight into the heyday of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Though it also shows current titles, its schedule is often beholden to audience whims—the Crossroads location hosts new independent films that are uniquely screened at this sole location. This dual devotion to cherished and modern flicks helped Screenland earn the 2012 Readers' Choice award for Best Movie Theater from the Pitch.
Even outside the projection room, nostalgia rules. More than 40 games, from Donkey Kong to Missile Command, test dexterity at the Crossroads location's retro arcade, where guests can purchase passes to play indefinitely or until Frogger finally flags down a cab. Photographs taken by former Kansas City mayor Dick Berkley accompany historical trivia in the adjacent gallery, and celebrity handprints mark the outdoor patio. Greeting cinephiles out front is a marquee salvaged from the Isis Theatre, just as it once greeted a young Walt Disney when he shared his early animations there.
Wedding receptions and corporate meetings alike have taken advantage of the theater's capacity for private functions. At both exclusive and public events, however, a full-service bar supplies guests with libations, cracking open bottles of Boulevard Pale Ale and Tallgrass Velvet Rooster.
Managed by a local firefighter, JunkFighter's team of clutter combatants ushers away infernal piles of commercial and residential junk. Priced in whole or fractional truckloads, JunkFighter’s services rid residences and businesses of unwanted furniture, appliances, and construction or yard waste. All the junk they process is taken to an LEED-certified transfer station, which sorts out all recyclable materials and reconstitutes them as giant pandas.
At its new location in the vibrant Power and Light District, Lovebird drapes patrons in denim, dresses, tops, and vintage accessories for women. Show spring solidarity with an empire-waist floral top ($48) from Tulle or transport your ensemble to the world of chic in the sleek spaceship of a slimming skinny tee ($22), available in an array of colors.
Imagery is a locally owned and operated boutique with an ardent and indefatigable focus on building relationships with chic-seeking locals. Keep extremities safe from the slaps of winter’s wind hands with super-stretchy Ryu leggings ($65) or lush layers of jackets, tunics, and sweaters. With a pair of jeans from Do Denim, Reunion, Miss Me, LTB, or Johnny Max, victims of recent de-pantsings can recover with their dignity and come back more alluring than before. Men can achieve sartorial nirvana with custom suits, ensure consistent punctuality with an Android timepiece, or lounge gracefully in one of Imagery's many man Ts (less than $50). Accessorize your newly minted look with costume jewelry, vintage remakes, or one-of-a-kind pieces designed and created by the hands or tentacles of local artists.
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