Daniel and Selam Fikru, now husband and wife, met when they were high-school students in their native Ethiopia. They've lived in Kansas City since 1995, and together, they've helped a large following of locals try their first tastes of Ethiopian food and subsequently fall in love with its rich, distinctive spices.
The couple's traditional recipes have earned their restaurant, Blue Nile Cafe, a recommendation from KCUR FM’s Food Critics, a place on LocalEats’ Top 100 Restaurants in Kansas City list, and attention from Pitch. But their success over the past two decades hasn’t come without hard work. According to a profile by the Kansas City Star, Selam is in the kitchen by early morning six days a week, simmering meats and lentils in a medley of ginger, garlic, and rosemary. Selam’s labors yield a bounty of entrees—served atop communal platters—featuring marinated chicken and cubes of beef or lamb, as well as vegetarian feasts of lentils, potatoes, and greens. Diners scoop up dishes with pieces of injera, which is a spongy sourdough pancake.
In the dining room, cream-colored walls bear colorful paintings that remind diners of their meals' distant origins. For an additional taste of Ethiopian culture, guests can partake in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony wherein staffers roast, grind, and brew fresh coffee to order. Guests can otherwise opt for refreshing glasses of wine out on the patio.
In addition to welcoming guests into the dining room, Blue Nile Cafe invites them into the kitchen during classes that guide students in preparing injera and other traditional dishes. The restaurant also equips pupils with spices and grains for simmering over their own trashcan fires.
When you stay at Embassy Suites Kansas City - Overland Park in Overland Park, you'll be in the business district and convenient to Overland Park Convention Center and Corporate Woods. This hotel is within close proximity of Towne Center Plaza and Oak Park Mall.
Make yourself at home in one of the 199 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Relax and take in city views from the privacy of your room. 32-inch flat-panel televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an indoor pool and a fitness facility. This hotel also features wireless Internet access (surcharge), gift shops/newsstands, and shopping on site.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Mingle with other guests at a complimentary manager's reception, held daily at evening. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast is included.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Overland Park? This hotel has 1800 square feet (167 square meters) of space consisting of a ballroom and banquet facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Located in Overland Park, Marriott Overland Park is in the business district and convenient to Overland Park Convention Center and Corporate Woods. This hotel is within the vicinity of Towne Center Plaza and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Make yourself at home in one of the 398 air-conditioned guestrooms. High-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Additional features include concierge services, supervised childcare/activities, and gift shops/newsstands.
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel's dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-out. Planning an event in Overland Park? This hotel has 14,150 square feet (1315 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. Free parking is available onsite.
When Debbi Fields opened the first Mrs. Fields in 1977, it wasn?t all sunshine and cookies. Between her lack of business experience and the unorthodox business model?selling only cookies?not many people believed in her. More than 30 years and a global franchise later, it?s safe to say the doubters are eating their words, at least when they're not busy stuffing their faces with one of Debbi's signature semisweet chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin and walnut cookies.
The wild popularity of Mrs. Fields's cookies can be attributed to the richness of their basic ingredients: real butter, whole eggs, and special blends of chocolate. Classic flavors include chewy fudge, peanut butter, and white chocolate macadamia, and seasonal flavors complement the lineup throughout the year. Select varieties can also be made into cookie cakes of various sizes and shapes that add a delicious twist to any celebration or milk-truck spill.
Since 1981, TCBY has been synonymous with frozen yogurt. The company spearheaded the guiltless consumption of low-fat, chilled dairy treats with iconic flavors such as white chocolate mousse topped with fresh fruit and candy. Today, TCBY yogurt shops across the country continue the tradition with classic and specialty flavors such as caramel supreme, greek honey vanilla, and sugar- and fat-free mountain blackberry. Patrons can also enjoy real fruit sorbets, sugarless options, and more than 35 toppings and choose from soft-serve and hand-dipped flavors.
The trainers at Innovative Fitness & MMA help members transform their bodies, whether they're seeking to simply get fit, ramp up sports performance, emerge victorious in athletic competitions, or mold muscles for figure competitions. During classes, they work in styles such as Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling, muay thai, and kickboxing—as well as mixed martial arts, which comprises multiple styles. They welcome all fitness levels during classes, and also offer sessions for children as young as 4 years old. On the other side of the gym , they’ve stocked treadmills, bikes, and cardio equipment to ensure well-rounded fitness regimens.
In addition to classes, staffers further assist members with personal-training sessions and nutrition coaching, which is calibrated to help them meet their individual goals. In addition to barring live performances of the 1812 Overture in the facility, the owners strive to ensure maximum comfort by offering guests access to a massage room and an infrared sauna designed to soothe aching bodies and evict toxins.