Evolve Paleo Chef aims to recreate the human diet before the age of agriculture and civilization, crafting nourishing meals of smoked fish, grilled chicken, and steaks that satisfy primal hunger pangs. The kitchen's paleo (short for paleolithic) diet fuels the body with the same nourishment that was available to our distant hunter-gatherer ancestors?little to no sugar, no dairy, no gluten, plenty of meat, and the fear of sabertooth tigers. Chefs design delicious meals and snacks around these core nutrients, which can be picked up or delivered directly to your doorstep every week. Each meaty meal is made with products from local companies such as Dodge City Beef, a rancher-owned producer of pork and beef, or Campo Lindo Farms, a source for flavorful, pasture-raised poultry.
Behind Peepers Eyecare's brick façade, doctors and opticians have assessed visual acuity and fitted patrons with eyeglasses for more than 38 years. The boutique brims with name brand frames from Kenneth Cole, Ogi, Cover Girl, and Eddie Bauer, which stylishly hold prescription lenses or a photograph of the wearer’s eye.
Harley, the founder of Strawberry Hill Povitica Company, began baking povitica bread in 1984 using his mother's traditional Slavic recipe. He passed away in 1999, but his children and dedicated bakers continue to prepare the dense, sweet bread following his mother's technique. They roll dough into paper-thin layers, pile on ingredients such as nuts and honey, and roll the layers into loaves that weigh 2.5 pounds each after they're baked. Patrons can choose from Kosher-certified flavors such as english walnut, cokolada, or chocolate-chip cream cheese. The bread can be enjoyed in a variety of ways: toasted and buttered, crowned with a scoop of ice cream, or sandwiched around a whole roasted turkey.
One nippy Tuesday morning, Oliver H. Gerry swung open a set of doors inside the Grand Avenue Temple in downtown Kansas City. It was January 23, 1912, and that unfurled entranceway symbolized the first day Gerry Optical was open for business. In the 100 years since, professionally trained technicians have prepared eyewear to complement the styles of countless clients, including President Harry Truman and Senator Nancy Kassebaum. Today, each of the store's nine locations carries between 800 and 1,200 frames from brands such as Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban, Prada, and BCBG, and the flagship store on 75th Street also houses its own grinding lab to quickly custom-craft lenses and fix cracks after cartoon eye-popping mishaps. To honor its deep community roots, Gerry Optical gives back by partnering with Lions Clubs International to provide discount eye exams and eyeglasses to underprivileged families.
If you play it with balls, you can play it at 68's Inside Sports. Within the fitness center's training areas, athletes run through baseball, football, and basketball drills as they prepare for grade-school, collegiate, and master's-degree-level sports. Even if you've never been to the gym before, you may know the instructors: former Kansas City Royal Jaime Bluma leads the baseball camps with former college coach Charlie Hovey. Other programs include boxing classes, triathlon training, swim lessons, yoga, and Zumba.
Urban Beauty Supply stocks clients’ beauty cabinets with a bounty of popular and hard-to-find beauty products, including shampoos, styling tools, hair extensions, wigs, and makeup. Born from such product lines as Kinky-Curly, Bobbi Boss, and KeraCare, Urban Beauty’s merchandise aids in hair restoration, lengthening, and cleansing. Dread Head products help customers build their own knotted locks, while Curls products attract positive attention instead of negatively charged balloons with frizz-reducing organic ingredients and exotic oils.