The Kansas City Star's hard-hitting journalism has netted seven Pulitzer Prizes over its distinguished 130-year history and expanded into cyberspace through its website, KansasCity.com. Fat Sunday editions, meanwhile, are glutted with rich content, including C.W. Gusewelle’s news column, a spread of color comics, and the ever-popular coupons and sales ads.
For more than 30 years, the name of the elusive baked goods baroness has been a shopping-mall mainstay. Utilizing a secret blend of high-quality ingredients, her underground bakery bunker doles out oven-fresh favorites with the grace of a nimble gazelle wafting delicately across the African outback. Fuel up on chocolate-studded favorites (nuts optional) such as chocolate chocolate-chip and white chocolate, or try oatmeal raisin, cinnamon sugar, and peanut butter. Brownies and brownie bites come in similarly spectacular specialty flavors, with classic fudginess at the dark, chewy heart of each.
Olive Tree's pressed-liquid enthusiasts deliver more than 50 extra-virgin and flavored olive oils and aged vinegars with all-natural ingredients, alongside artisanal salts, pastas, and gifts. To prevent patrons from having to choose a bottle by whirling around and blindly pointing, Olive Tree proffers tastings of such savory liquids as basil extra-virgin olive oil ($16.95). Classy desserts yearn for espresso balsamic vinegar drizzlings ($15.95), and an exotic selection of more than 20 gourmet salts, such as the French citrus-fennel sea salt with gray sea salt, fennel seed, and granulated orange peel ($9.95), enlivens fish and poultry dishes. Pretty Berry Berry gift packs encapsulate berry-flavored balsamic vinegars, perfect for topping salads, and Olive Tree–blend olive oil, perfect for birthday-party wrestling matches.
Will Wyatt's contains more western duds and décor than a novelty ghost town, a train-robber's headquarters, and the set of Back to the Future III combined. Ladies and gentlemen alike will find something to suit their wardrobes, whether it's a Buffalo Bill wood purse ($195) or a Stetson "Australian in Buffalo" hat ($130). Home décor is available in skeins of leather and cowhide. Pick up a multi-taper deer-antler candleholder for illuminating tables or terrifying neighborhood cats. A handmade, heart-shaped bottle cork ($64) from Jan Barboglio brings character to a decanter and makes a great gift for lonely hearts, friends who wear their heart on their sleeve, or actual hearts that need something to fill exposed valves.