Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Pitch's Questionnaire with Boutiquing and Drinking's Kelly Conkright and Kayce McCare Cloud

Meet Boutiquing and Drinking's Kelly Conkright and Kayce McCare Cloud.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Sisters Conkright (left) and Cloud

Names: Kelly Conkright and Kayce McCare Cloud

What's your occupation?
Conkright: Shopper strategist
Cloud: Stay-at-home mom ... and the "drinking" part of "Boutiquing and Drinking." Most moms will agree this makes sense.

What's your hometown?
Conkright: Lenexa
Cloud: Lenexa

What's your current neighborhood?
Conkright: Brookside
Cloud: Lenexa ... that's not a typo.

Who or what is your sidekick?
Conkright: My best friend, Rachel, and my sister
Cloud: My husband, son or sister - I rarely leave home without them.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality?
Conkright: I would travel the world making coffee-table books about unique spaces and places.
Cloud: I would like to be Anthony Bourdain ... to just eat and sip my way around the world! And apparently he gets paid? I would have done it for free. He is a much better negotiator, I guess.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized?
Conkright: Westside Local, right before we went to see Hair at Kauffman and witness a naked cast.
Cloud: Affäre in the Crossroads

Where do you drink?
Conkright: Wine on Blue Grotto's patio
Cloud: My patio - best service and selection in town

What's your favorite charity?
Conkright: Women for Women International
Cloud: Women for Women International or, on a local level, the Ronald McDonald House charity

Where's your favorite place to spend your paycheck?
Conkright: Clothes. I am closet-rich, as they say in New York!
Cloud: Restaurants. (If you see my closet, you will know it's true. Nothing makes me happier than a great meal.)

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated?
Conkright: Considering I promote KC to my coastal and European friends as the Paris of the Plains, I am not qualified to answer this question.
Cloud: Wheat. We have a lot of it, and from my research, it just makes me larger.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests?
Conkright: Oklahoma Joe's and the Lake of the Ozarks
Cloud: The Plaza. If I can get them here for the Art Fair, even better.

Finish this sentence: "Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ... "
Conkright: They modeled the Plaza after Seville, Spain - still so charming.
Cloud: It redid downtown and the Crossroads.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... "
Conkright: Put the airport so far away.
Cloud: Stopped being good at football. Tailgating at Arrowhead is important.

"Kansas City needs ... "
Conkright: More good shopping, more bike lanes ... and preferably a beach!
Cloud: An ocean

"People might be surprised to know that I ... "
Conkright: Managed to play a lot of pingpong in all of the places I lived - even found a place in Paris!
Cloud: Taught English in Prague for two years ... and lived in Jamaica for a hot minute. Literally. It was hot.

"If I were in charge ... "
Conkright: I would find a way to make it easier for everyone to be in the job they are meant to be in. I am a huge believer in people following their passions.
Cloud: Wait ... I'm NOT in charge? My husband will be delighted to hear this.

What TV show do you make sure you watch?
Conkright: I mainly watch movies and CNN.
Cloud: Top Chef, Downton Abbey, The Chew, Modern Family, Dancing With the Stars ... I watch a lot of TV.

____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes.
Conkright: '70s rock like the Band, CCR, Grateful Dead, etc.
Cloud: Nothing! I have small pieces of every type of music. I prefer people to make me mixes. So ... feel free to send me a mix.

What movie do you watch at least once a year?
Conkright: Love Actually at Christmastime
Cloud: Love Actually

What local tradition do you take part in every year?
Conkright: Thanksgiving Plaza lighting
Cloud: Lenexa Barbeque Battle!

What is your favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter?
Conkright: Racked New York/Los Angeles
Cloud: Food & Wine magazine and Ellen DeGeneres ... Classic Joke Tuesday is a real treat.

What person or thing do you find really irritating at this moment?
Conkright: I am irritated I can't be at a pool right now!
Cloud: I can't believe that we still care about Lindsay Lohan. I wish my apps would stop telling me about some trial she's in. And, more importantly, every health magazine keeps telling me that I shouldn't have dairy. Do they know that cheese is dairy? What are we, as a people, supposed to do without cheese?

What subscription do you value most?
Conkright: WWD and Elle Decor
Cloud: Travel + Leisure and People

What was the last book you read?
Conkright: Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Cloud: Alice, I Have Been (by Melanie Benjamin) and Half the Sky.

What's your favorite day trip?
Conkright: Lawrence
Cloud: Taking the train from Union Station to Hermann, Missouri. Is it the best wine in the world? Nope. But there are some beautiful views, and the wine does get better as the day goes on.

What was your most embarrassing dating moment?
Conkright: I dated an English guy, and his mom is Lady Clark (royalty), so while staying at their country estate by Stonehenge, I called her a nickname (Marge), and he said no one had EVER done that to her. Ever! The Brits are so formal!
Cloud: "So, it's been really nice meeting you and hearing you talk about your family for the past hour ... and a half ... but I'm going to go now." - Random guy who bought me a drink at Kona

Interesting brush with the law?
Conkright: I was put in jail one time in L.A. for peeing in public! I was walking home from a bar and went up a hill, behind a bush, with a friend also blocking me, but some cops pulled over, and I wound up in jail.
Cloud: Last time I was in Napa with my three best friends, we hired a limo driver because we are responsible, upstanding citizens. But then our driver got pulled over for speeding, and it turns out he was from some European country and was not actually allowed to be working here. Whoops.

Describe a recent triumph.
Conkright: My sister and I launching our site: boutiquinganddrinking.com.
Cloud: I have showered and gotten out of my "yoga pants" every day this week! OK, that's a lie. But several days this week.

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