Friday, September 28, 2012

Pj Ruth on this Saturday’s MOSH Pit show

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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MOSH Pit (Money for Organizations Saving Helpless Pits) has booked some impressive local talent for the group’s Fall for a Pit Benefit at the Riot Room this Saturday, September 29. See Red Kate, the Lucky Graves, Hipshot Killer, the Medicine Theory, Knifecrime, and the Bad Ideas, and help out local pit rescue groups for $10.

We recently chatted up Pj Ruth, founder of MOSH Pit, via e-mail about the event. We found out why Ruth loves pits so much and a bit more about the organizations that the benefit aims to help.

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Kansas City is America's best tailgate city, says Food & Wine

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Home of the best tailgating anywhere, according to Food & Wine.
  • Home of the best tailgating anywhere, according to Food & Wine.

If we can all take a breather from griping about the Chiefs' play for a moment, there's high praise regarding the team from Food & Wine magazine. Well, high praise for the parking lots outside of Arrowhead anyway. The foodie mag has declared Kansas City to be the best tailgating city in America. That's a slap on the back all Chiefs fans will agree with.

Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt tells the magazine that the secret to Kansas City tailgating isn't in the barbecue sauce but in the real estate. "We can park 25,000 cars and still have plenty of room for tailgating," he said. Chiefs fans will surely revel in their greatness before Sunday's showdown with the San Diego Super Chargers at Arrowhead.

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Ikea's store in Merriam by the numbers

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 9:40 AM

The Great Wall of Merriam is no longer the biggest tourist attraction.
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  • The Great Wall of Merriam is no longer the biggest tourist attraction.
Ikea made it official yesterday with its press conference announcing a fall 2014 opening for a new store in Merriam, Kansas. The Swedish furniture retailer is purchasing the scuttled Merriam Village development from Developers Diversified Realty. The strip mall will be razed and a new two-story building will be constructed on the 18-acre site.

While the Merriam Village development was selected, Ikea also looked at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, the former Bannister Mall site in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Falls (where Bass Pro is located) in Independence. But the location in Johnson County, just off Interstate 35, proved to be the most attractive. After the jump, The Pitch looks at the new store by the numbers.

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Five bars where you should be watching sports

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM

The chicken wings at Macs Sports Pub pair nicely with football.
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  • The chicken wings at Mac's Sports Pub pair nicely with football.
Sports are best served in high definition with cold beer and hot wings. I could even live without wings if the other two arms of the triumvirate are done right. After the jump, Fat City has put together a list of the five sports bars where you should be watching the game this Sunday.

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Sporting KC's Kei Kamara opens up in Grantland piece

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Kamara (right) and Jimmy Nielsen have found a home with Sporting.
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  • Kamara (right) and Jimmy Nielsen have found a home with Sporting.
The crowd at Livestrong Sporting Park is used to following striker Kei Kamara's head — he has a knack for putting it on the ball. But getting inside his head is another matter entirely.

ESPN's Grantland has posted the first of a two-part interview with Kamara (the second half will be posted later today), and it's a solid piece that explains the effect that Kansas City has had on him and vice versa. Sporting head coach Peter Vermes is sprinkled liberally throughout the story, explaining his vision for Kamara's current role and belief that he could be the offensive firebrand that sparked the team.

"When you see the story of his life, you see everything the guy has been through ... he had to find a place and people that he could trust and I think that he has that today," Vermes tells Grantland.

Sporting KC plays the Chicago Fire at Livestrong tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available.

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Ciderfest and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Cider doughnuts are the best part of fall.
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  • Cider doughnuts are the best part of fall.
When the leaves begin to turn, your brain just knows that it’s time to drink apple cider. And the local capital of the apple-cider universe is Louisburg, Kansas. Head out for the Louisburg Cider Mill’s Ciderfest September 29 and 30 or October 6 and 7 for hot and cold cider, freshly dipped caramel apples and cider doughnuts. If cider isn't your thing, get some of the root beer made on-site; it alone is worth the drive. The corn maze has opened, and there’s a pumpkin patch ready to be picked.

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Shabby Hattie's closes in Parkville and other sad tales

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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After nearly three years of serving tea, cookies and scones, and tasteful lunches at Shabby Hattie's Tea Room & Boutique in Parkville, owner Marcia Cherrito decided that the tea party was over. She closed the tearoom after serving her last scone last Saturday.

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"Maybe Parkville wasn't the right place for what I was trying to do," says Cherrito, who tried every possible ploy to lure customers into her cozy shop, including doing sewing repairs for customers.

"The economy didn't help," Cherrito says. "We opened with a bang and then fewer and fewer customers were coming in. I'll still be selling teas and things, but just on my website."

Cherrito plans to offer cooking and sewing classes out of her home. "I'm all about self-sufficiency. I think everyone needs to know how to garden, canning what they grow, sewing and cooking."

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Opening next week: Eye Candy Store & Vintage Market

The Bitterman's vintage market and candy store opens this week.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Toni Hicks will manage Eye Candy & Vintage Market when it opens next week. In the mean time, shes painting the logo.
  • Toni Hicks will manage Eye Candy & Vintage Market when it opens next week. In the meantime, she's painting the logo.

It's been over a decade since the Bitterman family had a retail candy outlet in Kansas City. Next Thursday, October 4, the Bittermans will open the doors to Eye Candy Store & Vintage Market, a combination candy shop and vintage market — at least 25 local vendors selling a variety of antiques and collectibles — at 3107 Gillham Road.

Today, the store's manager, Toni Hicks, was completing her current project: painting the store's logo on the front of the cafe au lait-colored building. The structure, said Marilyn Bitterman, was once three buildings, back in the 1930s when this stretch of Gillham was a vital commercial neighborhood. "The front part was, we think, an automobile dealership."

The picture windows on the west-facing wall were closed up with concrete blocks years ago, but the main room is still surprisingly sunny. The antique fixtures from the original Bitterman's store are already in place and are slowly being filled with cellophane bags of candy.

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  • The Bitterman's vintage market and candy store opens this week.

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Timothy Riley shot and killed at 41st and South Benton on Wednesday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Timothy Riley is KCMOs latest homicide victim.
  • Timothy Riley is KCMO's latest homicide victim.
The victim of Wednesday's homicide at 41st and South Benton has been identified as 38-year-old Timothy Riley.

Riley was shot around 1 p.m. Officers found him lying in the street. He was taken to a local hospital but died around 5 p.m.

Witnesses told police that Riley was fighting with a black man with shoulder-length braids in his mid-20s when the man shot Riley and fled on foot. Police say there are no suspects in custody.

If you have information that can help them solve Riley's killing, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

KCMO's homicide total is now at 80 for 2012. The Kansas City Police Department has cleared 33 of those homicides (41 percent). See the latest homicide analysis after the jump.

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Standees, a restaurant and movie concept, coming to Prairie Village

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

The Village Shopping Center is getting an eat-in theater.
  • The Village Shopping Center is getting a theater attached to a restaurant.
The days of movie theaters just selling you popcorn are mostly long gone, but a new Kansas City company is hoping to marry fine dining and the cinema experience. Standees, an eat-and-watch concept from Dineplex is taking over the former Macy's Home Store space at 3935 West 69th Terrace in Prairie Village. Standees public relations rep Justin Scott explained the concept to me in a an e-mail:

STANDEES will be designed to be a restaurant first and a theatre second, yet equally engaging to either restaurant or theatre guests. STANDEES will not offer in-theatre dining. There are no servers in the theatre and you cannot order entrees. However, guests will be welcome to comfortably enjoy drinks from the bar and select appetizers and desserts from the restaurant at your seat. Guests will need to bring them in to the theatre and set them down on small tables attached to the seats. There are no buttons to push for service or “lazy-boy-like” recliners. Also, the café-style concession stand that services the theatres includes traditional movie snacks (e.g., popcorn, candy and soda), as well as drinks from the bar and the select appetizers and desserts from the restaurant.

The building in the shopping center will feature three movie theaters with food and film picks specifically geared toward an audience over 40 years old. And, yes, there will be a full bar. Hopefully, the senior set can refrain from throwing Junior Mints at the screen. Construction is expected to begin this December with a spring 2013 opening planned.

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