I've only ever had to be in the store for about 10 seconds and maybe if I had to do a longer transaction I may find something annoying... anyway, one of the places I order from, when you have a return they give you a prepaid UPS label and you can just drop the stuff off. When I did this at another location I got the 3rd degree. I've dropped off 3 packages within a year at this location and they never bat an eye. In fact, they usually see me coming with the prepaid label and meet me at the door to save me some steps.
During my last visit, the UPS truck was there for the nightly pickup and I was really hoping to get my package on that truck. The driver saw me coming and completely ignored me and even blocked the sidewalk with his dolly and just started his little staring game.
The person inside saw me trying to navigate around the blocked sidewalk, rushed outside and got the package from me and then gave it to the driver and told him to take it. One last step could have been to squirt the driver with a water pistol and tell him he was bad... maybe it would have taught him some manners.
It means a lot to find a business that has employees that are aware of their surroundings. I know they probably don't make a ton of money there, so it is nice when they have some pride in the work they do.
I admit, I've only been there once -- it's out of my area and the hours don't work for me. We got a variety of cupcakes and I squealed with glee. These are small, but yummy, Hummingbird and Mimosa get my vote for most awesome.
The only one I'll go to. Not just that I'll only go to Valvoline...I'll only go to the one in Raytown. They are 100% awesome and I am 100% picky. There is a Valvoline blocks from my house, but I will still drive all the way across KC to go to Raytown.
Do you hate to get your oil changed because they always try to hard sell you overpriced things and then act like you're an idiot when you say no? Go to this location. They will sometimes offer you something but they DO NOT beat you over the head with it. I also love that you don't get out of your car so you can monitor what is going on.
I seriously love this place.
This is my favorite carwash for a quickie wash. I just do the automatic for $5 and I'm on my way. It's a busy location but you usually don't have to wait for more than one or two cars since they have so many bays. They keep everything clean and in good repair.
I'm not a coffee drinker, but I wish every morning that Black Dog was not out of the way for me because I have loved this place since my first visit. They have great prices and the pastries and desserts have never disappointed me. I only wish they stayed open a little later.
After living in Warrensburg for over a decade and loving the famous "Teehaus" there, this is one of the only places that makes me as happy as when I spent my youth hanging out there.
OK, I know this sounds maybe a little strange...I didn't believe it at first either, but I'm telling you: If you like music shows, you need to stop right now and check to see if there is an Aloft Hotel in your area because I have seen a couple of great, free shows there in the last few months.
Currently, Aloft is having the 2012 Fall Live at Aloft Hotels tour. Basically, the hotel "chain" hires on some bands to tour exclusively to their hotels and put on a mini, acoustic show. The local Aloft in Leawood, KS has their shows in their open bar area called W XYZ lounge. It's a hip, contemporary place with giant couches that no one truly can sit on all that comfortably and a beautiful patio overlooking the sights and smells of Town Center Plaza. If you wonder what I mean by sights AND SMELLS, just go there...you will understand. The hotel is surrounded by some great restaurants, from which pour the aroma of wonderful cuisine.
These music shows are very casual. There's no stage. The bands just mingle around with you before, during, and after. When was the last time you sat 5 feet from a band while they played and it was free?
Now, don't get me wrong...the bands are not Hall of Famers (yet), but don't dismiss the bands they choose. The bands I've seen so far are up & comers that are getting some airplay, getting their songs into primetime TV, etc.
The first show I went to earlier this summer was Green River Ordinance. They are a band I had downloaded from somewhere and actually was liking their music although I hadn't really done it consciously. When I heard they were having a show and checked my iTunes, I realized, I had been listening to their songs frequently and apparently enjoying them by the star ratings I was giving the music. None of my friends wanted to go to the show with me because it feels a little far south for most of my pack, so I went alone. THEY MISSED OUT. It was awesome. The small audience was well-behaved, but obviously contained many fans of the band.
Recently, Aloft Hotel in Leawood (I follow the local Aloft on Facebook to catch when shows are coming) announced another show: Martin Harley, Meiko, and The Dunwells.
I hadn't heard of Martin Harley, but on paper he sounded like someone I'd like. I have a couple of Meiko's songs from somewhere along my journey that I enjoy. I'd heard of The Dunwells, but to my knowledge hadn't heard their music. I decided to go. Again, none of my friends wanted to tag along.
I got there during their soundcheck due to a discrepancy on Facebook regarding the start time. There wasn't an audience forming like their had been for Green River Ordinance, but the soundcheck sounded like my type of music. I lingered around for an hour waiting for more audience -- even one of the local radio stations was there -- but it turned out only to be a very small audience. At one time, there were only about 4 or 5 of us hanging out on the long couches in front and I looked over and Meiko was lounging right next to me before her set.
Anyway, check it out.
At first I didn't want to go because they don't file insurance, but I wanted their expert opinion before my upcoming trip. I had read about them a few months ago in the paper. It's maybe a little pricey, but at least I can feel confident about that part of my trip now and the immunizations I got will last for years.
No hard sell...it was just showing me and informing me of recommendations, then I could choose what I wanted to do. All for less than $300..which is not bad for something medical.
This is my favorite theater to go to. Their prices are great (especially if you get there for early shows). They have a lot of showtimes for each offering (usually) and offer 3D and other special things, if you are into that.
There's no need to pay twice the price for those other places, when Cinemark is close to home, has comfy seats, a good variety of concessions, etc.
Register on their website and they will send you a concession coupon once a week that is usually good for a savings of at least $4 or $5. The one I used today, you got a free popcorn if you bought a box of candy. Well, the box of candy was cheaper than the popcorn. Be sure to get the coupons if you have kids that always insist that you buy them something from concessions. Also, check out their refillable cups & buckets.
Funk Nasty Clothing began in 2012 with an introduction party at Riot Room. You can purchase items through the website or at special events.
Funk Nasty Clothing provides a variety of screen printed apparel items, mostly t-shirts, tanks, and hoodies. There are sometimes hats and other items available. The artwork is unique and the print quality is great.
This is a great source of unique street wear; there are items to suit a variety of tastes, some with a touch of humor. You can be sure to find something here that will help you stand out in the crowd and most probably haven't seen what you are wearing in other locations.
I attended the introduction party and have since ordered two t-shirts as gifts. Shipping was fast and the recipients have been happy with their unique gifts. For my most recent order, there was an issue with the shipping address I provided and Adam promptly contacted me and was very patient as there was a delay with me being able to obtain the correct address. He was then able to ship immediately the following day.
Tracking and shipping follow up is thorough. Prices are excellent for unique items and the clearance prices are great. This might not be apparel for everyone, but if you know someone who fits this niche, you should definitely keep an eye on the styles as new ones are added from time to time.
Follow the company on Facebook for information about upcoming events.
We were really hungry by the time we got to Mesquite from Dallas. We hadn't eaten since about 6 am and had spent the morning exploring downtown Dallas and the museums. We had one stop in Mesquite, then it was time to start thinking about some lunch.
I love Mexican/TexMex and was really in the mood for some chips and salsa. Although there were some other interesting restaurant options around, after checking Yelp, we ended up here because it had a lot of decent reviews and there were lots of cars in the lot.
This is a pretty big restaurant, but they have it split up into smaller rooms, which makes it feel more cozy. There is a tortilla machine in the back. We had a really friendly waiter, that was very professional, friendly, and patient as we took a little more time with our decisions since we hadn't been there before. He was good with offering advice when we were struggling with our decisions too.
They had a great choice for lunch specials that were still going although it was probably about 2 pm by the time we were there. So many Mexican places have the combo lunch specials, but I often struggle to find a combo where I want all of the items they are offering. With Posada's, you really choose how many items you want in your combo, then you can combine your choices from a list of options, which was awesome.
You can get regular tacos, fried tacos, puffy tacos, chimichangas, enchiladas, all sorts of things with choices of meat (beef, chicken). You also get to choose rice, beans, or tortilla soup (for 50 cent upcharge). I am a tortilla soup nut, so opted for that with rice, puffy beef taco, chimi...guest got fried chicken taco, black beans soup...there were other items, but I can't remember.
We enjoyed chowing on chips and salsa until our food arrived. First, the puffy taco is like OMG the hugest one I've ever seen. A little different from puffy tacos I've had, this one looks like a small spaceship and it's stuffed with probably about 1/2 pound of tasty beef. This thing could feed a small family on it's own! After finishing the puffy taco, the soup was cool enough to dig in and it was perfection. Seriously, that stuff was awesome. Even the rice was delicious and I usually leave most of my rice on my plate. My guest enjoyed her food too.
Let me just say, our meal was composed of us shoveling food in our face between moans of glee. Well, we finally gave in...our guts were about to burst. My guest excused herself for the restroom and I waited for the check to return. Suddenly, our waiter comes out with plates of sopapillas that are complimentary. I've had lots of sopapillas in my life, but regardless of how full I was, these were the most delicious things I've ever tasted. I started with the plan of just taking one bit, but you can't stop yourself. They are so good and warm and fluffy...if you like funnel cakes, you will weep with glee from these. I finally had to stop, there were a couple bites left, but I couldn't take anymore. I pushed it away and my guest said "WHAT ARE YOU DOING? EAT THAT RIGHT NOW OR WE AREN'T LEAVING!" So, I did. I don't know how, but I did.
Then, we drove to Ft. Worth with our pants unbuttoned. LOL!
I had to visit the courthouse today and after doing so was much in need of some breakfast. I'd parked right next to Kansas Coffee Company, so checked the reviews on Yelp while I was waiting in the courthouse. I'm not a big coffee drinker, but it looked like they had enough to offer to make it worthwhile, especially since I was parked practically at their doorstep.
After finishing my duties, I walked on over and was cheerfully greeted. She could tell I was a newbie, so told me to take my time. There were quite a few choices, so I went ahead and ordered my coffee drink: I went for Shawnee, since that's where I live. She asked if I was going to have breakfast and I said I was, but hadn't decided. I was looking at the quiche that looked good. She said that the Rooster was most popular and I went for that. I appreciated her helpfulness and the fact that it wasn't pushy. She was very good a anticipating my questions.
Anyway, we chatted for a few minutes as she prepared my coffee and my food was prepared. I enjoyed the artwork and if I make it back to that part of town, I'll take more time to browse their cute gift items too.
Overall, the breakfast was exactly $10, which isn't too bad for a coffee house breakfast. The croissant was fantastic. I would have maybe added a little sauce for some zing, but still delicious. It came with a huge muffin that was also really tasty. The Shawnee is good, too. I am just not a huge coffee drinker, so it's hard for me to get excited about it.
I love The Riot Room. I saw signs tonight about remodeling and that makes me scared. I hope they do not remodel it to death.
Things I like about The Riot Room include, but are not limited to:
Lots of seating, good variety of shows, two bars (in & out), outside stage and seating area, you can usually find decent parking even though it is in Westport, even though I'm getting old(er) the crowd is mixed so I don't feel like I'm the grandma of the group
Wow, I love this place! This is a small, convenient store with great prices and a great selection. I was looking for some gifts and had been hitting a dead end, we stopped by here as a last resort and I cleaned up! They had tons of sale items, I ended up with a whole shopping cart full of stuff and only spent about $30. It was hard to not buy more. Think Kohl's mixed with a discount store like Family Dollar. It's not trashy, but not too pricey either. I wish there was one closer to my house!!!
I don't miss much about my hometown, but I do miss having a Casey's nearby. This one isn't too far, but still a bit out of my regular path to and from so I only get there on "special occasions". If you've never had Casey's pizza -- well, then just don't talk to me. I also love those Chuckwagon sandwiches. Their cookies are yum and their donuts are pretty good too.
This is not the type of business that you want to have to go to, but unfortunately my family did need to recently and quite unexpectedly. We had no idea who to turn to for our needs. The first place I called said they were too busy.
When I called, they answered the phone immediately. He was driving and we made arrangements for him to call me right back, which he did.
They were able to help my family immediately, efficiently, and at what I feel was a fair cost. They made a terribly uncomfortable situation as comfortable as possible. Everything was handled very carefully, but we felt as though we were among friends. You did not have to be shy about expressing yourself and they were there to offer as many options and explanations as necessary.
Truly, for one of the worst events to have ever happened in my life, I'm not sure they could have done anything differently than they did.
My family is grateful to the Rea Family for their assistance during this difficult time.
Toasted asiago with garden veggie schmear is where it's at. I love Einstein Bros, but they are way too busy for me on a regular day. I wish they had a drive thru at this location, but it's probably a good thing they don't.
This is an easy location to visit. Sure, there are a lot of office stores around, but this is kind of a small store that you can zip in and out of in a hurry. No need to walk 100 miles for a box of paperclips in this little store. I'd just come from Costco where I'd been looking for some shipping supplies. I couldn't find the same stuff they had listed on their website, so I stopped here. I got exactly what I needed and it was $4 less than listed on Costco website, plus it only took me 5 minutes and I didn't have to deal with all the people standing in the aisles sampling on a Saturday morning. I will be back to this location!
If you want to feel like you just crawled out of a time machine, stop here. It's a little roadside seasonal ice cream shop from the past. No, it's not gourmet, but it is yummy and cheap. I had a HUGE brownie sundae with HOMEMADE brownies for $3.25 and had to throw half of it away to keep from going into a sugar coma.
Yeah, you have to wait for the little blonde teenagers to stop drawing hearts on their order pads and chatting about lipstick, but it's still a great place that reminds you how good small town life can be.
I've never had bad food at 54th Street (any location). We got here late, Saturday night and it was PACKED with a loud, semi-roudy crowd. Our server didn't seem very knowledgable about the menu, but she did a good job otherwise.
We opted for burgers this time and they were delicious. I had Tortilla Soup as a side, which was good, but not the best I've ever had. We enjoyed a free Gringo Chips & Dips thanks to a coupon I had.
Fluffy Fresh reminds me of being a kid. I grew up in a small town where there was a little donut shop for the farmers. No, you don't see many farmers around Fluffy's, but it's the same atmosphere.
It's kind of a grungy little shop. CASH ONLY. Prices are cheap & product is tasty. Don't plan on them passing any white glove test, but take it for what it is: a mom & pop shop.
Whoa, that was realllly good. This place is set up in the old Knob Noster Post Office. It's not fancy inside, but it's comfortable. There is a simple menu, there are several ways to mix up the items. It's nice to be able to kind of create your own meal with the items they offer. When we walked in, it was pretty smokey...the smokiness got worse and never really got better. For a minute I was worried the Fire Department would be coming, but not for lunch.
We both got sandwiches with two sides. I got the two meat sandwich w/ onion petals and potato salad (I asked if they make their own potato salad and she said they did). Mom got a brisket sandwich with onion petals and cole slaw.
While we were waiting for the food, the waitress brought over the sauces. Besides ketchup and ranch (for the onion petals) she brought three variety of sauces that included a Carolina Mustard, a spicy vinegar based sauce, and a standard sweet sauce. We sampled each as we waited and they were all good.
I'm not a fan of mustard, but that Carolina sauce was AWESOME.
Our food arrived. The meat portion on the sandwiches was plentiful. Everything tasted great! The potato salad was perfect. Cole slaw was good -- but not really my style. Onion petals were probably pre-fab, but they were still yummy.
The sausage, turkey & brisket were all great. We were really thrilled.
I'd take away a star for the smoke, but the food was too good to penalize them.
I really like this location. We were here for a free screening but the seats were comfy and I really liked the sound level and projection. Some theaters are too loud and some of them the screens are jumpy or something and give me a headache, but this one was really comfy to me. I could've stayed for another movie... which isn't the case at some locations where the seats are too low and my legs are screaming for me to leave before one movie is over.
What a great stop. It's free, convenient, and you can have a quick look or take longer if you'd like. Some pieces stay, some change, so it's worth stopping in again if you haven't been for awhile.
I have car insurance already, but needed home insurance. I'd been dancing around it for awhile, but finally got a fire lit under my hiney and decided to get to work. I wanted to try to go with AmFam since my family always has used them and had good experience (I'd strayed in recent years and although I haven't had bad experiences, I just wanted to see if there was something better.
There are about 3 AmFam offices fairly near my home. I called this one first since it's the farthest from me. I figured I'd call and get the run around and get frustrated, so that would leave me working with the two offices closer to me. I was wrong.
I called and had an incredibly pleasant conversation. She took my information and promised a call back or an email. Within a couple of hours I had a quote by email that was about $200 cheaper per year that my current auto policy and had better coverage. I asked for an appointment so I could really talk to an agent to make sure all my needs were met, so went in this week to meet with Andrew. I was there early, he came right out and we got to work. It was not a super-fast process, but I took a lot of comfort in knowing all my questions were being answered and I was getting exactly what I wanted and needed.
I grew up in a smaller town and our insurance agent knew my whole family. I miss that experience and feel like I probably have found the next best thing for living in the "big city".
Getting insurance doesn't sound that exciting, but I am so excited to have left my appointment that day feeling confident in my purchase and extremely satisfied with the service and attention I received.
I lived in and around Warrensburg for half of my life and I've had to use my auto clubs many times (out of gas, flat tire, tows, etc.) almost every time my auto club was called when I was near Warrensburg they'd send Tip Top. I got to where when I'd call I'd say "You'll send Tip Top for me, won't you?" and they would.
During the icy Christmas weekend, I got stuck and again AAA called Tip Top for me. This time it took a little longer than usual (an hour), but they had me out in about 3 minutes. I'm sure I wasn't the only person having car issues that day so an hour isn't bad considering I was 15 minutes away from Warrensburg anyway.
I've always felt confident in the service they provide and that they'll do their best to help me out of a situation.
I'd been wanting to try this place for several months. They are usually pretty busy, but Saturday was kind of slow so we stopped in for lunch. They have sandwiches that sound great, but we decided to go with lunch special pizzas. You get a small (10") Two Topping pizza and your drink for $7, which was a couple dollars less than the sandwiches.
I got homemade sausage (mild) with fresh mushrooms. Mom got sausage with pepperoni. The pizzas are very thin crust, but it was good. It took about 10 minutes to get our order. They put A LOT of tomato sauce, which I'm not a huge fan of. It was really fresh-tasting sauce, but I'd still ask them to be lighter with sauce next time around.
Our server was a little clingy, but in a friendly way. She knew it was our first time and I'm sure that was part of why she lingered more.
We'll definitely go back.
We've been talking about going here every since "here" was a place you could go. Why we've put it off so long, I don't know, but it was really fun. We had a GREAT tour guide -- I'm sorry I don't remember his name. He was an older guy who I think said he teaches history somewhere around town.
I usually don't want to deal with a tour...they go to slow, weirdos in the group ask dumb questions and make me uncomfortable. I want to go at my own pace, etc.
Well, grudgingly, I joined the group and have to admit that I'm glad I did. They really only keep you in a group for maybe 15 minutes, then you watch a short film. After the film, they set you free to roam at your own pace.
I found the section with the working cleanup behind-the-scenes. As a kid, I always thought that archaeology would be cool and this gives you that little taste without really getting dirty (whew).
It takes me a lot to be willing to drop $14 or so for a ticket, but after my time there I feel great about the funds going to help keep this awesome place afloat (a little word play there).
"What's shakin' bacon?"
Shawnee, KS, Vereinigte StaatenYelper seit
Januar 2012Dinge, die ich mag
trying restaurants, indie music, redditgifts The views and opinions expressed on this web site, my blog, or other social media accounts are my own. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of my employer; friends; families; other carbon-based beings (living or dead), including my cat, Blackie.Hier bin ich häufig anzutreffen
near Sedalia, MOMein Blog oder meine Website Wenn ich nicht gerade yelpe, dann ...
I'm listening to music...or both at the same timeWarum du meine Beiträge unbedingt lesen solltest
I tell it like it is and have a witty sense of humor, plus I'm really humble.Meine zweitliebste Website Was ich zuletzt gelesen habe
The Zombie Wilson Diaries (about a 2 years ago... I don't read much at all.)Mein erstes Konzerterlebnis
Rat Race, ElfMeine Henkersmahlzeit
that would depend on the day, likely Crab Rangoon would be involvedErzähl's nicht weiter, aber...
I like to take pictures of my food before eating itMeine neueste Entdeckung Ich schwärme gerade für
Morten Harket, since about 1985