Vintage Whites Market [& Other KC Adventures]

Hey there 🙂

This past weekend the hubs and I took a couple days to celebrate our belated anniversary by spending them in good ol’ Kansas City doing some shopping, relaxing, bbq-eating, and the like. We first visited Kansas City two years ago, and have been going back for regular getaways ever since. There is something about its melding of southern charm, city bustle, and country casual that has us absolutely in love. [Insert heart eyes emoji here.] This past weekend was extra special to me because we were able to not only visit all our fave KC spots, but we were also able to attend the Vintage Whites Market in Historic West Bottoms. (If you don’t know about Vintage Whites, it is a fun vintage market that began in my hometown, Kalispell, MT and has grown into a multi-state event. I have never been able to the one in Montana, so I was thrilled they decided to host one in KC this year!)

Originally the main purpose of this post was to share our VWM experience, but due to the busyness of the event I was only able to get a few decent photos, and so I decided to also share a few of our other favorite stops as well…maybe they will entice you to go visit yourself. 😉

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…but first, coffee.

Jon and I love to explore hometown coffee shops and bakeries, so we always try to scope out some fun local joints. Our two finds this trip were McClain’s Bakery and Heirloom Bakery & Hearth. Both serve excellent breakfast/coffee and have awesome taste in decor/atmosphere. We would thoroughly recommend each of them. I’m sure Jon would say McClain’s sticky bun is the most amazing thing he has ever tasted…but the decor at Heirloom is something that needs to be taken in and admired. Basically you just need to go to both.

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Breakfast @ McLain’s Bakery
Coffee @ Heirloom Bakery & Hearth
Coffee @ Heirloom Bakery & Hearth

After a yummy (and not-so-heathy) morning meal, we went out and hit up a few shops. We almost always go to Legends Outlets….there is also a Cabela’s and Nebraska Furniture Mart close by, so I’d say its worth the trip. 😉 Our other must stop shop, of course, is IKEA. If you have never been to one of those and you are in Kansas City (or any other city with one) give yourself an early Christmas present by stepping inside and looking around.  I remember the first time we went to one, and my mind. was. utterly. blown. Even if your not into decorating, you should still check it out! Its fun just to walk around and see all of their room set ups and ideas. The prices of their products are super reasonable too…which is the best and the worst thing. You can get yourself in a lot of trouble if your not careful. 😉

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Oh! And food for lunch/supper! I’ll give a quick shoutout to a couple of our favorites and finally move on to Vintage Whites. So far Jon and I’s two favorite bbq spots are Jack Stack & Q39 (not necessarily in that order). 🙂

We have been to Q39 five or six times now and have great experiences each time…in fact I think it keeps getting better and better! We always split a half-rack of ribs (I am a pretty light eater when it comes to meat…last time I literally only ate two ribs off the half rack… haha) and order their pretzel & apple appetizer…the cheese sauce that it comes with is completely to die for. I honestly could go and just order five of these appetizers and be content for the rest of the weekend. It’s that good. If you do decide to go that route, I would definitely recommend reservations….you can either call or make them online. Its a relatively small space and their is almost always a line of people at the door, so having a reservation is super nice.

Jack Stack we have only visited once, but it was really good too! Both Jon and I would recommend it, and it has several locations, so it may be more convenient than Q39 for you depending on where you’re at. Go ahead and check it out! I got one of their bbq sandwiches last time and it was pretty yummy. 🙂

Finally, if you are an ice cream lover (and fond of cookie dough/cookies and cream/ect) then Sylas & Maddys is the place for you. It may be off the beaten path, but their cookie monster flavor is crazy off-the-charts delish. It is a combo of cookie dough, cookies and cream, monster cookie, and every other cookie type ice cream you could think of. I have never had anything like it. And it. is. so. good.

Now that we both have ice cream on the brain…lets talk Vintage Whites Market and West Bottoms Shops!

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If you have never been to the Historic West Bottoms area of KC and are at all into vintage or unique decor, it is a must stop for sure. Dozens of big old brick factory buildings have been salvaged and filled with cute vintage furniture & decor. So much fun! I’ve personally never been, but I hear the first weekend of each month is a pretty big deal. Many of the shops are only open on the first weekend, so it turns it into quite the event! (or so I hear 😉 ) Food trucks & vendors also come to give a street fair like atmosphere….one of these years I hope to actually be there for it!

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Seriously…how fun would it be to have a shop in one of those puppies??! I just can’t. And right next to all of these beautiful buildings, under the 12th street bridge, is where The Vintage Whites Market was held. As I was saying earlier, VWM began in my hometown in Montana, and has grown over the years to include several states. Co-founders Vanessa and Jana both do a fantastic job of organizing and creating a fun and unique event! I have no idea how many shoppers they ended up having but when we were there on Saturday afternoon during the final few hours of the event, it was still completely jam packed! I have never been to a vintage market that was that busy! My plan was to do more photo shooting for this blog post, but it was so crowded I literally felt like I was in the way or holding up traffic every time I stopped to take a photo (plus I’m a super-amateur, so it still takes at least two or three adjustments to get the lighting situation half-way decent), so I got much fewer than originally intended…but hopefully the few that I did get will help give you a feel for what this awesome event was like!

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There you have it. My few and poor and measly photos of such a beautiful event. I also snapped a few of the surrounding scenery and views from the bridge.

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[That historic industrial vibe tho… 🙂 ]

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Even through all of this gorgeous scenery and trinket searching, the real highlight of my day was actually getting to meet one of the VWM co-founders, Vanessa. I have followed her for forever on social media, and have spent so much time gawking at her gorgeous home on Pinterest and in magazines, that when I actually saw her in person I had a total freak out moment. I had definitely hoped to see her, but then trying to figure out what to say to person you have been somewhat stalking for years (but they have no clue who you are) is a whole different ball game. Vanessa actually lives in Kalispell, MT (where I grew up) and has been featured in big name publications like Country Living. (I actually meant to bring the copy of CL that her home was featured in to have her sign it if I got the chance, but completely forgot 🙁 ) But even through my complete awkwardness she was still incredibly kind and friendly, and even agreed to a picture. Day made. Weekend Made. Month made.

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And also have to share just a couple quick shots of this super talented lady’s home (Because now you obviously need to see it).

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…just wow.

(And I got to meet the brains behind all this!?) Simply blown away. Props, Vanessa. Props.

Before I leave you, I wanted to quick share the couple of art pieces I purchased for our own home at Vintage Whites. If you have been following along on the blog or social media, you know that we are in the middle of our master reno, so naturally I was on the hunt for a few original pieces to hang in our new room. And I think we found the perfect two:

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Calligraphy Art by Piper Romshek (Click photo to see her Etsy shop – Lovewell Handlettered)
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Print by Rose Henges (Click photo to see her Etsy Shop.)

What do you think? We love them and I think they will help tie our cozy mountain retreat space together wonderfully. Be sure to check the makers Etsy shops to find your own perfect piece.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!! I hope you were at least encouraged or inspired in some fashion to either head to a local flea or drive to Kansas City! Do you have any favorite KC stops? If so I would love to hear about them! We try to visit regularly and love to find new favorites. Leave a comment below or send me a note via FB or IG!

Have a wonderful day, friend! 🙂

Julia

Design, Decor, and DIY Blogger since 2015

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