Plus, a new aerospace investment takes off in Olathe.
 
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60º | Partly cloudy | 6% chance of rain |
Sunrise: 7:20 a.m. | Sunset: 5:44 p.m.

 
🍫 Cut your sweet tooth on this
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An all-you-can-eat kind of “I love you.” | Photo by Christopher Elbow Chocolates
Tall, dark and... delicious. Here at KCtoday, we prefer our sweet nothings come in chocolate form. So whether you’re shopping for your beau or your bestie this Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up 10 of Kansas City’s best spots to sugar your sweethearts.

Christopher Elbow Chocolates, 1819 McGee St., KCMO | Taste the rainbow with its jewel-toned confections, including everything from upscale peanut butter cups and Chiefs-themed chocolates to its signature assorted bonbons.

Andre’s Confiserie Suisse, Two locations | Three generations of Kansas Citians have kept Swiss chocolate alive in the Heartland. Editor Madison’s family fave is the matterhorn, a towering collection of chocolate cake + buttercream mixed together on a butter cookie base.

Photo of workers placing giant pieces of chocolate

These people had way better self control than we would have had.

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Photo by KCtoday

Russell Stover, Two locations | This chocolate candy giant has called Kansas City home since the 1930s. We went viral for covering its world-record-breaking 5,616-lbs box of chocolates last year.

Bliss Chocolatier, 3100 SW 7 HWY, Ste. D, Blue Springs, MO | These hand-painted artisan bonbons are almost too good-looking to eat...almost. Try its “True Love” collection, featuring flavors like blood orange caramel and raspberry rose.

Annedore’s Fine Chocolates, Two locations | If any loyal readers want to share the love, we found the perfect gift for your dedicated City Editors: a “Kansas City” message bar collection from Annedore’s.
 
Asked
 
What would you rather receive for V-Day?

A. Chocolate — Keep me sweet by feeding my sweet tooth.
B. Flowers — One hundred red roses should do.
C. Chiefs Season Tickets — Super Bowl preferred, but no one loves me that much.
D. Other — None of that suits my fancy.
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Coffee with a Purpose | Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 8:30-10 a.m. | The Prospect, 2010 Vine St. , KCMO | Free | Start the day with delicious coffee + food while meeting some of KC’s women leaders.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • Author Book Readings | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 6-9 p.m. | Prospero’s Books & Media, 1800 W. 39th St., KCMO | Free | Join award-winning author, Amy M. Le of Quill Hawk Publishing, and other authors of different genres, for a special evening of book reading and signing.
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Bubbly & Bouquets | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 5-8 p.m. | Strang Reserve, 8020 Marty St., Overland Park, KS | $25 | Make your own mini flower bouquet, dive in to the candy bar, and explore a selection of pop-up shops with exclusive deals.
  • Writers On Cats | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Whiskers Cat Cafe & Coffeehouse, 3705-3707 SW Tfwy., KCMO | $0-$5 | Enjoy coffee and snacks, meet fellow writers, listen to feline-themed readings, and hop over to the cat cafe side to meet some literary kitties.
  • The Goonies™ in Concert | Thursday, Feb. 8-Friday, Feb. 9 | 7 p.m. | Kauffman Center, KCMO | $40-$90 | Experience the 1985 fantasy film favorite like never before, as the Kansas City Symphony performs the memorable score live while the movie is shown on a giant screen.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Local Food Producer Workshop | Friday, Feb. 9 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Kansas State University, 22201 W. Innovation Dr., Olathe, KS | $5-$25 | Learn about marketing techniques, food safety regulations, and production methods for backyard farmers and seasoned producers alike.
  • Adult Night | Friday, Feb. 9 | 6-9 p.m. | LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City, 2475 Grand Blvd., KCMO | $19.99 | Drink, dress up, and compete in partner-based build challenges at this kid-free night for adult fans of LEGO.
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News Notes
 
Development
  • A new $84 million aerospace investment is about to take flight in Olathe. Honeywell Aerospace Technologies is expanding its manufacturing facility, a move that will create more than 350 jobs within the next six years. (Startland News)
Health
  • Oh baby — Menorah Medical Center recently unveiled its newly renovated birthing center + NICU (5721 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS). The $4 million went toward six new private beds, additional triage beds + private rooms for newborns. (Johnson County Post)
Opening
  • Just three years after closing, Italian Delight is returning to JoCo as Avelluto’s (6846 Johnson Dr.). The son of the original owner is reviving the Mission, KS staple with original recipes and a scaled-down menu. (Johnson County Post)
Closing
  • Bushnell, a local manufacturer of binoculars, scopes + trail cameras, is closing its Overland Park facility (9200 Cody St.). Its parent company Vista Outdoor is also closing offices in California, Colorado, and Mississippi. (Kansas City Business Journal)
Holiday
  • Flowers seem too cliché? Send your Valentine a fuzzy bundle of love instead. Great Plains SPCA’s Puppygrams, which en-tails two playful puppies sent to any desired doorstep, are now available through Saturday, Feb. 17. Don’t be worried about messes, a volunteer is there to clean up any unwanted gifts. (The Pitch)
Eat
  • Don Chuy’s Fresh Mex and Cantina will soon serve up margaritas + fajitas at 8725 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS. The restaurant is the second of its kind in the metro, taking over the former location of KC Daiquiri Shop Bistreaux. An opening date is TBA. (Kansas City Star)
Ranked
  • WalletHub recently released its ranking of the best + worst cities for football fans... and how Kansas City ended up at No. 10 is beyond us. Don’t worry though, this ranking might not last long if the Chiefs can dethrone San Francisco from its No. 9 spot this Sunday.
Finance
  • If you’ve been dreaming of a “one-card wallet,” it’s time to wake up and get your hands on this credit card. Not only does it offer 0% APR into 2025, but cardholders can also earn up to 5% cash back — with no annual fee to boot.*
 
 
Sports
 
Bobby Witt Jr. is staying in KC... for $290 million
Kansas City Royals Mural located in Westport
Instagram-able spots are our love language. | Photo by KCtoday
Under the cover of Chiefs-mania, the Royals have been making quiet moves towards an all-star season this year.

Superstar shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. has just signed a deal keeping him in Kansas City for another decade plus... to the tune of $288.8 million.

Witt is one of baseball’s brightest stars, hitting .276/.319/.495 last season and joining the 30-30 club in 2023 after smashing 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases. In layman’s terms, he’s better than good.

With the stadium tax on April ballots and Witt locked in for the rebuilding Royals, it looks like it’ll be a great year for anyone wearing royal blue.

Want to catch their first game? Tickets start at $29 for the home opener against the Twins on Thursday, March 28.
 
The Buy
 
This set of six colored wine glasses, which remind us of Estelle stemware, only more affordable. The multicolor stemware set is perfect for parties, Galentine’s Day, or girls’ night in.
 
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The Wrap
 
Madison-McMillen.png Today’s edition by:
Madison
From the editor
I’m probably the most nonathletic person you’ll ever meet, which is ironic considering how often I write about KC sports.

Since starting as a City Editor, I’ve learned a lot in the past few months and have finally understood sports team excitement... with the KC Current (sorry, American football fans). And yes, I have already joined the Current Club for first dibs on home opener tickets.
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