Plus, the Smashing Pumpkins release KC tour date.
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Today’s Forecast

52º | 82% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 7:00 a.m. | Sunset 7:43 p.m.

🌼 April showers bring KC flowers
Photo of inside Lily Floral Designs
Lily Floral Designs was listed on The Knot’s “Best of Weddings 2023.” | Photo by KCtoday
Need a fresh pick-me-up to get you through another rainy day in the metro? Look no further than these reader recommendations, plus a few special selections from your City Editors.

Editor Maddie’s fresh picks

Personal fave | As one of three daughters, my family needed a corsage hookup for every prom, homecoming, graduation, Sadie Hawkins, spring formal... well you get the idea. That’s where Flowers by Emily came in — the sweet shop in Leawood’s Park Place has beautiful blooms and even offers one-of-a-kind moss art.

Make a day of it | Start and end your morning with this itinerary for Westwood Hills: grab a signature Black + White from HiHat Coffee, create your own chocolate box at Annedore’s Fine Chocolates, and step in to The Little Flower Shop to browse unique gifts and pick out some lovely local blooms.

Allergy-friendly fronds | Not too hot about pollinated petals? Gift a DIY terrarium or succulent planter class from Liberty’s KC Blooms Plant Boutique or stop by Overland Park’s Monstera’s Books and drop some green on paper + plants.


The Fiddly Fig came with several local recommendations.


Photo via @thefiddlyfig

Readers’ floral favorites

"Botanica (Waldo): she always has the most beautiful garden inspired arrangements and partners with local flower farmers!” — Audrey T.

Floraloom tucked inside HITIDES Coffee (Crossroads) is my fave. Colleen is a transplant from Cali who, like me, was attracted to the slower-paced charm of KC [...] The blooms are big and actually smell like flowers, which is rare.” — Lynelle H.

Shop Local KC (in KCMO and Leawood)!! On top of beautiful flowers, they support local artists and makers!” — Maggie H.

The Fiddly Fig (South KCMO): I’ve gotten my now-fiancee floral bouquets from this cute spot for the past two years. They offer a wide selection, and my fiancee always raves about what I get her from there.” — Chad C.
Tuesday, April 2
  • iBuild Construction Career Day 2024 | Tuesday, April 2 | 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th St., Ste 100, KCMO | Free | This student- and teacher-focused showcase features 50+ business exhibitors in construction.
  • Open House: 9th & Van Brunt Park | Tuesday, April 2 | 6-7 p.m. | 901 Van Brunt Blvd., KCMO | Free | Learn more about the $3 million renovations to the 9th & Van Brunt Soccer Complex.
Wednesday, April 3
  • The Wine Dabbler | Wednesday, April 3 | Louie’s Wine Dive, 6701 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS | $49 | Enjoy South American wines and paired apps at this lively wine competition.
Thursday, April 4
  • Valley Ninja Warrior | Thursday, April 4 | 6-7 p.m. | Kansas City North Community Center, 3930 NE Antioch Rd., KCMO | $5 | Kids 3-10 can dress up as their favorite superhero (or supervillain), run the obstacle course, and pick up a goodie bag.
  • The Prohibition Pub Crawl | Thursday, April 4 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS | $36 | Drink your way through history with a zany tour and craft brew tasting in Downtown Shawnee.
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News Notes
Today Is
  • Election day, folks. Jackson County resident will cast their votes for or against a stadium sales tax extension, along with school board positions. Check out our coverage.
  • A $119.8 million budget has been approved for the demolition + replacement of the Barney Allis Plaza garage. The proposed revision for the downtown green space includes multiple lawns, a dog park, and two event plazas that could accommodate pop-ups and food trucks. (Kansas City Business Journal)
Kansas Citian
  • It’s a home run for local fashion designer Whitney Manney, whose three-look streetwear collab with the Royals debuted opening weekend. Three sweepstakes winners will get to pick one outfit each with a custom fitting session. (Startland News)
Real Estate
  • Hold on to your wallet. A recent report confirmed the KC ZIP codes with the most expensive home sales in 2023. Leawood’s 66211 was the highest with a $927,331 average, with OP’s 66221 and 66224 following not far behind. (Kansas City Business Journal)
  • Three Dog Bakery’s newest announcement has us wagging our tails. The iconic local treat maker and toy seller is moving into Power & Light with a space at 1360 Main St. An opening date is TBA. (FOX4)
Plan Ahead
  • Alt rock superstars Smashing Pumpkins were set to skip over KC on their national 2024 tour — until now. The band added a dozen new stops, including a night at KC’s Starlight Theatre on Friday, Aug. 16. Ticket sales begin Friday, April 5.
  • The owner of recently closed Guy’s Broadway Bodega is back with a new offering: Caldwell’s Burgers. The new joint plans to open inside the River Market’s River Bluff Brewing and will offer a selection of burgers, beer, sliders, soft pretzels and nachos. (Kansas City Star)
  • Mission’s Wee Create is painting a new picture with a move to Prairie Village (4030 W. 83rd St.). The local art studio will continue catering to young artists and families, this time offering its classes at a larger space in Corinth Square. (Johnson County Post)
  • Diebolt’s, the new home furnishing store in Gillham House Antiques & Furnishings, comes from the owner of Nell Hill’s in Briarcliff, not Brookside.
🏒 And the next KC team to take it all...
Catch the division champs at their next home games on Tuesday, April 9 + Wednesday, April 10. | Photo courtesy of Kansas City Mavericks
ICYMI — the Mavs are in the midst of their best season in franchise history... and it’s not even playoffs yet.

With a 4-2 home win against the Iowa Heartlanders on Friday, March 29, Kansas City became the Mountain Division Champions — their second division title ever.

Now, seven regular season games are all that stands between KC and the r march t the Kelly Cup.

Don’t want to miss this historic hockey moment? Tickets are available for all remaining home games, including Games 1 and 2 of the Mountain Division Semifinals.
The Buy
Pvolve’s signature equipment bundle — the low impact, clinically-backed exercise method is a great way to work out from home, and the bundle helps you get started. It comes with a month of free classes and includes (bonus) some of Jennifer Aniston’s favorite pieces of equipment.
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The Wrap
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I’ve got news of another kind to share with you all: I got engaged this weekend in front of the Nelson to my partner Josh.

Before anyone asks, no, we haven’t planned anything yet — but suggestions are more than welcome for our (fall?) Kansas City wedding.


A proposal on the Nelson’s front lawn with a ring from Waldo Jewelers — that’s pretty darn KC to me. | Photo by Jackson Swain

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