Plus, missing alligator found alive after escape from Park Hill middle school.
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Take a bite out of 15+ donut shops
Mix and match with flavors like strawberry shortcake and candied bacon. | Photo via Donutology
When coffee fails, sometimes a little sugar is all you need to jumpstart your morning.

So whether you take it sprinkled or simply powdered, we’ve rounded up 17 of the best spots to grab warm, fresh donuts in the Kansas City metro. Doesn’t that bring a glaze to your eye?

Pro tip: Be sure to bookmark this guide + celebrate this Friday, June 7, aka National Donut Day, the right way.

KCMO proper pastries

Ridgewood Donuts | 4309 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO | Wed.-Sun., 5:30-11:30 a.m. | This family-owned business has been baking the classics since 1956.

Donutology | Multiple locations | Times vary | Lovers of creative donut concoctions know there’s no better spot in the city — especially when they’re enjoyed in an original KC Streetcar.

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How’d they get the hair... so right? | Photo via Mr. D’s Donuts, by @thattravelinglens

Northland nibbles

Donut King | 2320 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, MO | Sun.-Thurs., 5 a.m.-9 p.m. + Fri.-Sat., 5 a.m.-10 p.m. | Take advantage of its daily Happy Hour from 2 to 5 p.m. for a $2 donut + small coffee.

Fresh Donuts | Multiple locations | Times vary | This spot’s second location is fresh out of the oven — hint, hint: you can now nosh these treats while shopping at the Legends.

West side sweets

Fairway Creamery | 5938 Mission Rd., Fairway, KS | Tues.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. + Fri.-Sun., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. | Its ice cream, donuts + Messenger coffee can be eaten inside its chic digs or out on the sunny patio. New WFH spot, anyone?

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It’s like eating bubbles... just more sugar + less soap. | Photo via Blackhole Bakery

Mochi or bust

Blackhole Bakery | 5531 Troost Ave., KCMO | Wed.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. + Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Made with tapioca or rice flour instead of the typical all-purpose, these mochi donuts will take you to another dimension.

Mochinut | 7414 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS | Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Having opened earlier this month, Mochinut is the latest to bring mochi donuts, boba tea + Korean corn dogs to the metro.

Did we miss your favorite sweet spot? Let us know what donuts to taste test next.
Wednesday, June 5
  • 5th Annual ‘Que for a Cause | Wednesday, June 5 | 6 p.m. | The Abbott, 1901 Cherry St., KCMO | $225 | Your fave Chiefs players will serve you from various barbecue-themed food stations to raise money for multiple animal rescues.
  • Mobile Music Box Concert | Wednesday, June 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Parade Park, 1600 E. 17th Ter., KCMO | Free | Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, and a picnic basket to enjoy the Kansas City Symphony’s Principal String Quartet and Harmony Project KC’s student ensemble.
Thursday, June 6
  • Skyline Rooftop Bar Popup | Thursday, June 6-Friday, June 7 | Times vary | Corrigan Station Rooftop Event Space, 1828 Walnut St., KCMO | $25-$45 | Let skyline views be your backdrop while you sip craft cocktails under the stars.
Friday, June 7
  • Wine, Brew, & Spirits Too | Friday, June 7 | 5-9 p.m. | The Independence Square, 112 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, MO | $20-$45 | Swirl, sip and stroll through various businesses.
  • KC PrideFest | Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9 | Times vary | Theis Park, 4800 Oak St., KCMO | $0-$5 | Two stages with local acts, national recording artists, vendors, food trucks, family activities, a parade... what more could you ask for?
  • Stardew Valley: Festival of Seasons | Friday, June 7 | 8 p.m. | Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., KCMO | $49-$73 | Curated by ConcernedApe, go on a musical journey through the four seasons of the valley, its unforgettable festivals, and its beloved villagers.
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News Notes
  • Calling all KC creatives. The Missouri One Percent for Art program is asking for design proposals for a 32’ diameter circular plaza at 75th + Wornall in Waldo. Want to share your bright idea? Join the virtual Q+A sessions and submit your application.
  • Move over West Bottoms, there’s a new scare in town. From the mind of OP-native and “Saw” franchise director Darren Lynn Bousman, comes Exiled: Crooked Rose Woods. The 100-acre horror experience opens in Bonner Springs, KS this September. Sign up if you dare. (Kansas City Star)
  • After 10 days on the run, “Alex” the alligator — who escaped from a petting zoo exhibit at Lakeview Middle School — was found alive. A custodian found the 14-inch reptile outside the school’s back door. (FOX4)
Plan Ahead
  • The 2024 American Jazz Walk of Fame celebration will be one for the books. Honor inductees Roberta Flack, Patti Austin + Bob James alongside fellow music lovers on Saturday, June 8. Tickets are $70.
  • You may know it as KC’s very own “Hobbit door,” but Mineral Hall’s Art Nouveau entrance has its own story to tell. Explore the history behind the most photographed door in the city + why it sits unused today. (Kansas City Magazine)
  • Until further notice. Topgolf has temporarily shut down for renovations, including new turf + ball dispensers with built-in displays. Tee times are expected to resume later this month or in July. (Kansas City Business Journal)
  • Influential developer, entrepreneur, and rancher Bill Haw Sr. died last week at 85. Haw was known for his part in important West Bottoms milestones, including Kemper Arena’s redevelopment, and his conservation efforts in Kansas’ Flint Hills. (Kansas City Business Journal)
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📖 Readers rejoice
There’s a lot to explore with ~12,500 sqft of books galore. | Photo via MCPL
It’s officially Bookworm Summer here in KC.

Alongside the Kansas City Public Library’s year-long 150th anniversary celebration, the Mid-Continent Library has some exciting news of it own: two new branches.

The East Independence Branch (4505 S. Little Blue Pkwy.) is already open and ready for readers. You can help kick off its big celebration on Friday, June 7, at 9:00 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, music, and refreshments.

Book worms have to wait another week before breaking the spine on Riverside’s new location (4510 NW Gateway Ave.). Opening is slated for Tuesday, June 11 with a party to follow on Friday, June 14.
The Buy
The ultimate summer grill accessory: a wireless smart thermometer. Stick it in your food, cook as usual, and the thermometer will notify your smartphone when your meat has reached the ideal internal temp. Hello, perfectly cooked steaks…
The Wrap
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