Upscale shopping centers, such as Town Center Plaza, Park Place and Mission Farms, are bustling with holiday shoppers and seasonal glitz. Reservations at top restaurants are filling up fast on the weekend.
And new stores and restaurants are always popping up in Leawood.
Over at Town Center Plaza, a new holiday pop up shop, DeeLux, might offer some much-needed gift inspiration for last-minute shoppers. The store, only open through the holiday, features jewelry, accessories, scarves and handbags. It even has a “selfie room” where customers can try on items and take photos.
Also new in Town Center, a fun new restaurant, Let’s Crepe, puts a spin on the famous French delicacy. Its menu features sweet and savory crepes, plus flavorful flatbreads.
Across 119th Street at Town Center Crossing, the famous outdoor retailer, L.L. Bean, has opened its first Kansas store.
Here’s a look at some other Leawood spots to check out this holiday season:
Blue Chip Cookies
5045 W. 117th St.
Stop by this charming bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth. Mouthwatering cookies are baked fresh from scratch every morning. Traditional flavors include chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. More adventurous concoctions include the Blue Chip Joy, which has coconut, almonds and chocolate chips. Ice cream and cookie cakes are also available.
11526 Ash St.
If you’re looking for a romantic date night spot, this classy Italian cafe in Park Place is a sure bet. Popular pasta dishes include the mostaccioli with prosciutto ham and the savory eggplant parmesan. Happy hour, from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, features $5 pineapple martinis among its drink specials, and includes a variety of tasty appetizers and flatbreads.
10551 Mission Road
Nestled in Mission Farms, this restaurant blends upscale elegance with a Midwestern flair. An extensive brunch menu features everything from cucumber and melon soup to red quinoa and smoked salmon salad. Its dinner menu boasts comfort fare, such as shrimp and grits, a variety of steaks, and of course, its famous fried chicken. Rye’s drink menu, however, steals the show. An extensive list of classic and original cocktails, many featuring rye whiskey, will tantalize your taste buds.
4553 W. 119th St.
The dressing room showers you with compliments at this chic boutique. Seriously. An entire wall of positive body image quotes greets you when you’re trying on that flirty cocktail dress or those form-fitting jeans. In addition to showcasing high-end fashion and flattering trends, Feng features eclectic jewelry, unique home decor and adorable baby gifts.
Hand and Land
11527 Ash St.
Living clean? The owners of this shop have a meticulous hand selection process for the toxin-free beauty products, jewelry and home goods.
10673 Mission Road
This bicycle shop caters to beginners on wheels, as well as those who own the road. The store also serves as a certified Retül fit center, which uses specialized bike fit technology and tools to help cyclists increase comfort and improve performance.
Lucia Aerial Performing Arts
5001 W. 117th St.
It just might be the coolest exercise you’ve ever tried. This fitness studio teaches you to sway, twist and bend while suspended in air. You’ll develop some serious body strength, too. Classes include silks, trapeze, lyra and aerial yoga. The studio also provides fitness classes, an open gym and private lessons.
The Ice at Park Place
11551 Ash St.
Enjoy the quaint Park Place shops and their twinkling holiday lights while taking a spin on this intimate outdoor ice skating rink this winter. There are plenty of cafe options nearby so you can pick up a hot chocolate or tasty treat, too. Find special discounts Monday through Thursday. Plus, receive a dollar off admission when you bring a canned or non-perishable food item for the Jewish Family Services Food Drive.
KC Running Company
4760 W. 135th St.
A well-known retailer for runners also offers training support with group runs and races. Check the website to join in. Next up is the Battle of the Bean 5K in the area around Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard in Leawood on Jan. 16. There’s only one question: Will you be Team Coffee or Team Cocoa?
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