Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest — the list goes on and on.
Today’s ever-changing social media landscape makes it hard to keep track of all the websites and apps out there. The networks are a great way to keep up with friends and family, and with a little time and effort, they might be the best way to virtually explore Kansas City.
Whether you’re looking for fashion, food and drinks, photography, sports or entertainment, someone out there is posting photos and information just for you. Not sure who to follow? Here are nine Kansas City-centric accounts that will feed your social side.
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Open the fridge of the average Kansas Citian and you’ll probably find a Boulevard beer. The brew has become a staple for KC, and the brewery’s social media accounts should be, too.
Following Boulevard gives you the latest info on upcoming beer releases and events. The brewery also started a social media contest, #TBIF (Thank Boulevard It’s Friday), which encourages Boulevard drinkers to post fun photos with their beer for an opportunity to win a $25 gift card to the brewery’s Dry Goods store at 2501 Southwest Blvd. Each week is a fight among Boulevard followers, and the best photos score a spot on boulevard.com. #TBIF is a great way to kick off a Kansas City weekend.
Facebook: Boulevard Brewing Company (@Boulevard)
The Kansas City Royals
The World Series champs are a hot topic in KC this summer. When the Royals are playing at home, Kauffman Stadium is the place to be, but even those who can’t make it to the K have plenty of ways to cheer on the team.
The Royals stay on top of their social media game with videos and photos of big hits, home runs and sweeping stadium views. If you want to keep up with more than just the plays of the game, follow them on Snapchat. The Royals’ snaps are series of up-close peeks into the dugout, players’ interactions with fans and the always-popular “Salvy Splash.”
For another perspective on the team, follow The Star’s beat reporter Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd).
Facebook: Kansas City Royals (@Royals)
Visit KC is a nonprofit organization that will make you feel like a tourist in your own city. Looking for a great Insta photo op? Check out the towering “That’s How We Do KC” sculpture that Visit KC brings to events such as Boulevardia.
Visit KC is dedicated to promoting Kansas City tourism and sharing everything the metro has to offer — from bars and restaurants to live music, fun events and places to stay — both locally and in cities such as Chicago and New York. Scroll through the filters on Snapchat and you might recognize their flashy Kansas City geo-filter.
Facebook: Visit KC (@visitkc)
Made in Kansas City
Made in Kansas City is a shopping hub for all of your favorite local goods, from Charlie Hustle T-shirts to Arthur Bryant’s barbecue sauce and Easy, Tiger greeting cards.
The creative boutique, which has locations in Kansas City, Overland Park and Prairie Village, represents roughly 75 brands and recently shared a video series called “Ozzie Drinking Coffee in Kansas City.” The six-part series helps followers virtually explore local coffee shops.
Head to the company’s Instagram and you will find aesthetically pleasing photos of Made in KC products that will make you want to get out and buy local.
Facebook: Made in KC (@madeinkcshop)
If you’ve had your allotted caffeine for the day but are still looking for a fix, find Thou Mayest online or head to 419 E. 18th St. for a coffee shop that fits for work and play.
Not only can you enjoy quiet time over a cup of house-roasted coffee or bottle of Slow Brew iced coffee, Thou Mayest also has a full bar and a leafy patio. The elegantly poured cups of coffee and cocktails on the shop’s Instagram feed could easily be mistaken for art. The caffeinated staff is friendly and enthusiastic about coffee (and life), and that comes through on Twitter and Facebook, too.
Facebook: Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters (@thoumayestcoffee)
Cinder Block Brewery
It’s easy to go to the liquor store and grab your go-to brand of beer, but if you’re looking to branch out, social media is a good way to start.
Cinder Block Brewery, 110 E. 18th Ave. in North Kansas City, is worth a visit and a follow. Its Instagram gives you a behind-the-scenes peek into the brewery with photos of jumbo Jenga on the patio and frosty beer flights on the bar. Every post will make you thirsty.
Head to the brewery on Wednesdays for some leisurely beer pong.
Facebook: Cinder Block Brewery (@cinderblockbrew)
Joe’s Kansas City
With food so photogenic, it’s hard not to have a huge social media following. But Joe’s Kansas City takes it up a notch with mouthwatering photos of smoked ribs and snaps of visiting celebs such as Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Al Roker of the “Today” show.
Joe’s has locations in Leawood and Olathe, but the original in a KCK gas station makes for a perfect photo opportunity. Tag Joe’s in your posts because its Twitter feed is full of retweets and photos from local barbecue fans.
Facebook: Joe’s Kansas City (@joeskcbbq)
Jess Zimlich is 29, but who’s counting? A few years ago, the Kansas Citian launched a lifestyle blog called “26 and Not Counting” that has become a part-time job that she sees as a fun escape from the daily grind. She uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share photos and other interesting tidbits that don’t make it in the blog.
Her beautifully composed Instagram images are always paired with the perfect caption. Recent examples include stylish self-portraits, beachy travel photos and wise words such as “Rosé All Day.”
Facebook: 26 and Not Counting (@26andnotcounting)
Shanley Cox came to Kansas City five years ago to work full time as a writer at an ad agency. After moving, she was looking for a way to meet people who shared her interests and to express her creativity outside of her 9-to-5 job.
Since she lived alone, Cox ate many meals at restaurants and got to know Kansas City through food. That inspired her to start a food blog. Out to Eat started with a Kansas City focus but has recently gone national, so lately Cox has been traveling to places such as New York City and Nashville to seek out new food.
Cox’s Instagram feed is filled with perfectly posed photos. Picture a gorgeous wedge of peanut butter pie at Third Street Social in Lee’s Summit and a frosty can of Ginger Lemon Radler at Boulevardia. Follow Cox on Snapchat to see her enjoying meals in real time.
Facebook: Out to Eat (@outtoeatblog)
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