Published June 28th, 2018 at 6:00 AM
Take a moment to admire the llama beach towel or a neon pink minidress. Then walk another hundred feet inside the Midway Shopping Center and discover the newly opened Boba KC (4305 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas).
“We want to welcome everybody in and make sure we have something for everyone,” co-owner Mike Her said.
To that end, Boba KC serves more than just milk- and juice-based bubble tea in the midst of vendors selling everything from jewelry to furniture. Boba KC has smoothies, fruit chillers, Vietnamese coffee and specialty drinks (The Unicorn is strawberry cheesecake in a cup). You can also add in boba pearls, rainbow, mango, basil or green apple jelly, or strawberry popping pearls.
Her opened the bubble tea shop two weeks ago with his brother Tommy Her. It’s a family business. Mike’s son, Alex, was there taking orders and offering recommendations to customers earlier this week. Boba KC is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Alchemy Coffee’s second location is open in Lawrence, Kansas. The coffee shop and bakery moved its kitchen from 1901 Massachusetts St. (the original location is now open 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily) to 816 Massachusetts St. In Kansas City, you may know Alchemy for its bottled cold brew, but its cake game is strong. Alchemy also dabbles in cinnamon rolls, cupcakes (with espresso buttercream) and hand pies.
Good things happen when you work together. Boulevard Brewing Co. and Side Project Brewing out of St. Louis, Missouri, have collaborated on Copains, a new brew.The two breweries are hosting a pouring party at the Boulevard Tours & Recreation Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Side Project’s Cory King and Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels will be on hand for the event.
You don’t get many shots at taking an ocean voyage from Kansas City. The Modernists host a Modern Gala: High Seas at Pickwick Plaza from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The event ($70), which benefits the World War I Museum and Memorial, will recreate life on a luxury liner with dancing and cocktails. Period-appropriate dress (early 20th century) is encouraged.
Sharpen your knives and stock up your vegetable crisper at the same time. The Brookside Farmers’ Market (63rd and Wornall) hosts the Chop it Up Festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Ambrosi Bros. Cutlery Co. will offer free knife sharpening and Seven Swans Creperie will be making crepes. Look for blackberries, tomatoes and organic flour.
Learn how to make French macarons with J.C. Gregg from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Olive Tree (7044 W. 105th St., Overland Park, Kansas). The class ($55) looks at the difference between French and Italian macarons, and explores Gregg’s own recipes for fillings.
Forget your muggle-ness for a while. Expecto Bar Crawl is a wizard-themed pub crawl in the Power & Light District from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday (check-in is from 3 to 5 p.m. at the KC Live! stage). You get a magic wand, drink specials and a souvenir beer stein.
Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery (11000 S. Woodland St., Olathe, Kansas) has a Bomb Pop wine slushie, and, yes, it’s red, white and blue. Check out our story on the origin of the Bomb Pop here. On Friday night, you can snag a slushie, listen to live music, and grab food from Bop N’ Bowl. On Saturday and Sunday, the winery will be sampling its newest release, Syrah.
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