From Farmers’ Markets to Guitars & Games, Park Place Has Your Calendar Covered All Summer Long

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Looking to add some fresh air and local shopping to your routine this summer? As Kansas City’s nippy spring flows into the warmth of summer, there’s plenty to do at Leawood’s Park Place.

The Park Place Farmers’ Market is back every Saturday of the season along W. 116th Place at Park Place Village starting on May 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. At this lively outdoor market, you’ll find local produce, meats, and other goods brought to you by local farmers and merchants.

“I can’t wait to welcome back our vendors and regular market goers from our inaugural year in 2021, but I’m very excited to see new faces and have new vendors attend,” says Ginger Kremneva, manager of the Park Place Farmers’ Market. “Our special event days are always super fun for a family outing, so be sure that you are following us on our social media pages and are subscribed to our email list.”

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With double the vendors compared to last season, each Saturday market will bring more variety and offerings for a unique experience every week. Here are a few vendors to check out:

  • FarmStrong Flowers – Located 18 miles south of Leawood, this local flower farm cuts fresh flowers sure to brighten your day.
  • Canine Cotton Co. – The farmers’ market isn’t just for humans. Find the perfect stylish—and durable—bandanas for dogs of all shapes and sizes. 
  • Schenker Family Farms – You can feel good about putting dinner on the table with organic, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, lamb, and poultry from this local Kansas farm.
  • Farms by Amber – From organic produce and microgreens freshly grown in Independence, Missouri, to artisan products, kombucha, and baked goods, you’ll be able to cross much off your weekly shopping list at this booth.
  • Verdant Essential Oils – Made with natural and high-quality ingredients, you’re sure to find your signature scent from this Lee’s Summit-based oil company.

“We love seeing our customers in person and getting to know them,” says Colleen McCoole Payne, owner of FarmStrong Flowers. “We feel so lucky to share what we are growing with others. There’s a great mix of vendors, and we have more of a personal market feel compared to the other big markets in KC and surrounding areas.”

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New to the market this year are designated Children’s Days on the last Saturday of every month (May – Sept.) and Oct. 15. On these market days, Teddy Bear Mobile of Johnson County and School of Rock Blue Valley will host stuffed-animal building and a musical camp so children can experience different instruments. There will also be free vendor demos for the kids and free crafts on select children’s weekends.

Also be on the lookout for other family fun throughout the summer at Park Place. Guitars & Games is already on the calendar every Friday night from 6-8 p.m. starting on May 6. Stop by for some friendly competition with games of Giant Jenga, Connect 4, and Cornhole while singing along with live pop/rock music from local performers.

Keep your eye on the Park Place events calendar for additional announcements on summer fun in the shopping district.

Explore What’s New at Park Place

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Joining in on the goings-on at Park Place provides that perfect opportunity to discover what’s new—and rediscover old favorites.

Park Place’s newest business include:

  • Creative Culture – A DIY studio and gourmet milkshake bar specializing in art classes, DIY crafts, and art-forward workshops.
  • Everyday Beaut – An eyelash salon with top-of-the-line lash extensions, brows, skincare, and nail artistry. Beyond beauty services, you’ll also find artisian local goods and clothing.
  • MassageLuXe – A spa the offers high-quality massages, facials, and waxing services.
  • Outta the Blue Cafe – A breezy beach cafe featuring local coffee, vegan breakfast sandwiches, cold-pressed juices, natural wines, local beer, and island cocktails.
  • Owen and Graham – A children’s boutique featuring chic and modern clothing, goods, and accessories you and your littles will love.
  • Plate Restaurant – A modern Italian restaurant in a vibrant, romantic atmosphere with delicious food and drink options. Enjoy brunch during Saturday farmers’ markets.
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Make sure to stop in to say hello—the Park Place business community can’t wait to host and get to know your families and showcase what there is to discover in the shopping district.

“Events like the farmers’ market really liven up our Saturdays and bring about more community with families hanging outside on the green space, and people who might not always visit this area,” says A.J. Valle, the general manager of Outta the Blue. “I think this community really loves Park Place and is excited for any event to bring people together!”