For more than 11 years, Mission Farms in Leawood has been a Johnson County mecca for local eateries, unique shops, and boutiques. It boasts more than 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and features all local businesses, a majority of which are owned by women. “Everything here is locally owned and operated,” says Mission Farms’ marketing director Laurie Morrissey. “It helps that when you walk in the shops, the owners are there every day—day in and day out—working their business. You are dealing with the experts who source their own products and know what they’re talking about.”
From facials to flans, galleries to Gymborees, it’s your quintessential one-stop shopping milieu—located just off 106th & Mission. In fact, your shop-tions are endless. “We’re a destination. The best of the best. And you’re supporting local,” says Morrissey. “You could score some new glasses at Eyestyle Optics, go get your hair done at Xiphium, pop into Blue Koi for lunch, grab dessert and coffee with girlfriends at Rye. That’s the perfect afternoon.”
Or take Fusion Fitness, for instance, which is owned by Darby Brender. For the past six years, she and her team have been helping Mission Farms patrons get fierce by getting in shape. “Our studio at that space has been so successful because of the community aspect and the people who live and work around there,” says Brender. “I think it feels organic—the business owners genuinely support each other. Plus, you have the support of the local community buying into local companies.” Brender’s Fusionistas—yes, it’s a thing—can get their sweat on and then get some healthy nosh afterwards. Enjoy Food + Drink—which is located right next door—helps serve up fast, fresh smoothies, salads, and cold-pressed organic juices. You know, in case you’re lacking snacking willpower.
And—with plenty of upscale condos and apartments—Mission Farms is a place many call home. “At Mission 106 and The Village at Mission Farms you’ll find a ‘live, walk, play’ lifestyle that people enjoy,” says Morrissey. Many of the residents take advantage of theconvenient access to the Johnson County Trails System—perfect for bikers, runners, and walkers.
With the holidays fast approaching, Mission Farms is gearing up with two fab events designed to get you in the Christmas spirit. First up, Mission Farms is unveiling their inaugural VIP Night from 4-8pm on Thursday, November 15th. Want to get a jumpstart on your holiday gift buying? Featured shops will provide guests with nosh, giveaways, wine tastings and plenty of special surprises. “All the shops will stay open late—perfect for early Christmas shopping or just taking time to appreciate the Holiday spirit,” says Morrissey. “It’s a special night.”
Then on Sunday, November 18th, Mission Farms is hosting their annual family-friendly Milk & Cookies with Santa event from 1-3pm. It’s a benefit for SAFEHOME. The Royals’ Alex Gordon will be on tap signing autographs. (One autograph per person when you bring a donation for SAFEHOME.) Don’t miss special appearances from Ian Kennedy and Sluggerrr as well! Plus, enjoy yummy samples courtesy of Shatto Milk Company. Don’t miss the festivities located outside Martin City at Mission Farms. (Bonus—plenty of free parking behind the Saint Luke’s building on the west side of Mission Road.)
Whether you’re grabbing pie at Rye or saying hello to Valerie at Gallery V, Mission Farms offers up a unique, relaxing ambiance that ensures guests can refresh and reinvigorate.