New York Magazine names Churchill as one of the Urban Cool Places to Shop in KC December 17, 2014
Here's the link: http://nymag.com/travel/weekends/kansascityurban/
It's a great article on everything cool in KC for a weekend traveler. Remember Churchill is by appt or website only so please plan ahead. www.shopatchurchill.com.
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It names great restaurants and places to stay, party and learn.
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Uncover Urban Cool in Kansas City
Everything’s up to date in this former railroad town: a blossoming culture and art scene, a newly hip industrial neighborhood, and food that goes beyond barbecue. By Kate DonnellyShareThis
Explore Kansas City’s burgeoning arts scene. Start at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (free admission except for exhibitions), a 1933 Beaux-Arts structure enhanced by architect Steven Holl’s eastern expansion of five dramatic, translucent glass blocks. Inside, experience rotating exhibits like the upcoming “Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity” (February 28–August 2, 2015). Enjoy a peaceful moment inside the Isamu Noguchi Sculpture Court and stroll the grounds, scattered with works by Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and Claes Oldenburg. Walk a few blocks west to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s (free) private collection featuring artists like Damien Hirst, David Hockney, and Louise Bourgeois, whose supersize iron spider is perched on the front lawn. In the evening, head to Moshe Safdie’s Kauffman Center for a Kansas City Symphony performance; be sure to take in a spectacular view of the city from the glass-canopied lobby.
Splurge at Halls, the Bergdorf Goodman of the Midwest. The glitzy luxury department store recently reopened at Crown Center, close to the heart of downtown. Browse designer brands like Gucci and Prada, and edgier, mid-priced lines like Yoana Baraschi and Derek Lam—then check out the Plaza’s trendy boutique Standard Style for labels like Elizabeth and James and rag & bone. Pop down the block to Baldwin Denim, which stocks plenty of plaid and tees from Surf Saturdays and Steven Alan, plus house-label jeans ($220). While you’re in the area, make the five-minute drive to upscale shop Churchill, filled with labels like Lorraine Schwartz and Jenny Packham. Ask to see the back room, essentially a warehouse of one-of-a-kind items ranging from an African tribal mask ($1,195) to a pair of palace doors from a sultan’s Zanzibar residence ($45,000).
Explore post-industrial West Bottoms, right in the heart of the city's historic Stockyard District. Cattle from across the Plains and Texas once arrived here to supply beef to the eastern United States; now it’s become a hip hub for contemporary galleries like former New York fixture Bill Brady, and Haw, presenting regional and local artists. On first weekends of the month, explore the West Bottom Antique Stores, housed in a walkable series of old brick buildings and full of mid-century furniture, vintage textiles, and sports memorabilia. Grab lunch at Genessee Royale, located in an old Sinclair service station, serving comfort-food staples like the “ML Body,” a meatloaf sandwich with sharp cheddar, roasted tomato, bacon mayo, and a sunny-side-up egg ($10).
Drop your bags at the polished Hotel Sorella (from $199). Minimalist flair greets guests in the lobby, dressed in Carrera marble, with a blue Murano chandelier designed by Paola Navone. The 132 mod rooms are appointed in charcoal, white, and blue hues, with bathrooms kitted out with rainfall showers and Lather apothecary products. Head up to the seventh floor’s red-hued Italian restaurant, Bar Rosso, at sundown for a Brown & Bourbon cocktail mixed with brown sugar, orange bitters, and Fernet Branca ($12).
Stay central at the boutique Raphael (from $229), housed in a 1920s Italian Renaissance Revival building. Though the hotel’s on the National Register of Historic Places, the interior recently enjoyed a full renovation, with elegant mahogany and travertine marble floors in the lobby and 126 guest rooms done up in warm gold and earth tones, along with subway-tiled bathrooms with generous soaking tubs. Ask for a north-facing room with open views of the Country Club Plaza, an homage to sister city Seville in Spain. At night, head to the outdoor patio to hear local jazz outfits or sip a cocktail like the Lawrin ($8), mixed with Dark Horse Reserve Bourbon, cane sugar, fresh limes, and soda, at the lively, on-site bar, Chaz on the Plaza.
Bunk with the arty crowd at Oak Street Mansion (from $175). Situated in a stately, renovated Georgian Revival mansion, the property feels more like a design hotel thanks to its owners’ eclectic collection of 100 paintings, ranging from Thomas Hart Benton lithographs to more recent pieces from Kansas City Art Institute alumni. Each of the eight rooms features a unique style of art: Try the Jazz Room, with framed album covers of Charlie Parker and Angela Hagenbach; or the Street Art Room, where three walls showcase a bold mural of train cars and the local skyline by local artist Jesse Hernandez. In the morning, fill up on pumpkin-spice pancakes and other seasonal goodies at the complimentary homemade breakfast.