|Looking down 39th St. toward State Line|
I recently checked out the area and visited four local businesses, including Metuka The Pastry House, Retro Vixon, White Light Bookstore and Anna's Oven.
METUKA THE PASTRY HOUSE
|Delicious Deserts at Metuka|
Open since July of last year, this little sweet spot of a bakery came recommended to me by several local residents who knew what they were talking about.
I sampled (let's be honest - I didn't sample, I bought and scarfed) peanut clusters, pecan carmel cookies and triple chocolate-dipped cookies. They were all yummy.
Metuka is a very small pastry shop with only two tables, but they do have big plans. They are expanding their menu soon to include sandwiches, soups and, in the summer months, salads.
|Ellen Hume, Owner of Metuka|
Metuka is located at 1614 W. 39th St. in Kansas City, MO, and definitely worth checking out.
Your tastebuds will thank you!
|Outside Retro Vixon|
Although Retro Vixon is inspired by past fashion trends, all the clothing inside is new. Even better, they offer shoes, purses, jewelry, hats and more.
|A glimpse inside Retro Vixon|
This adorable boutique does a good job of combining retro and girly and is moderately priced.
My only complaint is that there needs to be more merchandise, especially clothing.
|Check out the shoes!|
Even so, I plan on returning to Retro Vixon next time I am looking for something a little fun and different in my wardrobe.
Retro Vixon is located at 1620 W. 39th St. It has been open since 2010 and is owned/run by Melissa Evans.
WHITE LIGHT BOOKSTORE AND CRYSTALS
|Entering White Light Bookstore|
Entering this unique business felt like stepping out of reality and into one of those mysterious bookshops you see in the movies.
First, you enter through a nondescript purple door snuggled between D'Bronx Deli and the Blue Koi restaurant - so "Harry Potterish" feeling.
|Gargoyles protect White Light|
Then you climb a steep flight of stairs draped in lights and walk through a door which is protected by two gargoyles.
|Inside White Light|
|Stones and Crystals|
It felt weird at first to ask about specific rocks and their powers, but the person running the store made me feel comfortable, was very knowledgable and more than helpful.
|Jewelry at White Light|
Although I didn't choose to learn my future, I did discover that White Light conducts seminars, regular psychic fairs, channeling classes and much more for those interested in exploring their inner knowledge and spiritual growth.
|Incense at White Light|
White Light Bookstore is located at 1801 W. 39th St., and a fun step out of the "mainstream bookstore scene."
|Approaching Anna's Oven|
The "premise" of Anna's Oven is based on a real person - a farm wife during the Great Depression who knew how to cook great food.
|Inside Anna's Oven|
A small eating establishment filled with about a dozen perfectly mismatched tables and chairs, Anna's Oven has an "urban eclectic" meets "grandma's kitchen" look and vibe.
|Macaroni and Cheese|
|Chicken and Noodles|
The macaroni and cheese was decent but needed a little more salt or flavoring, and the dressing mixed in with the tuna salad greens was bitter.
|Mediterranean Tuna Salad|
It helped that the waitress was friendly, and I didn't hear anyone complaining, but there needed to be more than one person waiting on tables.
|Homemade Chocolate Cake|
|Dining At Anna's Oven|
There is also a public lot behind the restaurant for convenient parking.
So, after spending an afternoon exploring the Midtown/39th St. area and checking out several establishments, I honestly have to say, I enjoyed myself.
I met a lot of nice folks, would definitely go back to all of the businesses I visited, and, along the way, found many more shops and eating places I would like to try.
Exploring in Kansas City sure can be fun!