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Thursday, October 10, 2013

The West Bottoms

One of the things on my list of 35 Things To Do this year was to go to the West Bottoms on a first Friday. The West Bottoms is “a central marketplace dating back the early 19th century. Each building tells a tale about the arrival of various commerce and trade groups. It was the first real marketplace on the Missouri River that helped to develop the beginning of the western immigration and Mexican trade points. The new century of commerce is based on reclaimed, repurposed and vintage items that are one of a kind items including collectibles that cannot be found anywhere else in the region. We provide the ultimate urban shopping experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the city. We have so many unique stores and shops, you must come down and find out for yourself. Every store has multiple vendors with unique items as well as reclaimed furniture for your living space.” The many shops are open on the first weekend of each month, Friday through Sunday, and in fact I have been there twice on Sundays. I still wanted to experience a first Friday as I know it can be an interesting scene, and this way I did not have to worry about bringing the kids along – specifically a stroller, because it can be hard to navigate the stores with one! I did not end up purchasing anything, though I did take a few pictures to share and document that I was there!

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Do you enjoy interesting architecture and vintage furniture arrangements like I do?

Today I want to introduce you to a fellow Kansas girl, Breenah!

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I first met Breenah when she wrote a post all about me! She had chosen to give my blog some love and as she did so, we became friends. She has an adorable little girl named Quinn and she shared about her 21st birthday just like I did yesterday!

This month I asked my sponsors 3 travel related questions. Breenah says:

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Ireland or Spain.

Where have you previously traveled that you loved and would return to? We got back from Maine a little bit ago and I'd love to go back!

Do you have any upcoming travel plans? Maybe heading to one of the two bigger cities near us (OKC or KC) for our anniversary on Thanksgiving weekend. (Dara says: Choose KC!) 

Go visit Breenah and tell her I sent you!

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Janine Huldie said...

Love all that furniture and I am with you on liking to go shopping sans kids if I can. Really looked like fun and we don't need to buy anything as long as you get some quiet, alone time every now and again! :)

Dara said...


tamarsb said...

I love places like that! I hear there is one in Boston, I just need to get there!

Breenah said...

Thanks for featuring me! I think we might have to go to KC, the West Bottoms looks cool and I've never heard of it!

Leslie said...

Oh that looks like an awesome place to shop! Great pictures.

Dara said...

you should go for sure!

Dara said...

come to kc to see me! the plaza on thanksgiving is fun to see. the west bottoms shops may not be open though!

Dara said...


Breenah said...

Turns out we actually might be going to Texas for Thanksgiving, but we'll make it to KC soon!

Dara said...

oh ok! well definitely let me know!

Tamara Bowman said...

I have another blogger friend in Kansas and she always tells me to visit. Now I see another reason to go!

Dara said...

and by that I hope you mean to meet up with me! who is the other kansas blogger?

Tamara Bowman said...

Of course! And her name is Kim over at I think she's in Kansas City which may be close to you, or many hours away.

Dara said...

I live outside of kansas city. thanks, I'll check her out!

Desiree @ Macke Monologues said...

I've always wanted to go to the West Bottoms, it looks and sounds like such a cool atmosphere. Adding it to my KC list of things to do. :)

Dara said...

I'm sure you'd love it!

Holly Higgins said...

Studying architecture is what I do for my job! That market sounds interesting.

Dara said...

it's pretty cool!

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