Watch It Made KC
Take a tour of one of Kansas City’s local businesses where you can watch as coffee is processed, violins are created and more.
You notice a building with an airplane mounted on the roof, and it stirs your curiosity. What could it be? That airplane has become the trademark of the Roasterie, known for selling premier air-roasted coffee. The business offers one of the most fun free tours in town. Visitors watch as coffee goes from bean to brew. Call 816.931.4000 for reservations.
Strawberry Hill’s povitica, a beloved traditional Eastern European dessert, made an interesting journey to find a home in Kansas City. The story goes that in the late 1800s, a group of Eastern European immigrants came to Kansas City looking for work in the meat packaging industry. They settled in the strawberry "patch.” In 1903, a flood on the low-lying ground led the community to move to the “hill,” which became known as Strawberry Hill—a community that still celebrates its Eastern European heritage, traditions and customs, including the beloved povitica (swirled bread)! In 1984, the Strawberry Hill Povitica Company (7226 W. Frontage Rd., Merriam, KS, 913.631.1002) was opened and, now a legacy in Kansas City, the bakery is a true delight for the senses! Visit the bakery where you will be welcomed to enjoy a free sample with coffee and watch as artisan bakers guide you on a fun tour demonstrating the process of creating the specialty bread.
Experience the story of Kansas City's own Hallmark, from its founding in 1910 to today. Visit the Hallmark Visitors Center and watch as greeting cards and wrapping paper are made and participate in hands-on fun as you create a souvenir gift bow with the push of a button.
Only one shop in the United States crafts professional level violins, violas, cellos and basses, and it is located right in Downtown Merriam. K.C. Strings is the shop where more than 20 craftsmen make world-class instruments. You can schedule a tour for an in-depth view into the science of stringed instruments by calling 913.403.8999.
For the young and the young-at-heart, a visit to Moon Marble in Bonner Springs is a wonder. Explore the enchanting toy store and marble shop where visitors can watch marble making demonstrations. Call 913.422.1432 for hours.