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Leawood’s Premier Destination Focuses on Intimate Gatherings & Small Celebrations

With upscale chic and backyard ease, Park Place has a longstanding reputation as Leawood’s premier downtown destination. But with the pandemic’s social distancing, it’s looking to be a portal for smaller celebrations and intimate gatherings where you can hang out with your quarantine pod and still get out of the house.

After such a challenging year for retailers, restaurants, and small businesses, Park Place has yet to announce any business closures and is welcoming new businesses to its neighborhood, along with a business expansion. These two new recent additions to Park Place include Verdigris and Engel & Völkers. 

Verdigris is an upmarket cocktail lounge with a beautiful indoor/outdoor setting designed for smaller groups where preparation and presentation are the focus of each drink served. High-quality ingredients are used in inventive cocktails, updated classics, shareable small plates and a curated selection of wines and beers. 

Engel & Völkers are exceptional real estate professionals and trusted advisors who guide clients through their home journey with precise knowledge, distinguished care and a bit of fun.  

Along with these two new businesses, Pink Antlers Studio opened a new adjacent event space called “The Party Room” to celebrate birthdays, engagements, gender reveals, and other events for no more than 30 people.

“This year has been challenging to say the least,” adds Morgan Wenger, owner, Pink Antlers Studio, “but as a small business we are working hard to continue to grow our retail presence. We have to think on our feet to navigate the ever-changing times, increase our online presence, and be more creative to stand out. We have persevered and, as individuals, refocused ourselves to support others in our neighborhood and community as much as possible because, in the end, we want to see Park Place and Kansas City come out stronger than ever.”

Located at 117th and Nall, Park Place opened its first phase in 2008 as a mixed-use property offering retail, dining, office, lodging, and residential options with vibrant community charm. Barkley Square on Ash Street features year-round activities in its community green space, with live concerts and movies during summer, and Leawood’s only outdoor ice skating rink in winter. Located just north of Town Center (a drive-through and pop-in experience), Park Place is more of a stroll-through and linger long destination. 

Live events are scheduled for this fall, pending government updates, and The Ice is still planning to open. Visitors and residents alike can breathe in the open air while staying safe (with distancing and masks when needed), take a stroll, enjoy live music and events—all while shopping, dining or gathering with friends in the quaint ‘main street’ environment and open square. Park Place strives to create a family (and dog) friendly environment and is a great place to have a night out or date night without going far from home. The beauty of the streets include flowering hanging baskets and fountains, along with lawn games and plenty of Adirondack chairs open to the public. Come enjoy the late summer, immersed in a sense of community while still honoring social distance and public health.

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On location at Verdigris. Clothes/jewelry, Alysa Rene Boutique. Hair, Timothy Weber Salon

Clothing/accessories: Alysa Rene Boutique and Etiquette Boutique. Hair, Timothy Weber Salon

On location at Barkley Square and The Ainsworth. Men’s Clothing: Geno’s Clothiers. Women’s Clothing: Etiquette Boutique and Alysa Rene Boutique.

Men’s Clothing: Geno’s Clothiers. Flower crown, Flowers by Emily. Women’s Clothing/accessories: Alysa Rene Boutique and Etiquette Boutique. Hair, Timothy Weber Salon

On location at Pink Antlers Party Room. Cake/chocolates, Sweet Boutique and Panache Chocolatier. Flower crowns, Flowers by Emily. Women’s Clothing, Etiquette Boutique.

Décor, Pink Antlers Studio. Sweet treats/Cake, Panache Chocolatier and Sweet Boutique. Flowers/flower crowns, Flowers by Emily. Women’s Clothing, Etiquette Boutique.