National Pizza Day!

Today is National Pizza Day! Luckily Clay has tons of delicious pizza shops that will be perfect to visit to celebrate that day!

 

Leo’s Pizza

408 NW Englewood, Kansas City, MO 64118

Visit: http://leospizzakc.com/

 

Zios Pizza

4702 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/ziospizzakc/

 

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

8251 North Booth Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64158

Visit: https://oldchicago.com/locations/shoal-creek

 

Judge’s Pizza

5171 NE Chouteau Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64119

Visit: http://judgespizza.com/

 

Ikey’s Pizzeria

6950 N Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, MO 64118

Visit: https://www.ikeyspizzeria.com/

 

Giambalvo’s Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta

751 Watson Dr Ste H, Kearney, MO 64060

Visit: https://www.giambalvos.com/

 

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments where your favorite pizza place in Clay is.

Valentine’s Day With Clay

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we know a few of you are still trying to come up with the perfect unique date idea. Don’t worry, we’re happy to help and have a few ideas for some fun dates that we think may make for a truly memorable Valentine’s Day!

 

  • Take a trolley tour in Excelsior Springs…

Perfect for a gift idea, tickets to an Excelsior Springs Trolley Tour are sure to impress whoever you’re shopping for this Valentine’s Day. With numerous tour options including wine, brews, culinary, and more…there is sure to be a trolley tour for everyone!

 

Learn more: https://estrolley.com/

 

  • A tasting at The Brewkery…

Did you know that North Kansas City is home to a local kombucha brewery? They even have a taproom where you can order flights of their locally brewed kombucha. We think this would make for a one-of-a-kind date, and there are plenty of nearby dining options as well!

 

Learn more: http://brewkery.com/

 

  • A painting party at Pinot’s Palette or Blanc Palette…

Want a keepsake to take home from your date? Take a painting class with your significant other and take back something to remember the day by! These classes are BYOB too, so make sure to bring your favorite beverage along.

 

  • Dinner at Trezo Mare…

Grab a romantic dinner at this local favorite and consider strolling around The Village at Briarcliff while you’re there!

 

Learn more: https://www.trezomare.com/

 

  • A tasting at The Brewkery…

Did you know that North Kansas City is home to a local kombucha brewery? They even have a taproom where you can order flights of their locally brewed kombucha. We think this would make for a one-of-a-kind date, and there are plenty of nearby dining options as well!

Learn more: http://brewkery.com/

 

  • A tasting at Belvoir Winery…

Historic, spooky, and scenic, Liberty’s Belvoir Winery is the perfect spot for a date! Taste their wines and tour their grounds with your boo on this date and you’re sure to have a Valentine’s Day you’ll both remember!

 

Learn more: http://www.belvoirwinery.com/

 

  • Catch a 4D movie at Liberty 12 Cinema…

Liberty’s brand new theatre has tons of screens designed to make your movie-going experience all the more enjoyable. The theatre’s MX4D experience is a fully immersive motion EFX experience that includes seat poppers, rumblers, water blasters, scents, fog, and more…Their Grand Screen offers a wall-to-wall premium large format viewing experience…And, to top it all off, you can get dinner here too!

 

Learn more: https://www.bbtheatres.com/location/liberty-cinema-12

New Adventures for 2019!

The start of a New Year means that it’s the perfect time to try some new things and explore some unique locations in Clay! Here’s a list of some of our favorite hidden gems in the area…let us know in the comments what unique local destinations you’d recommend for someone in the New Year.

 

 

  1. The Brewkery

1443 Swift St, North Kansas City, MO 64116

 

http://brewkery.com/

 

Ever wanted to try fresh, locally brewed kombucha? Then The Brewkery is the place you need to visit in 2019.

 

 

  1. Wildflower Dreamz General Store, Kearney

16800 NE 128th St, Kearney, MO 64060

 

https://barhamfamilyfarm.com/general-store/

 

This local grocer offers a supply of unique products sourced from local suppliers. Their lineup of homemade goods and food that will make a great addition to your 2019.

 

 

  1. The Laughing Place Bakery, Gladstone

504 NE 70th St B, Gladstone, MO 64118

 

http://www.thelaughingplacebakery.com/

 

Fairly new to Clay, The Laughing Place Bakery is the perfect place to try freshly baked goods. Their menu changes daily based on what’s in season and what they’re in the mood to bake, so it’s a great place to try freshly baked pastries this year!

 

 

  1. Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, Liberty

407 N La Frenz Rd, Liberty, MO 64068

 

https://www.naturesanctuary.com/

 

Apart from a massive track of scenic trails, Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is home to an educational Nature Center that is perfect for the whole family. This outdoor adventure is perfect to add to your 2019 plans.

 

 

  1. Hall of Waters Ghost Tours, Excelsior Springs

201 E Broadway St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

 

https://visitexcelsior.com/index.php/annual-events/paranormal-tours/

 

Explore history with just a dash of the paranormal this year by scheduling a ghost tour through the Hall of Waters. There are several prescheduled tour dates available online now, so visit them online and book yours soon!

 

 

  1. Smithville Lake Nature Center, Smithville

18001 Smithville Rd, Smithville, MO 64089

 

https://www.claycountymo.gov/departments/public-services/parks/nature-center

 

For another unique look into nature, call the Nature Center at Smithville Lake and schedule a visit! The Nature Center is home to over 15 live species of animals and numerous educational exhibits, making it the perfect new experience for 2019!

 

New Year, New Restaurants

 

We’re still in the middle of Kansas City’s Restaurant Week, and although several Clay favorites are featured, we thought now was the perfect time to highlight some new Clay restaurants that you should try in 2019!

 

Looking for something fresh and locally sourced to try this year? Then Feed Supply Market & Deli in Gladstone may be right up your alley! Feed Supply Market & Deli is healthy, gourmet, and urban and is a great local spot to add to your menu this year. http://www.feedsupplymarket.com/

 

Or if you’re looking for somewhere with tasty food and local brews, than you need to try Dubious Claims Brewing Co. in Excelsior Springs. Along with a great menu of food that includes freshly made pizza, Dubious Claims offers a varied tap of beers brewed onsite! https://www.dubiousclaimsbrewingco.com/

 

We suggest people with a sweet tooth plan a trip to the newly opened Pie Time in Liberty. The shop offers a wide variety of pie flavors and even has mini-pies ready for purchase! All of the pies are based on family recipes and are sure to be a treat for any dessert lover. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Dessert-Shop/Pie-Time-296051791018914/

 

Don’t forget to stop by some of the restaurant’s featured in this years’ KC Restaurant Week too, the event ends this Sunday, so time’s running out! 2019’s restaurants include:

 

  1. Cascone’s Italian Restaurant https://www.cascones.com/
  2. Chicken N Pickle https://chickennpickle.com/
  3. CONRAD’s Restaurant & Alehouse https://www.conrads816.com/
  4. Piropos https://www.piroposkc.com/
  5. Smokehouse BBQ https://www.smokehousebbq.com/
  6. The Sandbox http://www.sandvolleyballkc.com/
  7. Trezo Mare Restaurant https://www.trezomare.com/

 

Bittersweet Chocolate Day

 

Did you know that today is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day?

 

Apart from Halloween and Valentine’s Day, this seems like the perfect holiday all chocolate lovers should be able to get behind. Luckily there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Bittersweet Chocolate Day in Clay.

 

Here are a few:

  • Visit Classy Chocolate in Liberty

Savor handmade candies and chocolate treats at this local Liberty favorite!

  • Visit Nellie’s Sweet Shoppe in Smithville

With homemade chocolates, fudge, and more, Nellie’s is the place for local candy.

 

And lastly, all chocolate lovers need to add this event to their calendar if they’re really looking for the chance to savor some sweets. Excelsior Springs’ annual Chocolate Tour is scheduled for February 2nd, 2019. The Chocolate Tour lets participants shop throughout the downtown historic district of Excelsior Springs while sampling delicious chocolate.

 

Unfortunately this event has already sold out for 2019! Chocolate lovers need to make sure they remember this event for next year if they want to attend, the tickets sell-out fast!

KC Restaurant Week

It’s a new year, which means now is the perfect time to start trying some new tastes around Clay! Here’s a list of some of the top seven restaurants in Clay, as featured in this year’s KC Restaurant Week.

 

Kansas City’s annual restaurant week is January 11th through the 20th.

 

The restaurants:

 

 

  1. Cascone’s Italian Restaurant

 

Savor this delicious local favorite, offering authentic Italian cuisine.

 

3737 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64116

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/cascones-italian-restaurant-0

 

 

  1. Chicken N Pickle

 

Offering a tasty menu featuring clean, locally-sourced chicken and much more, Chicken N Pickle is the perfect stop for local eats and lots of fun!

 

1761 Burlington St, North Kansas City, MO 64116

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/chicken-n-pickle

 

 

  1. CONRAD’s Restaurant & Alehouse

A local favorite featuring a diverse food and drink menu, CONRAD’s Restaurant & Alehouse is the place to eat and drink local.

 

 210 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO 64068

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/conrads-restaurant-alehouse

 

 

  1. Piropos

Piropos is a truly unique restaurant in Kansas City serving authentic Argentinian cuisine.

 

4141 N Mulberry Dr., Kansas City, MO 64116

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/piropos-briarcliff

 

 

  1. Smokehouse BBQ

No tour of tastes in Clay is complete without a trip to Smokehouse BBQ!

 

6304 N Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, MO 64118

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/smokehouse-bbq-

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  1. The Sandbox

The bar and grill at the Sandbox offers a wide selection of tasty food and 35 taps of craft and domestic beers.

 

509 NW Barry Rd., Kansas City, MO 64155

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/sandbox

 

 

  1. Trezo Mare Restaurant

The perfect setting for a dinner date, Trezo Mare offers Italian American cuisine options including fresh seafood and wood-fired steaks.

 

4105 N Mulberry Dr., Kansas City, MO 64116

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/trezo-mare-restaurant

 

Eagle Days

Are you looking for a fun, educational event to begin your new year with? If you are, then 2019’s Eagle Days may be perfect for you!

 

Eagle Days is an annual event hosted by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the Paradise Point Golf Course Clubhouse at Smithville Lake. The event will be held on January 5th from 9:30 to 3:30 and January 6th from 10:30 to 3:30.

 

Along with the scheduled shows featuring eagle facts and live eagles, Eagle Days offers viewing locations predetermined the morning of the event to be a great place to spot an eagle in the wild. On top of all this, expect to see various fun and family friendly booths inside the Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse during the days of the event; many of these tables feature fun animals and unique educational experiences too!

 

So far the weather for the event days is looking chilly, but otherwise pleasant for early January! Make sure to keep an eye on the weather though and dress for warmth if you plan on attending!

 

New Years in Clay

As crazy as it sounds, we’re about to begin 2019! With the New Year approaching, now is a great time to take a look at some of our local annual event favorites. Let us know what Clay events and festivals you’re looking forward to in the comments!

 

 

February 2nd: Chocolate Tour

Tour local shops in Excelsior Springs while sampling tasty chocolate! Learn more about the event here: https://visitexcelsior.com/index.php/annual-events/chocolate-tour/

 

 

 

March 16th: Snake Saturday

One of Kansas City’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day traditions, North Kansas City’s Snake Saturday festival and parade is an event you won’t want to miss. Learn more here: https://snakesaturday.com/

 

 

 

April 12th-14th: Smithville’s Best Dam BBQ

Savor tasty barbecue during one of Clay’s most delicious events. Learn more here: https://www.thebestdambbqcontest.com/

 

 

 

June 1st-2nd: Bluesfest

Enjoy live local blues in Gladstone’s Oak Grove Park! Learn more here: http://www.gladstonechamber.com/bluesfest

 

 

 

June 15th: Wine Festival

This Excelsior Springs event offers one of the best ways to sample delicious Missouri wines! Learn more here: https://visitexcelsior.com/index.php/annual-events/wine-festival/

 

 

 

June 21st-22nd: WaterFest

Celebrate local history in this Excelsior Springs favorite festival! Learn more here: https://exspgschamber.com/index.php/events/waterfest/

 

 

 

July 5th-7th & August 2nd-4th: Gladstone Theatre in the Park

Theatre in the park is always a fun, free way to enjoy the summer! This year they’ll be performing 42nd Street and Tarzan! Learn more here: https://gladstonetip.com/

 

Seasonal Coffee & Tea

 

The cold may not always be much fun, but one good thing about the colder weather is the tasty warm drinks that come with it!

 

Here are some of the delicious seasonal drink flavors you need to sip around Clay this year—they’ll get you right into the holiday spirit!

 

Headrush Roasters: This year’s holiday specials include the Winter Rush (a blend of mocha, peppermint, and espresso with candy cane topping) and the Eggnog Latte (eggnog and espresso with a nutmeg topping).

 

The Mug: Holiday flavors you can look for at this Excelsior Springs favorite include: Gingerbread Cookie, Alpine Mocha, Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog, and Eggnog Chai!

 

Anna Marie’s Teas: Not a coffee fan? Then maybe some seasonal tea flavors from Anna Marie’s Teas in Liberty are right up your alley! They’ve got tasty flavors including Christmas Bakery, Winter Apple Herbal, Snowflake Black Tea, and more!

 

What are your favorite holiday coffee and tea treats? Let us know in the comments!

Holiday Lights in Clay!

Winter is a beautiful time, and one of the most iconic scenes from the season is the holiday décor! Here are our top four suggestions for holiday lighting displays in Clay!

 

  1. Liberty Light Show

This is the last weekend for this dazzling display, so make sure you plan a trip to one of these shows before it’s over! The show’s totally free and features live musicians and synchronized lights. Plus, you can enjoy from the comfort and warmth of your car! Shows are scheduled for December 7th-9th. Visit their website to learn more: https://pleasantvalley.org/libertylightshow/

 

  1. Lane of Lights

This drive-through holiday light experience is a community favorite! Found along Excelsior Springs’ Lovers Lane, the display is free to enjoy, but a donation is suggested! Visit their website to learn more: https://exspgschamber.com/index.php/events/community-christmas/lane-of-lights/

 

  1. The Village at Briarcliff

Though there’s no official light show here, the Village at Briarcliff is always decorated for the holiday season, and is a great place to visit for shopping and a scenic winter walk!

 

  1. Worlds of Fun’s WinterFest

Along with all the other festivities this event offers, WinterFest is home to grand lighting displays and festive décor! Visit their website to learn more about this holiday experience: https://www.worldsoffun.com/play/winterfest