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Object Enthusiast

Handmade and functional for everyday life, the ceramic art produced by Emily Reinhardt and Object Enthusiast is a vital part of the creative movement driving Kansas City culture.

Explore some of her Kansas City favorites:

Messenger coffee

Located in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District, this three-story caffeination capital doubles as a laid-back hangout thanks to a variety of seating and workspaces, a breezy rooftop and a full food and drink menu—all deftly combined amidst inviting, sun-washed environs.

Tacos gallo

One of the many Mexican restaurants embedded along Southwest Boulevard, Tacos El Gallo treats customers to authentic street tacos, with flavors ranging from pastor and carnitas to lengua and tripa.

Panaderia de las americas web

Breads, pastries, cakes and other sweets permeate at this hidden gem of a bakery also located on Southwest Boulevard. Stock up on everything from cookies to rosca de reyes and other decadent treats.

Casual animal web

Newcomers and aficionados alike love Casual Animal for its well-rounded stable of session beers. Flight or full pint, sample lower-ABV offerings in this cozy, wood-paneled Crossroads hotspot that offers up good times for all of appropriate age.

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From late-night hangouts and favorite taco joints to morning routines and coffee runs, peek behind the curtain to experience a day in the life of some of the makers and doers driving Kansas City’s creative movement—and defining a lasting local culture.

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Go to to view a special, 30-minute version of the My KC series, highlighting the everyday lives of some of KC’s most prominent movers, makers and shakers.