Bookstores with Unique Backstories
Here are eight noteworthy bookshops worth “checking out:”
Get lost in a book, or the store
Funky chairs are scattered throughout the store so that shoppers can get comfy with a book of their choice (including hard-to-find editions), plus a café on the third floor makes Prospero’s an ideal location for booklovers to spend an afternoon reading.
Interact with authors
It isn’t unusual for local bookstores to feature author readings and discussions. However, Rainy Day Books rewards readers from January through December with more than 300 Author Events per year.
Located at the Fairway Shops in Mission, Rainy Day Books has been serving the Kansas City community for more than 40 years, and thanks to international acclaim for its service, knowledge and commitment, the bookseller is a can’t-miss destination for book lovers.
Beer and Book Pairings
Afterword Tavern & Shelves combines two complementary pastimes: reading and enjoying local drinks.
Search the carefully curated shelves of this Crossroads Arts District establishment for your next engrossing read and pair it with wine, craft beer or spirits in this unique new gathering spot.
Something to sip and something to read
Bliss Books & Wine puts careful thought toward curating a community of readers through virtual events, book clubs and pairings with local wine partners. As an entirely virtual environment with plans for a physical location in the future, the shop’s dedication to connecting those who love good books and good drinks is accessible to readers everywhere.
Satisfy your superhero craving
Visitors who can’t wait until the next superhero movie comes out can rest easy thanks to Elite Comics and its wide selection of new and used comics, graphic novels, statues and other merchandise.
Located in Overland Park, Elite Comics hosts tons of in-store and offsite events each year and an active, inclusive community great for lively discussion and making new friends.
Rare Books and Vinyl
With a specialty in first-edition, rare and used African-American literature, Willa’s Books & Vinyl is stocked with hundreds of books that chronicle Black history, art and culture, plus a selection of vintage jazz, blues and other genres on vinyl.
Shelves to wander in Westport
A new venture by the team behind Westport’s popular Mills Record Company, Wise Blood Booksellers occupies a cozy corner spot in the same neighborhood. The store’s shelves are lined with new and used books, offering something for every reader, including a healthy selection of local authors.
Black History for All Ages
Currently operating as a pop-up and online store, Aya Coffee and Books can be found making weekend appearances at coffee shops around the area. Don’t miss the store’s robust collection of children’s books by Black authors.
From incredible fine art galleries and studios, to contemplative public art installations and multi-dimensional art-related events, explore some of the city’s best artistic expressions.
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Region: Midtown, South Plaza
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