Leawood: Where luxury meets convenience
Treat yourself to a life of luxury in Leawood, KS. Here you can shop high-end boutiques and enjoy fancy eateries—all in the same square. Read on to find out why this Johnson County city just might be the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
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Size: 15 square miles
Major employers: CBIZ Accounting, American Academy of Family Physicians, DEMDACO, Inc., Mariner Wealth Advisors, A.B. May Service Specialists
Leawood’s education system has come a long way since the first school—a one room school house you can still visit today—opened in 1877. Now you have many more choices in the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley school districts.
From ritzy restaurants to farm-to-table favorites, Leawood has a wide range of eateries to please your palate.
You can start with a few beers at Gordon Biersch brewery, and enjoy every sip of their handcrafted drinks. When a craving for Spanish hits, try a tapa at La Bodega, like the Tortilla Española (Spanish omelet) or the Pincho de Pollo y Chorizo (skewered chicken and sausage).
If you’re in the mood for something a little more fancy, the upscale dining options in Leawood are not few and far between. Bristol Seafood Grill and 801 Chophouse are both designed for you to get your fresh fish or steak fix (respectively). Or try Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que (formerly Oklahoma Joe’s)—an award-winning Kansas City classic that has mouth-watering barbecue. (The original restaurant is located in a gas station in Kansas City at 47th and Mission.)
Enjoy a more intimate setting at one of the many farm-to-table restaurants at Mission Farms (103rd and Mission Road). Here you can find many KC originals like Rye (think: scotch salmon and griddle-seared hanger steak), Room 39 (goat cheese gnocchi and honey del duck breast) and Tavern (pan-seared sea scallops and filet mignon). When it comes to authentic Chinese cuisine, the super cool Blue Koi dumpling and noodles restaurant doesn’t disappoint either.
Warning: You probably won’t be able to go home without dessert—and you won’t want to once you see the treats from Cup Cake à la Mode, Paciugo Gelato and Café, and Dean & Deluca. (With careful planning all three shops will be “on your way” home and it’d be rude to play favorites.)
With more than 80 shiny stores and restaurants, Town Center Plaza and Town Center Crossing (119 & Roe) are the places to survey what’s new at J. Crew, Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers and more fashionable shops such as Kansas City’s very own Baldwin Denim and Collection.
The boys always have the option to sneak away for a manscaping retreat at The Gents Place. Haircuts and beard trims are just the beginning at this luxury joint. Man-cave activities, such as football-watching and pool-playing, are also available and even encouraged (gasp!).
Shopping beyond the plaza isn’t half bad, either. Charming Charlie is one of the only boutiques that organizes its accessories by color for your convenience. Necklaces, purses and rings—oh my! You’re going to have some difficult “pink, purple or blue?” choices to make.
If you want the hippest groceries in town, hit up Trader Joe’s. This specialty store is packed with cheeses, chocolates and other goods from all over the world. Plus, there will always be fresh flowers and employees dressed in Hawaiian shirts daring you to shop grumpy. (Head to the Kansas City, Missouri location six miles down the road to stock up on 3 Buck Chuck—Joe’s infamously cheap wine that only costs $2.99 a bottle.)
Escape reality and go on an adventure with your favorite movie star at AMC Town Center 20 Movie Theatre in Leawood. This swanky cinema puts you right in the middle of the action, especially if you spring for an IMAX 3D film.
If you are in the mood for something more old school, check out the Glenwood Arts Theatre. Whether you choose a mainstream movie or an indie flick, you’re guaranteed a cozier movie-watching experience.
Perhaps you prefer to see the actors in person? In that case head to the outdoor amphitheatre in Ironwoods Park. Here you can always catch the Leawood Stage Company performing a classic play.
Parks and Recreation
Unleash your outdoorsy side at the Leawood City Park. With eleven soccer fields, six lighted tennis courts, three basketball goals, two baseball fields, two sand volleyball courts and one playground, this 66-acre park is one partridge in a pear tree short of becoming a local Christmas carol.
During the summer, swim on over to the Leawood Aquatic Center located right in the middle of the park. You can also plan on the park providing Fourth of July celebrations, summer camp programs, soccer camps, fall festivals and more.
Hear that? It’s Summer Sounds in the Park—a free concert series located in Park Place. FYI: This concert square doubles as an ice skating rink during the frostier months, so we don’t recommending sitting on the turf for long periods of time.