Pleasantries in Prairie Village
Peruse through Prairie Village, Kansas, where quaint shops and good eats are around every corner. Each inch of this little city is packed with character and charm. We can’t think of a better village to call home and you’ll soon see why.
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Size: 7 square miles
Major employers: American Family Insurance, UHL Engineering, Wolfgang Trost Architects, Clinical Psychology Practice, Bank of Prairie Village
Prairie Village is located in the heart of the Shawnee Mission School District. There are four grade schools, two middle schools and one high school (Shawnee Mission East) all within the city’s borders.
Private schools in the area include a Montessori preschool, a Montessori elementary school, a Catholic school (K-8) and a Christian school (K-12).
Looking for a reason to put on real pants? Look no further than Tatsu’s French Restaurant. No elastic waste bands allowed at this white tablecloth establishment with delicacies, such as Suprême de Poulet Teriyaki, Boeuf Bourguignon and Shrimp Meuniére. (We’re not exactly sure what’s for dinner but it sounds délicieux!)
For trendy eats, sample Story.—an upscale neighborhood restaurant serving American fare inspired by French, Italian and Spanish cuisine. Va Bene Italian Eatery features the fresh flavors of Italy and BRGR Kitchen & Bar proudly announces its burgers are made from cows that are 100% awesome—or at least 100% grass-fed. (We even featured BRGR’s patio as one the top outdoor dining rooms in Kansas City.)
And if you want your meal to be as quick as it cute, there’s always a Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, or original cafés like Caffetteria calling your name.
After dinner, indulge in a little (or a lotta) chocolatey goodness at Laura Little’s Candies, appropriately located at 75th and Eaton. From Vanilla Oreo to Chocolate Raspberry, it’s recommended you eat fudge until you can’t budge. Dolce Bakery is another danger zone for must-eat sweet treats involving fresh lemon bars, key lime tarts and blueberry buckles. Be sure and ask about the owner’s latest collaboration: Ice Cream Sammiches.
Corinth Square (83rd St & Mission Rd.) is another shopping mecca filled with a slew of places to explore. Shop all things local at Made in KC or check out the toy of the day at The Learning Tree. Feed your family with ready-to-cook meals from Social Suppers and don’t forget at a treat for your four-legged children at the Land of Paws.
Citywide celebrations include, but aren’t limited to, the Prairie Village Jazz Festival, which pops up at 77th and Mission Rd. every fall. You’ll be singing a different tune (a much, much jazzier tune) after you listen to the lineup, taste the food and sample some drinks. Tap your toes a little more enthusiastically knowing that all proceeds from the event go to Heartland Habitat for Humanity.
VillageFest is another town favorite for the Fourth of July. Think pancake breakfast, inflatable slides and pony rides—what more could you ask for? If you’re thinking, “Well, an art fair would be nice … ” you’re in luck because Prairie Village has one of those every year as well.
Parks and Recreation
On hot summer nights there’s only park to be at and that’s Franklin Park. This outdoor oasis not only has a playground, but also a “play stream,” complete with a little waterfall. This way, your little ones can send their toy boats merrily down the stream while you ponder whether or not life really is “but a dream.”
Or stay cool by the pool at Harmon Park, complete with tennis courts, a pavilion, picnic tables, grills and a skate park. History buffs: Look out for the nifty marker that proves you are smack in the middle of the Santa Fe Trail. (And yes, this moment is totally tweet-worthy.)
If these two options don’t make you want to “park it and play,” there are 11 more parks in the area to explore until you find the perfect one.