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Located just off the 12th Street Bridge, the West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District is a hidden gem tucked inside Kansas City. Surprisingly, this industrial section of town offers 22 warehouses, 25 stores and restaurants, and over 600 vendors, all in a six-block area. Recently, Full Moon Escape Rooms opened in the district, too, adding another fun entertainment option for tourists and locals alike.
The West Bottom District has gone through a transitional period in recent years. What was once an abandoned and desolate part of town has found a new purpose. Many interior designers, decorators, collectors, and antiquers have reclaimed the 120-year old brick buildings and turned them into something wonderful. Today, visitors can shop among collections of stylish decor, unique gifts, antiques, and collectibles in this unsuspecting part of Kansas City. Many people are drawn to the abundance of unique items with a history and appearance that cannot be easily replicated. Some people describe it as a junker's pure delight!
Every first Friday, several Kansas City districts host special events to have a monthly celebration around the city. While the Crossroads Arts District acts as the central First Friday hub, the West Bottoms District offers its own organized events.
Many local food trucks set up along the sidewalks, and shops like Nook and Cranny KC and Bella Patina open early to share their new and recently discovered treasures. There are live music events, and restaurants offer food and drink specials. West Bottoms First Fridays typically start on Friday at 5 p.m. and last throughout the weekend. Additional information can be found on the West Bottoms Facebook page. Lot parking can be found within a short walk from many of the hot spots for around $10.
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