Copyright 2009-2011 Lisa Waterman Gray

Monday, January 2, 2012

Downtown Overland Park Renaissance

By the time the 2011 holiday season rolled around, Downtown Overland Park had plenty to celebrate. Local media have taken notice too, including a November report on Fox 4 News, in which several businesses talked about the significance of Small Business Saturday.

If you haven't visited there in awhile, you're in for a big surprise. There's much more to Downtown Overland Park than the farmer's market.
The original heart of this sprawling suburb hosts a plethora of thriving established businesses joined by enthusiastic newcomers. And DTOP (Downtown Overland Park) has recently become known as something of a 'foodie' destination. *The Tasteful Olive - offering gourmet oils, vinegars and food items - has become a culinary destination along with 'old-timers,' The Culinary Center of Kansas City and Penzeys Spices. Beside The Tasteful Olive, The Upper Crust Pie Bakery added a second location to its longtime original site, at Pryde's Old Westport, in Kansas City, MO, just in time for the holiday season.

Elsa's Ethiopian Restaurant has received high marks for its savory, exotic cuisine since its summer opening as has El Salvadoreno's family-made authentic fare, available since fall. They join old and new favorites that include Papa Keno's Pizza, The Other Place, The Clocktower Bakery, Great Day Cafe and t.a.s.t.e (currently for sale). 

Stop by for great food and then visit several galleries, a train shop, a store with handcrafted items from throughout the world, another dedicated to travelers and still another dedicated to bird lovers. Allow yourself a day to savor the joys of DTOP's Renaissance.

*I currently work here, part-time.

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