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Donald J. Hall Sculpture Garden - The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, which surrounds the museum, features 30 works of art and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It is free to the public and makes a great spot for a picnic, photoshoot, or afternoon of exploring.

Although it is best known for its shuttlecocks, two recent recent additions, Roxy Paine’s “ferment” and Robert Morris’ “glass labyrinth” have garnered quite a bit of attention.

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Cafe Gratitude - Crossroads / Downtown

Although their menu is vegan, meat eaters and veggie-nuts alike will find great options at Cafe Gratitude. Their BLT made with coconut may not rival the Peanut’s, but it is absolutely delicious and you won’t have to double up on the morning workout to make up for it. If you are a newbie, ask the servers for recommendations - they have never steered me in the wrong direction.

For those that work in the neighborhood, this place offers a healthy dose of lunchtime happiness in this simple but lovely package. Takeout service is prompt and you can call in your order in advance.

Cafe Gratitude - Crossroads / Downtown

Although their menu is vegan, meat eaters and veggie-nuts alike will find great options at Cafe Gratitude. Their BLT made with coconut may not rival the Peanut’s, but it is absolutely delicious and you won’t have to double up on the morning workout to make up for it. If you are a newbie, ask the servers for recommendations - they have never steered me in the wrong direction.

For those that work in the neighborhood, this place offers a healthy dose of lunchtime happiness in this simple but lovely package. Takeout service is prompt and you can call in your order in advance.

Underdog Wine Co. - Brookside

Located in the Crestwood shops at 55th and Brookside Boulevard, this new wine shop has quickly become the go-to  spot for neighborhood residents. Although the space is small, the variety is well balanced and offers many options in the $10-20 range for those who just want to pop by on their way home from work. In addition to wine, they also have a well curated selection of craft beers.

Underdog Wine Co. - Brookside

Located in the Crestwood shops at 55th and Brookside Boulevard, this new wine shop has quickly become the go-to spot for neighborhood residents. Although the space is small, the variety is well balanced and offers many options in the $10-20 range for those who just want to pop by on their way home from work. In addition to wine, they also have a well curated selection of craft beers.

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