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Spring Fling: Long Weekend Getaway in Kansas City March 29, 2019 18:09

Are you an out-of-towner, planning on spending a weekend in Kansas City? Or maybe you’re a local wanting a fun staycation. With its rich history in music and cuisine, plus the new wave of young millennials and big-city professionals, Kansas City has become a hot spot for travelers all across the nation. Don't underestimate this midwestern gem - Kansas City was even named National Geographic's Best Trips destinations of 2019!

This city is full of surprises, even for locals. We compiled a list of some of our favorite spots — from hidden gems to treasured classics — to create an itinerary for your weekend vacation in Kansas City.

Friday | Downtown Kansas City

Come in from your travels (or a long day at work) and book a room at the 21c hotel. The atmosphere of this hotel parallels its unique location between the modern Power & Light and the historic River Market. With a resident museum, this hotel also host events like Yoga With Art or guided tours you can take part of without leaving your hotel (or your bathrobe.)

For drinks, settle in at The Savoy at 21c. This contemporary bar offers a variety of drinks and amazing dishes, with an eclectic, artsy vibe. You can get a Miller High Life Pony (“like a fine Champagne,” according to the menu) for just $2, or a contemporary cocktail based on the theme-of-the-month, ranging from $10-$15.

Saturday | Crossroads Kansas City

From your hotel, walk to the Australian bakehouse and café Banskia for breakfast. Sip a cappuccino on the brick-walled patio or grab a Bloody Mary and people watch out the enormous windows. If you still need a caffeine kick, or just want to check out a local favorite, visit Messenger Coffee. This coffee shop is housed in a 100-year-old, fully renovated three-story building. You can view the bakery in action or take in a 360-view of downtown from the rooftop patio.

From there, take the (free) Kansas City Streetcar and head to the City Market at River Market, where you can spend hours here perusing the offerings, snacking on local favorites and meeting new people. A local favorite is the colorful flower bouquets for $10. Grab lunch here or take the streetcar back to the Crossroads and hit up Howard’s Café. This part grocery store/part café is simple, it’s charming, and it’s absolutely delicious — you’ll feel like a real local here.

If you’re in town for the first Friday of the month, stay in the Crossroads District for the night. You can grab a delicious, creative dinner at the trendy Corvino Supper Club and then walk around to check out our monthly First Fridays event. It’s hard to know what you will find at First Fridays: budding artists, musicians, buskers, chefs, and more fill the streets. 

And to top off the night, make it a point to visit the Green Lady Lounge. KC has a rich history in the jazz scene and Green Lady puts it all on display, for free seven nights a week.

Sunday | West Kansas City

Pack your bags Sunday morning and relocate to the Jefferson House Bed and Breakfast. This Victorian home is in Westside KC, near downtown, and has a variety of unique bedrooms and quirky accents throughout. After you settle in, grab breakfast at the Blue Bird Bistro: an organic, local restaurant with everything from breakfast chili to tofu scramble. After, walk next door for a coffee or house soda from Goat Hill — a cute, minimalistic hidden gem. If it’s a warm day, grab a snowcone while you’re there as a token to the building’s last tenant, a local favorite called Little Freshie.

Stop by our MADI Apparel headquarters a few steps away and say hi! Tell us about your trip, check out what’s new in store, and see our space. We have pictures of our customers and women we’ve served on display so you can see exactly what good you are doing through your purchase. You can hang out for a bit on our couch and sip your Goat Hill creation, or take a walk to Observation Park, where you can get a higher-up view of the KC skyline. Don't forget your camera!

Next door to our shop is one of our favorite local eateries, Westside Local, that offers enjoyable “blunch” and cocktail creations (like a menu inspired by Tom Hanks). If you want an authentic Mexican meal, grab tacos from another neighborhood favorite, Los Alamos Market y Cocina

Walk off your meal at the West Bottoms Antique Malls, which are all open on the First Fridays weekend for all visitors. You can easily walk from shop to shop, seeking fun and quirky creations. And keep your eyes peeled: Many shops offer free drinks and snacks somewhere in the space.

For dinner, visit one of KC’s newest, trendiest spots: The Campground KC. The atmosphere is intimate and quaint — and music comes directly from a record player. And if records are your thing, visit Voltaire, where the rustic, contemporary venue provides an intimate backdrop for unique cocktails. Want a livelier experience? The Ship is a restored 1930’s speakeasy that mimics the look and the feel of a boat — we promise you’ve never seen anything like it.

Wherever you are in Kansas City, you are bound to have a unique, fun experience that makes you want to come back again.

What are some of your favorite spots in KC? Let us know in the comments below and maybe we’ll feature you on your next post!

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Proudly Made in the USA July 09, 2015 18:06

After all that Fourth of July holiday weekend jazz, we wanted take a minute to remember why it is so important that our products are made in the USA. Because let’s face it, we love our country! As a community, we must learn to read labels carefully and think about what goes into the making of the products we buy. Here at MADI Apparel, we ensure that our products are made with the utmost care and concern for our American consumers.

 

A lower price tag on a product means less attention to detail and more mass production, which is often at the expense of the employees. MADI Apparel, on the other hand, focuses on the quality of our fabrics and the way we treat our cut and sew production team. Therefore, we produce our apparel locally to support fair labor conditions and wages. By purchasing MADI products, you contribute to the payment of an honest day’s wages for an honest day’s work. We oversee a manufacturing team in Kansas City—the same city as our headquarters—so we can ensure the workers making our undies are paid at a fair wage. And unlike much of the manufacturing overseas, child labor and abusive labor is not a concern.

Manufacturing locally also sustains and creates new jobs in our own communities. Thousands of cut and sew production workers have lost their jobs over the last few decades as clothing companies have moved their manufacturing jobs abroad to places like China and Indonesia for cheaper production. So, do our country an economical favor, and support local made products!

As we work with our local cut and sew team in Kansas City, we also ensure that environmental standards are met. Our goal is to reduce the carbon footprint that increases each time shipments are imported by manufacturing all undies domestically. We make every effort to reduce this carbon footprint even more by producing the undies in our hometown of Kansas City, which eliminates freight shipping and saves gas. Even our packaging is made from cotton and fabric that was grown and milled in the good ol’ USA.

Why is this so important to us? Because we are dedicated to Make a Difference in the lives of others—both across the street and around the world. MADI was founded upon the principles of American manufacturing, self-sustaining fabrics, and making a global impact through underwear donations.

So celebrate a higher standard on Independence Day (and everyday) by purchasing our higher quality, more sustainable, and oh-so-comfortable MADI products that are proudly made in the USA.

 


New Style Shots! March 02, 2015 23:52

We had a lot of fun shooting new style shots of our panties with Kansas City photographer Cameron Gee!  Buy any style of MADI Apparel underwear and another pair is donated to a woman in need.  

^^ The Kyle Classic Boyshort ^^

^^ The Pamela Cheeky Brazilian ^^

^^ The Bonnie High Rise Brief ^^

^^ The Kaydee Wide Lace Brazilian ^^

Help us provide underwear - the most needed, under-donated item of clothing - for women in need.  All you have to do is buy a pair for yourself!

Xo, Team MADI

 


New Shop Window Decals ARE UP! February 26, 2015 18:06

Wahoo!!! Big step today toward the big picture!  The big picture = the opening of our very own retail storefront on the Kansas City Westside APRIL 3rd!!! That's during the Crossroads' First Fridays in April.

We now have our signage/logos up on our retail windows!!  We admit, we should've left the installation of the decals to our amazing sign company, FASTSIGNS - because embarrassingly, we messed up a couple times and had to order more, oops! :)

Take a look at yesterday's sign-installing fun from start to finish!

MADI babe, Jacqueline in front of our lonely, empty shop windows last week :(
^^ MADI babe, Jacqueline in front of our lonely, empty shop windows last week :( ^^

 ^^ First attempt with our first decal - aka OOPS! IT'S CROOKED! ^^

^^ MADI PR/marketing guru, Pam testing our leveling skills one more time in hopes that we don't make it crooked again :) ^^

^^ Looking good so far, think we are getting the hang of it! ^^

^^ On to "the big Kahuna" ^^

^^ Newest intern, Joe, seeing our signage for the first time! ^^

^^ Anndddd, we got it up before the snow storm hit, SUCCESS! ^^

We had fun - it's so exciting to think about having a physical store for us customers to come, feel our super soft bamboo panties and have fun with team MADI!  Join us for our Studio Introduction launch event at our new space, 1659 Summit St.  Kansas City, MO 64108 - April 3rd - 6-9pm!

Xo, team MADI