Hallmark — Shopping, Dining, Entertainment — But No Outlet Store

October 4, 2006 at 1:12 pm 1 comment

The jewel of downtown Kansas City is the Crown Center, an urban shopping, The Crown Centerentertainnent, living and working campus. At its heart is the international headquarters for Hallmark Cards. The indoor and outdoor complex is dotted with fountains andCrown Center sculptures, beautiful buildings and art displays. It has two theatres for live performances.

Its three-story shopping center includes some interesting and unique stores like the Crayola(R) Store, Pen Place, Kangaroo Crossing and Boulevard Blues, but also some back-home favorites like Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. Lots of shops, but I couldn’t find a Hallmark card outlet store.

Halls Department Store
The one store I was most taken with was simply called “Halls.” It is a department store owned by Hallmark and very much reminded me of the Marshall Field’s of long ago. Halls obviously employs talented buyers who select exceptional merchandise for every department — clothing, shoes, giftware/china/crystal and more. The store is not as large as typical department stores, but it’s not a chain and the service was excellent. It even had a small specialty candy department and a wonderfully large stationery department much like the downtown Chicago Field’s used to have. (Of course, being owned by Hallmark, it would have a good stationery department.) I spent most of my time enjoying Halls. And the prices were not outrageous and perhaps even a bit less than common department stores.

Hallmark Visitor Center
The Visitor Center was smaller than expected but filled A printer demonstrates greeting card production.with greeting card memorabilia and collectibles. It offered live demonstrations of printing presses and a bow-making machine encased in glass that permits each visitor to “make” a bow to take home — at no cost. The Visitor Center is worth a loook.

NEXT: High fashion at Country Club Plaza

1) The Hallmark Visitor Center
is adjacent to Halls and the shopping center. No admission fee.
2) Union Station, recently renovated, houses Science City — a science center, Union Stationthe KC Rail Experience — a hands-on museum, restaurants, shops and a theatre featuring live performances. Union Station is accessible from the Crown Center through The Link, a climate-controlled walkway.

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A Second KC Getaway — and Still Not Enough Time Country Club Plaza — The Kansas City Shopping Destination

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  • 1. lori d  |  March 8, 2007 at 11:11 am

    We just got back from a girl’s weekend in KC (myself and my 11- year-old daughter). We got a great internet deal at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center and took your advice and upgraded to a Regency Club room (free breakfast and evening hors doerves, plus outstanding views from the 39th or 40th floor). We had a fabulous time. The Hyatt is connected via The Link to the Hallmark Crown Center, Westin Hotel and Union Station, where there is more than enough to do for kids and adults alike during a long weekend visit. The Hyatt also has a 4-season, outdoor, heated pool, fitness center, sauna, hot tub and steam room. I would highly recommend lunch at the Peppercorn Duck club. We had the soup, salad and bread buffet (not your ordinary salad bar) with their fabulous chocolate dessert buffet for $16 per person. Each bite was better than the last and it was well worth every decadent Calorie. The Crown Center Mall has an interesting collection of shops, the lower level is all restaurants and there
    is a skating rink and live children’s theater. Union Station has a planetarium, science museum, railroad museum, IMAX style theater and a live theater, and several restaurants and shops. And in the evening, we had a beverage in the lounge of SKIES the Hyatt’s revolving, roof-top restaurant. Kansas City was definitely a great place to visit. Next time we will stay on the Plaza!


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