Now that this year’s homeschool conference and curriculum fair is set for Eagle Creek Church in Harrisonville, MO, we figured you might want a quick guide to the area!
This city of around 10,000 people “captures the charm of small town living while offering ready access to the amenities of metropolitan life,” according to its Chamber of Commerce.
Several of our members and homeschool families live in Harrisonville. They were more than willing to recommend eateries, shopping and other places of interest:
1. Mill Walk Mall (including Kurzweil’s).
We’re renting parts of the mall surrounding Eagle Creek Church, as well as B&B Theatres, as space for our vendor hall and workshops.
If you like barbecue, you’ll be happy to learn that Kurzweil’s Country Meats (located in the mall) comes with high ratings both inside and outside the community.
“Top notch! The staff is super helpful! The meats are 2nd to none! I have not had a chance to order a hot meal yet, but based on the menu & what I’ve heard, it’s a must do! I’ll make time soon to road trip out for the kitchen!” ~Brad Decker, Google review
We’ll also have food trucks on site. Concessions will be available at B&B Theatres, and we’ll have a snack bar in the mall concourse.
Outside food is allowed, so you can find a variety of fast food and restaurants within driving distance, including…
2. Brick House Coffee Bar & Eatery.
Looking for a quiet spot to decompress after workshops and vendor hall shopping?
Check out this coffeehouse only 10 minutes from the conference site. Great coffee and “breakfast” food for any time of day!
“Wonderful coffee shop and Cafe. My 12yr old son and I were looking for something unique as we were passing through town and stopped here based on reviews. Reviews don’t lie! The coffee was great my son had a strawberry smoothie that he said was one of the best ever, I had a breakfast flatbread, and he had a special breakfast quesadilla both of which were fantastic and very fresh. I love finding places like this and small towns around the United States. I will make a special trip back just for breakfast!” ~Kyle Haulotte, Google review
3. The Garage Burgers & Brew
For tasty sandwiches and wraps at affordable prices, look no farther than The Garage! What used to be an old filling station garage has now been converted to a yummy eatery that makes burgers fresh daily. Many customers also praise the quick service.
“Best burger I’ve ever eaten at a fast food joint! Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. Great for lunch or dinner.” ~Brandi Johnson, Google review
4, 5, and 6. Artisan’s Corner On Wall, Treasure of the Past, Harrisonville Trade Fair
If you like antique shopping, you’ll love these places!
One homeschool mom likened Artisan’s Corner On Wall to the antique shops at KC West Bottoms, but with better prices.
“Awesome variety of artisans and used stuff. We enjoyed it, and found lots of stuff we couldn’t live without. 😀” ~Carlton Anderson, Google review
Other antiquing spots include Treasure of the Past and the Harrisonville Trade Fair mall, both off the square and only a short distance from the conference venue.
7. Branding Iron BBQ
Ribs, burnt ends, homemade sauces, fish and shrimp … need we say more?
“This is BBQ done right. I judge bbq joints mostly on their burnt ends and Branding Iron’s are melt in your mouth perfect. Best I’ve had in quite a while. Their ribs are fall off the bone delicious. You definitely don’t need sauce for this goodness, but if you must, the spicy sauce is great. We went Friday night while they’re having their southern shrimp boil. My wife, being from Louisiana, wanted to try it out. She couldn’t stop saying how great it was! She was quite impressed, which doesn’t happen often when us midwesterners offer up southern staples. They were swamped, but service was attentive and friendly. We will definitely be back for some more awesome meats!” ~Luke C, Google review
8. JT’s Steak & Seafood
This bar & grill boasts one of the largest outdoor patios in the Kansas City area. It has a brunch menu in addition to its main menu, and offers a free appetizer if you sign up with their email newsletter.
“From the time we walked in the door everything was wonderful. A nice couple greeted us and quickly seated us. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable for recommendations. The steak, boiled shrimp, bourbon salmon, and portobello fries was delicious. Best meal we’ve had in a long time especially at a good price. We will be back!” ~Heather Knight, Google review
9. Shivers Ice House
Shave ice is always nice!
For a sweet treat, try this Harrisonville delight that also offers (fat-free, gluten-free AND dairy-free!) dole whip and cotton candy.
Additionally, they’re open on Saturdays – the last day of the conference! Buying in bulk can also help you save money (cough cough)…
“If you’re wanting a delicious sweet treat this is definitely a must have in the Ville!! Prices are reasonable for the size and quality you’re receiving.” ~Amy Taylor, Google review