Volker

We love our neighborhood. We live in Volker, a historic neighborhood in the Westport District of Kansas City, MO. We chose it because we feel that we’re getting the best of both worlds: awesome city livin’ with a neighborhood feel that makes you feel like you’re on Sesame Street. So is the Midwest.

We love the giant old houses (ours is over 100!), tree canopied streets, and quirky people who live here. We’re especially thankful that there’s so many cool places to go and awesome things to do within walking distance.

We talk about the places around us pretty often, but we’ve never shown you around the actual ‘hood. Welcome to a square mile of quirky, eccentric homes surrounded by streets of the coolest indie businesses ever.

Jake and Jonas

Last weekend Jonas took us on a walk. He’s been doing that. He’s like Pongo in 101 Dalmatians, but a person.

Jake and Jonas

Us grown-ups decided to make the walk productive by taking a million photos and moseying our way over to Fric and Frac for deadly and delicious burgers.

Ashes

Our cat, Ashes, stalked us for a few blocks. She hid down low, and when we’d turn around, she’s pretend she didn’t even notice us. She’s supposed to be an indoor kitty, but we’ve given up. She’s too good at escaping. Time for a collar so the neighbors don’t think she’s a stray.

Iris

Chair on Outside of House

Glass Bottle Retaining Wall

Metal Art

Megan

Jonas

Building

Megan

Flower

Apartments + Homes

Bowling Ball Retaining Wall

Bowling Ball Retaining Wall
Flag

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Bee

Flower

Knit Graffiti

Knit Graffiti

Upcycled Wind Chime

Flower

Purple House

We love it! Pretty gardens, weird art, knit graffiti, colorful houses (we didn’t get a picture of the chartreuse green one!), and quirky decorations. The bowling ball retaining wall is our favorite.

Record Store

Then we get to 39th street, which has a ton of restaurants, handmade and vintage clothing shops, a few record stores, and our favorite used book store.

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Fric and Frac

Lunch at Fric and Frac. We’re trying to decide if we think the burgers here or the ones at Westport Flea Market are the best in the city.

Fric and Frac

Fric and Frac

Anything with so many toppings it has to be held together with a toothpick is good. Eliza didn’t walk to 39th street with us, because she spent the night with Jake’s mom. Jake’s sister Savannah brought her to us, so Eliza walked home with us.

Jake and Eliza

We stopped at our friend Matt’s on the way home to see if he wanted to hang with us, but he was still sleeping (he works nights).

Jake and Eliza

Eliza even met some new neighborhood kids on the way home! She was very brave to go knock on their door and introduce herself.

Jake and Eliza

That’s our neighborhood in a nutshell! What’s yours like?