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Live and Play | Happy in Gladstone

by Angela Orr | Dec 13, 2017

The below excerpt and images are from the 2016-2017 issue of KC OptionsRead on Issuu.

The city of Gladstone, Missouri, a vibrant area north of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, is moving into the future full speed ahead with a newfound renaissance attitude. This is due to some notable new additions to the community, such as the The Heights at Linden Square. These 224 unit apartments opened in Spring of 2015, and are a pivotal point in Gladstone’s growing environment.


The Heights is the center of this new downtown, which is surrounded by a wellspring of restaurants and lounge venues, including Snow & Company, featuring craft, made-from-scratch frozen cocktails with real juice, premium spirits and handmade syrup. Snow & Co. also offers wine and beer, including Kansas City’s Boulevard beer on tap, hot and traditional cocktails, and a distinguished menu with everything from small bites and flatbread pizzas to sandwiches and salads.

The Laughing Place Bakery is another popular Gladstone destination. Owner Alicia Hommon creates homemade cookies, bread, scones, pies, cinnamon rolls and cakes. The menu literally changes daily. Alicia began making custom cakes in her home, and met with the City of Gladstone to find a space in the Linden Square area. She also teaches classes through the North Kansas City Community Education Program, including pie baking, cookie decorating, creating cream puffs and other desserts. She explained, “I love this city, and truly cannot say enough good things about it. This is a city whose focus is not just on growing into the future, but also honoring and preserving the past.”

Founded in 1985, Margarita’s has become one of the Kansas City area’s favorite Mexican restaurants, now with five locations. The owners, Ron Abarca, Larry Gromer and Dave Quirarte have kept their local business thriving over the last 31 years. The location in Gladstone is in the center of it all, and maintains a loyal customer base.

In the fall of 2016, the Northland Innovation Campus (NIC) opened a 90,000-sq.-ft. office building. It demonstrates an excellent example of what secondary education instruction can be like, and is a model for other districts to emulate.

“The NIC opened fall semester 2016, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with the city and school district on their vision for the future of Gladstone,” noted CBC Development Manager Jason Glasrud. “Their leadership made this project possible.”

The Gladstone Community Center hosts many activities each year including wedding receptions, both USA and North Kansas City Schools swim meets, birthday parties, health fairs, retirement and anniversary parties. The center offers opportunities for individuals of all ages to get involved through swim lessons, senior card groups, fitness classes, water aerobics and more. Center staff pride themselves on offering exceptional customer service and maintaining a clean facility for visitors and members.

Additionally, downtown Gladstone is a host site for the Corporate Challenge swim events with its state of the art natatorium that was built in partnership with North Kansas City School District. In addition to the swim facilities there is more than 5,000 sq. ft. of workout space and a child care facility at the site.

The Linden Square Amphitheater is a civic arena that offers music, shows and entertainment in the spring, summer and fall. In the winter, the site transitions to an outdoor ice skating rink.

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