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New in town: Liberty Belle KC

I made a happy discovery today while on the hunt for nursery decor with Jamie at Urban Mining Homewares and Good JuJu. On the backside of the building that houses Good JuJu is Liberty Belle KC, a family-owned vintage shop that, like the aforementioned boutiques, is only open the first weekend of the month.

Inside Liberty Belle KC, a treasure trove of antique, vintage and second-hand goodies awaits, arranged in several areas that include a few individually owned booths. Searching for a kitschy plush chair or a retro, wall-mounted telephone? Done and done.

Those who know me well know that I’m drawn like a magpie to shiny, glittery things–in fact, this obsession with sparkle is a running joke within my family. So imagine my delight as I encountered Junie’s, one of the vintage booths within Liberty Belle KC that’s bursting with all sorts of finds: jewelry, fabric flowers, knick-knacks, furniture, bird cages and more.

Head to Liberty Belle KC this weekend for the unofficial opening, and be sure to mark your calendar for the first weekend of May, when Liberty Belle celebrates its grand opening. And when you go? Bring cash or your checkbook. Debit and credit cards are only accepted at certain booths.


Adventures of an aerialist

Kansas City aerialist Rachel McMeachin performs. Photo courtesy of Rachel McMeachin.

I’ve always wanted to be a performer. Put me in front of a crowd and I’ll do my best to entertain, although I can’t claim to be a singer, a dancer or an actress.

Instead I live vicariously through those who make their living on stage, and that’s why this week’s Odd Jobs profile for KCFreePress.com proved endlessly fascinating. Rachel McMeachin, a founding member of Kansas City’s aerial performance troupe Voler – Thieves of Flight, has a performance background that’s as varied as her costume wardrobe, which she says is bursting out of her closet.

When Rachel isn’t performing, she spends her time teaching aerial techniques from her West Bottoms loft. My new goal? To develop enough upper-body strength that I can enroll in her beginners’ level. I don’t expect to fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Instead, I’ll leave that to the experts.