There are many, many benefits to being a freelancer, but one of the perks I enjoy most that I, unfortunately, don't see enough people take advantage of is the ability to work anywhere with internet. That could be either a new coffee shop in your hometown or in the middle of South America. Personally, I love taking day trips to nearby cities to experience the culture there and get a change of scenery (and creative inspiration) as I work on my projects for the day.
Yesterday I took the day to travel the 160-some-odd miles to Kansas City, Missouri (don't ever say Kansas City, Kansas to a KCMO dweller... I'm saving you the inescapable shaming right now). It's an easy drive that takes me right through my old home of St. Joseph, MO. Slowly, hours of cornfields give way to bricks and roads as you get closer to downtown.
Here are some of the favorite places I discovered as I was traveling around the city...
Coffee: Oddly Correct
I spent most of the day working at a coffee shop called Oddly Correct by the Old Westport district. This quaint location actually roasts all their beans in-house, making for a completely unique tasting experience. Seating was at a premium as most tables in the business were occupied the entire time I was there.
Unfortunately for me, however, no outlets were to be found, but luckily I came with my laptop fully charged and ready to hammer out some code. I took the barista's advice on what roast to get and they brought the coffee out on a wood server with a small cup and a lab beaker filled with coffee. Presentation: 10/10.
I have no idea how I've never heard of, let alone bought from, Baldwin prior to my foray into KC. I went to both of their locations and was blown away by both the design of their stores, quality of material and look of their products, and amazing staff. I picked up multiple new basics pieces and am very happy I did.
Baldwin, as I was told, was started years ago in Kansas City, but has recently moved their main operations out of Los Angeles to my dismay. With that said, they still stay true to their Midwest roots by stapling "Kansas City" on the tags and having mutiple pieces of KC-themed apparel.
I can't wait to go back to Kansas City to find more locations to try out and finally get a taste of that world-famous Kansas City BBQ. I'll keep this post updated.