One of the coolest areas to explore in Kansas City is the thriving River Market district – the oldest part of the great city with an iconic market place (City Market), hip restaurants, and a metropolitan vibe. Today I feature a couple of my favorite spots in the area: Carollo’s Grocery & Deli and the River Market Antique Mall.

FF: Carollo’s Grocery & Deli

About Carollo’s Grocery & Deli:

“Welcome to Carollo’s Grocery & Deli! Come and Experience the Authentic Tastes of Italy at the Best Italian Deli in Kansas City! We offer an assortment of the finest Italian Meat and Cheese! Try our Romano Sandwich or our Original Philly Steak Sandwich! Order Sandwiches and Italian produce online and find us along 3rd Street in the River Market!”

Visit Carollo’s Grocery & Deli online here.

FF: River Market Antiques

About River Market Antiques:

“River Market Antiques was established in the fall of 1994 and our mission has always been to recycle the past, one life at a time.”

River Market Antiques LLC is located in the historic River Market district of Kansas City on the southeast corner of 5th and Wyandotte, two blocks west of the City Market.

Visit River Market Antiques online here.

The fine folks behind London Art Prints have created a collection of really cool London-themed art. Among their coolest pieces are typographic maps depicting London themes – like literary London or the music of London. I like London Art Prints’ London Film Map.

About the London Film Map from London Art Prints:

“An intricate hand-crafted typographic map of London swarming with film titles, actors and directors, plotted on the map where they most made their mark. Also featuring some of London’s most iconic picture houses, film studios and red carpet locations. Combining hand-drawn typography and illustration, the London Film Map is a limited edition giclée print by the London-based graphic artist Dex, celebrating the capital’s credentials as one of the world’s most iconic cinematic cities.”

Find the London Film Map from London Art Prints here.

See a gallery of all the cool art from London Art Prints here.

On my recent vacation to Cape Cod with a group of friends, we engaged in one of our most favorite traditions, our vacation week book club. Every year when we head down the Cape for the week, we stop at the great Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich to stock up on books for vacation. We also choose a book for all of to read as part of a little vacation book club. We read the book and discuss it, and it has been a lot of fun.

We often pick a young adult book, mostly because it is a hot genre right now, and they also tend to be easy reads for vacation. We asked the proprietor at Titcomb’s for a recommendation and she suggested we try Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, and we were so glad she did. This award-winning novel has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird, which I thought was hyperbole but I loved it.

About Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk:

“Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount. Brilliantly crafted, Wolf Hollow is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl’s resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history.”

Wolf Hollow is a fine narrative with a compelling plot, but that is not what makes it a great read. It is the beautifully composed words Ms. Wolk weaves together that make Wolf Hollow and instant classic.

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.


I have always thought the best way to get things done is to keep lists of what you need to do and cross items off when they are completed. Now I have found the best notebook to make sure I finish what I start, the Done and Done Notebook from the fine folks at Packed Party.

About the Done and Done Notebook from Packed Party:

“You note best! This Done and Done spiral notebook is the perfect accomplice to all those notes, doodles, and dreams. With lined-paper and an extra thick protective front and back cover this notebook is ready to take on the world the write way with you!”

Find the Done and Done Notebook from Packed Party here.

Visit Packed Party online here.

Another artist I discovered earlier this summer at an art fair in Chicago was Maria Reyes-Jones, whose colorful acrylic  paintings make me happy – especially her collection of bicycles.

About Maria Reyes-Jones:

“These are acrylic paintings. I use the standard acrylic painting materials- paint, canvas, paper and wood. My goal in painting these pieces is not lofty, it is to give pleasure to the people who view them and to entertain myself while painting them(!) My subject matter is a reflection of all the things I love – nature, animals, spirituality, abstract design, texture, pattern and the most vivid color possible.”

Visit Maria Reyes-Jones online and see a gallery of her work here.

Check out Maria Reyes-Jones’s Bicycle Collection here.

If you find yourself towards the tip of Cape Cod with a sweet tooth, you can stop by two world-class purveyors of sinfully delicious treats: Chequessett Chocolate in Truro, and PB Boulangerie Bistro in South Wellfleet.

FF: Chequessett Chocolate

About Chequessett Chocolate:

“We carefully handcraft our chocolate in small batches from fine-flavor, sustainably grown cacao beans at our workshop on Cape Cod. We believe in promoting sustainable agriculture and our direct trade relationships with producers ensure that our supply chain is ethical and environmentally sound. Blending high quality cacao with the purest ingredients available, we create chocolate that is both exceptional in taste and wholesomely decadent.”

Chequessett Chocolate is located at 8 Highland Road, in beautiful North Truro, MA.

FF: PB Boulangerie Bistro

About PB Boulangerie Bistro:

“In the spring of 2010, Chef Philippe Rispoli opened PB Boulangerie Bistro, and it became an instant hit! There is a line, easily 30 deep, at the boulangerie every day. PB has a neighborhood feel, inviting guests with the aromas of freshly baked bread and classic dinner cuisine. In the bakery, the baker’s oven is open for viewing, and our baked goods are available alongside quality treats brought in from France.”

PB Boulangerie Bistro can be found at 15 Lecount Hollow Road in South Wellfleet, on glorious Cape Cod.

Anyone who has spent any amount of time on Lost Cowboy knows I love art and I love bicycles. So, when those things come together, it’s the perfect find. Which is why I fell in love with Links by Annette when I spotted her at an art fair in Chicago earlier this summer. Annette makes creative home goods and art from bicycle parts and it is all seriously cool.

About Links by Annette:

“Upcycled, recycled, reused, repurposed – call it what you want. I create unique, high-quality, modern industrial home goods, décor and wearable products. Everything is handmade in Chicago with a passion for cycling and functional design, a meticulous eye for detail, and a dedication for making the world a better place, one bike part at a time.”

Links by Annette have many great items to choose from like her signature coasters bordered with recycled bike chains (above right): “These fun, functional conversation pieces are best-selling gifts and keep your table free from sweating glassware. Each wooden coaster is wrapped with upcycled bicycle chain that has been treated to resist rust.”

Visit Links by Annette online here.

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