More well-known concepts around KC, like escape rooms, Top Golf, and pickle ball-focused restaurant, Chicken N’ Pickle, have become increasingly popular and have capitalized on this fundamental need for interaction and socialization. Because experiencebased tenants require customers to visit their spaces in person, other retailers and restaurants nearby also benefit from higher levels of foot traffic. Thus, these experiential retailers are taking the place of traditional anchor tenants in many cases.
As developers and leasing agents, we are constantly observing new and noteworthy entertainment concepts to identify potential tenants that would offer the best experiences and benefits for our communities. Beyond the concepts already mentioned, there are several other concepts we’ve been watching that have been designed to pull individuals away from the lure of their phones and encourage realtime social interaction. The first are some of our favorite recent concepts to enter KC. We’ve also thrown in a few that we hope will make the jump to our market soon!
A new concept seen taking space across the nation, Kansas City’s first urban axe throwing facility opened in the West Bottoms district in November of last year. Their unique axe throwing experience is “fun, casual, and expanding quickly to new cities!” Two new locations in Leawood and Wichita, KS are set to open this month, and Concept Website Locations Blade and Timber bladeandtimber.com MO, KS, MN, OR, HI, WA Parlor parlorkcmo.com MO Meow Wolf meowwolf.com NM, CO, NV Punch Bowl Social punchbowlsocial.com CO, MI, TX, OR, OH, FL, UT, DC, MO, MN, IN, CA, GA several out-of-state locations opening soon after: Bloomington (home to the Mall of America), MN; St. Louis, MO; Springfield, MO; Portland, OR; Honolulu, HI; Miami, FL; and Seattle, WA.