With Small Business Saturday coming up on November 30, we wanted to find a way to celebrate the exciting and rapidly growing Kansas City small business community. At Strategic Capital, each member of our team has a passion for helping and supporting entrepreneurs and we wanted to curate a list of our favorite local small businesses that we follow.
Description: Founder Danny O’Neill started The Roasterie in the basement of his home in 1993 and has since built one of the most renowned specialty coffee roasters in the nation. The coffee maker believes in partnering directly with farmers in order to source the highest quality green coffee beans and ensure the farmers receive higher prices for their coffees compared to more traditional trade systems.
What Separates The Roasterie from the Crowd?: The Roasterie uses an air-roasting method rather than the more traditional drum-roasting method, to ensure superior consistency and a tastier, smoother cup of coffee.
Company Website: www.theroasterie.com
Made in KC
Description: Made in KC opened up in May 2015 to provide local artists and makers a platform to reach customers in the Kansas City area. The company offers uniquely designed apparel, art and accessories at one of its six brick-and-mortar locations and on its robust website.
What Separates Made in KC from the Crowd?: By sourcing the works from local artists and designers, Made in KC is able to lift the profile of the most talented artists in the Kansas City area.
Company Website: www.madeinkc.co
Description: Located in Kansas City’s historical Berkley Riverfront Park, Bar K is a modern bar, restaurant, coffeehouse and – yes – a dog park! Surrounding the uniquely designed bar and restaurant is a two-acre off-leash dog park that your pup will never want to leave.
What Separates Bar K from the Crowd?: Bar K fully staffs the dog park with dog-care professionals allowing you to enjoy their great food while your dog is able to play on one of their unique play structures.
Company Website: www.barkdogbar.com
J. Rieger & Co
Description: The original J. Rieger & Co was the largest mail-order whiskey house in the United States prior to the advent of federal prohibition in 1920, which eventually forced the company to shut down. Fast-forward to 2010 when bartender and entrepreneur, Ryan Maybee opened up a restaurant, The Rieger, to bring the historic name back to the forefront. At opening night, the only living “Rieger”, Andy Rieger, attended to thank Ryan for honoring his family’s history. During their conversation, Ryan casually suggested that they work together to bring back the distillery – and Andy agreed. In October 2014, Andy and Ryan successfully relaunched the brand with its Rieger’s Kansas City Whiskey.
What Separates J. Reiger & Co from the Crowd?: J. Rieger & Co’s Kansas City Whiskey was named in the Top 4 for International Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient at the 2015 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
Company Website: www.jriegerco.com
Swell Spark (Breakout KC)
Description: Swell Spark is a Kansas City-based company that creates unique entertainment experiences to bring people together. The company’s escape room concept, Breakout KC challenges teams to decipher clues to break out of an themed room in under 60 minutes.
What Separates Swell Spark (Breakout KC) from the Crowd?: From trying to find the mole in President Harry S. Truman’s campaign to launch a cure to end all disease, guests are thrown into creative story lines that will have you and your friends talking about for years.
Company Website: www.breakoutkc.com
Description: ShotTracker is a revolutionary sensor-based system that delivers basketball statistics and analytics to teams, fans and broadcast networks.
What Separates ShotTracker from the Crowd?: With the wave of performance analytics taking over in all sports, ShotTracker allows coaches to track everything from individual shooting percentages from certain locations on the court to how many touches the center is getting in the paint.
Company Website: www.shottracker.com
Ruby Jean’s Kitchen and Juicery
Description: Known as Kansas City’s #1 Healthy Establishment, Ruby Jean’s offers handcrafted juices, smoothies, delicious food and more in a hip and all-inclusive environment.
What Separates Ruby Jean’s from the Crowd?: All of Ruby Jean’s cold-pressed juices are 100% natural and do not contain gluten, sugar or GMOs.
Company Website: www.rubyjeansjuicery.com
Description: Have you ever thought about purchasing a new, large piece of furniture but had no way to get it back home – or didn’t want to pay the exorbitant delivery fees? Co-founders Ben Jackson and Harrison Proffitt created the Bungii app to solve this issue. Just like all of the ride-sharing services on the market, users can get connected with local truck owners to help transport large items within just a few taps on your device.
What Separates Bungii from the Crowd?: The company’s goal is to make user’s lives a little bit easier, and it surely does that. With Bungii you no longer have to worry about not having access to a truck when trying to transport large items.
Company Website: www.bungii.com
Live Smart Construction
Description: Based just north of Kansas City, Live Smart Construction uses great craftsmanship and building science to build rock-solid homes in the Kansas City area.
What Separates Live Smart Construction from the Crowd?: With Live Smart’s talented team, they are able to build Net-Zero Homes – homes that produce as much energy as it produces – and smart homes that take advantage of the latest technology.
Company Website: www.livesmartconstruction.com
Description: With three locations in the Kansas City area, Fusion Fitness challengers members with the ultimate workout to challenge the entire body in one hour.
What Separates Fusion Fitness from the Crowd?: Fusion Fitness classes focus on high energy cardio with muscle-building toning to produce incredible results both physically and mentally.
Company Website: www.fusionfitness.com
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