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History of Kansas City Barbecue

Here in America, there are few things we love more than barbecue on hot summer days. While there are a lot of different kinds of barbecue, we know which one is the best—Kansas City barbecue. If you have ever wondered where this delicious food got its start, read below for the history of Kansas City barbecue.

Henry Perry is considered the father of Kansas City barbecue. He served slow-cooked ribs for just 25 cents a slab starting in 1908. He operated out of a trolley barn located at 19th and Highland. Perry came from Memphis, Tennessee, which is why Memphis barbecue and Kansas City barbecue are somewhat similar. However, Kansas City barbecue tends to use more varieties of meats and more sauce.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Perry’s restaurant was a cultural center, especially during the heyday of Kansas City Jazz. Two brothers, Charlie and Arthur Bryant worked with Perry and after Perry’s death, they took over. In 1946, the restaurant was renamed Arthur Bryant’s and is still one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in the country.

Another popular spot is Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q, which was started by Arthur Pinkard and George Gates in 1946.

Here at Lee’s Summit Honda, we love calling Kansas City home and we love us a good dinner of Kansas City barbecue.

Kansas City barbecue
Kansas City barbecue

Best Cities to Live in the U.S.: Kansas City and Lee’s Summit

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By Jordanbruening – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48626090

The United States is a wonderfully vast country and it’s a great country in which to live. With all of the different cities out there, it can be quite difficult to choose just one that really outshines the others. However, two Missouri cities were recently named as two of the best cities to live in the U.S.: Kansas City and Lee’s Summit. Here’s why.

Kansas City

Often being confused as a city in the state of Kansas, Kansas City is home to a lively entertainment scene and a low cost of living in the state of Missouri. It is also seen as a fairly homey destination where visitors are often surprised at how much there is to do in this city.

From gambling on the riverboat casinos to going to see live jazz music to enjoying delicious barbecue, there is always something going on in Kansas City.

Combined with reasonable Midwest prices, Kansas City is a great place to work, play, and live.

Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit is more of a hidden gem than Kansas City, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still a great place to live. Although it has more of a suburban feel than Kansas City, the statistics show that Lee’s Summit is a great place to live.

For example, the median income here is $78,186, and the average value of a home is $188,200. It’s a great place to earn a living and raise a family!

Trick or Treat Safety Tips for Parents and Drivers

Trick or Treat safety
Stay safe this Halloween!

Halloween is just over a month away, and parents and children will be roaming the streets in search of candy. Trick or Treat is a time of year every kid looks forward to, but it can also be dangerous in a lot of ways. Follow these Trick or Treat safety tips for a safer Halloween.

Find out when

First of all, know what day Trick or Treat is in your area, since it doesn’t always fall on Halloween, even if you don’t have kids or aren’t planning on participating. If you’re going to be driving on Trick or Treat night, you need to take extra precaution, drive slowly through neighborhoods, and turn your headlights on even before nightfall.

Keep an eye out

Parents who won’t be driving on Trick or Treat night, you’re responsible for motor vehicle safety as well. If you’re walking your kids around your neighborhood, keep a close eye on them and hold their hands when walking across the street or in a driveway. If you have older kids, make sure they understand to watch for cars, stay away from dark houses and never enter a stranger’s home, and not eat any candy until it’s been inspected by an adult.

Easy to see

Make sure your child’s costume or candy bucket has something reflective to make them more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. Other than that, follow common sense rules about walking at night—stick to sidewalks whenever possible, carry a flashlight, and use crosswalks when crossing the street.

Kansas City Royals Highlights From The 2016 Season

The Kansas City Royals are one of our favorite teams here at Lee’s Summit Honda. That’s why we thought we would put together a post on some of the highlights and news from this season. This local professional team is one of the many things that makes our city so great. We couldn’t be happier to serve the Kansas City area. Here are some of the Kansas City Royals highlights from the 2016 season.

Kansas City Royals Highlights 2016

This Kansas City Royals highlights include a list of many great events. According to the MLB, the Baseball Hall of Fame Tour hit Kauffman Stadium this past August, drawing huge crowds. The Hall of Fame Tour is a great experience for both fans and players, showing off some of the best people to ever play the game.

Most fans will remember the Rally Mantis. This bizarre bug was found crawling in the team’s dugout, where it was captured by the team. This good luck charm worked well, helping the team go 5-1 until its untimely death. While the players seemed to shed some tears for the Rally Mantis, they’ve managed to keep some of its luck.

Nothing is more memorable than the Morales grand slam. With the bases loaded, Kendrys Morales nailed a pitch from the Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil. The ball traveled a whopping 456 feet, the longest distance for a grand slam in the majors for over three years.

These are just some of the great highlights from the 2016 season. We couldn’t be happier to have this great team in our hometown.

Free Things to do in Kansas City

Free Things to do in Kansas City
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Getting out and having fun is a must-do, but sometimes it can cost a pretty penny. Thankfully, Lee’s Summit Honda has compiled a list of free things to do right here in Kansas City!

1827 Log Courthouse

This building was originally Jackson County’s first government building, built in 1827. It was, at one time, the only courthouse west of St. Charles, Missouri. So if you want to experience some history, visit here!

Boulevard Brewing Company

Here you can partake in a 40-minute tour of the brewery that gives tours of the factory where you can find out about the brewing process and get to sample some brews.

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

This cultural center features exhibits, displays, performances, and more, all centered around the cultural development brought to Kansas City by influential African-Americans.

Children’s Peace Pavilion

This is a hands-on museum for kids that teaches them the concepts of peace. So not only are they having fun, but they’re learning, too, thanks to 25 different activities.

The City Market

This is the largest farmer’s market in the region, with an attendance of about 600,000 people every year. It’s not only a market, though, there’s also gift shops and restaurants.

See more info on Kansas City on our website.

Kansas City Barbecue Restaurants

Kansas City Barbecue Restaurants
Are you drooling yet?

When you travel, there are plenty of options to eat. Mexican, Thai, Italian, and Chinese are popular options for many families. If you’re up for something American, there’s no better place to eat than a barbecue restaurant. Here are a few Kansas City barbecue restaurants you just have to try from us here at Lee’s Summit Honda!

  • Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill – Located near the County Club Plaza area, Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill offers the oldest barbecue in the city. Featuring 25 vegetables, 12 meats and seafood, and 15 spices and pastas, it’s easy to create your own dinner. With the atmosphere of a century-old building, this restaurant is both interesting and relaxing.
  • The Terrace Buffet – Located in the Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa, The Terrace Buffet offers a Mediterranean-style dining experience. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, take your pick from freshly prepared salads, fish, pasta, and pizzas to the delicious desserts!
  • BBQ Shack, LLC – Featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, the BBQ Shack specializes in roasted hogs – literally. From smoked pork spare ribs to BBQ brisket to homemade jalapeno poppers, this is your one-stop-shop for everything barbeque. Featured in America’s Best BBQ Joints, the BBQ Shack is designed for your dining pleasure.

Downtown Kansas City’s Transportation

KC streetcar Downtown Kansas City’s Transportation
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Traveling across the country is easy if you own a vehicle but getting around isn’t impossible if you choose to forego owning a car. Many cities, like Kansas City, Missouri, offer plenty of methods of transportation. If owning a car isn’t for you, here’s a helpful layout of downtown Kansas City’s transportation options.

Most importantly and most recently, the brand new Kansas City Streetcar has opened! It is such a great asset to our ever-growing city. The details of the streetcar’s routes and times can be found here. It’s free to ride and definitely worth checking out next time your downtown!

If you’re planning on traveling long distances, the Kansas City International Airport is streamlined to provide the best service possible. With flights leaving and landing at the airport on a daily basis, getting to your destination is easy.

Like most other major cities, Kansas City also had a public bus system that makes stops around the city multiple times a day. With the addition of the new bus rapid transit line, getting to places like River Market, Crown Center, and the Plaza is faster than ever.

One of the newest methods of getting around is B-Cycle, a fully automated and self-service bike sharing system. Stations are spread through Kansas City and the River Market area. With a swipe of your membership or credit card, the bike is unlocked for you. To return the bike once you get to your destination, just dock it at the nearest kiosk.

If you ever find yourself in need of a car, stop by Lee’s Summit Honda! We’ll be glad to help.

Lee’s Summit summer events

Lee’s Summit summer events
The whole family will have smiles on their faces at these events!

If you think there’s nothing to do this summer in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, you’re wrong! We’ve highlighted some of the most anticipated Lee’s Summit summer events here.

Downtown Days Festival– Friday, June 3- Noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 4- 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, June 5- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Downtown Days Festival is always a great time! In the heart of historic Downtown Lee’s Summit, there will be live entertainment, lots of different food, carnival rides, a Barbecue competition, and more! View the official Downtown Days Festival website here.

Got Talent– Saturday, June 11, 2016 7:00 PM

This ‘Greater Kansas City Premier Talent Competition’ promises to bring in some awesome young talent! Watch amazing performers, all under age 18, compete for a top prize of a $5,000 scholarship!

Lee’s Summit Parks & Rec Folk Fest– Friday, June 17, 2016 7:00 PM

Folk music fans- this one’s for you! The Lee’s Summit Parks and Rec team are putting on a few free summer concerts in front of City Hall. This is the first of three concerts for you to check out. Support some local artists and have fun too!

Girls Day Out– Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:00 AM thru 04:00 PM

Ladies- grab some friends and enjoy the afternoon to yourselves! There will be lots of clothing and craft vendors at John Knox Pavilion. RSVP to the Facebook event linked above!

Fourth Friday Art Walk– Friday, June 24, 2016 5:00 PM thru 08:00 PM

If you haven’t checked out a Fourth Friday Art Walk, now is the time! June’s Art Walk theme is Art for a Cause.  Packed with receptions and showcases, this event is sure to please the artist in all of us!

Backyard Bash– Saturday, June 25, 2016 7:00 PM thru 10:00 PM

Last but not least, we’re featuring the Backyard Bash 2016 at Paradise Park. Let the kids play volleyball at the park while you enjoy a Beatles tribute band concert!

5 Basic Tips to Reduce Winter Energy Costs This Season

Reduce Winter Energy Costs - Lee's Summit MO
Save $$ on your heating bill this winter!

Now that the temperatures are dropping quickly, you are likely to find yourself using more energy to heat your home – which will result in much higher energy bills this season. Here are a few easy steps you can take to reduce winter energy costs this year:

  • Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees, or even a bit lower, if you can handle it. Every degree lowered in the 60-70 degree range can save up to 5 percent in heating costs.
  • Turn your heating down a bit more whenever you’re out of the house, and especially if you’re going away for a few days.
  • Reduce your hot water temperature, so that appliances such as your dishwasher and dishwashing machine will use less heat.
  • Seal up any air leaks in your home, such as around windows, doors, and pipes, to keep in more warm air.
  • Lastly, as chilly as it may sound, try to get used to cooler showers, which can save you plenty of money in the long-run.

For more winter tips, or to check out what winter-ready models we have available, visit us anytime at Lee’s Summit Honda.