Chocolate covered strawberries. A smooth as velvet frozen daiquiri. Honey wine. Is your mouth watering yet? Eat and shop your way through Overland Park’s black-owned businesses!
8,600 miles is very far from Overland Park but East African food is not far at all. Taste of Africa is located off 135th and Quivira in Overland Park. Stop by to try healthy and colorful dishes such as Chicken Stew, Beef Stir Fry, or Goat Pilau. There are also many vegetarian, gluten and lactose-free options as well. Everything is made by scratch and recipes are passed down several generations. If you’ve never been to Africa before, treat your taste buds to Taste of Africa.
Family-owned Elsa’s Ethiopian Restaurant is in Downtown Overland Park. For vegetarians -- or fans of delicious food that happens to be prepared without meat – this is a must for dinner. Bring the kids! Elsa’s combo plate or any of the Wot dishes are eaten with your hands! Need the meat? Don’t worry! There are plenty of options for carnivores, too. And everything on the menu pairs well with the Ethiopian honey wine.
The food that's almost too pretty to eat. We said almost. Of course, you can eat it! And don’t feel guilty. There are many combinations in food that go well together and one of those is strawberries and chocolate. Sugah Rush Berries specializes in custom chocolate covered strawberries and other sweet treats. Their mission is to make sure everything looks good and tastes good. Sugah Rush Berries uses the highest quality fruit, chocolate, and candies. Rush over to Sugah Rush Berries, located inside Oak Park Mall.
This self serve frozen yogurt bar hits the spot year-round. This little shop is off of 135th and Antioch where you can create your custom frozen yogurt with 10 to 16 frozen yogurt flavors and over 65 toppings! Want something truly custom? They're always take suggestions on topping flavors. Enjoy the regular dairy stuff or chose from gluten-free, dairy-free, and no-sugar options. Yogurt is packed with live and active probiotic cultures so it promotes a healthy immune system and digestive tract. It's just good for the soul.
The Powder Room specializes in makeup, skincare, waxing, and lash applications. Reese, the owner of The Powder Room, began her career in 2008 as a self-taught makeup artist and became sought after by designers for the 18th Street Fashion Show and Kansas City Fashion Week. Reese received formal training from the Academy of Aesthetic Arts in Shawnee, Kansas and became a Licensed Esthetician in 2015. She perfected her skills over the years and has created bold and beautiful looks for hundreds of clients.
If you're in a need of a good facial or body treatments for the skin, Nikki Christine at Love Peace Skin Aesthetics offers corrective skin care. Located in the middle of Overland Park, Love Peace Skin Aesthetics specializes in improving the tone, texture and functionality of your skin with services such as customized facials, chemical peels and sugar epilation. Love Peace Skin Aesthetics' goal is to help women, men and teens feel their best. Only clinically, botanically-based skin care products with proven effective active ingredients comprise the Love Peace Skin Aesthetics.
Beautiful Reflections, off 95th and Antioch, is based on the belief that customers' needs are the utmost importance. Beautiful Reflections specializes in waxing and the business holds the belief that waxing should never be awkward or uncomfortable. If you're not in need of a wax, the owner of Beautiful Reflections, Barbara, also specializes in skin care and makeup. She often says, "makeup and skin care are my first love, but waxing is my passion." Barbara takes pride in giving you the best service possible and making sure you walk out happy with your reflection.
Head to the Painted Tree Boutiques off 135th and Antioch to shop Creativity by Julia. Julia got inspired to start making jewelry by a note her kindergarten teacher wrote to her parents that left a lasting impression. The knack for art has always been in Julia. She participated in craft shows while raising her children. Once her son started college, she started her small business full-time. Her most popular item is the Reiki-Charged Gemstone jewelry, but she also specializes in crystals, wreaths, quilts, cloth dolls, and embroidery.