DESCRIPTION: Home to the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Inc., the 85-acre Crown Center is frequently referred to as a “city within a city.” The mixed-use community melds residential and office spaces with innovative shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Crown Center Square houses live music performances, the city’s only public outdoor ice skating rink and several large fountains.
ADDRESS: 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO. 64108
LOCATION: Southern edge of downtown Kansas City.
WEB SITE: www.crowncenter.com
HOURS: Shopping Hours: 10a.m.-7p.m. Mon.-Sat., 12p.m.-6p.m Sunday. Attractions hours vary.
ANNUAL ATTENDANCE: More than 5 million visitors each year.
HISTORY: The vision of late Hallmark founder Joyce C. Hall and his son, current chairman Donald J. Hall, Crown Center serves as the company’s answer to the once-dilapidated community surrounding the corporation’s headquarters. The privately-financed area broke ground in September 1968, with a five-building office complex, a central square and a parking facility as its first projects. The Crown Center Shops, housing more than 300,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and theatres, joined the development in 1973. An $8 million renovation project in 1999 brought expansions and remodeling to existing stores, introduced new retail concepts and added a new entrance to Crown Center Shops.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Eating options range from the moderately-priced Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant—where meals are delivered by miniature train—to the city's only Forbes Four-Star dining experience, The American Restaurant.
WHAT’S NEARBY: Union Station and the Liberty Memorial.
ANNUAL SPECIAL EVENTS:
DID YOU KNOW: Crown Center's six-acre urban residential neighborhood includes more than 200 condominium units, a social clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming pool and landscaped garden area, all located just south of the Crown Center Shops.
DON’T FORGET: Your blankets and lawn chairs. Crown Center’s WeekEnder series features a live local music show followed by a crowd favorite film on a huge outdoor screen in Crown Center Square on Fridays in July.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX to the Crown Center stop or take the KC Streetcar to the Union Station stop (Pershing & Main).
From Downtown, take Broadway Boulevard south to Pershing Road. Turn left on Pershing onto Grand Boulevard to Crown Center parking.
From the north: Follow I-35 South and exit at 20th Street. Turn left on 20th Street and go nine blocks to Grand Boulevard. Turn right on Grand Boulevard and continue to Crown Center parking.
From the south: Follow I-35 North to the Broadway Boulevard exit. Turn south on Broadway Boulevard and follow to Pershing Road. Turn left at Pershing Road and go to Grand Boulevard. Turn onto Grand Boulevard and continue to Crown Center parking.
From the east: Take I-70 West to Locust Street/Truman Road. Turn left on Grand Boulevard and continue to Crown Center parking.
From the west: Follow I-70 East to I-670 East. Exit I-670 to I-35 South. Exit I-35 South at 20th Street. Turn left on 20th Street and go nine blocks to Grand Boulevard. Turn right on Grand Boulevard and continue to Crown Center parking.
PARKING: Parking is free for the first three hours with validation in the Crown Center garage, 2450 Grand Boulevard. Weekend parking is free.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Anne Deuschle, marketing manager entertainment, 816-274-5916 or firstname.lastname@example.org.