Kustom Signals is excited that the National Sheriffs Association has chosen to hold their Annual Conference in Kustom Signals’ home of Kansas City. Outside of the conference, we wanted to make sure you don’t miss out on all of the sights, sounds, and tastes that makes Kansas City unique.
While Kustom Signals is certainly known as being experts in speed enforcement, in-car video, body worn video, and speed awareness products, our team also wanted to share our knowledge of the best spots in the city we love.
We polled our team to find all of the can’t-miss places to eat and visit while you’re in town for the conference.
Jackstack Freighthouse – 3 minute drive/15 minute walk
This was a no-brainer for our staff as THE barbecue place to visit while you’re in town. Jackstack at Freighthouse is only a short walk or drive from the convention center. You’ll be greeted by gorgeous 25’ high ceilings and the aroma of barbecue that has been smoking for hours. Our Western Regional Sales Manager, Craig Schmidt, isn’t in town often but he remarks how he’s become addicted to the lamb ribs at Jackstack when he first began with Kustom over 15 years ago.
Arthur Bryant’s – 6 minute drive
At least once in their life, true Kansas Citians have engaged in a heated debate of the best barbecue sauce in town, and Arthur Bryants’ sauce is always somewhere in the running. Arthur Bryant’s has a more casual feel, but it’s great for a quick lunch or dinner after seeing the latest technologies and products at the Sheriffs Show.
Liberty Memorial and National WWI Museum – 5 minute drive
Kansas City is home to the nation’s only World War I Museum. Up above, a 217 foot tower can be scaled via elevator and gives the best views of Kansas City’s downtown skyline. Our Senior Product Manager for Speed Solutions, Kent Hayes, has this on his bucket list for visitors as it is a great stop for sightseeing and learning about our nation’s history.
Kauffman Stadium – 11 minute drive
During the conference, the Kansas City Royals will be hosting the Texas Rangers at the iconic Kauffman Stadium. Although the park is 50 years old, renovations over the last decade have made the stadium one of baseball’s best stadiums to visit. If you’re going, be sure to visit the Rivals Restaurant which has great views of the game and a bar and taproom to help keep you cool.
Cocktails and Nightlife
Boulevard Brewery – 5 minute drive
A Kansas City beer staple, Boulevard Brewery gained notoriety with its Boulevard Wheat beer and has gained cult-like appreciation as it has developed a line of IPAs and other experimental flavors. The Brewery features a large beer hall and patio with great sights of downtown and offers multiple tours focused on the various types of beer available and production methods.
Power and Light – 2 minute drive/5 minute walk
Only a short walk from the conference center, the Power and Light District offers tons of bars and restaurants. Our Office Manager and Executive Administrative Assistant, Gina Gerdel, specifically mentioned the soccer-focused bar, No Other Pub, as being great for drinks and food. The district also has a one block area called Kansas City Live! which often has live music and sports watch parties. On the last night of the conference, the Eli Young Band will have a free show at 5PM at the Kansas City Live! Block.
We hope that our guide is helpful in making your stay in Kansas City even more fun. If you’re attending the conference, stop by our booth so we can show you the latest and greatest Kustom has to offer in LIDAR, RADAR, speed awareness, and video for law enforcement. We’d love to hear what you thought about our staff’s picks as well.