On Tap This Weekend 🍁🌤️🎁


Dear Northtown residents and visitors,

The seasons are a-changing. We're entering the back-half of November. And even though I know Disney+ dropped this week-- there's still some pretty compelling reasons to get out and breath the free air with your fellow peeps!  Number one on that list is our second weekend in a row of GORGEOUS weather courtesy of Mother Nature!  This Saturday is looking like 57 degrees with a little bit of cloud cover... The perfect excuse to get down to Iron District for their Holiday Pop-Up event: the first of many local shopping opportunities in NKC between now and Christmas!

Without further ado-- Your TOP FIVE for this weekend:

1)) Iron District Holiday Pop-Up:  The weather commands it! Get outdoors this weekend while you still can...Winter is comin' y'all! 

Iron District's first annual Holiday Pop-Up runs from 9AM to 2PM on Saturday!

In addition to the District's 3 permanent retailers (Wasteland Society3&Me Boutique and Bohème), you can shop the following pop-up vendors:⠀

Bien Aimé Jewelry⠀
Lola and Finn Paperie
Mark Jenkins Footwear
Christina's $5 Chic Boutique
Younique - Corporate
Color Street always there is delicious food from Plantain District, Avobite, Kind Food, B-Rad's and Morning Day Cafe!

The District's outdoor bar, Tiki Huna, will have Tiki Hot Chocolate, Captain Appleseed Cider, Basil Bloody Marys and mimosas from 9:30-noon, then their regular menu the rest of the day. Try their Ti Punch or Blackbeard's Revenge

And you can enjoy live music 11a-2p from Michael Neal!⠀

2)) Boulevard Brewing Company is celebrating 30 years of great Boulevard beer around town! Among the festivities is their tapping of a special Extra Pale Ale that was brewed just for the Kansas City anniversary celebration!  Get it at Chicken N Pickle while you can!!!  If you're ever looking for the expanded offerings of Boulevard distributed beers-- limited runs, tasting room releases, etc... two places to check out in NKC are the Boulevard rooftop bar at Chicken N Pickle, and Helen's J.A.D. bar on Armour/210 east of the freeway.  Helen's also offers an entire wall dedicated to Boulevard taps!

3)) Screenland Armour is showing both Martin Scorsese's classic "Taxi Driver" for a special screening this Sunday, and his latest mob epic "The Irishman", showing all weekend long. Showtimes at


4))  Rising favorites around these parts, Macseal (a band out of New York state) and Mess (local talent who's been played on 96.5 Buzz in recent years) play tonight and tomorrow night, respectively at The RINO. Check out their Facebook page for cover and doors.

5)) Driftwood Ceramics will be hosting a holiday ornament workshop at their studio on Swift Street with colored clay and glaze. Class runs 1.5 hours and costs $55. Sign up here:

Want to find out more about these events and everything else going on during the week??  Tune into for all the details!!

#supportlocal by shopping your favorite North Kansas City storefronts and get in on some wicked beer tappings and bottle drops! 🦃🦃🦃
Get info on the RINO Pop-Up Procrastinator's Christmas by clicking the pic!
Welcome PETE DULIN to the RiverNorth Business League's content department!
A 30-year veteran writer for the Kansas City food & drink scene, Pete freelances for regional publications like Feast Magazine and KCPT's Flatland. Pete, a Northland Native, is releasing 1-2 articles per month for, including coverage for the 2nd Saturday Newsletter! Check out his most recent post! 

Food, Music, and Friendly Faces Draw People to Christine’s Firehouse

Published by Pete Dulin on November 15, 2019

People often call Christine’s Firehouse (2012 Swift, North Kansas City) about the pork tenderloin sandwich. Rightly so. The large platter comes out nearly covered with a massive fried pork tenderloin that deserves its own zip code. Regulars at Christine’s order a second bun so they can make two sandwiches out of the generous portion. 
Owner Christine Seymour bought The Firehouse in 2014 from the previous owner, Dave Love. “I like people and running a bar,” Seymour says. “I care a lot about people and stayed in the area because I know so many people here.”
Owner Christine Seymour with Dave Love at the original Firehouse location
in the old Oak Tree Lounge building off 20th Street.

Seymour expanded the bar appeal of the original Firehouse. She focused on serving quality food and drink at affordable prices. From the start Seymour decided that the Firehouse would have a signature dish on the menu. Each pork tenderloin is cut, pounded, and fried to order. The sandwich is the star of a menu filled with value-driven eats, such as the reuben sandwich, that attracts regulars and newcomers alike. Guests show up for the five-dollar lunch menu, daily specials like one-dollar beef tacos on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the budget-friendly happy hour menu. Friendly service is also a draw. Seymour employs 18 people on her team. “Our employees have a lot of followers,” Seymour says. “I have a great staff. We’re like family.”

Guests drive in from St. Joseph, throughout the Northland and Greater Kansas City, and other areas. People who work in nearby retail, offices, blue-collar professions, North Kansas City hospital, and Cerner fill the bar and tables. North Kansas City residents, firefighters, police officers, and veterans also trade banter with the bartender.

Live music four nights a week also fills the house with all ages. Musicians play blues jams on Thursday and Sunday. A rotation of local bands play on Friday and Saturday. Artist Billy Ebeling performs solo on Wednesdays.

Seating is occasionally at a premium. Seymour advises, “Be patient. Sometimes it is standing room only on weekends. People eat and leave so tables open up. And people share tables, too. We also have food to go.”

While eating, drinking, or trading witty remarks with the bartender, it’s easy to spot some of the funny plaques hanging on the wall by the bar. Beer: Because No Good Story Ever Started With a Salad. Working 9 to Wine. I Love You More Than Bacon.

With humor, patience, and a sincere love for her work, Seymour oversees the bar and grill as a treasured gathering place in the community. She keeps busy running the kitchen and supporting her staff when not saying hello to guests. “I like working here– I don’t know what else I’d do,” Seymour says. “I like the atmosphere here and staying busy.”
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