Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Benton Illustrations at the Library

Mark Twain and Tom Benton: Pictures, Prose and Song
is an exhibit featuring several original Benton illustrations for a limited edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, including classic scenes (such as the white-washing con and the courting of Becky Thatcher) that capture the spontaneity, humor, and fun in Twain’s prose. Also featured are original illustrations Benton drew for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Twain’s autobiographical Life on the Mississippi – all of them among Missouri’s greatest artistic treasures. The exhibit, at the beautiful Kansas City Public Library at 14 W. 10th Street, a couple blocks north of the former Harzfeld's downtown location, will continue through October 30.

After the exhibit make sure to visit Tom's Home & Studio

Friday, September 30, 2011

Michael Kors Comes to the Plaza Again

Designer Michael Kors recently opened a location on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. It is in a portion of what was recently the Eddie Bauer store. Below is a 1984 invitation to an in person appearance by the designer on the second floor of Harzfelds on the Plaza, one block west of the new Michael Kors.

Soon a new restaurant will occupy the space south of Michael Kors. Seasons 52 will maintain the original architecture of the site after some persuasion by Kansas Citians, media and social networks.

Welcome to Kansas City!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The King of Cut-Rate

This new release from Kansas City Star Books tells the story of Isaac and Michael Katz, who changed forever our definition of drug store. You can pre-order now from

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Grace Marie Uhlenhop Hoch

Our sympathies to the family and friends of Grace Marie Uhlenhop Hoch, a Harzfeld's associate.

Adorn 2011

Visit for information on Adorn 2011 organized by the Harvest Ball Society. It takes place this Saturday, Sept. 10 and features a fashion show, brunch and a look back at fashion history by The Historic Garment District Museum of Kansas City.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

1967 Wedding Dress

This white silk wedding dress with detachable train and matching veil, was purchased at Harzfeld's and worn by Cindy Heinz at her wedding to James Kemme. The bridesmaids dress, a peacock blue silk dress with matching pillbox hat, was worn by her niece, Debra Vaughn. The dresses were on display at Union Station in conjunction with the exhibit Diana, A Celebration.

Narration by Lisa Shockley, Curatorial Specialist, Union Station/Kansas City Museum. Lisa recently confirmed that the bridesmaid's dress was also from Harzfeld's.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Kansas City Christmas 1959

Here's a home movie from YouTube... wait for it.. two minutes in..

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Katz Drug Book

We're excited to share that Steve Katz is working with The Kansas City Star on a book documenting the history of the Katz Drug Stores. It will have wonderful stories of this iconic chain of stores that were headquartered in Kansas City. The Kansas City Star requests any Katz Drug memories you would like to share.

Above: vintage matchbook

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Baseball Exhibit at Harzfeld's Building

On Thursday, April 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the Kansas City Baseball Historical Society will unveil an exhibit of baseball memorabilia including uniforms, equipment, photos and a wide array of baseball collectibles at 1101 Main Street (ground floor of Town Pavilion). Items from the Kansas City Athletics, Royals, Monarchs, Blues and Major League Baseball will be displayed including autographed items of Babe Ruth and other Hall of Famers. A silent auction will be held for various Kansas City baseball memorabilia, and former Kansas City baseball players are expected to attend. No cost for members of the KCBHS, non-members are invited for a minimum donation of $10, or they may join the KCBHS at the event. Proceeds will go to the Kansas City Athletics Annual Reunion in July. Questions, call 913-961-0929 or visit

With Harzfeld's connection to the very early carrier of a famous Kansas City ballplayer, it will be an apropos exhibit. Here's an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Harzfelds: A Brief History.

Sieg (Harzfeld) had a number of passions that fulfilled his desire “to work to live.” Sieg sponsored a baseball team by the name of, what else, “The Parisian Cloak Companys” in the City Junior League. Other teams in their leaugue were the Garfields, Bell Telephone Companys, Hyde Parks, C. L. Richmonds, Elmhursts, Olive Athletics, and Linwoods (replacing the Warf Rats). There were dozens of amateur teams including the Coca-Colas, Montgomery Wards, Penn Valley Parks, Kansas City Arts, Sunflowers, Paseo Blues, Rockhill Blues, Baby Elephants, Troost Avenue Athletics, Hoo-hoo Hitters, and the Justrites.

When Sieg’s friend Louis Stengel bragged to him about his son Charley’s sporting ability, he was drafted into “The Parisians” as early as 1907. Years prior, Sieg may have seen the young Charley spraying water on the dirt streets of Kansas City. It was a practice of the day for retailers such as The Parisian to contract with individuals to spray down dirt streets with water to help control the clouds of dust kicked up by horses, wagons and foot traffic. Louis was in charge of arranging these contracts. Charley tried his hand at sprinkling, but he had other ambitions, such as picking up a game of baseball in open lots around town or taking in a vaudeville show. Charley later attended Central High School, just blocks east of Harzfeld’s. Sieg paid him, as he did all the players, $1.50 per game. This was Stengel’s first taste of “professional” ball.

Years later, when drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers, while playing minor league ball in Montgomery, Alabama, Charley was given the name “Casey” in honor of his hometown. He went on to play major league ball with the Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants and the Boston Braves. He played in three World Series, but his greatest success came later as a manager. Casey led the New York Yankees to win 10 pennants in 12 years.

In 1955, Casey returned to Kansas City while managing the Yankees against Kansas City’s new entry into the major leagues, The A’s. Stengel’s stylish wife, Edna, was presented with a bottle of French perfume from Harzfeld’s in honor of his early relationship with the Kansas City specialty store.

Other Exhibits in Kansas City

Diana, through June 12 - A Celebration (at Union Station)

Monet's Water Lilies, open to everyone this coming weekend through August 7 (at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art)

NBC Action News, Benton Home

This is from late last year... His birthday is April 15.

Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio Historical Site

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Niki de Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) was a fashion model appearing in Vogue and Life. She studied acting, but soon found her passions were in the visual arts where she created paintings and sculpture. In 1982, she created a perfume bearing her name. The bottle was topped off by a sculpture of intertwined snakes. The fragrance had notes of fresh and green forest, combined with citrus.

Harzfeld's offered the fragrance and these buttons were worn to promote the scent.

Today's Links

The Kansas City Rock History Project

The Concrete Catwalk

Kansas City History - Part 1 of 3

The Vintage Perfume Vault

Monday, January 3, 2011

Holiday Windows on Main Concludes

The votes were compiled and the winning windows were created by Katie Danner and Sara Cramer for Lattéland and second prize went to Em Byerly and Katie Larson's windows for Cosentinos. Third place went to Peregrine Honig and Danielle Meister's windows for AMC Mainstreet 6. For more details, go to

Here is one of the faceted creations that Artist/Jewelry Designer Cheryl Eve Acosta made for The Polished Edge at 1360 Main.

Today's Links

Vivian Maier, Late Chicago Street Photographer
Vivian Maier Blog

Harzfeld's Comment


In Remembrance

Our sympathies go to the family and friends of Helen B. Hagel, who worked for Harzfeld's and passed away on Tuesday, December 14, 2010.

Helen B. Hagel