As in other areas of the Kansas City metro area, excitement for the Kansas Chiefs’ appearance in the Feb. 2 Super Bowl is at a high in the Northland. Grocery stores are crafting specialty food items and restaurants are planning watch parties while clothing stores are selling AFC championship gear along with other merchandise.
Cosentino’s Price Chopper’s Kevin Norris, store manager of the Kearney location off Watson Drive, said store locations are selling a variety of merchandise and food items that are sure to please any Chiefs fan and go over well at any Super Bowl party.
“We’ve got arrowhead (hamburger) patties. We’ve got T-shirts, and the bakery is making cookies, the big pan-sized cookies. Our bakery does a great job and they have cookies that have icing hair on them like (Patrick) Mahomes’. We’ve got them with Chiefs colors and all kinds of stuff,” he said. “They are actually really cool looking … Our bakery manager and the team in our bakery always do a really good job.”
Fat Boyz Grill & Bar, located at 129 E. Washington St. in downtown Kearney, is hosting a Super Bowl watch party starting at 2 p.m. Sunday. Meat will be provided and guests are asked to bring side dishes to share.
Stables Grill will also have a Super Bowl party starting at 5 p.m. Sunday, in the shopping plaza located at 627 W. Missouri Highway 92.
A family-friendly Super Bowl party will be at 5:30 p.m. at radiant Life Church, located at 704 N. Jefferson St.
Smithville is preparing to party and cheer the Chiefs on Feb. 2 in different downtown locations.
Chop’s BBQ, 109 E. Main St., will host a Chiefs themed all-you-can-eat nacho bar and drink specials. The event will be family-friendly and include win door prizes. Chop’s also offers catering for parties.
Town Tavern, 111 E. Main St., invites guests 21 and older to bring their own Super Bowl dishes to a pot luck for the big game.
At Classy Chocolate, located off Kansas Street in downtown Liberty, Chiefs excitement spurred creation of cookies and chocolate-dipped strawberries that include quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ hair design. Shari Metcalfe, owner, said her business will also be donating some profits to the 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, a charity started by Mahomes.
“Patrick Mahomes is so generous in Kansas City, I thought it was right,” she said. “He’s doing so much for the city. I figure we can do something, too.”
Brant’s Clothing on the Liberty Square is selling hats, T-shirts, novelties and memorabilia.
“When the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, we will have a large assortment of shirts, hats and novelties for sale,” owners Ralph and Scott Brant said.
Kristen Uhlman, Liberty franchise owner of Eileen’s Cookies on Liberty Drive, is known for cheering on sports teams. She has designed and taken hundreds of cookies to both the Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums. For the Sunday, Jan. 19 Chiefs game, her team took 700 cookies to season-ticket holders.
“We are coming up with our own designs. The designers here are having a blast,” she said. “We have been offering a few deals, too. ... It’s a great way to mark that 50 years since we went to the big game.”
Conrad’s Restaurant & Alehouse, 210 N. Missouri Highway 291, is having a Super Bowl party with 360 Vodka. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
While the Liberty location of DICK’S Sporting Goods off College Street is full of Chiefs merchandise, the Zona Rosa location off Prairie View Road will be a stop for Chiefs player Mecole Hardman Friday, Jan. 24. The store handed out 225 wristbands to get a chance to meet the wide receiver. DICK’S will host 40 children from the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center for a shopping spree to gear up for the big game. Following the shopping spree, the children will get to meet Hardman prior to his in-store autograph session, said spokesman Lily Herring.Uhlman said Chiefs parties have helped with business.
“We are still looking at what to do leading up to the Super Bowl,” she said. “January is usually a slow month, but this Chiefs mania has helped. It’s just been taken to a whole other level. We are running around like crazy, but it has been fun.”