Super summer swimwear

So it seems that summer is, finally, here to stay for a bit we decided to search out some bikinis so that we can all take advantage of the weather. Curiously, in terms of selection, the best swimwear store we found is actually mainly a tanning shop – Sun City – which has been nestled on N Oak Trafficway since 2000.

One thing to bear in mind is that their website is probably the worst ever in terms of usefulness or usability, so a visit to their bricks and mortar store is very much recommended where they stock 5,000 – yes you read that right – swimsuits! Quantity doesn’t necessarily equate to quality, however, but the best thing about Sun City is the staff. They will help you choose the correct size for both top and bottom, work out the amount of coverage you want (which runs from the god awful thongkinis which should never have been allowed out of the 80s, up to full coverage swimsuits and coveralls), and then show you styles based on those criteria

Our models decided to go middle of the road, both in terms of coverage and price choosing a leopard print by Body Glove and teal and black abstract number made by Sunsets Separates.

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(Models Erin & Anna)

Prices came in at around $95 each which isn’t particularly cheap (and also far from being the most expensive) but Sun City has a range that should suit anybody’s wallet – or, more likely – purse, and you’ll definitely find something that reflects your bikini body and sensibilities more accurately than whatever may happen to currently be on the sale rack at Target.

SUN CITY

[816] 468 1515

8233 N Oak Trafficway, 64118

Open daily from 9:30 to 5:30pm

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Jack Henry

So farewell then Jack Henry which first opened its doors in 1931 and is going to be closing, after 83 years, this September. Jack Henry hit its peak in the 1980s with stores in several malls, but has been in in a lingering decline and now the final hurrah has hit the one remaining store on 612 West 47th Street on the Plaza, which has been their base of operations since 2001.

 

Jack Henry would be considered as a very ‘English’ shop, based around tailoring in the Savile Row mould. While that would be seen as a boon in London, that is not the case here in Kansas City. As Spiro Arvanitakis, a partner in the company told the KC Star, “The traditional needs of business clothing have more than evolved; they’ve dramatically changed. Jack Henry doesn’t meet the current needs, which are more contemporary.”

Jack Henry, a native of Liberty, started his store on the Plaza in 1931, originally selling just hats and accessories. The store moved around the Plaza several times before being bought by the Avranitakis brothers in 1995 – whose father had worked at Jack Henry after emigrating from Greece to KC – and settled at its current and final location in 2001.
It will be a sad day in September when Jack Henry closes, not just for the 25 jobs that will go with it, but also because the Plaza will lose just a little bit of its sophisticated polish and old school charm which, while perhaps being unfashionable, is necessary in the world of high end clothing. KC will be lesser for its closing and we wish the Avranitakis family all the best in their future endeavours.