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How to Find Best Restaurant in Kansas City | Best Influencer in Kansas | KANSAS CITY BUCKET LIST
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Published on January 20, 2021

How to Find Best Restaurant in Kansas City | Best Influencer in Kansas | KANSAS CITY BUCKET LIST

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Welcome to Episode 3 of Podcast: Reedy, Set, Grow with Trish Reedy!

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Our guest’s name is Mindy Hargesheimer, Founder of Kansas City Bucket List and Director of Influencer Relations and Content Strategy at City Lifestyle.

Kansas City Bucket List is a freelance operation, taking on new social clients. They assess, plan, curate, write copy, manage, and track content distribution to help business owners get noticed and prosper.

Trish Reedy: Welcome to Reedy Set Grow the podcast that inspires you to grow into the person you are meant to be. I’m your host, Trish Reedy. I’m a local mortgage lender here in Kansas City. I just love our community. We’ve got such good people who are doing amazing, inspirational, interesting things. So, excited to have Mindy Hargesheimer on our show today. Thank you so much for coming. 

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Mindy Hargesheimer: You said it right. Perfect. Thanks for having me.

Trish Reedy: I probably should have clarified that beforehand but…

Mindy Hargesheimer: You’re a natural at it. Perfect.

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Trish Reedy: Love it. I love it. So, Mindy is for a different act. That’s going to get a name at some point.

Mindy Hargesheimer: Yeah. Makes sense. 

Trish Reedy: Yeah. So, your friends know you like Mindy, but the rest of the town probably knows you as…

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Mindy Hargesheimer: Kansas City Bucket List. 

Trish Reedy: Yes. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: Yes, on Instagram. 

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Trish Reedy: Tell us about this. Did it start?

Mindy Hargesheimer: Yeah. So, a couple of years ago, it’s been a little over three years and I have always worked in the corporate world, done sales. I’ve done primarily sales and I was actually on maternity leave with my now three and a half-year-old and I just reached the point where I needed a creative outlet. 

Trish Reedy: Yeah. 

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Mindy Hargesheimer: I was getting burnt out in the corporate world,

Trish Reedy: Parenting 

Mindy Hargesheimer: Parenting. Yeah, exactly. So, we moved from Chicago five years ago. We love to get out and explore. We’re kind of like the self-proclaimed anti-homebodies. So, we were going out in KC. People were like, where are you hearing about all these places? We have been living here for 15, 20 years. What is J. Rieger? What is going on? So, I put it together where I was like in addition to my one, I loved taking photos. I  rediscovered a love for writing and put it all together and thought well, this could be fun to start getting in touch with restaurant owners and different networking, and it just kind of exploded organically. 

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Trish Reedy: That’s amazing.

Mindy Hargesheimer: We talk a lot about the home pride of Kansas City and so people were all about, oh my gosh, where do I go look at this art? Where do I go to that restaurant? It has just taken off.

Trish Reedy: Yeah. It’s really interesting. There are not very many places in the world where you can walk around. It’s not a sports team, it’s just, we love our town.

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Mindy Hargesheimer: We do and I, I’m kind of curious like where we think that started from.

Trish Reedy: I’m sure there’s a whole story.

Mindy Hargesheimer:  Because I do wonder does Nashville have the same pride? Does Austin? I think we do have sort of a unique situation that is hard to replicate. 

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Trish Reedy: We do. Yeah. So, you’re helping everyone find all those little nooks and crannies, all those cool places. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: Yeah.

Trish Reedy:  How do you find the places that you feature?

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Mindy Hargesheimer: Oh my gosh. Well, I mean, in the beginning, it was a lot of research. I mean, everything from the white tablecloth to the dive bar too, and we love everything. So, it’s not even just about the food. It’s like what art exhibit is going to be free at the Nelson that we could take the kids to. I have an obsession with street art murals. 

Trish Reedy: Oh gosh, I love that. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: So, I started getting into that. 

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Trish Reedy: We’ve got so much of that.

Mindy Hargesheimer: Yeah.

Trish Reedy: It’s so cool. 

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Mindy Hargesheimer: It’s so picture-worthy, but I mean, at the end of the day, it just comes down to, I never stop looking for things to do or people would eventually come to me and say, hey, can we go on a brewery tour or whatever? So, I would just start researching all the different breweries and it just kind of organically started happening that way. Then people started finding me. So, it’s a little bit of everything. People coming to me saying, we’d love to have you in and me going, oh my gosh, there’s this hidden speakeasy that I never knew about. 

Trish Reedy: Right. So, I imagine the pandemic and the shutdown is pretty hard for somebody that’s an anti-homebody.

Mindy Hargesheimer: Yeah, it is and where I thought you were going with that was, most people are like, well, you must be out of… What are you even doing?

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Trish Reedy: Well, that too.

Mindy Hargesheimer:  I’m like, well, you’d be surprised. I mean, first of all, in the food scene in particular, in particular, our restaurants are still trying to survive.

Trish Reedy: And they are struggling.

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Mindy Hargesheimer: They’re struggling big time and so if you look at how they’ve pivoted, you’ve got everything from J. Rieger making hand sanitizer to restaurants are doing cocktail kits to go and family meal kits to go. 

Trish Reedy: Yes.

Mindy Hargesheimer: So, even if you’re not eating out.

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Trish Reedy: It has been a lifesaver for our family.

Mindy Hargesheimer: Yeah. 

Trish Reedy: My business incredibly so busy this year.

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Mindy Hargesheimer: Oh my gosh and we hate to cook. We are terrible at cooking. 

Trish Reedy: But we love to eat. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: We don’t know the first thing about it but love to eat. 

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Trish Reedy: Yeah. Yeah. But I think too especially with COVID like in the beginning, yeah. We were home, but you had these companies reaching out to people like myself to say, hey, we’d love to extend this to you. If you’d be interested in posting about it, to spread the word. I am very passionate about a small business here and putting the word out there about what people can do and how they can support and give back. We’ve gotten better if we have another lockdown if you will. But as we’ve sort of gotten used to the new norm, you can still go out and do things safely, and free things to do or go watch the Chiefs, things like that. Yeah, it’s really hard for me to sit home.

Trish Reedy: I hear you. I hear from you. So, is there an area of, I don’t know, activities or that you haven’t broken into yet that you’re interested in? 

Mindy Hargesheimer: That’s a good question. 

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Trish Reedy: I think about, there’s got to be great hiking trails here, weird stuff like that. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: Yeah. Well, okay. So, a couple of thoughts there. One, I just came across somebody who put out a list of like 60 different hiking trails that you can do in KC. Who knew?

Trish Reedy: I need this. You have to send it to me.

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Mindy Hargesheimer:  I will send it to you. Thank goodness somebody is out there doing that. The people that are passionate about it. So, now I’m tapping into that to try to figure out like, well, what would be relevant to where we would want to go and what to do. I don’t know that there’s one area in particular that I haven’t gotten into. I have to tell you something embarrassing though. I’ve never been to a Chief’s game. 

Trish Reedy: Okay. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: And I’m supposed to be like a go-to Kan City person. So, I have to tell you that going to a Chiefs game and doing the whole tailgating thing is something that I need to get into my territory.

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Trish Reedy: Maybe not this year to experience.

Mindy Hargesheimer: Probably a little stricter. Yeah. but I mean, I think ultimately it’s really, for me all about the unique and new and different kinds of food that people can try that you wouldn’t know about. The hidden gems. There’s a never-ending supply of those that I want to keep finding…

Trish Reedy: Oh gosh.

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Mindy Hargesheimer: …content or going places, because we have an infinite amount of things and places that we can go and experience.

Trish Reedy: So, do you feel like you’re more for people that are tourists that are coming into town, or do you feel like you are more for the local folk?

Mindy Hargesheimer: So, that’s a good question. I would say primarily the local people. So, I think that my whole thing is like, you can live in Kansas City and not even know how close you are to something that is an incredible experience. I kind of look at it as like, you can travel your way around the globe. You can get Thai food. You can go to Nelson and do a free exhibit where they do the Chinese New Year, things like that. So, if you’re here, you take it for granted. When we lived in Chicago, we would only go to the Hancock or something if people would come to visit or go down to Navy Pier. I think we underestimate where we are and what you can do. 

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Not always have to go back to the same restaurant and when you go and do it, you have so much fun or family would have so much fun to do it. But that being said, I do have people contact me all the time. They’ll send me a deal and say, hey, we’re coming. What should we do? So, now I’ve started creating guides, whether you live here or whether you’re coming to town on my website, I now have guides. If you live here, here’s a fun staycation you can do, and if you have never been here or you’ve got family coming to visit for the first time, here are my recommendations if you’ve never been before. So, I kind of cater to both but primarily it’s local.

Trish Reedy: Primarily. So obviously you have a lot of followers and I imagine most local businesses would love to be featured in front of that many people. Did they have to come and ask you? How does that work?

Mindy Hargesheimer: In the beginning? I mean, it still is now a lot of places that we naturally go to. My family is so accustomed to me taking an obscene number of photos so I can capture whatever we’re doing. But in the beginning, it was a lot of outreach introducing myself. We’d love to feature you it’s a national day, or would you be interested in doing a giveaway. Huge fan of the giveaways. They work very well from the standpoint of natural growth, spreading the word about you and the person that you’re featuring. Now, it’s a lot of invitations, which I’m super grateful for.

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Trish Reedy: Sure.

Mindy Hargesheimer: We live a very fun life getting to try all these different restaurants and different things going on. But it’s a little bit of a mix of just us on our own on the weekend, going somewhere and just paying on our own and documenting, to people inviting us to try things, to reaching out to say, I’d love to feature you guys if you want to do a little trade, that kind of thing.

Trish Reedy: But this isn’t your full-time day job. 

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Mindy Hargesheimer: No.

Trish Reedy: Tell us a little bit about that.

Mindy Hargesheimer: I think the whole influencer world is so much fun and I always wanted it to be my passion project, where I didn’t want the fun to go away. I never wanted my content to turn into everything that is sponsored and that type of thing. My aspiration to get into it and actually where I ended up was to get full-time into a career that was more social media content creation which ended up happening earlier this year. So, I worked for a company called City Lifestyle and they’re owned by County Lifestyle, Leawood Lifestyle. All of those publications are part of our company, which has been around for 11 years. But City Lifestyle, I now oversee the digital content creation and our social media. So, I’m quite literally doing the bucket list thing, but doing it for my professional career. I do it here in Kansas City, but we’re also going to be doing it for upwards of 50 different cities across the country.

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Trish Reedy: Wow. That’s so fun.

Mindy Hargesheimer: So, it’s all lifestyle content and figuring out what people want to know about their city.

Trish Reedy: So, what do people want to know?

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Mindy Hargesheimer: They want a big one. Yes. People want to know that. People love street art. That is one of the most highly engaging pieces of content that you can do. People want to know where that is. But I would say generally speaking coffee, food is a big one. I dabble in every area, but fashion doesn’t come up as much. People do want to know maybe where they can find unique gifts and things like that. But it’s more about the corner restaurant that they haven’t heard of before that would be fun. Yeah.

Trish Reedy: That’s great. So, do you have any advice for someone that would be interested in trying to become an influencer? 

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Mindy Hargesheimer: Lots of advice yeah.

Trish Reedy: I don’t feel like you set out to be an influencer so much as have a creative outlet, but I imagine that’d be a good goal for somebody.

Mindy Hargesheimer: But I did somebody in some regard. Honestly, when I got into it, I thought, well, how fun would that be if you can get betrayed and get to do all these fun things and transparently always have to pay for it. 

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Trish Reedy: Sure. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: But I think the biggest thing that I’ve seen is one, and very vocal and appreciative for the things that people are gifting you. So, when people get into it, everybody’s like, I want to get paid. I want something for free. Well, sure. I mean, we’re all human, but the times that I’ve seen, and I’ve heard through other people, people start to feel like I want to see and be seen. I want to take the picture of myself at a restaurant or a new cocktail bar opening up, but they don’t necessarily put as much time and effort into telling the story of the person who’s put their blood, sweat, and tears into the business. That you are authentically into it, of course, that’s going to come through. I would say using your voice. I make fun of myself that I’m very punny, very nerdy. People know that about me, but I don’t know.

Trish Reedy: The queen of the dad joke.

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Mindy Hargesheimer: Yeah. Basically, but that works for me, and that makes me happy and laugh or whatever. I’ve had people sort of giggle at it, but I would say being authentically you. That will take you farther than I was trying to do. Not trying to get into a field that you don’t feel super passionate about and being very appreciative, sending thank you notes to people for, including you to their grand opening, things like that. That networking piece is crucial.

Trish Reedy: Well, especially in this big, small town that we live in. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: Yep. Right. Exactly. Because you’ve got a lot of different groups that will oversee multiple restaurants or multiple boutiques and brands and things like that. 

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Trish Reedy: A couple of your favorite things about Kansas City.

Mindy Hargesheimer: Well, okay. So, as I mentioned before when we moved here again from Chicago. So, the cost of living, the quality of life here. When you have something to compare it to. We adore Chicago, we go there multiple times a year to see family, but you get to the point where things like traffic take a toll on you. Things like winter can take a toll on you, and the fact that we have that to compare it to. We’re very grateful for the cost of living in the quality of life and it not feeling too in the traffic and things like that. 

I mentioned earlier, one of my favorite things is to travel around Kansas City kind of like you’re traveling around the globe. So, trying the different cuisines and meeting the different people that are behind it. This is the place where people are so kind, and they love to talk to you and it is one of the most fulfilling, gratifying things to hear someone’s story. To know that you’re supporting them in my space, like giving back by kind of spreading the word for people to go try it. Well,’ you’ve got to miss the food scene in Chicago, and I say every time I am never running out of places to eat here. 

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Trish Reedy: Yeah. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: I mean, it’s just constantly evolving so the food scene is pretty good.

Trish Reedy: Yeah absolutely. Well, let’s wrap up with a few of my favorite rapid-fire questions. 

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Mindy Hargesheimer: Okay. Got it. See if you can continue to inspire us.

Mindy Hargesheimer: Okay. Hopefully. 

Trish Reedy: Okay. So, what’s your favorite quote?

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Mindy Hargesheimer: I will use my own, which is, “Every day is on my bucket list.” for this whole Instagram thing and that’s where the name came from. 

Trish Reedy: I love it. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: Yeah. But it is all about like try every single day to do something new, learn something new. It’s really about just being positive, fulfilled, feeling good.

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Trish Reedy: I love that. Thanks. That’s so different. Yeah. Yeah. I love that’s great. So, you’ve had a bad day. You’ve slept it off. You’re ready to go the next day. You’re going to crank up the tunes in the shower. What are you listening to?

Mindy Hargesheimer: Okay. That’s a good one. So, right now I’m in, I think they’re called Odessa. Do you know who I’m talking about? Did I say that right? 

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Trish Reedy: I think so.

Mindy Hargesheimer: Do I sound like the old lady who is ooh. But that’s a big one for me. They’re like a little bit in the techno mode but that’s been lately on my playlist.

Trish Reedy: Love it.

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Mindy Hargesheimer: Yeah.

Trish Reedy: Love it. What’s the accomplishment you’re most proud of? 

Mindy Hargesheimer: Well, I mean, I could say the obvious of I’m super proud of my family. We have two kids, two daughters that I adore. I honestly think that we’ve created where we are exploring and believing that we’re giving our kids this kind of adventurous life, even if it’s local, I think it’s been really fun to teach them, to see the world in a way that appreciates other people and appreciate the different things around you. So, I would say that little culture of our family.

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Trish Reedy: Yeah. You’re teaching them that every day is the bucket list. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: Yeah.

Trish Reedy: That’s great. Yeah.

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Mindy Hargesheimer: I want to do that through traveling too once we get back to the normal world. 

Trish Reedy: So, what are two things left on your bucket list?

Mindy Hargesheimer: Okay. Well, New Zealand is probably top on my list. If I had to choose one place to go right now, it would be New Zealand. Then what would be another one? I should be prepared for this. I mean, honestly, it mostly travels. 

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Trish Reedy: Yeah. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: So, I would say the other place we want to go to is Peru and Argentina. 

 

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Trish Reedy: Oh my gosh yeah.

Mindy Hargesheimer: So, I would probably put that as family travel. Those would probably be the two that I’d do. 

Trish Reedy: I love it. I love it. I am most inspired by ___.

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Mindy Hargesheimer: I am most inspired by the stories of people accomplishing the things that they’re doing that takes the most risk, a small business owner. I’ve worked in the corporate world. I mentioned that. I’ve never had the full courage to go and take my life savings and start the thing that I wanted to do. So, I think I find a lot of inspiration, which is probably why I connect so well to these people and want to share their stories. I find so much inspiration in the people they love but also sweating through the process. So, every time I hear another story, it just inspires me to want to go explore another place and tell that story. 

Trish Reedy: That’s cool. That’s cool. Yeah. Well, Mindy, you are part of Kansas City’s bucket list and thank you so much for being here. 

Mindy Hargesheimer: Thanks for having me. It’s so fun.

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Trish Reedy: Yeah. I’m Trish Reedy. I’m your host and this has been Reedy Set Grow.

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