Pleasant Hill, Missouri is as rich in history as it is in character. From its first settlers in 1828, to being almost decimated by Order No. 11 during the civil war, to growing into the charismatic little trail town it is today, Pleasant Hill has quite the history resume’. Come visit and see our train depot, civil war era cemeteries, many historic buildings and our Pleasant Hill Historic District Museum.
Our historic town square, which is actually a triangle, is surrounded by many locally owned small businesses including artists, crafters, antiquers, gift shops, eateries, and much, much more.
Pleasant Hill is home to craft shops, artists, antiques, eateries and the longest operating pool hall this side of the Mississippi River. Scroll down to meet our merchants and make sure you plan a Saturday day-trip to pay us a visit.
MEET THE MERCHANTS
WYOMING STREET WINE STOP is owned and operated by Robert and Julie McBride. This wonderful wine shop and cafe features a large array of wines from throughout Missouri and beyond. They feature a menu filled with pizzas, paninis, deserts and more. Visit for lunch or dinner or just enjoy a glass of wine and live music on the covered patio. 115 Wyoming Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 | 816.987.0228
RECYCLED READING Warren Logan has opened the neatest little recycled book store in the Cass County area. Recycled Reading features used books, most of which are in perfect condition, for adults and children alike. Warren hosts children’s story reading hours every Saturday morning. 109 Wyoming Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 | 816.987.2608
BROWN’s VINTAGE and VARIETY Julie and Alyn Brown have spent hours digging for forgotten treasure! Come on over and pick up a fun vintage item that will have you flashing back to your childhood. We love toys, cast iron, brass and more! Something unique for everyone in the family. 117 S. First Street, Pleasant Hill, MO. | firstname.lastname@example.org
5 and 10 ANTIQUES is a fantastic little boutique that features a large array of antiques and gift items from multiple local artisans, antiquers and makers. Run by the ever-smiling Linda Young, this 5 and 10 presents gifts and goods from a huge variety of vendors. Be sure to check it out. 113 First Street, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 | 816.987.0214
THE KNOT HOLE WOODCARVING Joyce and Andy Anderson are veteran woodcarvers that have been carving, teaching classes and hosting carving seminars in Pleasant Hill for more than 25 years. The Knot Hole specializes in teaching classic wood carving, painting, and finishing for beginners and experts alike. Be sure to check out the website for class or seminar information. 118 South First Street, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 | 816.987.2214 theknothole.net
RESTO 101 Jeff Wilson’s Resto 101 / Gas From the Past shop is truly a sight to behold. Featuring a complete vintage filling station facade inside the shop, Jeff uses this amazing space to perform gorgeous restorations on all sorts of cool retro items. From gas pumps to vintage safes to old-school tricycles, Jeff’s talents with classic stuff are a must see. 101 North Boardman, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 | 816.540.3443
THE PLEASANT HILL THRIFT STORE is a non-profit organization stocked by donations and staffed by volunteers to help fund the many ministries of the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy (Food pantry, Utility Assistance, Etc.). 100 Veterans Parkway, Pleasant Hill, Missouri | 816.987.3600
EVA MOORE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Continuing 30+ years of quality dance instruction in Pleasant Hill! Eva Moore’s Performing Arts Center offers dance and tumbling instruction for all ages and abilities. Register today for any of the following styles: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Tumbling, Pre-School Dance, Adult Fitness, Hip Hop, Pointe, Lyrical and Competitive Classes. 205 Cedar Street, Pleasant Hill, Missouri | 816.540.2941 | danceatempac.com
R&R BUTTONS / MoKAN LIQUIDATORS At R&R buttons we specialize in Screen Printing, Laser Engraving, Vinyl Banners and Decals and Promotional Items such as Pens, Calendars , Business Cards and Buttons. At our new Store, Mo-Kan Liquidators, you will find a large selection of General Merchandise like Housewares, Toys. Books, Tools, Sporting Goods and Hardware. 201 Cedar St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri | 816.540.4429 | www.randrbuttons.com
BIG CREEK CAFE This family-owned, family style restaurant features a full menu of home cooked specialties including breakfast served all day-every day. We offer many original tried and true recipes including home-made pies, cakes and cookies. And you wont find a bigger tenderloin sandwich this side of Heaven. 113 Wyoming, Pleasant Hill, Missouri | 816.987.0524
A SWEET EXPRESSION Owner Debbie Aiman is known for her custom candy and cookie bouquets and features hand-made chocolates and award winning jams and relishes. She also has fresh ice cream, assorted gift items, dolls, jewelry, balloon decorating and much more. 138 First Street, Pleasant Hill, Missouri | 816.405.7704 www.asweetexpression.net
THE PLEASANT HILL POOL HALL Rumor has it that the Pleasant Hill Pool Hall is the oldest functioning pool hall that is still a pool hall this side of the Mississippi River. This little hole in the wall bar is almost never closed and is hands down the best place to get a beer in town. Make sure you stop in and tell owner Jeff Johnson hello on your next visit. 119 S First Street, Pleasant Hill, Missouri | 816.540.2004
ART CRAFT CROSSING Mary Lou McLagan has been teaching art classes in her studio in the Historic Train Depot for years and years. She teaches all media and creates everything from still lifes to portraits. Make sure to sign up for one of her wonderful classes. 816.289.7866 or 816.540.5580
BALLYPEDDLER VINTAGE & MORE features retail sales of antiques, collectables, vintage decor, repurposed items and much, much more. Vendor booths are available for displaying many specialized items. Make sure to check out the Man Cave for tools, hardware, building materials and other manly things too. 116 Veterans Pkwy and their new location inside the Historic Train Depot 816.739.3883
THE PLEASANT HILL TIMES The publishers and staff of the Pleasant Hill Times have brought readers their very best each week for over 100 years. Founded in 1901, the Times has covered Pleasant Hill and the surrounding Cass County area better, and longer, than any other publication. 126 First Street, Pleasant Hill, MO. | 816.540.3500 | phtimes.net
R&S MERCANTILE Rick and Sara Kitchell are a husband and wife design team who use their creativity, and a little help from creative friends and family, to put together a unique gift shop filled with local gifts and handmade, custom-designed novelties. 120 First Street, Pleasant Hill, MO. | 816.896.4664
AMERICAN DWELLING run by owners Eric and Sarah Tangblade, features a combination of handmade, vintage, and re-purposed furniture and decor. They also cary a wonderful selection of custom apparel and gifts from local designers and makers. 121 S First Street, Pleasant Hill, MO. | 816.987.0690
RETRO ON THE RAILS Jeff Wilson and his merry band of retro roughians have taken a chunk of the Historic Train Depot and turned in into a Retro wonderland. Looking for mod furnishings or tiki paraphernalia? Look no further than Retro on the Rails. In the Historic Train Depot, Pleasant Hill, MO. | 816.987.5623
CHRISTY CATER WELLNESS As a Health and Wellness Coach and Pilates Instructor Christy works with people wanting to avoid complications from lifestyle diseases, lose weight and live life! Her amazing studio in the Historic District has become a little mecca for all those looking to get healthy and live to the fullest 128 South First Street, Pleasant Hill, MO. | 816.805.9366 | christycater.com
THE KIDS COOP Welcome to The Coop! We are a kid base boutique store with lots of unique options carefully crafted for children, but it’s also for parents and caregivers. We have an open play area; retail for clothing, books and more; photography; special event; and classes. 125 Veterans Pkwy, Pleasant Hill, Missouri | 816.897.6368
We feature all sorts of family friendly events including summertime cruise nights, music in the park and we host the enormously popular Cass County Fair. We are less than 20 minutes from Kansas City so don’t miss out.
PLEASANT HILL CRUISE NIGHTS are held every third Friday of the month, May through October, from 6 to 9 pm. All hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles bicycles and driveable contraptions are welcome. Partake in 50/50 drawings, giveaways and sometimes we even have live music. October features our Punkin’ Cruise just in time for Halloween. Cruise down and hang out with us and be sure to visit us on Facebook.
THE CASS COUNTY FAIR attracts thousands from miles around to enjoy arts and crafts, vendor booths, car shows, animal shows, rodeo, demolition derby, tractor pulls and carnival rides. Fireworks top off each night of fun. Dont miss this fantastic event coming in July.
BUDDY’s PEDAL FEST Jeff Wilson and his merry band of bike-nuts throw one of the funnest cycle parties in the midwest. In honor of bicycle lover Buddy Bronson, this great event features a vintage bike show, swap meet, pub-crawl-style bike ride on the MoPac Trail and lots of food, music and fun. Don’t miss it. Like it on Facebook for updates.
BIG CREEK COUNTRY SHOW Every Saturday night the People’s Theater lights up with excitement. The Big Creek Country show fills its stage with many talented local music acts as well as its own Big Creek Country band. Shows are family friendly and feature special holiday event shows throughout the year.
TRICK or TREAT Halloween brings out the little ghouls and goblins. Our Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Safe Trick or Treat in the Historic District followed by the Trick or Treat Trail walk for kids and a Haunted Trail Hay Ride for those more in tune with the darkness (presented by the Pleasant Hill School District.
SMOKIN’ on BIG CREEK Every fall Pleasant Hill Hosts the Smokin’ on Big Creek BBQ Contest benefit. This judged event features competitive BBQers from all around. Their mission is to host a professional competition barbecue contest that provides exceptional service to the teams, brings the public out to learn more about barbecue and while out taste some of the best barbecue in the country while raising money for charity!
MAYORS CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING The first week of December our Historic District illuminates with the glory of the Holidays. The Mayor’s Tree is lit along with the rest of the town featuring performances from our local dance troops and carols from our local choirs. The Downtown Association and Community Betterment team up with the City Government and local businesses to sponsor carriage rides through town and appearances from our beloved Santa Claus. And DO NOT MISS the amazing UTV parade.
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY Come celebrate Missouri’s dedication to trails during our National Trails Day celebration. Bring the kids and load up your bikes and join us for a ride out to Pleasant Hill City Lake featuring food, live music and lots of fun for the whole family. Check back here for upcoming dates and times.
GET OUT THERE
Pleasant Hill is the latest addition to Missouri’s Katy Trail State Park linking St. Louis to Kansas City. We are home to over 6 miles of our own equestrian friendly MoPac Trail that connects the Rock Island State Park Trail straight through the heart of our Historic Business District.
Bring your bikes, walking sticks, or just your family and friends and come enjoy some fresh air and our rolling Pleasant Hill, Missouri countryside.
MoPAC and Rock Island Trails
Our very own MoPac Trail runs along the tracks from the center of the historic business district, northwest through wooded areas with designated picnic sites, and arrives at the Pleasant Hill City Lake, which features primitive camping for those who like to live ruggedly. We also recently completed construction on half of our MoPac Singletrack mountain bike trail that flows for 3 miles through the woods around the lake. Come check it out.
The Rock Island Trail State Park currently connects Pleasant Hill to the town of Windsor 40 miles to the east. This connects with the Katy Trail thus making Pleasant Hill the farthest western point on the Katy Trail to date.
Download a historic district trail map
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There are many nifty places to stay around the area so check out the link below to the many options available on Air BnB.