Prairiefire, the sexy new development in Overland Park, is a hot destination

Prairiefire, the sexy new development in Overland Park, is a hot destination

(By JENEÉ OSTERHELDT – kansascity.com) Big-box stores and suburban sprawl come to mind every time another strip mall sprouts up. There might be a stylish indie boutique or a major brand that’s hard to find, but overall, you just don’t think of these shopping centers as hot destinations. Let alone summer musts. Until Prairiefire, the sexy new development at 135th and Nall in Overland Park. It’s worth the drive. There’s something fresh and spirited about it. We could give credit to the Museum at Prairiefire, because being the little cousin to the American Museum of Natural History in New York is a little more than cool. But it’s more than the museum that makes Prairiefire the place to be this summer. It’s less about shopping and more about things to do. Cinetopia and Vinotopia, the movie theater and farm-to-table restaurant, open today. You can go to Rock & Brews, owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss; try out Pinstripes, the bowling and bocce bistro; or relax at Cocoa Dolce, a chocolate lounge. There’s also a handful of restaurants including CocoBolos by Michael Smith. And if you’re looking for a taste of Kansas City art, work by both Scribe and Alisa Ross is sprinkled throughout Prairiefire. A few highlights: Cinetopia Owner Rudyard Coltman has been dreaming of Cinetopia at Prairiefire for three years, but he says it’s even better than he imagined. He has been running a small chain of theaters in Oregon and Washington, but this is his first venture in the Midwest, where he is committed to bringing the most state-of-the-art movie theater around. It’s designed for...