Ask the Locals

While we know it’s helpful to learn how to obtain a garage sale permit from City Hall or where the local schools or grocery stores are located, we also know that consumer habits are driven by other people’s experiences and recommendations. It’s what makes TripAdvisor the industry leader in travel sites. Take a peek at these resident insiders’ perspectives on why they continue to call Merriam HOME!

Stoney Bogan


1. What is your favorite Merriam amenity?
Our city’s Public Works Department does a great job of keeping our city beautiful. Also, with all of the shopping venues nearby for groceries, furniture and clothing, you can’t beat Merriam. Plus, you’re only 10 minutes from other great destinations in the Kansas City region.
2. If entertaining out-of-town visitors, what would you include on the itinerary?
IKEA, Union Station, Nelson Atkins Museum, some Kansas City brew locations and a professional sporting event if possible.
3. Merriam landed on the “top 100 small towns across America” list recently? Why do you feel we earned this designation?
Because of the hometown feel where everyone knows their neighbors, the approachable civic leadership and living on the edge of a big city.
4. What do you wish the future to hold for Merriam residents and visitors 20 years from now?
To be a more walkable and bike-friendly community.
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Annie Richmond, 

Marketing Manager at IKEA
What do you enjoy most about Merriam?
In spring and summer, I really love the flower baskets that hang on all the light poles. It’s those little touches that make a city feel like home!
If entertaining a visitor, what would be on your regional itinerary?
There is so much to see and do! I am a big fan of farmers’ markets, so we would definitely visit the Merriam Marketplace. Strawberry Hill Povitica is so unique and delicious, so that would be on the agenda, too.
What’s your favorite attraction, restaurant, store or recreational spot in Merriam?
There are so many great options on every corner. I think K.C. Strings is a really unique attraction in Merriam, and I would love to tour it. Of course, I have to also mention IKEA! We have a great restaurant, amazing prices on home furnishings, and delicious cinnamon rolls. Come say hi!
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The Boyer Family


1. What is your favorite Merriam amenity?
We’ve been in Merriam for over 13 years. Our favorite amenity is the Merriam Marketplace where so many community events take place.
2. If entertaining out-of-town visitors, what would you include on the itinerary?
They’d have to visit places that are uniquely “Kansas City” like the National World War Museum and at least one BBQ place per day, but also places that are uniquely “Merriam” like K.C. Strings and Strawberry Hill Povitica.
3. Merriam landed on the “top 100 small towns across America” list recently? Why do you feel we earned this designation?
Merriam packs a big punch for residents: an awesome park system, an enviable trail, and tight-knit neighborhoods. It’s also positioned well for visitors: instant transportation options, diverse commercial areas, and one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.
4. What do you wish the future to hold for Merriam residents and visitors 20 years from now?
In my magic genie bottle, Merriam visitors would enjoy the biggest/baddest children’s museum in the Midwest (think something like the Smithsonian for kids) while Merriam residents set a new standard for cohesiveness and community in inner-ring suburbs.
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Dirk Van Keppel,

Rock Cottage Glassworks
What do you enjoy most about Merriam?
I built my glass blowing studio behind my house between a nice neighborhood and a light industrial area. This location has allowed me to flourish and I know many artists and craftspeople who also chose Merriam as a good place to live and make their work from their home studios.
If entertaining a visitor, what would be on your regional itinerary?
The Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Union Station and The WWI Memorial have always been favorite places for me, along with our park and boulevard system. Shawnee Mission Park in Johnson County and Antioch Park in Merriam are also favorites.
What’s your favorite attraction, restaurant, store or recreational spot in Merriam?
Turkey Creek Streamway Trail is the most important amenity to me. The trail has become very popular and leads from behind my place to downtown Merriam which I have loved since I was a kid for its history–especially the old school house.
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Robbie the Beagle


Hello! I’m Robbie, a 7-year-old Beagle. I’ve called Great Plains SPCA my temporary home since November 12, 2015. Don’t let my age fool you; I’m still quite the explorer! You see, I went on an adventure and was eventually picked up by a nice Animal Control Officer who could tell I had nowhere else to go. Great Plains SPCA has taken great care of me ever since, giving me medical care, shelter, and lots of love and affection until someone gives me a fur-ever home. I do love it here, but a fur-ever home sure sounds nice! I love the City of Merriam because they are super dog friendly! They have great parks and trails for plenty of canine adventures, and the new doggie disposal stations throughout the parks are über convenient! If someone were to come visit me at Great Plains SPCA, I would love to take a field trip to a nearby Sonic for a doggie ice cream cone–I hear they’re delicious! Speaking of trips and events, the Tail-Waggin’ on the Trail event is right around the corner, and I CANNOT wait! Come meet my friends and me to find your fur-ever friend at Great Plains SPCA!
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