Kansas City’s Hen House Market will celebrate the renovation of its 75,000-s.f. flagship store at 11721 Roe in Leawood beginning Wednesday, Aug. 31, with a three-day grand opening and cheese-carving session with Sarah Kaufmann of Sarah Kaufmann Sculptures. The remodeled store officially reopened earlier this month.
Hen House Market, a banner of Ball’s Food Stores, has received national recognition for its “Buy Fresh Buy Local” program that launched in 1998 and promotes significant health, environmental and economic benefits; the chain sells fresh product from more than 150 local family farms. In season, fruits and vegetables from area growers are delivered to stores within 24 hours of being harvested.
“We literally have a farmer’s market in our stores across the metropolitan area seven days a week,” Hen House Market and Ball’s Food Stores President David Ball said. “This initiative goes back to the roots of my family’s store, which was started by my grandparents in 1923. My grandfather, Sidney, went to area farmers to purchase the freshest produce available. We continue that tradition today with Buy Fresh Buy Local.”
Other features of the Leawood Hen House Market include a full-service meat department stocked with dry-aged artisan beef and Certified Hereford Choice beef, exclusive to Hen House, and the area’s largest selection of poultry, pork and other meat products; the area’s largest ocean-fresh seafood selection, including product direct from fishing vessels each day; and Kansas City’s only fully kosher bakery.
In 1923 Mollie and Sidney Ball started a small family-run grocery store at 46th and Stewart Streets in Kansas City. Today Ball’s Food Stores, which includes 28 Hen House and Ball’s Price Chopper stores throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, employs more than 3,200 people. David Ball, grandson of Mollie and Sidney and son of Fred Ball, is the third-generation owner.
‘The Cheese Lady’
Kaufmann is known as The Cheese Lady, and she holds the Guinness World Record for carving the largest cheese sculpture, weighing in at 925 pounds. At Hen House Market, she will create sculptures from a 300-pound wheel of Wisconsin cheddar cheese, in addition to sculpting several 75- and 40-pound wheels. Designs will include the Leawood City Seal and a Royals-themed carving.
Kaufmann, a Wisconsin native who has studios in Cincinnati and San Diego, will be situated in Hen House Market’s new International Cheese Shop from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 31 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2. The department boasts the area’s largest variety of cheeses from around the world, including Kansas City-area cheeses from artisans like Green Dirt Farm, Borgman’s Dairy Farm and Jisa’s Farmstead Cheese, according to Hen House Market.
“We’re honored to have Sarah in our new Leawood store for the three-day grand opening festivities,” said Ball. “Shoppers will enjoy watching her create amazing art from a mammoth wheel of cheese. Our knowledgeable cheese stewards will also be on hand to provide information on the cheeses we sell.”