Lenexa Is Opening a Public Market Inside Its City Hall

When it came time to build new civic offices, Lenexa, which had long ago outgrown its original, one-traffic-light-and-done Old Town, had an idea—why not build an entirely new downtown?

This week, inside a new, 200-acre complex that includes Lenexa’s city hall, a new recreation center, housing and ample green space, locals are catching their first glimpse of the new Lenexa Public Market. Located on the first floor of city hall, the market is designed not merely to be a destination for food, but also a gathering spot for the community. (Though the food, from morning coffee at Kansas City-favorite The Roasterie to gyoza at Chewology, all the way up to liquid nitrogen ice cream at Mad Man’s, will definitely make it a lot about the food.)

A year-round schedule of events, a demonstration kitchen, free wireless internet , and space for local makers of non-edible things will all be part of the package, all inside an 11,000 square-foot space (complimented by ample outdoor seating) just a few steps from where local residents will be making the trip to chat about their pending building permits.

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