Disclosure: The City of Pratt sponsored this post, however, all opinions are my own. All of the photos were taken by me.
Kansas is dotted with charming small towns, but few are as fun to spend the day in as Pratt aka “The Gateway to the High Plains.” Upon arrival, the town rolls out the red carpet and welcomes you. Located a bit over an hour’s drive from Wichita, visitors will quickly discover that there are many must-see places to experience.
A large part of the appeal of visiting Pratt is getting to know its residents as you stroll in and out of local businesses. They treat you like they’ve known you for years! From unique boutiques and western wear shops to art museums and restaurants, there is more than enough fun to be had in a day. Let’s get started!
There is no better way to start your day than to stop into N’Cahoots Coffee & Shoppe (210 S. Main). As you walk into the café, you’re immediately greeted by the smell of delicious coffee and the sound of chatty visitors. The space is decorated with eclectic furniture, fancy chandeliers, and colorful artwork reminiscent of a big city coffee shop. Actually, much of the N’Cahoots will remind you of the coffee shop from the TV show, Friends.
After ordering my chai tea and a slice of Quiche Lorraine, I stepped into the back of the café into a Friends-themed lounge. While dining on my delicious breakfast, I scribbled my favorite cast member quote in chalk on the table and then read Friends trivia. Visiting N’Cahoots is an entertaining experience, unlike anything you’ll find in Kansas. It doesn’t stop there – it’s also a place to shop! Before you leave, be sure to check out the many retail items for sale ranging from antiques to body care products.
After fueling up with caffeine and breakfast, it was time to step out onto Main Street and shop until my heart’s content. You get the sense of small-town pride as you walk up and down the sidewalk gazing into storefronts. Most stores that are open during the week open after 10 am.
If you’re on the hunt for whimsical home decor or a gift for someone, Simply Southwest (213 S. Main St.) carries it all and more. As soon as I walked inside the store, I spotted a half dozen items I wanted immediately, which is not typical for me since I’m a picky shopper. Let’s be honest, I wanted almost everything in the store. If you can’t find something you want to buy, you haven’t looked hard enough! I walked away with bbq-themed napkins, a hilarious greeting card, and designer socks.
Hello Beautiful Beauty Bar & Boutique (205 S. Main St.) is the perfect stop for shoppers looking to add a bit of glam to their style. A ladies’ boutique store, you’ll find rows of jewelry, clothing, shoes, and cosmetics. Step up to the beauty bar and ask about their extensive line of LipSense by SeneGence while learning about their upcoming events like Wine Walk Saturday. Shopping with a glass of wine in hand along Main Street? Yes, please! They also host a live style show every Tuesday at 9 pm on their Facebook group page for women who want to shop virtually and have items shipped to them.
I kept the shopping fun moving along to Joni’s Stitch by Stitch (108 S. Main St.) full of inventory to update your closet. Also, a place to have alterations done, the owner carries dresses and separates ideal for semi-formal and formal events. Next door, Memories Home Decor & Gifts (110 S. Main St.) has been in business since 1986 enticing shoppers with home decor, gifts for all ages, and women’s clothing. The owner also keeps essential oils, CBD hemp oil products, and Yankee products in stock.
A short jaunt away from Main Street, I encourage you to visit The Flower Shoppe (201 E. 4th St.). Florist Lou Lynne Moss has been designing silk and fresh floral arrangements for happy customers for years. After you place your custom order, cruise through the shop to select from the beautiful decor. Every corner of the store has something that you’ll want to add to your shopping haul. It’s a delightful store! Don’t be surprised if you’re greeted with puppy kisses from the story’s mascot, Louie, the pug.
But there still more shopping to do! Save your spending money for Lisa’s Western Wear (1641 E. 1st St.) located near the edge of town to stock up on leather boots and cowboy fashion. Need a special order? She’s got you covered. Cowboys and cowgirls from around the area and beyond shop here for rodeo gear. You won’t find many independently owned stores like this one in the state. Ladies, don’t walk past the jewelry shelves without trying on some new bling!
Plan your shopping route accordingly so you have time to drive to a hidden gem, Giesen Greenhouse (806. S. Pearl St.). A destination boutique greenhouse, they specialize in cactus, succulents, and houseplants. If you’re not careful, you’ll drive right past the greenhouse. Look for the towering space and plant-lined pathway beckoning you to the backyard of a home. I was amazed at the high-quality plants and rows of cacti that filled the greenhouse. Be sure to admire the homemade macrame by The Art Cove. The owners also have a Wichita connection and sell their plants at the store, Grow, located on Cleveland Corner.
No matter your style, Pratt has something for every kind of shopper. But when you’re craving something scrumptious to eat after a day of shopping, I highly recommend you stop into Legend’s Pub & Grill (109 Parke St.) When I told store employees that I was intending to eat lunch at Legends, every one of them praised the restaurant’s menu and gave multiple recommendations on what to order. Settling on the Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer and Bourbon Burger, I devoured my lunch. The residents were right. It’s the best place to eat lunch in town while watching sports or chatting with friends. I appreciated that every inch of the restaurant was decked out in memorabilia down to the sports-themed Tiffany lamps. Classic rock played in the background while I attempted to eat every last bite.
But the day isn’t over yet! I suggest you head back into the central business district to make your way to the Vernon Filley Art Museum (412 S. Jackson St.), the home of rotating guest exhibitions and art classes open to the public. Adult visitors pay $4, seniors and college students $3, and youth $2 to tour the museum. They offer a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.
During my visit, I appreciated the work of two regional artists whose paintings were showcased in “Two Visions – One Prairie.” An avid art museum-goer, I was impressed with the sophistication of the museum and its knowledgable staff. You’ll love the retail gift store filled from top to bottom with artists’ creative pieces for sale.
Finally, a day in Pratt wouldn’t be complete without topping off the experience with a scratch-made cookie from Busy B’s Bakery (120 W. 4th St.), a newer business in town that sells custom-ordered cakes, pies, gluten-free delights, and bread. When I asked the owner what cookie I should order, she said the “lemon one made with Lemonheads candy has been popular.” As she pulled it from the case, I realized it was bigger than my hand. It was tasty.
There are so many reasons to visit Pratt. Did you know that the town attracts thousands of baseball players and their families to the Green Sports Complex for youth tournaments? (The concession stand is known for having popular, non-traditional concession stand food!) Traveling families also enjoy the town’s many parks, notably Lemon Park, a great place to picnic or walk along tree-lined paths.
The town is also known for hosting The Miss Kansas pageant on the campus of Pratt Community College. For outdoorsmen looking to learn more about their surroundings, I recommend driving to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism (512 SE 25th Ave.), museum and fish hatchery. Regretfully, I didn’t get to see it since I packed quite a bit into my day trip itinerary.
Without question, this impressive town needs to be on your Kansas travel bucket list. I had a fantastic time during my solo trek getting to know the friendly residents and taking in the sites. A short drive from Wichita, I’d recommend visiting Pratt as soon as you can. If you have questions about making the most of a day in Pratt, ask me in the comments below.