Function Junction is cooking up big plans

Last winter, I was a guest on a radio show with Mary Merola, the founder of the Function Junction store in Kansas City — she’s the lady on the right in the photo — and a terrific sport. I teased her, unmercifully, on the air about whether it was considered good manners to bring a cheese ball (the appetizer, not a weird date — although I have brought both) as a “hostess gift” to a holiday party. I could tell by Mary’s expression that one would never dare bring a cheese ball — dairy or human — to one of her parties.

A few days ago, I met up again with Mary and her business partner Rebecca Wilkie (she’s the lady on the left and has a good sense of humor too) at the last remaining Function Junction in town: the shop on the third floor of Crown Center, 2450 Grand Boulevard. There used to be several Function Junctions in Kansas City — including a flagship shop on the Country Club Plaza which closed last year — now the four-year-old Crown Center location is it. But that store’s going to get a helluva lot bigger.

Categories: A&E, Dining