Arlen Wickstrum is co-owner and creative director of Skyline Downtown Salon. He has been a Kansas City resident since 1993.
What makes Kansas City a great place for creativity and innovation?
Kansas City is great because there seems to be something at every turn most days. The support for the arts has always been unusually strong so that is inspiring in and of its self. When the entire community is looking towards the future it keeps you on your toes. The easy answer…my friends!
When and where are you happiest?
I am happiest at home after a productive day.
What is your favorite place in Kansas City?
My neighborhood! The Crossroads Art district has a collective band of outsiders feel. Great restaurants and shopping, both high and low, a farmer’s market, an astounding number of galleries… And my salon!
Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
I grew up outside of Kansas City in the Flint Hills, beautiful rolling grasslands punctuated with lush river valleys so that’s an easy fix if urban fatigue strikes. The cost of living is such that inspiration from another city or beach getaway is easily in reach.
Who's your favorite fictional hero?
Endora from Bewitched. Magical powers, anti drudgery, interesting friends and always overdressed.