A year in, Lenexa leaders see plenty of reason for optimism with Public Market concept

At just over a year old, Lenexa’s Public Market has become an eating and drinking destination at City Center.

The small group begins its rum ball-making session with a meditative pose and a few deep breaths. Downstairs, shoppers and diners crowd the common space of the Lenexa Public Market at an early holiday shopping event. But upstairs, a Leawood yoga instructor is teaching the group to ignore the mild cacophony below and focus on the task at hand.

Geralynn Baxter (left) and Nicki Dobson make rum balls at a class in the Public Market’s demonstration area.

Rum balls. And serenity.