It’s easy to throw a dart at the term “man cave.” But some Kansas City residents have gone all-out to create sanctuaries that are artistic, clever, charming and full of passion and personality. Here’s how the caves reflect the men:
Hubert, who’s always wearing a smile, used to be a greeter at Costco.
“Word got out that I’m kind of handy,” he said. “Now I work maintenance.”
Next up for Bruce’s Palace: an interior water garden where he can keep baby koi from his outdoor water garden in the winter.
Hubert hangs out in the room two to three hours a day, and it’s always the spot where friends and family go during parties.
“I’ve heard family remark, ‘Uncle Bruce is a genius,’ ” he said. “I don’t think that, but I do know I love my hobbies, and I’m never bored.”
John’s Garage Mahal
Stuerke has hosted many events in his cave, including a sumo wrestling birthday party, a wedding rehearsal dinner and many University of Missouri games on the big screen. Even zydeco musician Chubby Carrier has played there.
“It’s my Mississippi juke joint tucked into south Kansas City,” he said.
Uche’s “cove,” as he calls it, includes two bars, two full beer coolers, cable television, a sound system, side shutters, ceiling fans, pergola and an attached deck.
“I feel like when I’m in here, I’m on vacation in the Bahamas or Jamaica,” Uche said.
“We watched nearly every football game through December out here,” Uche said. “One of the bonuses is that my next-door neighbor has a man cave as well, and if we run out of beer at one place, we can always go next door.”
Some of Uche’s favorite details about his cave are the clocks. There’s one his daughter gave them that’s missing a hand. “I’ll tell guests it’s 7-ish if they ask.” And there’s a 1985 World Series clock that’s off by a few hours. But at least it gauges how much time is spent in the cave.