When it comes to food and drinks, it’s hard to resist the perfect pairing. This very idea impelled Mat “Slimm” Adkins and Jeff Jones to open The Pairing: Crossroads Wine & Grocer in Kansas City’s East Crossroads late last year.

The handsome 3,500-square-foot storefront offers local and regional beers and national and international wines and spirits that pair with its impressive selection of local and imported cheeses, cured meats, chocolates and condiments.

Adding to the appeal of the shop is a 30-seat wine bar, where customers can sample a cheese or charcuterie board (a vegan charcuterie board is also available) with a glass of wine before making a purchase.

The Pairing: Crossroads Wine & Grocer, 1615 Oak St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.882.2751, thepairingkc.com