A Bolder Humboldt is reimagining—and rebuilding—our 165-year-old, rural Kansas town for a new generation of vibrancy and relevance

Led by a small, scrappy group of dreamers, builders, and doers, we firmly believe that small towns like Humboldt can provide the best of life’s experiences. Unfortunately, small towns across America have been disappearing for decades—and they aren’t making new ones—so A Bolder Humboldt is committed to forging a novel path forward: enabling bold, new business models; resurrecting meaningful opportunities to gather and engage with one another; and offering the richest experiences for our citizens and guests.

Beginning in 2016 with a single project and only an inkling of purpose, our momentum and strategic focus is growing by the day. What follows is a list of our ever-evolving portfolio of projects. Be sure to follow us @abolderhumboldt for regular updates.

We need others to join our efforts and be a part of the unlikely things happening here in Humboldt. Do you dream of opening your own restaurant? Think you can run a spa? Do you have the talents and work ethic to help advance our cause? Please get in touch.


ABH Project No. 1
Coming 2023
Union Works is a 160-seat restaurant and microbrewery featuring wood-fired pizza, innovative cuisine, and tasty craft brews in a world-class facility.
919 N. 8th St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 2
Base Camp Humboldt
Established 2020
Base Camp is a full-service campground at the trailhead to Kansas' extensive network of biking trails. Our modern cabins on the shore of the quarry pond provide one of the most sought-after getaways in Kansas.
1268 Hawaii Rd. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 3
Humboldt Mercantile
Established 2018
Humboldt Mercantile curates the best in gifts and locally made products. Take a little piece of Humboldt home with you!
103 S 9th St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 4
Octagon City
Coffee Co.
Established 2018
Octagon City Coffee Co. specializes in craft coffee, bubble tea, and so much more in a comfortable café environment. Come sit and stay a while.
103 S 9th St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 5
Bijou Confectionary
Established 2018
Like a portal to Paris, Bijou Confectionary is the candy store you dream about.
810 Bridge St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 6
The Bijou Apartment
Established 2018
Bijou Apartment, located above the Bijou Confectionary, is a luxe, two-bedroom apartment conveniently located directly on the downtown square, perfect for an extravagant weekend away.
810 Bridge St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 7
The Frame Shop
Established 2016
The Frame Shop can handle all your custom picture framing needs. Stop in for a look at our selection of wall art and other home decor.
105 S 9th St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 8
Humboldt Fitness
Established 2019
Humboldt Fitness, in our AIA Award-winning building, is here to help you achieve your wellness goals. Day-passes and regular classes are available.
1301 N 9th St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 9
The Bailey
Coming 2023
The Bailey’s modern guest rooms have been completely updated for a comfortable overnight stay in one of Humboldt’s most historic properties.
824 Bridge St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 10
HoneyBee Bruncherie
Established 2022
HoneyBee Bruncherie features an unabashedly ambitious breakfast menu in Humboldt’s most Instagrammable dining room.
822 Bridge St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 11
Cocktail Bar
Coming 2023
Perrenoud’s Cocktail Bar provides an uncompromisng cocktail experience set in a brand-new, jewel-like lounge. With luxurious touches of velvet and Venetian plaster, an evening at Perry’s is a real treat.
110 N. 9th St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 12
Music Hall
Coming in 2023
We’re reviving a beautiful century-old church as an ambitious concert venue, offering an intimate setting for edgy artists from folk to punk.
102 S. 10th St, Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 13
The Hitching Post
Established 2022
The Hitching Post is our honky tonk and whiskey bar, celebrating vintage country music and bringing folks together.
820 Bridge St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 14
Idle Hour Books
Coming 2024
Idle Hour Book Shop is a curated, new-release book store coming soon to the Fussman Building.
804 Bridge St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 15
Frost Bite Shave Ice
Established 2017
Frost Bite Shave Ice serves the area’s favorite summer-time treat. Look for an updated menu and a brand new food truck coming next summer.
113 S 9th S. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 16
Garden School
Established 2020
Humboldt Garden School is our community garden project, teaching people about food, gardening, pollinators and the joy of being outdoors.
Pecan and 13th St. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 17
Life Is Fine Plaza
Established 2022
The pocket park on the east side of the square is our outdoor hangout and event space. With a brand new patio, the plaza will host Frost Bite and other food trucks this coming summer.
113 S 9th S. Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 18
Water Wars
Reestablished 2019
Our signature summer event, Water Wars is a full day of water battles, parades, games, music, and food.
Public Square Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Project No. 19
Movies On The Square
Established 2019
During the summer months, we screen beloved classics as well as new favorites in our Movies on the Square series. Free to all, we even provide the popcorn.
Public Square, Humboldt KS 66748
ABH Ongoing Projects
Ongoing Efforts
With a handful of other projects in the earliest stages of development, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about our latest efforts and newest projects.
All over Town. Humboldt KS 66748
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