Centered Spirit-Now Open in Waldo


With all the current chatter about health insurance, premiums, who’s covered, rising costs–it can be just another source of stress to our already fast paced lives. If you want to investigate a different style of taking care of your mind and physical body, consider a visit to Centered Spirit, a new Cultural and Holistic Center in Waldo.

massage roomCentered Spirit believes in “the body’s innate wisdom and natural ability to find health and achieve balance”. Alex Jackson has been practicing traditional Mayan medicine for fourteen years, first in a Brookside office location. He and his wife Emilie opened Centered Spirit in January 2017. Alex works with patients regarding digestive disorders, muscle pains, anxiety, female health issues, depleted energy and offers several types of traditional therapies, such as Maya Abdominal Massage, cupping, holistic counseling, acupuncture and herbal remedies.  Alex explains that “different life events can trigger physical changes in your body as well as emotional stress.”  He takes the time to “assess, connect and heal” with the goal of solutions that will work for each unique person for the long term.


Their expanded facility at 8131 Wornall has four treatment rooms plus an infrared sauna as well as a larger community area for classes and teaching. To celebrate Emilie’s native country of France, they have opened a French tea room in the building which Emilie operates, featuring several imported teas from France (also sold by the ounce). Emilie recently wrote about the health benefits of tea for Evolving in Kansas City.   Both Alex and Emilie love promoting different cultures — they have travelled extensively to places like Belize, Mexico and Guatemala. Artwork they have purchased while roaming the Earth hangs throughout the building, and the couple loves sharing their passion for other cultures through food, art and healing traditions.  Centered Spirit also offers workshops for the public; the next one is April 1-2, 2017 titled “Life On Purpose”.

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Centered Spirit is located at 8131 Wornall–that is the southeast corner of 81st Terrace and Wornall. If you would like to find out more about their services–stop by for a cup of tea! Or contact Alex Jackson at 816 225 9393. The Centered Spirit blog, with their event listings, is posted at


Farmers Market and Art Market This Saturday!

Two events to tell you about, both happening Saturday:



The Brookside Farmers’ Market is heading indoors this Saturday, Nov 17, 2018.  You’ll find it at Research Medical Center, 6675 Holmes, open from 9am-noon.  Enter parking lot B near the Curry Education Center.

Also…if you are looking for a unique, handmade gift for someone special this holiday season, check out the Academie Lafayette Art Market–also this Saturday from 10am-5pm.  Over 20 vendors will be there, offering home made jewelry, soaps, jams, Christmas ornaments, pillows, leather goods, etc.  The Art Market is at the school located at 3421 Cherry St.  Food trucks will offer coffee, pastries and crepes!

Holiday Shopping Season Kicks Off Tonight in Brookside

Brookside holiday opener

Today is  the Annual Holiday Season Opener to kick off the shopping season in Brookside!  Starting at 5pm stroll through the Brookside shops and check out the special deals and discounts.

Be sure to stop by and check out the live music and  local schools’ children’s choirs getting you in the holiday spirit–from 6:30-7:30pm at the small park west of Starbucks on 63rd St.  There will be giveaways as well, plus refreshments from The Roasterie, Price Chopper and Michael Forbes.

Thank you for supporting our locally owned Brookside businesses during the holiday shopping season!  This event extends through Sunday!

Brookside Trick or Treat Street TODAY!

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Halloween is today…and that means it’s time for the annual Trick or Treat Street in Brookside!

From 4-6pm, costumed little kiddos and their parents will be walking along 63rd St, collecting sweet treats from our local merchants. Please be aware of the hundreds of people who will be out at this time, strolling along 63rd from Wornall east to Oak St.  If possible, try to avoid this area altogether Halloween afternoon!

Thank you to the Brookside Business Association for keeping this family friendly event happening every year in our neighborhood.  Please support our Brookside merchants.



Waldo Home Sales Stats-Sept 2018

And the Waldo home values keep rising in 2018….so much demand, not enough inventory.  Here are the single family home sales stats for last month, using the boundaries of Gregory, 85th St, State Line and Holmes Road:

Sept 2018                                                                         Sept 2017

Median list price:     $195,000                                   Median list price:      $190,000

Median sales price:    $195,000                                Median sales price:    $202,000

No. of homes sold:       33                                          No. of homes sold:     33

Days on market:          30                                            Days on market:        10

The lowest sales price last month was $97,500 and the highest was $425,500.

Checking year-to-date numbers:

Jan-Sept 2018                                                                  Jan-Sept 2017

Median list price:     $198,000                                    Median list price:    $175,000

Median sales price:   $199,000                                  Median sales price:  $179,900

No. of homes sold:     305                                           No. of homes sold:    309

Days on market:         19                                             Days on market:       12

Number of homes sold and days on market are fairly consistent; prices are up over 10% compared to last year.  Currently there are 39 single family homes for sale in Waldo, with an average list price of $210,000 and 35 days on market.  The lowest list price is $85,000 and the highest is $415,000.

(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-Sept 2018

Armour Hills has been one of the hottest Brookside neighborhoods for buyers this year–few bidding wars.  We are into the traditional slower season now, and the stats reflect that.  Still, the numbers are pretty consistent comparing year to year:

September 2018                                                       September 2017

Median list price:      $307,497                              Median list price:   $311,225

Median sales price:   $300,000                              Median sales price:   $313,250

No. of homes sold:     6                                           No. of homes sold:  6

Days on market:       22                                           Days on market:  3

The same number of homes sold, however this year the overall prices are lower and days on market longer.  Checking year-to-date figures:

Jan-Sept 2018                                                        Jan-Sept 2017

Median list price:      $315,000                          Median list price:     $314,500

Median sales price:   $315,000                          Median sales price:  $312,500

No. of homes sold:       61                                   No. of homes sold:    77

Days on market:        10                                      Days on market:       7

The lowest closed sales price so far this year is $180,000 and the highest is $475,500. Currently there are 14 homes for sale in Armour Hills, with an average sales price is $322,500 and 55 days on market.

(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Brookside Home Sales Stats-Sept 2018

With all of the recent rain, I’m looking forward to an especially colorful Autumn in Brookside!  Homes show so well, surrounded by fall foliage, harvest decor and soft dusk lighting.  Home prices continue on their upswing as we head into colder weather; let’s check stats for the Brookside zip code of 64113:

September 2018                                                     September 2017

Median list price:       $400,000                           Median list price:     $385,750

Median sales price:    $390,000                           Median sales price:   $382,500

No. of homes sold:         23                                   No. of homes sold:       18

Days on market:            32                                     Days on market:          8

The lowest price sale last month was $245,000 and the highest was $810,000.

Checking year-to-date numbers:

Jan-Sept 2018                                                             Jan-Sept 2017

Median list price:     $400,000                                 Median list price:    $382,447

Median sales price:  $394,000                                 Median sales price:   $373,750

No. of homes sold:    221                                          No. of homes sold:      226

Days on market:            19                                         Days on market:        17

Home values still up compared to a year ago.  Currently there are 62 single family homes for sale in Brookside; 24 are priced over $500K and 8 of those over $1million.  Average sales price is $430,000 and 45 days on market.

(All figures taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)



Landmark Brookside Home for Sale!

main frontHow many times have you driven by this home and admired the curb appeal…that wrap around porch!!! Was it while walking by during the Brookside Art Fair or marching in the St Pat’s Day Warm Up Parade?  It’s just as beautiful on the inside!

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Look at the stunning original woodwork!  Beautiful crown molding, wood columns, several built-ins and hardwood floors.  The living room features a fireplace and wide stairway to the second floor.

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More built ins here in the dining room, with a large bay window–note the easy flow from the living room area and newer windows throughout the house (except for living room and basement.)

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In the kitchen…plenty of counter space and a chef’s Thermador stove!  The original built-in spice cabinet is here too.  Adjoining the kitchen is a sunny breakfast room, laundry/mud room and half bath.

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On the second floor–all bedrooms are large with spacious closets.  The master bedroom has a master bath, plus a hall bath for the other two bedrooms.

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Outside–a fully fenced yard and two car garage!  Enjoy all of Brookside’s amenities just a few steps away:  the Trolley Track Trail, several shops and restaurants, services and tennis courts, plus metro bus service. 



You can live the Brookside lifestyle in this 1920s home…move in ready for new owners that will love it as much as the current sellers do!  The home is located at 6342 Main St, on the NW corner of Main and Meyer.  Three bedrdooms, two and a half baths, two car garage.  Offered at $430,000. Contact me for more information!