Holiday Shopping Specials All Weekend in Brookside

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Shop local!  It’s one of the best parts of living in Brookside and Waldo…so many locally owned shops and services, supported by the nearby residents and neighbors.  This weekend is the annual Brookside Holiday Season Opener–a chance for you to start shopping early while taking advantage of special discounts!

To get you in the spirit, festivities start Thursday Nov 14, 2019 at 5pm.  Stop by the Bank Midwest Plaza (63rd and Brookside) and pick up some refreshments while enjoying the Border Star Elementary School Choir and the tree lighting at 6:30.  Shops will be open late till 8pm.

Special deals continue through the weekend with many merchants offering discounts on food and gifts.  Check out the Brookside website for details.  

Shopping hours during the Brookside Holiday Season Opener are Thursday 5-8pm, Friday and Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 12-5.  Get your list together and spend some time in Brookside this weekend shopping the deals and supporting our local businesses!

New Salon “Moonshot Hair Co” Opens in Waldo

Is it time to get your hair cut?  Perhaps a fresh style for the holiday parties ahead or “just the usual” in a relaxed environment, surrounded by local artwork?  If you’d like a new experience, check out Waldo’s new salon Moonshot Hair Company, located at 7108 Wornall. 

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Owner Brooke Smith on the right; Shana Lee on the left

Owner Brooke Smith has over twenty years of experience working with men and women’s hair.  After working at other local salons for ten years, she decided to open her own shop.  “It was a natural progression” she explained when I stopped by recently.  “I wanted to run my own place, and I wanted a gender neutral shop—where everyone feels welcome.  And I love my Brookside/Waldo clientele—it’s a family oriented area that supports local businesses”.  Brooke is an expert working with all kinds of men’s hair, including facial hair, and is especially proud of her association with Sporting KC and the Kansas City Royals.  A longtime Royals fan, she was determined to cut one of the player’s hair.  She  got  her chance with Drew Butera in 2014—who loved her work and spread the word in the clubhouse.  As her reputation grew, so did her sports clientele.  She’s also a national educator for the 18.21 Man Made line of products. 

moonshot inteririorBaseball and JKF inspired the name of her shop as well:  “moonshot” is the term for a really high hit home run, and Kennedy’s speech with the line “we choose to go to the moon in this decade not because it will be easy, but because it will be hard” resonates with Smith.  “I wanted a challenge, and am inspired to succeed”.  Sharing her passion for this work is Shana Lee, who moved to Kansas City from Los Angeles a year ago—and is so dedicated to her California clients that she flies back once a month to take care of them!

Moonshot Hair Co. has it’s grand opening tomorrow, Thursday November 7 from 7-9pm –stop in!  There’s a raffle benefiting the Veterans Community Project  for a years’ worth of free haircuts, plus live music, food and giveaways.  And if you’d like to stop by for a haircut, you can make an appointment through the website.  The salon is located at 7108 Wornall, just south of Louie’s Wine Dive.

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Trick or Treat in Brookside Today!

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It’s the annual Trick or Treat Street in Brookside…happening today from 4-6pm along 63rd St between Wornall and Oak.

Shops and merchants will be handing out candy and goodies for all neighborhood kids…and their parents!  Please be aware this area of 63rd St will be very busy with pedestrians later this afternoon–try to avoid the area if possible.  Be very careful if you must drive through! And if you want to watch the parade of trick or treaters–just walk over and admire all the clever costumes and cute kiddies.

Thank you for supporting our locally owned Brookside and Waldo businesses!

Welcome “Jorgy” to the Brookside Shops!



Jorjy in the Brookside shops

Brookside’s favorite baby shop Lauren Alexandra has a sibling!  Located right next door, it’s called Jorjy, a “thoughtful furnishings and giftables” store.  Owner Pamela DiCapo decided to open Jorjy after getting so many requests to supply furnishings and decorate rooms other than a nursery.  Jorjy, named after a much loved family dog, opened in September in the former Shop Beautiful space at 320 W 63rd St.


j wallStep inside Jorjy and you’ll find attractive art prints, pillows, bedding, jewelry, books, accessories and a large selection of  barware.  Pamela also carries a fabric and wallpaper line exclusive to this store, and plans to start a wedding registry.  After the success of Lauren Alexandra, she explains this next venture “was a natural progression.  I felt there was a void on the marketplace.  I love designing and collecting  beautiful home products”.  This shop is perfect for picking up something unique and special for yourself—or as a gift.


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Jorjy owner Pamela DiCapo

At one time, Pamela was a real estate agent..but she always had a knack for home design.  She pondered being a talk show host or starting a mail order catalog.  After finding a small wood craftsman to create a table and chairs for her children, she decided to open a children’s boutique.  Her Brookside store was featured in the Kansas City Star and a Designers Showhouse…and sales took off.  That was 25 years ago!  She’s kept the business going despite the recession and internet competition.  “Brookside residents are incredibly loyal to the retail stores and restaurants here, and there’s a real comraderie with the other shop owners.  We are all very supportive of each other”.  At Jorjy, she’s added a full time designer besides herself and can decorate/redesign any room in a home.

Jorjy is open seven days a week, in the heart of the Brookside shops.  Don’t miss the beautiful window display as you stroll along 63rd St!  You can reach Pamela at or check out the instagram page:  @shopjorjy.

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Waldo Home Sales Report – Sept 2019

Wonderful Waldo gets it’s nickname not only from the many eclectic, locally owned shops and eateries–also for it’s wide variety of housing stock!  Last month the lowest closed price was $65,000 and the highest was $403,500.  Let’s look at the stats:

September 2019                                         September 2018

Median list price:     $210,000                Median list price:     $195,000

Median sales price:   $207,500               Median sales price:   $196,500

No. of homes sold:       22                         No. of homes sold:   34  

Days on market:         12                           Days on market:       31

Fewer homes sold last month, in a shorter amount of time…less supply usually means  higher prices.  Now for year-to-date numbers:

Jan-Sept 2019                                              Jan-Sept 2018

Median list price:    $225,000                  Median list price:    $199,925

Median sales price:   $220,795               Median sales price:  $200,250

No. of homes sold:    269                          No. of homes sold:       308

Days on market:        9                              Days on market:          19

Houses are selling fast in Waldo (I’m using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St) and sellers are getting very close to asking price.  YTD, values are up 10% over 2018.   Currently there are 33 active single family homes listed in Waldo, with a median list price of $220,000 and 27 days on market.

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

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-Sept 2019

Armour Hills continues to be one of the strongest Brookside subdivisions in terms of desirability for buyers and homo appreciation.  It will be interesting to see how Armour Hills finishes out the year–with single digit or double digit percent increase over last year.  Here are the stats for last month:

Sept. 2019                                                    Sept 2018

Median list price:      $342,500                 Median list price:      $307,497

Median sales price:   $342,500                 Median sales price:   $300,000

No. of homes sold:      8                             No. of homes sold:       6

Days on market:         3                              Days on market:         22

Not only were prices up compared to last year, four of the homes sold were at or over asking price–and went under contract in just a few days.  Below are the YTD figures:

Jan-Sept 2019                                                 Jan-Sept 2018

Median list price:     $345,000                    Median list price:     $315,000

Median sales price:   $345,000                  Median sales price:  $315,750

No. of homes sold:     69                              No. of homes sold:    62

Days on market:     11                                  Days on market:       10

The highest closed price so far this year in Armour Hills was last month at $506,000; the lowest for the year is $241,000.  Home values are up 9.2% over same period last year.  Currently there are three homes listed in Armour Hills, with a median price of $339,900 and 54 days on market.

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

Brookside Home Sales Report-Sept 2019

Home sales are slowing down across the metro area compared to the earlier in the year; a slowdown when the weather cools is typical.  Here are the stats for single family home sales in Brookside (using zip code 64113) for last month and a YTD comparison:

Sept 2019                                                             Sept 2018

Median list price:     $347,500                         Median list price:     $400,000

Median sales price:  $350,000                         Median sales price:   $390,000

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

Days on market:         4                                    Days on market:          32

Brookside had it’s highest closed sales price so far this year last month:  $2.6 million.  The lowest closed price was $239,500.  Median sales price was lower than last year.  Here are the YTD figures:

Jan-Sept 2019                                                     Jan-Sept 2018

Median list price;     $389,475                        Median list price:     $399,925

Median sales price:   $380,000                      Median sales price:   $390,000

No. of homes sold:      234                              No. of homes sold:    224

Days on market:            21                               Days on market:        18

Just about the same number of homes sold in the same amount of time as 2018; median price is down 2.5%.  There is still a strong demand for Brookside properties–most notably in the $350K and less price category.  Currently there are 38 active single family listings in Brookside, with a median price of $459,500 and 60 days on market.  The lowest price is $214,950 and the highest is $7.7 million.

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