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


Armour Hills Nov 2017 Home Sales Stats

Armour Hills in Brookside continues to be a desirable destination for home buyers–that is one reason prices continue to rise.  Looking at the year to date stats for this neighborhood shows a large increase in values compared to 2016.  It will be interesting to see what the final 2017 numbers show.  First — here’s the November figures:

November 2017

Median list price:     $346,000

Median sales price:  $341,250

No. of homes sold:       4

Days on market:         27

November 2016

Median list price:     $260,000

Median sales price:  $260,000

No. of homes sold:     9

Days on market:       35

Fewer homes sold last month, however the ones that did close were higher priced than a year ago.  The lowest sales price in November 2017 was $202,000 and the highest was $405,000.  Checking year to date figures:

Jan-Nov 2017

Median list price:     $317,250

Median sales price:  $314,250

No. of homes sold:      88

Days on market:          9

Jan-Nov 2016

Median list price:     $275,000

Median sales price:  $274,500

No. of homes sold:      82

Days on market:         27

Home prices in Armour Hills are up over 14% year to date!  Currently there are 6 active listings, with a median price of $310,950 and 46 days on market.

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

Shopgirls Now a Pop Up for Holiday Season Shopping


I was saddened to hear that Shopgirls‘ lease negotiations fell through with landlord First Washington Realty (the out of town company that owns a large chunk of real estate along 63rd St just east of Wornall).  According to the Kansas City Star, owner Katy Hamilton wanted to remain in her longtime location at 6245 Brookside Plaza, near Foos and 5B Candle, but First Washington would not allow her to stay past the lease expiration date of Nov. 30.  Shopgirls has been in business over ten years, and is known for it’s wide variety of women’s clothing and accessories that one can’t find in a typical big box department store.  And of course, the personal service was warm, sincere and friendly.

Fortunately, local Brookside landlord Joe Zwillenberg offered Katy a pop up space to serve her customers during the busy holiday shopping season.  Starting today (12/7/17), find Shopgirls at 6304 Brookside Plaza, right above Mr Goodcents.  Hours through December are Thursdays 4-8pm, and 2-8pm Friday and Saturday.



You can also find unique gift items and accessories at Katy’s other Brookside shop, Hamilton, at 6215 Oak.

Thank you for shopping locally owned Brookside and Waldo businesses!

Eat Ice Cream, Support a Local Non- Profit!

You may not think often of enjoying a cold, tasty ice cream treat this time of year — but now you should!

betty raeWaldo’s popular ice cream shop Betty Rae’s is donating 100% of sales every Tuesday this month to a local non profit organization. Today,  December 5, the charity is Restart. Next week, December 12 is Cultivate KC and the following week, December 19 is Operation Breakthrough.  Stop in and try one of their seasonal flavors, like eggnog, apple crisp or maple walnut…or buy a gift card as a holiday gift/stocking stuffer!

Hours through December 23 are Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am-10pm.  Betty Rae’s is located at 7140 Wornall Road.

Thank you for supporting locally owned Waldo and Brookside businesses!

Holiday German Festival and Market This Weekend in Brookside

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This is the 25th year for the annual Kristkindl Markt at the Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ in Brookside at 205 W 65th St.  Everyone is welcome!

If you’ve never been to this event–you are in for a good time.  Authentic German food is available for purchase, plus (of course) there is a biergarten!  Local vendors host several craft and gift booths, and the live music and caroling will get you in the holiday spirit. One of the more popular activities is the make-your-own gingerbread house for the little ones, with proceeds going to Operation Breakthrough.

The church is located in surrounded by homes and narrow streets, so please plan accordingly–walk there accessing the Trolley Track Trail or MAX bus; or plan to park a few blocks away.  Hours are Friday Dec 1, 2017 5-9pm and Saturday Dec 2 10am-7pm.

Waldo Small Business Saturday Crawl-Tomorrow!

Why fight the big box/mall crowds on Black Friday when you can leisurely shop local on Saturday??


This Saturday, November 25, 2017 is Small Business Saturday–shoppers are encouraged to go out and buy holiday gifts from locally owned businesses.  Usually the selection is more unique, staff is friendly and the stores aren’t so crowded with frantic bargain seekers. 

Waldo is hosting the Small Business Saturday Crawl from 10am-4pm this Saturday. Visit at least ten businesses, spend $50 and receive $10 in Waldo Bucks to spend later.  Details on this promotion are at  A few of the participating businesses include Bier Station, Eclectics, Hawthorne and IvyMikes Wine and Spirits, Waldo Pizza, COCO Brookside and Family Bicycles.  You can see how easy it would be to spend a total of $50 in one day at these and other Waldo shopping spots.

Support your neighbors and local economy by participating in Small Business Saturday–or whenever you plan your holiday gift buying trips!


Waldo Home Sales Stats-Oct 2017

Sales of Waldo homes have been steady all year, similar to 2016 with one exception–prices are up!  Here are the October 2017 single family home sales stats for Waldo, using the street boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

October 2017

Median list price:      $199,450

Median sales price:   $195,000

No. of homes sold:        27

Days on market:            6

October 2016

Median list price:       $160,000

Median sales price:    $167,000

No. of homes sold:       27

Days on market:           17

The lowest closed sales price last month was $85,500 and the highest was $288,500.  Now let’s check year-to-date figures:

Jan-Oct 2017

Median list price:      $179,500

Median sales price:   $180,000

No. of homes sold:       336

Days on market:            12

Jan-Oct 2016

Median list price:        $165,000

Median sales price:     $167,000

No. of homes sold:         335

Days on market:             23

As you can see, in general, sellers are getting at or over  list price as the final sales price and home values are up over 7% compared to last year at this time. Currently there are 25 active single family homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of $173,000 and 21 days on market.

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

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-Oct 2017

The Armour Hills subdivision in Brookside has been one of the hottest locations for home buyers this year–the rising prices reflect that demand.  Here are the October 2017 home sales stats for Armour Hills, with a comparison to last year:

October 2017

Median list price:       $329,250

Median sales price:    $327,250

No. of homes sold:       8

Days on market:          47

The lowest closed sales price was $235,000 and the highest was $446,500.  

October 2016

Median list price:       $289,475

Median sales price:    $294,499

No. of homes sold:        12

Days on market:            27

Checking year-to-date figures:

Jan-Oct 2017

Median list price:       $314,750

Median sales price:    $313,250

No. of homes sold:        84

Days on market:            9

Jan-Oct 2016

Median list price:        $275,000

Median sales price:     $274,500

No. of homes sold:        72

Days on market:            25

Note that this year, sellers are getting 99% of their asking price, and prices are up 19% over 2016.  Currently there are seven homes listed in Armour Hills, with a median price of $307,000.  Two of the homes are  over $500K– that’s rare high asking price for our neighborhood.  

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