Centered Spirit-Now Open in Waldo

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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.

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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 www.centeredspiritblog.wordpress.com.

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Brookside Home Sales Report-Aug 2016

As we get into the second half of the year…the home buying market starts slowing down.  Sales have been  strong this year in Brookside (list price under $450K); there is still demand, but most of the inventory is priced well over $500K.  Here is the August  2017 Brookside single family home sales report, using stats from zip code 64113:
Aug 2017
Median list price:        $376,500

Median sales price:    $358,000

Number of homes sold:    24

Days on market:               37
The lowest closed price was $235,000 and the highest was $770,000.
Aug 2016
Median list price:        $328,900

Median sales price:    $322,000

Number of homes sold:   30

Days on market:              13
Sales prices are up 11% compared to last August.  Checking year-to-date figures:
Jan-Aug 2017
Median list price:        $379,995

Median sales price:    $365,000

Number of homes sold:  209

Days on market:              19
Jan-Aug  2016
Median list price:         $357,250

Median sales price:     $351,500

Number of homes sold:   223

Days on market:               34
Year to date, home prices are up 3.8% and going under contract faster than 2016.  Currently, there are 47 homes for sale in Brookside, with a median list price of $589,000.  Over half of the homes on the market are listed over $500,000, pushing that median price way up.
(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Waldo Fall Festival This Saturday 9/16

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You don’t have to live in Waldo to enjoy the Waldo Fall Festival…now in it’s 25th year!  

The big event is this Saturday, Sept 16 2017 in the parking lot at the southeast corner of 75th and Wornall.  This is a family friendly event, with rides, music, food trucks, games, a petting zoo and many local vendors displaying their services and products.  Hours are 10am-5pm.

The intersection of 75th and Wornall is always a challenge–so please remember if you plan to attend–use the bus, walk or bike over.  If you drive, plan to park a few blocks away on one of the less busy side streets.  And please be extra aware of extra heavy foot and vehicle traffic in the area.

In addition, St Elizabeth’s is hosting their annual barbecue contest Friday through Sunday at 75th and Main–that intersection will be blocked off to traffic as well.

Thank you for supporting Wonderful Waldo!

 

New Small Business in Brookside: The Nut Cup

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Brookside and Waldo are popular places for small business owners…I think this is the third locally owned new business I’ve written about in the past several weeks.  Today I will introduce you to The Nut Cup, an antique and collectibles shop that opened last month at  7021 Oak, next to Eclectics.

 

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Owner Trish Skidmore has been in the antique and estate sale business for many years.  A friend  approached her about selling the contents of a small two bedroom home in Raytown.  The house was filled with vintage items (signs, toys, knick-knacks, quilts, furniture, etc) from years past.  It was a treasure trove of goodies that Trish wanted to display and sell to other folks who appreciate these classic items.  After looking at several  locations, she decided on the Brookside/Waldo area to rent space and opened The Nut Cup. 

There are a few very unique things (besides the merchandise) that  make this shop special.  First, children and pets are welcome!  Trish has a special section of the store called The Nutty Nook,  where kids can choose their own treasures and pick the sales price between $1-$5.  You will enjoy the fresh Waldo honey water she offers all of her visitors, it’s very tasty.    She also has a “wish wall”, with notes from customers who are looking for a particular item–if Trish has a match, she will get in touch.  There is a  large chalkboard with “Did You Know” facts posted every few days and don’t miss the bathrooms–one with a wall full of vinyl records and the other with old holiday decor (all items available for purchase).  If you like a riddle–examine her store front windows which always have a certain theme or phrase you have to guess, depending on what is displayed there.  And if you don’t find anything to purchase, Trish will give you one of her small batch homemade candles so you aren’t leaving empty-handed.nut cup inside

Trish loves to chat with those that stop by the store and wants people who come in to “make a memory” during the visit.  Her tagline for the store is actually Merchant of Memories. Hours for the store are Tuesday -Saturday 10am to 6pm; Thursday hours are noon-8pm.  Stop in and welcome Trish to Brookside–it is a real treat browsing through this store and visiting with her!

Waldo Home Sales Report – July 2017

Home prices are up again in Waldo–a trend that has been consistent this year.  There is a lot of demand and not enough inventory in the $150-$200K price range.  I’ve said that just about every month this year!

These figures are for Waldo single family home sales, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th:

July 2017

Number of homes sold:    34

Median list price:              $149,000

Median sales price:          $162,000

Average days on market:    11

July 2016

Number of homes sold:      43

Median list price:              $165,000

Median sales price:          $166,000

Average days on market:    9

The highest price sale in Waldo last month was $320,400 and the lowest was $64,250. Note the sales price was higher than list price–because many of the homes that closed were at or over the asking price.

Here are year-to-date comparisons:

Jan-July  2017

Number of homes sold:   165

Median list price:            $175,000

Median sales price:        $177,500

Average days on market:  26

Jan-July 2016

Number of homes sold:    152

Median list price:             $165,500

Median sales price           $164,475

Average days on market:   25

Waldo home prices are up 5.3% year to date–and so many homes are selling over the list price!  Waldo is a hot spot for home buyers.  Currently there are 17 homes for sale, with a median list price of $179,997 and 31 days on market.

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

 

Armour Hills July 2017 Home Sales Report

Armour Hills in Brookside — a hot location for homebuyers this year!  Prices have really jumped up from one year ago.  Here are the July 2017 home sales for Armour Hills, and a comparison to last year.

July 2017                                              

Median list price:      $335,000                          

Median sales price:  $335,000                          

Number of homes sold:  6  

Days on market:               5                   

July 2016        

Median list price:       $254,500

Median sales price:   $256,000     

Number of homes sold:   8  

Days on market:                5

The lowest sales price in July  2017 was $249,900 and the highest was $397,500.      

Now let’s look at year to date:

Jan- July 2017                                

Median list price:      $320,000

Median sales price:  $322,500

Number of homes sold:  59

Days on market:              7                           

Jan- July 2016

Median list price:        $275,000

Median sales price:     $274,500

Number of homes sold:  47

Days on market:               11

Home prices are up 17% YTD!  It will be interesting to see what the numbers are for 2017 as a whole. I don’t think year end stats will be quite that high.  However, note that most homes are selling at list price or over.   Currently in Armour Hills there are five active listings with a median price of $385,000 and 41 days on market.       

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

Brookside July 2017 Home Sales Report

Home prices continue to rise in Brookside; however the market is slowing down as is usual for the second half of the year.  There is still a shortage of inventory in the $250K-$350K price range..  Here is the July 2017 Brookside single family home sales report, using stats from zip code 64113:

July 2017

Median list price:        $394,975

Median sales price:    $392,500

Number of homes sold:    26

Days on market:                 10

The lowest closed price last month was $211,000.  There were two sales over $1 million, both cash sales. Highest sale in 64113 last month was $1.8 million.   Below are figures from July 2016:

July 2016

Median list price:        $329,900

Median sales price:    $340,000

Number of homes sold:   27

Days on market:               35

Checking year-to-date figures:

Jan-July 2017

Median list price:        $382,447

Median sales price:    $370,000

Number of homes sold:  186

Days on market:               17

Jan-July  2016

Median list price:         $368,450

Median sales price:     $362,500

Number of homes sold:   190

Days on market:                38

So far this year, we’ve had nine sales over $1,000,000; same period last year, there were eight.  

Prices are up about 2% overall this year compared to 2016.  Currently there are 49 homes for sale in Brookside; 29 of those are priced over $500K.  In the high demand price range of $250-$350K, three homes are on market. Median list price is $550,000.

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

Waldo Event Saturday “Explore Gregory”

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Join your neighbors and friends this Saturday 8/19/17 to “Explore Gregory” — a self guided walking tour of this shopping area in Waldo.

From 10am-4pm, the businesses along Gregory from Oak  to Main streets welcome all visitors and shoppers for the day.  You can stop in places you’ve never been to before, as well as visit stores and services you frequently use.  Start the day at McLain’s Bakery with breakfast and stroll over to Eclectics, Sheehan’s Irish Imports, the new Nut Cup, then walk west to Studio 63 and lunch at Bier Station or Governor Stumpy’s.  Those are  just a few of the businesses that are participating. 

During Explore Gregory, JFS will be collecting canned goods for their food pantry–donation drums will be available.  There will also be  food, giveaways and demonstrations–the usual Waldo family friendly event! As a special treat, Jim Cosgrove will perform at 11am at Trokey’s parking lot.

Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside/Waldo businesses!