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


Brookside Home Sales Stats – Aug 2018

Brookside home sales are slowing down, as they typically do in the second half of the year.  Homes are sitting on the market longer, however prices are still strong, outpacing last year.  Below are the stats, using the main Brookside zip code of 64113:

August 2018                                                                      August 2017

Median list price:      $350,000                                    Median list price:   $376,000

Median sales price:   $337,500                                    Median sales price:  $358,750

No. of homes sold:       27                                             No. of homes sold:  24

Days on market:           23                                             Days on market:     37

The highest closed sales price last month was $780,000 and the lowest was $217,500. Prices dropped almost 6% comparing the two months.

Here are year-to-date numbers:

Jan-Aug 2018                                                                      Jan-Aug 2017

Median list price:      $399,950                                     Median list price:    $382,447 

Median sales price:   $394,000                                    Median sales price:  $370,000

No. of homes sold:      195                                            No. of homes sold:    208

Days on market:         19                                               Days on market:       19

Overall, home values are up 9.8% ytd over last year!   

Currently there are 57 active single family home listings in Brookside, with a median price of $429,000 and 66 days on market. Interesting that 24 of those homes are priced under $400K–usually those sell quickly. The lowest list price is $229,900 and the highest is $4.5 million.

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


Waldo Fall Festival Happening Sat 9/15/18

September is full of outdoor festivals in the KC area, and one of the most family friendly is the Waldo Fall Festival, happening this Saturday, Sept 15, 2018 at the southeast corner of 75th and Wornall in the parking lot, from 10am-5pm.

waldo fall festivalNow in it’s 26th year, the Waldo Fall Festival is a celebration of the wonderful, eclectic Waldo neighborhood:  lots of local music playing throughout the day, local vendor booths, food trucks, rides and games for the kids and …no admission charge!  It’s a fun time for all ages.

Because the intersection of 75th and Wornall is usually heavily congested with cars during a normal day…on Sept 15 it will be even more challenging to work around. Bike or walk to the festivities (take the Trolley Track Trail!) — or if you drive, park a few blocks away.  Be extra aware of more foot traffic around the stoplights here and watch for little kids, bikes, scooters, etc.  

Celebrate cooler weather, visit with neighbors and friends at the Waldo Fall Festival this Saturday!



Flying Horse Taproom-Now Open in Brookside East

Another locally owned and operated business recently opened in Brookside East–Flying Horse Taproom at 600 E 63rd St.  I stopped by recently and talked with General Manager Philip Nixon.  The food looked so good I came back for dinner later that evening!

taproomHere’s the scoop on the bar and what’s on tap:  twenty-one craft beers, seven wines (that will rotate), Second Best Coffee Cold Brew and Lucky Elixir Kombucha.  Coming soon:  unique “oak barrel conditioned” cocktails.  I tried two drinks:  the Cucumber Ginger Lemonade and Strawberry Basil Gin. Delicious and refreshing!  Nixon emphasized they support locally based purveyors, including Restless Spirits Distilling Co, Tom’s Town, Second Best Coffee and Glace Ice Cream (Nixon is working with Brewery Emperial and Glace for a special beer inspired flavor).  


Philip Nixon, General Manager

As for the food…there are a couple of unique options on the appetizer menu, including the popular Beer Mug Pretzel from Pretzel Boys, ‘Nduja Dip (prosciutto, spices, peppers mixed with goat and cream cheeses) and Cheese Curds.  There are several salad options featuring homemade dressings.  And the flatbreads…with fresh ingredients and house made red sauce. We tried the Four Cheese Sausage Kale and The Classic; other options include Brookside Brie, the Cubano and a Thai Chicken Basil.  For lighter appetites–it’s easy to fill up sharing a salad and flatbread.

Longtime Brooksiders may remember this spot at a Mobil gas station; current owner Trey Sabates (who owns Brookside Wine and Spirits next door), had the old tanks removed, teamed up with some friends and turned the station into the restaurant with a cozy patio in front.  Inside, there is a full bar, several tables and artwork from Sabates private collection on the walls.  Nixon has an extensive background in food service and trains the staff well–our waiter was sincere, friendly and attentive.  

The Flying Horse Taproom is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-11pm and Sunday from 11am-9pm.  Happy hour features $1 off all menu items and food is available to go.  Stop by and welcome Philip and the staff to the neighborhood!


Waldo Serve Day -Sat Sept 8

Have some spare time and want to give back to your community?  Waldo Serve Day is this Saturday, Sept 8, 2018.  There will be several places where you can volunteer for a few hours to help improve our local area.

Meet at HJ’s Youth and Community Center, 6425 Wornall,  at 8am for breakfast; there you will be assigned a project location…  possibly be Hale Cook Elementary, Cleaver YMCA, graffiti clean up, etc. Work till 11:30am, then back to HJ’s  for lunch if you like.  

There are a few more details on the  HJ’s event calendar. This event is hosted by Restore Community Church in Waldo.


Waldo Home Sales Report – July 2018

Waldo home values continue their upward climb compared to one year ago…demand is very strong for the moderately priced houses you can find in this area. Here is the July 2018 single family home sales report for Waldo, using the boundaries of Gregory to 85th St and Holmes to State Line:

July 2018                                                                 July 2017

Median list price:      $215,000                            Median list price:     $149,725

Median sales price:   $210,000                           Median sales price:  $162,000

No. of homes sold:       43                                    No. of homes sold:    30

Days on market:           8                                       Days on market:       5

The lowest sales price last month was $47,000 and the highest was $460,000.

Year-to-date stats below:

Jan-July 2018                                                       Jan-July 2017

Median list price:     $199,900                          Median list price:      $175,000

Median sales price:   $200,000                         Median sales price:   $176,000

No. of homes sold:      237                                No. of homes sold:       243

Days on market:        15                                    Days on market:          15

Compared to the same time period last year, Waldo sales prices are up 13%! Currently there are 27 active listings, ranging in price from $115,000 to $398,000 and 27 days on market. 

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

Big Splash Car Wash in Waldo-Under New Management

Today’s blog is about a locally owned business at 8320  Wornall Rd:  Big Splash Car Wash.  The business is under new ownership and recently celebrated a grand ‘reopening’. 

big splash

Claire Cunningham and her husband Jason own several of these car washes around the KC area—other locations include Overland Park,  Westport and a new site opening in Grandview this Fall.  Claire explains the design of the property is for “easy in and easy out to get your car washed. There are three entrance lanes including a special lane for members only”.  Drivers stay in the vehicle as it goes through the wash, and free DIY vacuums are available.  The car wash is designed to service up to 150 cars an hour (!!).  I used the wash a couple of weeks ago and was finished up, including vacuuming my car interior, within 20 minutes.

At Big Splash, you can stop in for a one time wash or purchase a membership and they have several packages available.  I did a quick run through called the “Splash ‘N Dash” for $8, which washed the outside with a jet dry.  The machines did a pretty good job for the price of the wash.

One thing to note if you want to try Big Splash:  the never ending road construction along this part of Wornall can make it tricky to find the entrance to the business.  It’s been frustrating for the owners!  So be aware of the road blockage and work vehicles as you get closer to the location. Big Splash is located on the west side of Wornall, near McDonald’s.

Big Splash Car Wash  is a good alternative to the total self-service wash farther north on Wornall at 74th St, and less expensive than the full service Waterway on State Line Road.  Stop in and try it—support our locally owned Waldo businesses!

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-July 2018

Interesting stats for the Armour Hills subdivision in Brookside–a slight dip in home values to report and several homes currently on the market.  That’s a change from previous months.  Let’s look at the numbers:

July 2018                                                              July 2017

Median list price:   $349,950                            Median list price:    $335,000

Median sales price: $348,450                           Median sales price:  $335,000

No. of homes sold:    9                                       No. of homes sold:      6

Days on market:      3                                         Days on  market:      5

The lowest closed sales price last month was $200K and the highest was $430,000, $10,000 over the list price.  Year-to-date stats below:

Jan-July 2018                                                     Jan-July 2017

Median list price:    $315,000                         Median list price:     $320,000

Median sales price:  $315,000                        Median sales price:  $322,500

No. of homes sold:    45                                   No. of homes sold:     59

Days on market:      5                                      Days on market:        7

Median home prices are down 2% compared to 2017, however this may be a one month blip.  Homes are still selling quickly in Armour Hills and there is less inventory than 2017.  Currently there are 13 active listings, at a median list price of $329,000 and 33 days on market.

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