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


Waldo Home Sales Stats-Feb 2019

Spring is officially here and I think we are in for another strong homebuying season!  The first couple of months this year have been slow, probably due to the heavy snow and frigid cold weather of January and February.  Now it’s such a pleasure to hear birds chirping in the morning!  Here are the single family home sales stats for Waldo:

Feb 2019                                                                      Feb 2018

Median list price:       $230,000                               Median list price:    $149,950

Median sales price:    $231,500                               Median sales price:    $160,000

No. of homes sold:       10                                       No. of homes sold:      27

Days on market:           41                                        Days on market:          24

You’ll notice the huge jump in median sales price however–the majority of the homes that closed last month were over $200k, and three were over $300K–high for the Waldo area.  Fewer homes sold as well.

Here are year-to-date figures:

Jan-Feb 2019                                                         Jan-Feb 2018

Median list price:      $219,900                         Median list price:     $162,500

Median sales price:   $215,000                         Median sales price:  $163,000

No. of homes sold:      31                                  No. of homes sold:      45

Days on market:         21                                   Days on market:        23

Compared to 2018, prices are up 31% in Waldo but I do think that’s a bit of a fluke–as the months go on, there won’t be that much of a consistent increase.  Currently there are 17 active single family homes on the market in Waldo, with a median list price of $285,000 and 27 days on market.

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

Brookside Home Sales Report-Feb 2019

Welcome Spring! Finally, a week of warmer days to enjoy! Here’s the Brookside single family home sales report for last month, pulling stats from the 64113 zip code.  We are into the busy home buying and selling season!

Feb 2019                                                                  Feb 2018

Median list price:     $374,999                             Median list price:      $349,950

Median sales price:  $355,000                             Median sales price:   $327,000

No. of homes sold:       13                                    No. of homes sold:        11

Days on market:           76                                    Days on market:              9

Fun fact: highest sales price was $1.925 million last month! That’s one reason for the higher median price.  Here are YTD figures:

Jan-Feb 2019                                                          Jan-Feb 2018

Median list price:      $376,999                            Median list price:     $357,000

Median sales price:   $361,500                            Median sales price:  $340,000

No. of homes sold:       22                                    No. of homes sold:      29

Days on market:          78                                     Days on market:           41

Although fewer homes sold, and were on the market longer, prices are up 6.3% compared to last year. Currently there are 44 homes for sale in Brookside, with a median list price of $454,475 and 30 days on market. Four of the homes are priced over $1 million; a total of 17 are over $500K.

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



Brookside’s St Pat’s Parade This Sat 3/16/19

It’s time once again for the St Patrick’s Warm Up Parade in Brookside–2019 marks the 39th year!  The parade itself starts at 2pm; the route will be closed prior to start time. 

St Pat Brookside


This parade is a family friendly event–many parade watchers set up chairs along the streets and kids sit on the curb, waiting for tossed candy from the participants.  Some of my favorite displays are the zippy little cars, Irish dancers and bagpipe players.  Expect to see several politicians waving to the crowds as well–especially with the upcoming KCMO mayoral election. The route starts at 65th and Wornall; continues north on Wornall to 63rd St; then east on 63rd to Main St; south on Main to Meyer and then west on Meyer to Brookside Road.

Streets will be very crowded with parked cars, kids, pedestrians, etc!  Please plan on walking to Brookside to watch or if you must drive, park several blocks away.

Wondering how the Brookside parade got started?  According to The Brookside Story by LaDeen Morton, the idea was for Brookside to piggy back on to the growing popularity of the much larger city parade in downtown KCMO.  By adding “Warm Up” to the official parade name, the Brookside event would be seen as a kick-off to the city celebration of St Patrick’s Day.  The first Warm Up parade started in the parking lot by the tennis courts and then traveled along Meyer, Brookside Plaza and 63rd St, lasting less than thirty minutes.  This week’s parade should be almost two hours!

Remember to stop in for a beverage, lunch or ice cream treat while in Brookside for the event.  Thank you for your support of our locally owned Brookside/Waldo businesses!


Try This New Burger Restaurant in Waldo

Burger State burger


There’s a new burger joint in town… and oh boy, doesn’t that look tasty?? It’s called Burger State, located just south of of 89th and Wornall at 8920 Wornall (formerly a barbecue place).  Burger State opened last month, and has already become a neighborhood favorite with nearby residents.

Burger State Ray

Owner Raymond Reyes grew up in Brookside, near St Peter’s School, and has been in the restaurant business for quite a while—as a manager and consultant, opening and running local spots.  Over the years, he noticed a few things:  quality food, no matter what type, always sold well and when guests complained, it was mostly about service, not the food.  So when he decided to open his own place, he wanted a simple, basic menu with fresh, high quality ingredients and easy, fast service.  That’s exactly what he delivers at Burger State.  It’s the “fast casual” format, where customers order at the counter and pick up their food when ready (always by name, as Raymond likes to get to know his guests!).  The menu features grass fed, fresh ground beef burgers (he sampled six different types before choosing the beef type), chicken, fish and a hot dog plus salads and chili.  There is a kids menu, soft drinks plus beer and wine. His seasoned fries will stay crispy in their to-go boxes (there were rounds of testing to offer that special feature); other sides include sweet potato fries, tater tots, slaw, onion rings. All the basics you’ll find at a burger place , with a higher degree of quality and freshness.  And the burger buns are…brioche bread, another upgrade! For vegetarians, he offers two options: the Impossible burger and an a black bean patty.

Burger State counterOne of Burger State’s specialties is the KC Fried Burger:  the beef patty is dipped in batter and then deep fried. It really seals in the juices of the burger and is one of their best sellers.  Raymond came up with this item after making onion rings at home with his kids—and decided on a whim to cook the burger covered in the same  batter. And if you are wondering how he came up with the restaurant name, it  was quite a process. He and his wife considered so many names, but most of them were already taken by other businesses.  He kept thinking  he was in a ‘burger state of mind’ while planning the place, and then decided to see if Burger State was available as a name…and it was!  (In the USA anyway, he did find a Burger State in Bangladesh of all places).

Raymond now lives with his family in Waldo and says “The neighborhood has really embraced us.  It’s nice to have so many residents support small, locally owned businesses. I try to get to every table and ask about the food and ask  if customers have any suggestions for other food items to serve. “  When was the last time that happened to you when dining out?

Burger State is open 11am-9pm Monday through Saturday.  Stop in and try it soon—and say Hi to Ray!  Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside and Waldo businesses.


Waldo Home Sales Stats-Jan 2019

Waldo home values shot up last year, and it looks like this trend will continue into 2019.  Here are the single family home sales stats from last month, with a comparison to one year ago. I’m using the street boundaries of State Line to Holmes and 71st St to 85th St.

January 2019                                                                January 2018

Median list price:      $219,900                                 Median list price:     $172,500

Median sales price:   $206,100                                Median sales price:   $164,000

No. of homes sold:       21                                          No. of homes sold:     18

Days on market:          21                                           Days on market:        22

Prices are up 25% compared to January 2018! That’s a bit extreme, even for Waldo.  Demand is strong as first time buyers keep jumping into the market and investors purchase for rentals or flips.  Currently there are 16 single family homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of $289,475 and 30 days on market.  The lowest list price is $168,000 and the highest is $359,950.

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

2019 Waldo Week Starts Tomorrow 2/22



Wonderful Waldo earns it’s name due to several reasons; one of them is the friendly, service oriented, locally owned shops and services available to neighbors and visitors.  Celebrate Waldo Week, beginning tomorrow Feb 22, through Thurs Feb 28, 2019 and get 25% off select merchandise and services.  Here’s a list of which places are participating so far:

Bier Station                                               9Round Waldo

Lew’s Bar and Grill                                  Hiles Two

The Well                                                     Mike’s Wine and Spirits

One More Cup

Betty Rae’s Ice Cream                               Eclectics

Family Bicycles                                         Centered Spirit/Emilie’s French Teas

Louie’s Wine Dive

Remember, you must mention Waldo Week to get the discount!  A complete list of businesses participating is at   And if you want to get out tonight..all are welcome to the kick-off party from 5-8pm at Bier Station.  Thank you for supporting our locally owned businesses in Waldo and Brookside!

Brookside Home Sales Report-Jan 2019

Sold listings for Brookside last month were down compared to one year ago–could be due to the unusually cold and snowy winter we’ve had..or the lack of desirable inventory.  Here’s the stats, based on the main Brookside zip code of 64113:

January 2019                                                                    January 2018

Median list price:      $350,000                                   Median list price:     $399,900

Median sales price:   $339,000                                   Median sales price:    $376,000

No. of homes sold:        10                                          No. of homes sold:      17

Days on market :           81                                          Days on market:        41

The highest closed sale last month was $877,500; in January 2018 is was $1.6 million.  Median sales price was lower than one year ago because lesser priced homes sold than a year ago. 

Currently there are 32  single family homes for sale in Brookside, with a median list price of  $497,475 and 71 days on market. Twenty seven of these homes are priced over $400K.