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


Landmark Brookside Home for Sale!

main frontHow many times have you driven by this home and admired the curb appeal…that wrap around porch!!! Was it while walking by during the Brookside Art Fair or marching in the St Pat’s Day Warm Up Parade?  It’s just as beautiful on the inside!

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Look at the stunning original woodwork!  Beautiful crown molding, wood columns, several built-ins and hardwood floors.  The living room features a fireplace and wide stairway to the second floor.

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More built ins here in the dining room, with a large bay window–note the easy flow from the living room area and newer windows throughout the house (except for living room and basement.)

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In the kitchen…plenty of counter space and a chef’s Thermador stove!  The original built-in spice cabinet is here too.  Adjoining the kitchen is a sunny breakfast room, laundry/mud room and half bath.

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On the second floor–all bedrooms are large with spacious closets.  The master bedroom has a master bath, plus a hall bath for the other two bedrooms.

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Outside–a fully fenced yard and two car garage!  Enjoy all of Brookside’s amenities just a few steps away:  the Trolley Track Trail, several shops and restaurants, services and tennis courts, plus metro bus service. 



You can live the Brookside lifestyle in this 1920s home…move in ready for new owners that will love it as much as the current sellers do!  The home is located at 6342 Main St, on the NW corner of Main and Meyer.  Three bedrdooms, two and a half baths, two car garage.  Offered at $430,000. Contact me for more information!

Annual Coat Drive Begins at World’s Window

Coat and sweater drive

It’s time for the annual Coat and Sweater Drive at World’s Window in Brookside!   If you have gently used coats and sweaters for women and children, please drop them off at Worlds Window 332. W 63rd St. 

This drive is a benefit for the Rose Brooks Center, a shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence.  Your donations are accepted through November 7–and in return, you will receive a 20% discount to use in store on November 8 from 5-8pm.

It just takes a few minutes to dig around your closets for warm clothes that others need so much!   Please help out Rose Brooks Center and drop off your items at World’s Window over the next few weeks–332 W. 63rd St.  It’s helpful if you bring coats on hangers!

Another New Small Business Opens in Brookside East

Specialty small businesses make Brookside and Waldo thrive as a unique residential and shopping district.  Today’s blog post welcomes a newcomer located in the growing Brookside East area:  Chanee Vijay Textiles Studio and Showroom moved into the former Golden and Pine space at 633 E 63rd St, suite 100 last month.


Chanee Vijay

Owner Chanee Vijay, a Kansas native, started her career in corporate marketing.  She always had a creative side that needed an outlet…so she started creating beautiful patterns on organically grown fabric with screen and block printing.  She sold the hand printed textiles through her Etsy shop, and as the business grew, through her own website.  When Better Homes and Gardens magazine featured her work and home in Charlotte, NC, the business really took off.

She moved back to KC from California, where her studio was in the garage.  Chanee was thrilled to secure a larger studio space with a retail showroom here in Brookside.  She explained:  “Over the past ten years, my husband and I have moved five times, and I’ve never had enough space to display my designs.  I love the creative energy and entrepreneurial culture I’ve found in Brookside East.  Now I have the space to welcome clients and increase production for new wholesale clients”.

chanee colorsThe organic hemp and linen fabrics are imported from Europe; then Chanee hand paints her designs in micro batches using water-based, solvent-free inks.  Her mom, Phyllis, sews the pillows, throws, tote bags, pouches, aprons, napkins and tablecloths displayed in the store.  The hand-mixed colors are muted earth tones with all designs uniquely hers.  Every piece is designed for longevity and is machine washable!  Chanee can  customize the pillow designs by color, size and ground cloth type.  Prices range from $40-$175, with designer trade discounts available. 

Because all of the products are created in this working studio, the showroom is only open to the public on Thursdays from 10-5 and by appointment (via the website,).  Hopefully the showroom hours will expand next year.  chanee windows

Unique accessories can ‘make’ the room decor–if you are looking for some fresh textiles to warm up your space (or need a handmade, one of a kind gift!)  stop in and see what’s on display at Chaney’s shop.  You can also see her work  via her instagram account @chaneevijay.

Meyer Fest This Saturday in Brookside


St Peter’s Church is hosting Meyer Fest again this Saturday, Oct 6, 2018–open to everyone!

The day begins with a family friendly carnival from 9am-2:30pm.  Lots of games, entertainment, food trucks and inflatables available for the little ones to enjoy while the older folks socialize.  And in the evening…

Come back for the Adult Block Party from 6-11:30pm.  Live music provided by The Zeros and Boogie Wonderland–plus more food and beer available!

Note that Meyer Fest takes place in the street–on Meyer Blvd between Holmes and Rockhill.  Walk or bike over..if you must drive, parking available on the east side of Rockhill.  Details at



Waldo Home Sales Report-Aug 2018

Waldo home values up again..I think I’ve been reporting that every month this year I share the stats!  August was no exception. Here is the single family Waldo home sales report for August 2018, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

August 2018                                                              August 2017

Median list price:    $198,000                                Median list price:    $176,000

Median sales price:   $192,000                              Median sales price:  $179,000

No. of homes sold:      37                                        No. of homes sold:   34

Days on market:         28                                         Days on market:    9

The lowest sales price last month was $108,500 and the highest was $355,000.

Here are year-to-date stats:

Jan-Aug 2018                                                      Jan-Aug 2017

Median list price:    $199,975                          Median list price:    $175,000

Median sales price:   $202,750                        Median sales price:   $177,500

No. of homes sold:    266                                 No. of homes sold:     272

Days on market:        16                                    Days on market:     14

Prices are up 14% over last year, and many buyers continue to pay over list price.  Houses continue to go under contract within about two weeks of hitting the market. Waldo is a hot neighborhood!

Currently there are 30 active single family listings, with a median list price of $217,000 and 33 days on market.

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



Armour Hills Home Sales Stats-Aug 2018

Quite a few homes closed in Armour Hills last month–our subdivision continues to be one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Brookside!  Below are the stats and year-to-date comparisons:

August 2018                                                              August 2017

Median list price:     $327,450                          Median list price:    $285,000

Median sales price:    $322,500                       Median sales price:   $285,000

No. of homes sold:       10                                 No. of homes sold:    11

Days on market:          22                                  Days on market:        19

It’s unusual for there to be such a large difference in the YTD sales price–over $37,500–however last August, more of the lower priced AH homes closed.  The lowest price last month was $217,500 and the highest was $370,000.

Now for year-to-date numbers:

Jan-Aug 2018                                                    Jan-Aug 2017

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

Median sales price:  $320,000                       Median sales price:    $312,500

No. of homes sold:      55                               No. of homes sold:     71

Days on market:         10                                 Days on market:        7

Home values are up 1.5% over last year at this time and fewer homes have sold–the days on market are about the same.  Note actual sales prices are over list price for the year–indicating strong buyer interest and multiple offer situations.

Currently there are 6 homes for sale in Armour Hills, with a median list price of $394,950 and 53 days on market.

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


Sip and Shop in Brookside Thurs 9/20/18

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Enjoy strolling along 63rd St  Brookside tonight during the Sip and Shop!  Various merchants will have wine samples and restaurant specials from 5-7pm on Thursday, Sept 20, 2018, focusing on 63rd St between Wornall and Main and along Brookside Plaza.

Participating shops include Stuff, Lady Bye, Fiddly Fig, New Dime Store, Brookside Barkery, Party Warehouse and COCO.  There are some excellent restaurant deals too–at  Red Door Grill, Michael Forbes, Charlie Hoopers and several more.  You can see the complete list at  

Thank you for supporting our locally owned businesses in Brookside!