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 Report-Feb 2017

Home sales typically start off slow every year..there isn’t much inventory, winter weather keeps people inside and motivated sellers are getting their houses primped and ready to list in the warmer months.  Still, prices are up for those homes that are selling. Here is the February 2017 Brookside single family home sales report, using stats from zip code 64113:

February 2017

Median list price:        $421,250

Median sales price:    $402,000

Number of homes sold:    14

Days on market:               43

The lowest closed price was $205,000 and the highest was $1.225 million.  Most of the homes sold were over $400K.

February 2016

Median list price:        $409,000

Median sales price:    $399,000

Number of homes sold:   15

Days on market:               89

Checking year-to-date figures:

Jan-Feb 2017

Median list price:        $399,000

Median sales price:    $393,461

Number of homes sold:   27

Days on market:               43

Jan-Feb 2016

Median list price:         $389,950

Median sales price:     $382,000

Number of homes sold:    23

Days on market:                 57

So far, median prices are up 3% over last year and homes are selling faster. There is still very strong demand for Brookside homes, especially those priced between $250-$400K.  Currently there are 28 single family homes for sale in Brookside, with a median list price of $797,500 and 60 days on market.  Twenty one of these homes are priced over $500K; eight of those are over $1million.  These stats show the demand is for homes priced under $500K–more expensive homes sit on the market longer.

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

New Ramen Bar Now Open in Waldo


The much anticipated ramen bar, Boru, is now open in Waldo at 500 W75th St.  I haven’t eaten there yet–but everyone I know wants to try it! I hear it’s very busy during typical lunch and dinner hours. Another hot spot for Brookside/Waldo diners!

A little background:  Owners Andy Lock and Domhall Molloy also own the successful Summit Grill, just west of Boru.  The culinary director, Po Wang, is a native of Taiwan.

Boru’s  website offers menu details and a very helpful glossary for those folks not familiar with this type of cuisine.  Featured options include steamed baos (buns stuffed with goodies); several salads (including  cold noodle and crispy Brussel sprout ), ramen bowls with ‘add on’ options (egg, pork belly, tofu), plus a kids’ menu, full bar (with sake of course!) and happy hour specials. It all sounds delicious and so different from the usual Waldo bar food and restaurant spots.

Boru (it means bowl in Japanese) is open seven days a week at the corner of 75th and Washington– and accepts reservations through Open Table. Thank you for supporting our locally owned businesses!


Brookside St Pat’s Parade Sat March 18, 2017

st patsTomorrow is the day for the 37th Annual Brookside St Patrick’s Day Warm Up Parade!  Rescheduled from last week (due to weather), the forecast for tomorrow is for a high around 60 degrees–much better!

The parade begins at 2pm at 65th St and Wornall Road, and continues along Meyer, Main and Brookside Road.  It should end around 4pm. The complete route is at  Expect street closures to start in early afternoon. 

Please be extra aware of pedestrians, bicycles, scooters, and heavy auto parking on the residential streets around the parade route.  Enjoy this family friendly event and thank you for supporting our locally owned Brookside businesses and services!

Waldo Home Sales Report-Jan 2017

Last year was a strong year for home sales in Waldo.  Prices were up 4.5% over 2015, more homes sold and in a shorter amount of time.  This year is off to a good start as well. Here are the single family home sales for Waldo; the geographical area I am tracking is State Line to Holmes; Gregory to 85th St.

January 2017

Number of homes sold:       25

Median list price:                  $159,950

Median sales price:              $159,900

Average days on market:          36

The lowest sales price was $73,000 and the highest was $311,000.

January 2016

Number of homes sold:       21

Median list price:                 $163,950

Median sales price:              $163,950

Average days on market:       62

Although median price was lower last month as compared to a year ago, notice how  sellers are virtually getting the list price and homes are selling twice as fast so far this year.

Currently there are 18 single family homes for sale in Waldo with a median price of $157,400 and 27 days on market. The lowest list price is $96,000 and the highest is $339,500.

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

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-Jan 2017

Armour Hills was a hot location for homebuyers in 2016: many sellers got close to asking price; some homes had bidding wars!  Median prices were up almost 3% over 2015.  I think 2017 will be a strong sales year for our neighborhood as well.  Let’s check the January 2017 sales for Armour Hills in the Brookside area of Kansas City:

January 2017

Number of homes sold:        4

Median list price:                  $329,475

Median sales price:               $327,500

Average days on market:         18

January 2016

Number of homes sold:         2

Median list price:                    $264,475

Median sales price:                 $269,155

Average days on market:          39

More expensive homes closed last month, pushing the median price higher.  Although only two homes sold in Jan 2016, one of them went for $12,555 over the asking price–so the median sales price is way higher than list price.

Currently there are just two homes for sale in Armour hills, with a median price of $315,000.

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