World’s Window Needs Your Clothes!

worlds windowOne of Brookside’s favorite shops, World’s Window, is hosting it’s Fabulous Flipping Favorites event again next month to benefit the Rose Brooks Center (you may recall they host a coat drive in the fall)

From now through May 6, 2019, bring new or gently worn clean women’s clothing (on hangars) to World’s Window at 332 W 63rd St.  You will receive a ‘golden ticket’ in exchange, good for advance admission to their sale on Thurs May 9 from 5-6pm.  During the sale that evening, you can shop the entire store at 20% off –and 10% will be donated to Rose Brooks.

Now is the time to clean out your closet–and donate the clothes for others to use and enjoy!  You can drop off donations during their regular business hours.  Thank you World’s Window, for helping Rose Brooks help women and children in Kansas City.

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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.

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2019 Waldo Week Starts Tomorrow 2/22

 

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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 www.waldokc.org.   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!

The Most Boring Time of the Year

colored ice

You’ve heard of the dog days of summer…to me, this time of year is the worst!  No holidays, lots of long gray days and recently, almost constant ice, slush and snow.  (Although, I do enjoy a soft, several inches snowfall which we may get on Friday!)

When it’s chilly and dark, It’s easy to spend all your freetime inside, under the blanket on the sofa watching Netflix and ordering in.  But if you are itching to get out and try something new…I’ve listed a few suggestions in this blog.  Invite some friends to meet up and try something different!  Explore someplace in Brookside and Waldo you’ve never been before and treat yo’ self to kick off the winter blahs!

Bier Station   120 E Gregory

Music trivia on Monday nights, live tunes on Wednesdays.  Beer and food served.

Centered Spirit, 8131 Wornall / Hollyday Spa, 1 E Gregory

Lose yourself in a massage or a relaxing cup of tea at Centered Spirit; Hollyday offers massages and facials.

KC Bier Company, 310 W 79th St

Tours of their brewery available every Saturday at 1; competitive trivia on Sunday afternoons and jam sessions/live music on other nights.

Piano Room, 8140 Wornall

Cozy music lounge with a full bar; open mike night every Wednesday.

Red Racks Thrift Shop, 8026 Wornall

Veteran owned thrift store–find some cheap, unexpected treasures here!  Special discounts for President’s Day this weekend!

KC Clay Guild, 200 W 74th St

Family Fun Night open to anyone who wants to play with clay; purchase supplies on site. Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10.

Brookside Wine and Spirits, 600 E 63rd St

Free wine tasting every Wednesday.

Walsh’s Corner Cocktails, 304 W 85th St  (no web site–it’s old school in here!)

Come for the chill atmosphere, friendly service and cheap quality eats: taco specials Monday and Thursdays; burger special on Wednesday.  Shuffleboard and dart games available.

Flying Horse Taproom, 600 E 63rd St

This recently opened small bar/restaurant has a large beer selection, delicious flatbreads and salads plus interesting artwork on the walls.

Waldo Pizza Tap Room  7433 Broadway

Tuesday night is Trivia night at Waldo’s favorite pizza joint. 

Please add your own personal suggestions in the comments section for our readers! And remember…every day moves us closer to Spring and more daylight!

Big Changes Planned for 75th & Wornall Intersection

As I reported last month, Waldo home prices are on the rise. And the planned Wornall Road Improvement Project will enhance the streetscape, beauty and walkability of Waldo even more, making the area even more appealing to homebuyers.
Last week I stopped by the Open House Public Meeting (at Hale Cook Elementary) to get more details on the project. Paid for with your tax dollars, this project focuses on Wornall Road from 74th to 79th St. Key improvements will be made at the heavily traveled and congested intersection of 75th and Wornall.  They include:
*enhanced “artistic” crosswalks
*new curbs and sidewalks with accent pavers
*new streetlights and traffic signals
*a ‘gathering space’, planters, benches and litter receptacles.
This entire intersection will be reworked to be more accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders. There will be designated east/west turn lanes to access Wornall from 75th St (much needed!) and the Trolley Track Trail will be shared space with the sidewalk along the east side of the street.  The NE parking lot ( in front of Waldo Pizza and The Well ) will be also be reconfigured. (The transit center will remain.)
Although construction won’t start until next spring (continuing through 2021), and the City hasn’t decided where the first phase will begin (74th or 79th St), the public is invited to view the plans and provide feedback and suggestions. Go to the website for details and updates.
As a Brookside resident who supports local businesses, I am very excited to see our tax dollars improving this area for residents and visitors. Whenever I am driving into Waldo, I avoid 75th and Wornall when possible as it is just so difficult to get through.  This area is truly  the heart of Waldo with so many popular shops and restaurants right there. Of course, we will have to endure with closed streets and detours for a few years—but it will be worth it!

Brookside’s Shop Beautiful Has Closed

shopIt’s been a longtime Brookside shop, since 1936!  And now it’s closed.  I always admired their beautiful, eye catching window displays at 320 W 63rd St.  Shop Beautiful sold their inventory and shut the doors last week.

 Shop Beautiful is a family run small business–and this store was small, just around 800 square feet.  The service was  friendly, and browsing the jewelry, handbags, scarves, candles, artwork and other unique gifts for sale was always fun.  Like many Brookside shops, they offered free gift wrap!

Now Brookside and Waldo residents can travel to their larger store in Overland Park at 5001 W 119th St in Hawthorne Plaza.  Same helpful service and complimentary gift wrap; same selection of interesting and eye catching merch–but more of it, because the OP store is much larger.

Hopefully another locally owned shop will move into the former 63rd St location…and stay at least 83 years!