Shopgirls Relocated to Brookside East

The popular Brookside women’s clothing store, Shopgirls, is now located in the fast-growing Brookside East area of Brookside, at 6215 Oak.

You may remember late last year, the landlord for the previous Shopgirls location at 6245 Brookside Plaza (near Foos) declined to renew the lease.  (Another women’s clothing store, Lady Bye, is now in the old Shopgirls spot.)  During the busy holiday shopping season, Shopgirls had a temporary pop up store above Jalapeno’s.  

If you are looking for the  new Shopgirls spot, note that the signage above the awning visible to the street says HAMILTON.  However, inside you’ll find the same unique jewelry, accessories and fashionable women’s casual clothes that were in the old location…and of course, the same personable service!

Thanks for supporting locally owned businesses in Brookside and Waldo!


Waldo Home Sales-2017 Year End Recap

Wonderful Waldo finished the year strong in terms of rising home values…will report on those stats in the latter part of the blog.  Prices have been on a steady rise the past few years.  First, let’s examine the figures for December 2017 with comparisons to last year.  I’m using the boundaries of Gregory to 85th St, State Line to Holmes:

December 2017                                                     December 2016

Median list price:       $164,950                          Median list price:    $179,900

Median sales price:     $161,500                         Median sales price: $179,000

No. of homes sold:      32                                     No. of homes sold:    17

Days on market:          37                                     Days on market:       21

Although the median price dropped compared to 2016, more home sold that were in the lower price range for Waldo. That affects the median sales price.  

Here are 2017 the year end stats:  Continue reading

Welcome 2018 at the Waldo Ball Drop

UPDATE 12/31/2017



It’s the last blog of 2017!  And what a year it has been for our Brookside/Waldo neighborhood.  Home prices have been way up, and we welcomed many new small businesses!


Yes, it’s going to be frigid cold on New Year’s Eve this year however–you are welcome to bring a warm beverage and ring in 2018 at the annual Waldo Ball Drop.  Meet your friends and neighbors at 75th and Wornall by the fountain just before midnight–and watch the lighted ball drop down.  

Thank you for reading my blog, thank you for supporting local Brookside/Waldo businesses and …happy 2018 to all!

Holiday German Festival and Market This Weekend in Brookside

kris market


This is the 25th year for the annual Kristkindl Markt at the Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ in Brookside at 205 W 65th St.  Everyone is welcome!

If you’ve never been to this event–you are in for a good time.  Authentic German food is available for purchase, plus (of course) there is a biergarten!  Local vendors host several craft and gift booths, and the live music and caroling will get you in the holiday spirit. One of the more popular activities is the make-your-own gingerbread house for the little ones, with proceeds going to Operation Breakthrough.

The church is located in surrounded by homes and narrow streets, so please plan accordingly–walk there accessing the Trolley Track Trail or MAX bus; or plan to park a few blocks away.  Hours are Friday Dec 1, 2017 5-9pm and Saturday Dec 2 10am-7pm.

Waldo Home Sales Stats-Oct 2017

Sales of Waldo homes have been steady all year, similar to 2016 with one exception–prices are up!  Here are the October 2017 single family home sales stats for Waldo, using the street boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

October 2017

Median list price:      $199,450

Median sales price:   $195,000

No. of homes sold:        27

Days on market:            6

October 2016

Median list price:       $160,000

Median sales price:    $167,000

No. of homes sold:       27

Days on market:           17

The lowest closed sales price last month was $85,500 and the highest was $288,500.  Now let’s check year-to-date figures:

Jan-Oct 2017

Median list price:      $179,500

Median sales price:   $180,000

No. of homes sold:       336

Days on market:            12

Jan-Oct 2016

Median list price:        $165,000

Median sales price:     $167,000

No. of homes sold:         335

Days on market:             23

As you can see, in general, sellers are getting at or over  list price as the final sales price and home values are up over 7% compared to last year at this time. Currently there are 25 active single family homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of $173,000 and 21 days on market.

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

Brookside Trick or Treat Street Today!

bside trick treat

Here’s a quick reminder about Brookside Trick or Treat Street today, from 4-6pm, along 63rd St from Wornall east to Oak.

Hundreds of little ones will be in costume, walking along the street, visiting merchants for Halloween treats. Please be aware of extra pedestrian traffic in the area this afternoon, and avoid the intersection of 63rd St and Brookside Blvd if possible during these hours.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Annual Brookside Bluegrass Festival Saturday

This Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 is the annual Brookside Bluegrass Festival, now in it’s sixth year.  Festivities begin at 4pm outside on the church lawn, with games and food; the concert starts at 6pm.

Headlining this year is Kenny and Amanda Smith; Chamber Music and Greg Blake are also performing. Tickets are $20-$30, with proceeds going to Restoration House.

The Brookside Bluegrass Festival takes place at Wornall Baptist Church, 400 W Meyer.

Also…remember Brookside’s Trick or Treat Street happening on Oct 31 along 63rd St!