Brookside East Welcomes Grab & Go Food Spot

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Brookside East continues to gain more tenants, and one of the newest is Can I Have A Bite, the grab and go food store that moved to 633 E 63rd St in late March from a Wornall location in Waldo. Owner Kathy Hale focuses on healthy food, prepared on site, using locally sourced and organic ingredients when possible, with a menu that changes weekly.

 

 

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Cashew meatloaf, sweet potatoes with chili pepper, basil roasted Brussel sprouts and rosemary balsamic beets

For busy professionals and those with food allergies, Can I Have A Bite can be a regular stop for specialty lunches and dinners. Kathy offers frozen entrees you heat up yourself—or she will have it hot and ready if you call ahead. There is an array of salads, soups, energy bites and full meals you can choose from. With this expanded location, she’s added some new options: a “Create Your Own Entrée”—you choose an animal or vegetarian protein, two sides and a sauce or cheese topping. There is also a “Healthy Belly Bar” with balsamic, bitters and tincture ingredients to create beverages for specific digestions; and a few fresh mocktail options. Plus, Kathy has added sandwiches featuring Gabrianna Bakery breads and fresh French pastries on Saturdays.   Local art, available for purchase, is showcased on the walls and there is  seating if you want to dine in.

 

bite KathyPersonal service thrives here–Kathy takes so much pride and care into creating these special, tasty options for her customers. She really understands how different folks have various food limitations (or dietary preferences) and tailors to her clients. This new location also offers much easier parking options, just outside the front door.

 

Can I Have A Bite is located at 633 E 63rd St, next to Golden and Pine. Hours are Monday – Thursday 10am-7pm; Friday 10-5 and Saturdays 11am-5pm. Check the Facebook page for menu updates—call ahead with your order at 816 381 9101.

Brookside Sidewalk Sale Through Sunday

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It’s time for the annual Brookside Sidewalk Sale–Thursday July 6 through Sunday July 10, 2017!

Various merchants will set up tables on the sidewalks on 63rd St east of Wornall.  You will find all sorts of bargains here:  jewelry, clothes, decor, small gifts and household goods, and some surprises–“oh, I could use one of those!”.  Plus, it’s always nice to chat with shop owners and neighbors that are browsing at the same time.  Make a day of it and stop for a snack, coffee or lunch at one of Brookside’s local eateries!

Also, the annual Shred Event is Saturday July 8 from 8am-11am in the parking lot between Commerce Bank and the tennis courts (Meyer and Brookside Road).  There is a limit on how much you can bring to shred:  two standart file sized boxes or grocery sacks.

Thank you for supporting locally owned businesses in Brookside!

Waldo Home Sales Stats – May 2017

Home prices are up again in Waldo–a trend that has been consistent this year.  There is a lot of demand and not enough inventory.   These figures are for Waldo single family home sales, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th:

May 2017

Number of homes sold:    42

Median list price:              $189,900

Median sales price:          $192,000

Average days on market:    13

May 2016

Number of homes sold:      48

Median list price:              $168,700

Median sales price:          $168,000

Average days on market:    10

The highest price sale in Waldo last month was $365,500 and the lowest was $84,900. Note the sales price was higher than list price–because many of the homes that closed were at or over the asking price.

Here are year-to-date comparisons:

Jan-May  2017

Number of homes sold:   165

Median list price:            $175,000

Median sales price:        $177,500

Average days on market:  26

Jan-May 2016

Number of homes sold:    152

Median list price:             $165,500

Median sales price           $164,475

Average days on market:   25

Year to date, Waldo home prices are up 7.9% over last year. Currently there are 14  active single family homes in Waldo, with a median list price of $175,000  and  ten   days on market.

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

 

 

 

 

Brookside/Waldo Farmers Markets Are Open for the Season

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Summertime and fresh produce from the area farmers’ markets–just can’t beat the taste of freshly picked berries, tomatoes, herbs and veggies.  Fortunately we have two farmers’ markets in the neighborhood so you can stock up twice a week!

 

The Brookside Farmers Market is open each Saturday at 63rd and Wornall Road.   This market features local (less than 100 miles away) vendors that sell ‘organic and non-GMO food’.  Besides fresh produce, you’ll find eggs, meat, herbs, flowers, baked goods and homemade items like soaps and crafts.  Hours are 8am-1pm on Saturdays.

 

waldo marketThe Waldo Farmers Market is also open for the season at 303 W 79th St, just east of 79th and Wornall next to Habitat ReStore.  Although smaller than the Brookside market, it offers a great selection of ‘local, certified organic and non-certified sustainably produced’ products, ranging from vegetables and herbs to snacks and  ice cream.  Offerings can change weekly.  This market is open every Wednesday from 3-7pm–which is so convenient if you need inspiration for a quick weeknight dinner!

Remember to bring a bag to the market to tote your goodies back home, plus cash in small bills,  and watch for pedestrians while parking.  Thank you for supporting area farmers and merchants!

Pamper Your Body-Visit SKIN in Brookside

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There is a new Brookside shop to check out—especially if you like to pamper yourself! SKIN opened last week at 6247 Brookside Blvd, on the same block as Foos and Shopgirls.

 

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Owner Stephanie Simkins is a native of Kansas City, and started out as a nutritionist and wellnesss coach. She progressed into skin care, doing consultations for her clients. Eventually she started making her own products and selling them online. She had retail stores in San Francisco and on the Country Club Plaza; currently the Broookside shop is the flagship operation.

 

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SKIN products are formulated in Overland Park and are ‘created with healing in mind’, according to Stephanie. Everything is made with organic ingredients and oils, with a specific healing component in mind. For example, there is the Seaberry Anti-Aging Face Cream and Apricot Berry Clay Face Mask. If you are planning a trip to the beach, try the After Sun Aloe and Coconut Body Lotion. Other items include soothing lip balms, soaps and bath products, make up lines and a special section for men’s grooming. There is also a large ‘lazy susan’ tray with samples of most products to try before you buy. Stephanie emphasizes that she operates a vegetarian, gluten free, certified green company, registered with  EWG and PETA.

 

Like so many Brookside shops, Stephanie offers friendly, personal service to every customer who walks in. She encourages browsing and can tell you about all products displayed. In addition, she does special events at the store: yoga workshops, designer trunk shows and a once a month special promotion only offered to clients on her email list.

 

Stephanie chose Brookside as a location for this shop as she feels “it’s a good fit. There aren’t many walkable neighborhoods in Kansas City. “ Current hours are 11-5 Monday through Saturday and noon-5 on Sunday. She hopes to expand to evening hours as well.

 

SKIN products make great gifts—everyone appreciates special products that are locally made without chemicals, even the guys you know! Stop by SKIN, 6247 Brookside Blvd and find something for yourself—and a special someone!

 

 

 

 

It’s Bike to Waldo Week Through Saturday

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Family Bicycles in Waldo

We’ve had some beautiful Spring days that are perfect for bike riding–this week you can celebrate bicycle-friendly Waldo during Bike to Waldo Week, now through Saturday May 20, 2017.

Bike to various Waldo businesses and receive special discounts on food, beverages and services.  Participating retailers include Family Bicycles (of course!), One More Cup, KC Bier Co, Betty Raes, Crows Coffee and CoWork Waldo.  If you post a photo with the hashtag #biketowaldo, you will be entered into a special $50 drawing!

More details at www.facebook.com/EverythingWaldo/.  If you are in a vehicle driving around Waldo this week, please be extra considerate of bikers and give them a friendly wave!  Thank you for supporting locally owned Waldo businesses! 

Worlds Window Annual Benefit Event on Thursday

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For the past month, Worlds Window in Brookside has been collecting new and gently used women’s clothing for their annual fundraiser to benefit Rose Brooks.  It’s your opportunity to shop for ‘new’ clothes of all styles while supporting a local non-profit organization.

On Thursday May 11, 2017, stop into Worlds Window from 5-8pm.  There is a $10 admission fee.  Shop the donated clothes, neatly displayed on hangers, conveniently priced at $10 per item.  In addition, Worlds Window will offer treats, special discounts on regular merchandise and special prizes during the shopping event.

Worlds Window is located in the heart of Brookside at 332 W 63rd St.  Remember, other Brookside shops are open late on Thursdays as well!  Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside businesses and Rose Brooks!