Wornall Road is one of the most traveled street in the Brookside/Waldo area. I avoid driving on Wornall south of Gregory through 85th St–the road is very narrow and usually always congested.
You’ve probably noticed that Wornall is now down to two lanes, roughly between 79th and 83rd Terrace with some sort of construction going on.
I called KCMO to find out what was going on. The City has contracted with Infra Source to replace the gas lines. Expect this area of Wornall to have just two lanes for at least the next thirty days while the company completes it’s work.
Alternate routes include Main St, Ward Parkway, Oak and State Line.
If you must drive along Wornall during the construction, please be considerate of the road workers, other drivers and allow for extra time. It is an inconvenience but not worth a case of road rage!
Time to get inspired early for holiday gift giving! Join your friends and neighbors for Brookside’s Holiday Season Opener this Thursday, Nov 9, 2017.
Many shops and restaurants will be open with special hours and deals…start ad Wornall and 63rd St and head east along 63rd. There will be free hot coffee and hot chocolate; live holiday music sung by local school kids and extended hours for merchants through the weekend.
Also, remember Worlds Window is hosting it’s 8th annual fundraiser for Rose Brooks. Bring your new or gently used coats/sweaters for women and kids to the shop prior to Nov 9–then you will receive a 20% coupon to use during the Holiday Season Opener.
Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside businesses!
That title is a bit misleading…there are several places you can get a coffee in downtown Brookside. But the recent Kansas City Star report about Starbucks possibly moving into the Goodcents location at 6304 Brookside Plaza has many residents concerned: will our beloved Brookside become as bland and generic as parts of Overland Park (or Lees Summit, or Olathe, etc)? I’m optimistic this is not going to happen.
The Roasterie Cafe in Brookside
Brookside is the first location owner (and longtime Brookside resident) Danny O’Neill chose for his coffee spot. It was an immediate success. (Remember when there was an ugly gas station on that corner? I do, as I was carjacked there!). Like so many locally owned Brookside establishments (think Stuff or 5 B Candle or Worlds Window), The Roasterie Cafe is similar to a village town pub: how often do you walk in and see someone you know? It’s a gathering place not only for liquid refreshment but so much more: students doing homework; parents taking a break with kids; getting a project done on the laptop. Yes, all that can happen at an anonymous Starbucks but it’s special at Roasterie. It’s a different feeling because it’s local–and I think that unique, Brookside vibe is what neighbors want to protect. The Roasterie Cafe is a great neighbor, supporting area community causes and being so active in the our city. Will Starbucks do the same? Perhaps. But it’s a big step above a national when the locally based business owner is so involved, visible and vested in his hometown. Mr. O’Neill doesn’t have to answer to Wall Street investors. He can easily partner with other local businesses, use and promote other home grown products, create special blends for area restaurants, donate gift cards to fundraisers. You could probably even reach him directly on the phone! And honestly, no Starbucks anywhere will ever have the same warm sweater feeling as an organically home grown coffee shop.
I remember years ago, when Starbucks opened at the corner of Westport Road and Broadway, just a few steps from the Broadway Cafe. There was an outcry at that time as well to keep national chains out of Westport. After several years, Starbucks shut down and the Broadway Cafe is still going strong. We have several chain stores in Brookside that neighbors patronize; the mix seems to work. It is extremely expensive to open and operate your own small business, especially in a highly desirable location with pricey rent like Brookside. Big national chains have millions of dollars to play with. That’s why it is imperative that we support locally owned shops, restaurants and services–here in our neighborhood and when travelling. Brookside thrives as a destination shopping and dining area because of the unique, one of a kind places you find here….and because area residents recognize their importance and support them financially.
Would Starbucks ever create something as unique as this?
Like many Brooksiders, I enjoy a Starbucks beverage every so often. But I’ll always stop at Roasterie over a national chain. Nothing beats the creamy foam created on their lattes! Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside/Waldo businesses!
It’s time for Meyer Fest – the St Peter’s sponsored family carnival that is open to anyone in the neighborhood!
It’s happening Saturday Oct 7, 2017 in two parts: the carnival (games! music! food trucks!) from 9:30am-2:00pm, and then the block party (ages 18 and older) from 6-11pm.
Location is on Meyer Blvd between Holmes and Rockhill–so also note this section of the street will be blocked off Saturday. Everyone is welcome!
Get tickets in advance at www.meyerfestkc.com
You may have noticed a new shop along 63rd St in Brookside: Design in the City has moved into the former Reading Reptile location. This is the second location for Design in the City; the first one is in Briarcliff.
Design in the City opens in Brookside
Proprietor Mindy Diaz told me there were two reasons she chose this spot: many of her customers wanted a ‘south’ location, and her best friend is Pam DiCappo, who owns Lauren Alexander next door. She felt her lines of clothing and accessories would complement the other shops in the area. This is a store you will love browsing in–everything is so beautifully displayed! Jackets, pants, tops, purses, boots, hats and jewelry catch your eye at every turn. Her most popular lines include Tart Collections, Sanctuary and Chaser Brand for clothing; she also has jewelry from Simon Sebbag, Kendra Scott and Tat2. You’ll also find some fun gift and decor items here: pillows, party accessories, greeting cards, wall hangings, etc. And of course, personal, friendly service is always present.
Mindy’s background is in interior design. She worked for her Dad in a building supplies business for many years; then took some time off to raise her son. She got the itch to go back to work and opened a home furnishings store in Parkville. Then she switched to selling clothes when opening the Briarcliff store. She loves having a store in Brookside because of the “amazing neighbors who support locally owned businesses”.
If you haven’t stopped by Design in the City yet–mark your calendar for their Grand Opening this week: Friday Sept 29 from 5-8pm. Regular store hours are 10am-6pm Monday through Saturday. Find Design in the City on Facebook and Instagram at design_in_the_city.
You don’t have to live in Waldo to enjoy the Waldo Fall Festival…now in it’s 25th year!
The big event is this Saturday, Sept 16 2017 in the parking lot at the southeast corner of 75th and Wornall. This is a family friendly event, with rides, music, food trucks, games, a petting zoo and many local vendors displaying their services and products. Hours are 10am-5pm.
The intersection of 75th and Wornall is always a challenge–so please remember if you plan to attend–use the bus, walk or bike over. If you drive, plan to park a few blocks away on one of the less busy side streets. And please be extra aware of extra heavy foot and vehicle traffic in the area.
In addition, St Elizabeth’s is hosting their annual barbecue contest Friday through Sunday at 75th and Main–that intersection will be blocked off to traffic as well.
Thank you for supporting Wonderful Waldo!
Brookside and Waldo are popular places for small business owners…I think this is the third locally owned new business I’ve written about in the past several weeks. Today I will introduce you to The Nut Cup, an antique and collectibles shop that opened last month at 7021 Oak, next to Eclectics.
Owner Trish Skidmore has been in the antique and estate sale business for many years. A friend approached her about selling the contents of a small two bedroom home in Raytown. The house was filled with vintage items (signs, toys, knick-knacks, quilts, furniture, etc) from years past. It was a treasure trove of goodies that Trish wanted to display and sell to other folks who appreciate these classic items. After looking at several locations, she decided on the Brookside/Waldo area to rent space and opened The Nut Cup.
There are a few very unique things (besides the merchandise) that make this shop special. First, children and pets are welcome! Trish has a special section of the store called The Nutty Nook, where kids can choose their own treasures and pick the sales price between $1-$5. You will enjoy the fresh Waldo honey water she offers all of her visitors, it’s very tasty. She also has a “wish wall”, with notes from customers who are looking for a particular item–if Trish has a match, she will get in touch. There is a large chalkboard with “Did You Know” facts posted every few days and don’t miss the bathrooms–one with a wall full of vinyl records and the other with old holiday decor (all items available for purchase). If you like a riddle–examine her store front windows which always have a certain theme or phrase you have to guess, depending on what is displayed there. And if you don’t find anything to purchase, Trish will give you one of her small batch homemade candles so you aren’t leaving empty-handed.
Trish loves to chat with those that stop by the store and wants people who come in to “make a memory” during the visit. Her tagline for the store is actually Merchant of Memories. Hours for the store are Tuesday -Saturday 10am to 6pm; Thursday hours are noon-8pm. Stop in and welcome Trish to Brookside–it is a real treat browsing through this store and visiting with her!