Brookside East Welcomes New Businesses

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The Brookside East area continues to grow,  with more businesses on the way! Developer Butch Rigby recently finished adding a second story on to 633 E 63rd St and has several new tenants lined up for the building:

New Strong and Counseling Services LLC  –  counseling

Wize Webz – advertising/web marketing office

Architexture Salon – hair salon

Vijay Home – home furnishings shop/design studio/showroom (Sept opening)

This building is already home to several thriving businesses, including BKS Artisan Ales, Can I Have A Bite?,  and Farm Dog Studios.

Rigby is also renovating additional buildings along E 63rd St,  and is now working on 701 and 751 E 63rd St.  The updates will feature a mid-century modern theme, with green and brown tones and rustic wood; new glass exterior and new plumbing and HVAC.  He’s hoping for more retail and restaurant space here along with office tenants, with a focus on locally owned businesses and entrepreneurs.

If you haven’t been on 63rd St east of Oak lately–take a trip!  Thanks to Butch Rigby, many new businesses and eateries to explore!


Legendary KC Small Shop Closing Soon

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After 33 years of serving Kansas City residents, Sheehan’s Irish Imports is closing at the end of the month.  It’s current location is on the border of Brookside and Waldo, at 410 E Gregory.  

Sheehan’s Irish Imports is one of those classic, family owned small businesses.  Daughter Katy Sheehan told me her mother Peggy started selling Irish products as a hobby out of her home in 1985. As the business grew, Pryde’s offered her a space in the corner of their building in Westport. The next move was to a larger, free standing store at 1412 Westport Road, then a final move to the Brookside/Waldo location in 2015. Katy and her sister Molly have operated the store for the past several years.

sheehans katyLike every other retail business, Sheehan’s has been affected by globalism and online sales. Katy says “these days, you can find Irish products everywhere”–for example, the popular Inis perfume they carried can now be ordered through Amazon or found in various other local tourist shops.  Katy and Molly enjoyed running the store, getting to know customers, promoting Irish products and offering excellent client service.  Now it’s time for a new adventure, as Katy says one of her goals in retirement is to visit every U.S. national park.

From now until closing June 30, 2018, everything on the store is on sale — 40% off.  You can browse through Irish CDs, religious items, baby clothes, keychains, jewelry, hats, caps and of course, warm Irish sweaters (this winter, you’ll appreciate that bargain sweater bought on a 90 degree day!). Thanks to the Sheehan family for their decades of serving KC residents!  And as a final note, Katy told me KC Needlepoint is moving from 105 E Gregory into this space. 

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Armour Hills Home Sales Report-April 2018

Interesting home sales stats for the Armour Hills subdivision last month, and year to date comparisons.  Armour Hills remains a very popular area for homebuyers, due to it’s charming 1920s homes, various price range and styles and location near Brookside and Waldo shops.  First let’s look at the monthly figures:

April 2018                                                           April 2017

Median list price:     $318,500                         Median list price:     $299,950

Median sales price:  $339,500                         Median sales price:  $310,000

No. of homes sold:       8                                  No. of homes sold:      6

Days on market:           6                                  Days on market:        13

Both months show final sales price over list price, and homes going under contract in less than two weeks.  Last month, five homes sold over asking price; one was $38K over and another was $31K over…almost unbelievable, but I see this same thing happening in other parts of the metro area. Compared to April 2017, prices are up 9.5%.

Jan-April 2018                                                               Jan-April 2017

Median list price:     $300,000                                    Median list price:    $314,750

Median sales price:  $300,000                                    Median sales price;  $312,250

No. of homes sold:       21                                           No. of homes sold:     20

Days on market:          7                                              Days on market:         16

Year to date, prices are down just under 4%.  However, note that so far this year, homeowners are getting asking price or over, for the most part.  It’s definitely a strong market favoring sellers. Currently there are 8 homes listed in Armour Hills, with a median price of $342,000 and 31 days on market.

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

Brookside St Pat’s Parade on Saturday

brookside st patsThis Saturday, March 10, 2018 is the 38th Annual Brookside St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade!  Even if you are not Irish, join your neighbors and friends for this family friendly event, starting at 2pm.

The parade route is:

Starting from 65th St and Wornall Rd, north on Wornall to 63rd St; east on 63rd St to Main; south on Main St to Meyer; west on Meyer ending at Brookside Plaza.

Please arrive early!  If you are driving, park several blocks from the route and note that residential streets will be very congested.  Street closures will begin early afternoon.  Watch for pedestrians, strollers, lots of kids running around and huge, colorful floats!  Expect traffic delays and street closures in this area through late afternoon.

Be sure to stop in for lunch or refreshments at the nearby Brookside businesses–and check out some of the new shops in the area:  Skin, Lady Bye and Design in the City.


Waldo Week Begins Tomorrow 2/24/18

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Now in it’s third year, celebrate our wonderful neighborhood of Waldo with special discounts at many participating business!  Over 21 spots are offering some great deals February 24-March 2, 2018.  Here are a few examples:

25% off store wide at Coco Brookside

25% off dinner entrees at Boru Ramen Bar and Summit Grill

25% off Irish sweaters at Sheehan’s Irish Imports 

Other merchants with discounts include Family Bicycles, Neighborhood Cafe, The Well, Governor Stumpy’s, Avery’s Hair Design and Centered Spirit.  Also, be sure to stop by Eclectics at 7015 Oak St–they are re-opening Saturday Feb 24 with a new look and displays! 

Remember to mention Waldo Week when you stop in.  Find a complete list of participating Waldo businesses at  Thank you for supporting locally owned businesses in Waldo!


Brookside Home Sales Stats-Jan 2018

It’s the beginning of a new year and home buyers are out, ready to see fresh inventory in the housing market.  2017 was a strong year for Brookside home sales–median prices were up 10.2% over 2016.  Let’s see what the market did last month–I’m using the Brookside zip code of 64113 to check single family home sales.

January 2018                                                                     January 2017

Median list price:     $429,450                                       Median list price:     $395,000

Median sales price:  $416,250                                       Median sales price:  $388,500

Days on market:            37                                               Days on market:             36

No. of homes sold:        17                                               No. of homes sold:         13


The 2018 median sales price was far ahead of 2017; however more expensive homes sold last month–highest sale was $1.6 million and lowest was $185,000.

Because January is the first month of the year to track stats, there are no YTD comparisons yet…those figures will be reported next month.

Currently there are 25 active listings in Brookside, with a median price of $615,000 and 55 days on market. Note that only five homes are priced under $350K–the sweet spot for most Brookside homebuyers.  Six homes are priced over $1 million.

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

Crosswalk Changes Planned for Brookside Shops Area

Fortunately we have many crosswalks in Brookside and most drivers are respectful of the pedestrians and runners we have on the streets and sidewalks.  However, you should know about the  changes planned for one of the most popular areas: the crosswalk on 63rd St between Michael Forbes Grill and Panera Bread.

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This crosswalk will be eliminated within the next few months.

The plan is to eliminate the crosswalk at this intersection and improve the crosswalk to the  west that  connects the two parking lots (behind Midwest Bank on the north and the future Starbucks location on the south) across 63rd St.  A pedestrian signal will also be installed  with a flashing red stop for the traffic.  This west crosswalk isn’t very far from the stoplight at 63rd and Brookside Blvd.  So when the updated crosswalk work is complete, it sounds like there will be a second light signal, (the new pedestrian one), also stopping vehicles  less than a block away from the 63rd and Brookside stoplight.  It will be interesting to see how that works out from a traffic perspective.  I’m sure there will continue to be many people crossing 63rd St between Michael Forbes and Panera, even if the crosswalk there is eliminated.  If the changes keep the cars, trucks and buses moving at a slower pace–it’s well worth it.

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Another view of the crosswalk scheduled to be removed on 63rd between Michael Forbes and Panera Bread.


This project was planned to be done before the St Pat’s Day parade but as with most City projects, will be delayed and hopefully completed before the Brookside Art Annual in May.

As a side note, Starbucks plans to open by the Art Annual.