Waldo Fall Festival This Saturday 9/16

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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!

 

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Waldo Event Saturday “Explore Gregory”

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Join your neighbors and friends this Saturday 8/19/17 to “Explore Gregory” — a self guided walking tour of this shopping area in Waldo.

From 10am-4pm, the businesses along Gregory from Oak  to Main streets welcome all visitors and shoppers for the day.  You can stop in places you’ve never been to before, as well as visit stores and services you frequently use.  Start the day at McLain’s Bakery with breakfast and stroll over to Eclectics, Sheehan’s Irish Imports, the new Nut Cup, then walk west to Studio 63 and lunch at Bier Station or Governor Stumpy’s.  Those are  just a few of the businesses that are participating. 

During Explore Gregory, JFS will be collecting canned goods for their food pantry–donation drums will be available.  There will also be  food, giveaways and demonstrations–the usual Waldo family friendly event! As a special treat, Jim Cosgrove will perform at 11am at Trokey’s parking lot.

Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside/Waldo businesses!

New Shop in Waldo: Hawthorne and Ivy

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There’s a new boutique shop in Waldo–tucked away in a former gas station  from the 1920s!  Hawthorne and Ivy opened a couple of weeks ago at 7142 Wornall, just south of Betty Rae’s and next to Michael Avery’s hair salon.

You may be familiar with Hawthorne and Ivy’s shop in Weston.  This is shop #3 for owner Elinor Hagan Lowe.  She started out designing custom ‘mother’s bracelets’ , following in her mother’s footsteps.  Elinor runs Paco Designs in Lenexa, then came the Weston store, and now the Waldo spot. 

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Unique Jewelry Hanger–also comes with wine corks

Step inside and you will find all the items attractively displayed on the walls and tables–it’s an easy store to browse!  There is lots of jewelry, including the mother’s bracelets, and so much more:  Royals gear, candles and soaps, clothing and accessories plus some baby items and wall art.  The thing that caught my eye was this handmade necklace hanger:  a piece of wood with champagne (or wine) corks attached to hang the jewelry.  You could also stick  earrings in the cork as well.  This shop also takes old wood from barns and doors, then repurposes it to customized wall hangings.  You can order with the phrase or name of your choice, or purchase one with the lettering in place.  This would make a thoughtful housewarming gift!  The shop also carries special religious jewelry for first communions or baptisms–and don’t miss the special 50% off room in the back of the store!  If you are interesting in making your own jewelry, Hawthorne and Ivy hosts craft classes around themes like Valentine’s Day or Christmas.

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Shopping at locally owned stores and shops is what makes living in Brookside and Waldo so special.  You will find items that just aren’t available at a national retailer.  Stop by and welcome Hawthorne and Ivy to Waldo!  Hours are still being established; generally noon-6pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Convenient  parking in front of the store (or on 72cd St) at 7142 Wornall, between Michael Avery’s and Betty Rae’s. Find them online at www.facebook.com/hawthorneandivywaldo.

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/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!

Centered Spirit-Now Open in Waldo

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With all the current chatter about health insurance, premiums, who’s covered, rising costs–it can be just another source of stress to our already fast paced lives. If you want to investigate a different style of taking care of your mind and physical body, consider a visit to Centered Spirit, a new Cultural and Holistic Center in Waldo.

massage roomCentered Spirit believes in “the body’s innate wisdom and natural ability to find health and achieve balance”. Alex Jackson has been practicing traditional Mayan medicine for fourteen years, first in a Brookside office location. He and his wife Emilie opened Centered Spirit in January 2017. Alex works with patients regarding digestive disorders, muscle pains, anxiety, female health issues, depleted energy and offers several types of traditional therapies, such as Maya Abdominal Massage, cupping, holistic counseling, acupuncture and herbal remedies.  Alex explains that “different life events can trigger physical changes in your body as well as emotional stress.”  He takes the time to “assess, connect and heal” with the goal of solutions that will work for each unique person for the long term.

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Their expanded facility at 8131 Wornall has four treatment rooms plus an infrared sauna as well as a larger community area for classes and teaching. To celebrate Emilie’s native country of France, they have opened a French tea room in the building which Emilie operates, featuring several imported teas from France (also sold by the ounce). Emilie recently wrote about the health benefits of tea for Evolving in Kansas City.   Both Alex and Emilie love promoting different cultures — they have travelled extensively to places like Belize, Mexico and Guatemala. Artwork they have purchased while roaming the Earth hangs throughout the building, and the couple loves sharing their passion for other cultures through food, art and healing traditions.  Centered Spirit also offers workshops for the public; the next one is April 1-2, 2017 titled “Life On Purpose”.

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Centered Spirit is located at 8131 Wornall–that is the southeast corner of 81st Terrace and Wornall. If you would like to find out more about their services–stop by for a cup of tea! Or contact Alex Jackson at 816 225 9393. The Centered Spirit blog, with their event listings, is posted at www.centeredspiritblog.wordpress.com.

BKS Artisan Ales Plans Early 2017 Opening in Brookside East

You’ve heard the rumors….here’s what we know so far about yet another locally owned business coming to Brookside East. It’s  BKS Artisan Ales. I recently spoke with  Brian Rooney about his plans.

Brian has been a home brewer for several years. He’s won awards for his beer in a few competitions and decided to “take the hobby a little bit further” by opening to the public. He wanted to stay in his neighborhood of Brookside, and rented space from Butch Rigby at 633 E 63rd St.  (This building is also home for Farm Dog StudiosAmina Marie Millinery and Golden and Pine).   Brian owns the business along with his wife Mary and a few silent investors.

This brewery will be different than many of the craft brew places that have opened up the past few years. Brian explained BKS Artisan Ales will be open from noon – 5 on Saturdays, with a possible expansion to Sundays after getting established in the space. There will be eight taps and his bottled beer for sale. No food service—however, visitors are welcome to bring in their own eats to enjoy while sampling the beers.

One of the reasons Brian decided to open his own place was to offer some interesting brews you can’t find elsewhere. He will not brew the same beers over and over—what’s offered will be constantly changing. He has a passion for brewing, and explained he’s not “money driven” with this new business—he’s doing it to give people “a different experience” . There will be two sides to the space: the beer production side and the tasting room with approximately fifty seats.

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The space build-out is on track to be completed by this month.  Outside, there’s progress:  the patio was recently poured and a garage door with awning and fencing has been installed.  BKS Artisan Ales plans to open in February or March of next year.  

Of course, once the business is open and running….I’ll let you know through the blog.  Brookside East is the hot new area for businesses in our neighborhood–special thanks to Butch Rigby for making it happen and encouraging entrepreneurship in Brookside!