Unique Collectibles Store Opens in Waldo

Here’s yet another unique, friendly, locally owned business you should know about in Waldo:  PKTC Collectables at 218 W 74th St.  The name of the shop says it all:  owners Scott Saunders and Dione Woods sell collectibles of all kinds:  sports jerseys, comics, action figures, trading cards, posters, Funko Pops and a lot more! 

Scott and Dione have been friends for over 20 years.  Both are into collectibles: Scott had sports memorabilia and Dione collected comic books and action figures.  The pair was celebrating Scott’s birthday in Las Vegas and were talking about collectible shops—how they usually sold “only comics” or “only sports stuff”; they wondered, why not sell everything in the same place?  After scouting the metro area for a suitable location, a friend who owns this building offered them a spot.  PKTC Collectables opened April 5.

Scott Saunders and Dione Woods

“We love the neighborhood”, Scott says.  “We have awesome neighbors, everyone is so friendly and we got a big welcome from the Waldo Business Association.  Nearby business owners have come by to introduce themselves.”  Dione continued:  “We get a lot of foot traffic in this location—especially the kids walking home from school or just out and about.  We cater to the young collectors by offering lower priced cards for them, chatting with them—we even offer a free pack of cards to kids who bring in a report card with a 3.0 or higher grade point average”.  They also have special promotions for adults: for example, to celebrate Father’s Day, wear an ugly tie and stop by for a free doughnut.  Women are a big part of their customer base as well:  the signed Travis Kelsey jersey is the #1 seller for the ladies! 

The shop features action figures, cards, sports shirts, framed posters and Funko Pops.

Store merchandise comes from their own personal collections and what they can find on Facebook, at garage/collector sales and Ebay.  If there is a particular collectible you are looking for, they will try to find it for you.  This is a really fun store to browse in—Scott and Dione offer all kinds of interesting merchandise, at all price ranges.  They love to talk shop and know the collectible market very well.  They will accept consignments as well.  Stop in to say hi to the guys:  hours are 10am-7pm Tuesday through Friday and 11am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.  Check out their Facebook and Instagram pages too. Welcome to Waldo, PKTC Collectables!

Want to learn about Brookside’s History? Sign up for the Brookside Historic Walking Tour!

Check out this photo–Brookside as it looked over 100 years ago! Women wore long, dark heavy clothes and the men wore hats..electricity was not all that common and Brookside was considered to be so far away from downtown!

Here’s your chance to learn about Brookside and how it began as part of the Wornall family farm. The Wornall House is sponsoring the event on Saturday June 4 from 10am-4pm. You’ll walk through neighborhoods and the commercial district, learning all about how Brookside got started..and how much it’s changed through the years. (Still a beloved, treasured neighborhood of course!). After the tour, stick around the Wornall House for the Buds and Suds reception at 4pm, outside in the new Learning Landscape.

Ticket information at www.wornallmajors.com.

Waldo Spring Fling And Brookside Art Annual This Weekend!

People, get ready for lots of arts, crafts and outdoor socializing this weekend!

The first ever Waldo Spring Fling is Saturday 4/30 from 10-5 at the NE corner of Wornall and Gregory. This event is in conjunction with The Strawberry Swing, an indie craft fair that has been an annual celebration since 2011 with pop ups around the city. The Strawberry Swing has an online marketplace as well as a traditional brick and mortar store at 3630 Main St. The Waldo Spring Fling will feature several craft vendors, food trucks, live music and … just wander over to find out what else there is to browse through!

And the summer festival season also kicks off this weekend (April 29-May 1) with the 36th Brookside Art Annual, at 63rd St and Brookside Blvd. There will be plenty of art, jewelry, pottery and other interesting handmade items for sale, along with food booths and childrens’ activities Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Hours are 5-9pm Friday, 10am-9pm Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.

Be sure to watch for extra pedestrians around these events over the weekend and thank you for supporting local!!

Brookside Farmers’ Market Open for the 2022 Season

It’s growing season!! The Brookside Farmers’ Market is officially open for the 2022 season, at HJ’s Community Center, 6425 Wornall.

Now open every Saturday from 8am-1pm, you’ll find something different each week, There’s usually always locally grown fresh meat, fresh baked goods, some produce, herbs and flowers. Bring the kids; don’t forget tote bags for your goodies and splurge on some tasty foods you just won’t find in the grocery store. Thank you for supporting local!

New Restaurant Alert! Brady and Fox Now Open in Brookside East

Graham Fox Farris and Shaun Paul Brady, Co Owners of Brady and Fox

If you’ve ever walked into an Irish pub, you know that  special, chummy  feeling of “ahh… time to relax, sip a drink or two, order some pub food and open up the conversation!”.  That’s the vibe co-owners Shaun Paul Brady and Graham Fox Farris have created at their new restaurant and bar in East Brookside, Brady and Fox.  Farris is from Olathe, and Brady is from Nenagh, in the county of Tipperary, Ireland. They met many years ago when Farris was in culinary school at Johnson County Community College; Brady has worked at several restaurants (you may remember his old place on Troost, Brady’s Public House). Graham and Shaun instantly became close friends and decided to pair up on this new venture.  They wanted to keep Brady in the name, and added Fox to honor Farris’ mother as it was her maiden name. 

Business has been strong and steady, owing to the owners’ friendliness (Brady makes a point of greeting every table), fresh, tasty food  and the relaxed atmosphere. Come in to enjoy a hearty pub style meal (the most popular items are the Traditional Fish ‘n Chips, Steak and Guinness Pie, the homemade sausage rolls and scotch egg).  Graham says “just about everything here is made from scratch…well, not the ketchup!” and there’s even an emphasis on homemade desserts:  Irish Coffee Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding and Irish Farms Liqueur  Crème Brulee.  Or, have a seat in the lounge area  with friends for a whiskey tasting:  Shaun stocks over 50 varieties at this time.  He supports local distilleries as well; you’ll find Boulevard on tap and Riegers, Mean Mule, and  Restless Spirits liquors.  There are two separate bars if you feel like stopping in for a quick one; or spend some time on the outdoor patio with a pint and sandwich.

 Shaun told me “One of my dreams is for this place to bring back the family meal” .  He and his wife have  two young children  and he  relishes when he and the family can go out together for dinner and conversation.  Watch for an expanded menu in the next week or so and a children’s menu.  “I am super thrilled to be back in this neighborhood, “ Shaun says, “So happy to see old friends here and meet new ones from the area”. Brady and Fox’s hours are 11am-11pm Tuesday through Saturday; after Easter they will open 10-4 on Sundays.

Race This Saturday Will Snarl Traffic in Brookside

The Rock the Parkway Race is happening this Saturday morning, April 9, 2022. It starts at Burns and McDonnell near Bannister and Wornall and continues through Ward Parkway, around Loose Park and Brookside. There is a 5K and half marathon, starting at 7:30am..

I’m posting the route here; be aware and avoid these streets Saturday morning, vehicles will not be able to get through!

New Brookside Listing–Beautifully Updated and Move In Ready!

This is one of the prettiest and most well maintained homes I’ve ever listed….just look at that front porch that says “Come on in!”

There are so many special features in this house…first, the basics. It’s a two story, 3 bedroom, 21/2 bath home with a two car garage and private drive. Inside you’ll find a spacious living room with wood burning fireplace that leads to a bright and comfortable sunroom.

Like to cook? Plenty of counters and cabinets here, plus high end appliances! Sellers opened up the wall from the kitchen to the dining room for easy flow of guests for special celebrations and entertaining.

Upstairs, an expanded primary suite featuring a walk in closet, laundry, exercise area and custom shower/double vanity.

Now that the warmer weather is here, you’ll enjoy the private, fenced backyard with patio and wood burning fireplace. Note the garage is extra wide!

Other features include newer roof and exterior paint, climate controlled wine cellar and extra storage space under the two story addition. Truly, a very special Brookside home in an excellent location–close to Trolley Track Trail, shops and parks. 5825 McGee, offered at $549,000. Listed with Better Homes and Gardens, Kansas City Homes. Message me for more info!

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day Early in Brookside This Saturday

*UPDATE!* Due to weather conditions, the Parade has been rescheduled for Saturday March 19 at 1pm. The route remains the same.*

It’s been two years since the parade happened in Brookside (and you know why) so this year’s celebration will be extra special: people want to get outside and socialize! Plus this is the 40th anniversary of the event, officially called the St. Patrick’s Day Warm Up Parade.

One of the things I like best about this parade is you can get pretty close to see all the floats, musicians, dancers, cars and participants along the route. Over 100 businesses and organizations are participating, so there is a lot to see! This is a family affair and everyone is welcome. The parade starts at 2pm Saturday March 12; be aware that several Brookside streets will be blocked off before 2pm for staging and crowd control. Watch for strollers and pedestrians! I’m posting the parade route below.

Plan on spending Saturday in Brookside! Support our local businesses by coming early for breakfast or lunch; stay after for a beverage, dinner or shopping. It will surely be a festive atmosphere all day Saturday in Brookside!

Waldo Week Happening Feb 17-25, 2022

What is there to do on a snow day? Celebrate another Waldo Week! Very understandable if you stay in today, though. This event promotes our locally owned businesses in Waldo and encourages you to explore places you may not be familiar with. Waldo Week starts today, February 17 and runs through Friday Feb 25, 2022. So plenty of time to take advantage of the specials!

Several businesses are offering special discounts over these dates, including CoWork Waldo, Hawthorne and Ivy, SOAP Refill Station, Mike’s Wine and Spirits and Strips Chicken. , Eclectics, The Well, and Lew’s Bar and Grill. In addition, there will be a virtual auction happening online with proceeds going to Happy Bottoms diaper resource. Many participating businesses will also offer diaper drop off bins if you would like to help out that way.

This is the seventh annual Waldo Week–make plans to take advantage of special deals and support our locally owned businesses! More info, and a complete list of participants, at the Waldo business association site.

Feel Like A Massage? Try Crossing Paths Massage Therapy

“Treat yo’self” – one of the memorable lines from the TV series Parks and Recreation.  We all feel the need to pamper ourselves every so often, and there’s a new massage therapy studio in Brookside that will do just that!  Crossing Paths Massage Therapy opened recently in east Brookside,  at 751 E 63rd St.

When I heard about Crossing Paths, I had tto indulge in a massage for myself—research for the blog of course! I had the basic 60 minute relaxation massage, and it was…wonderful!  A couple of days later I called Stephanie Cross, the owner, for more information about her and her business.

Stephanie Cross

Stephanie started as a nail technician, yet always had it in the back of her mind that she also wanted to do massage therapy.  She enrolled at WellSpring School of Allied Health (massage therapy is their main program) and graduated in September 2019.  While working at The Elms Hotel  and Spa, she decided to open her own studio as well after seeing a friend’s space in the building—“I really like the vibe of Brookside”.  She also wanted to make more of a personal connection with her clients, as the people she sees at the Elms are more transient.  “I have seen the change massage therapy can make in your life and wanted to offer those services to regular customers”. 

Stephanie offers 60, 90 and 120 minute relaxation and therapeutic massages.  All include hot towels and aromatherapy.  She offers add-ons including  foot and back scrubs, CBD  and cupping therapy.  Services are offered Saturday through Tuesday, and gift certificates are available (still looking for a Valentine’s day gift??).  The studio entrance is on the south side of the building, easily accessible on the ground floor and right next to the covered (free) parking garage.  The best way to reach Stephanie is via text (417 894 2456) or  her Facebook or Instagram (@crossingpathslmt) page.  Mention this blog post and get $10 off your first massage, valid through June 1st.

Next time you need to treat yo’self, try Crossing Paths—another locally owned and operated Brookside business!