World’s Window–A Unique Brookside Shop Still Going Strong!

This is the time of year when many people focus on gift giving…and often think “where can I buy something that’s a little out of the ordinary?”.  For many shoppers, the answer could be World’s Window in Brookside.

I wanted to write a blog about Worlds Window because this is one of the oldest, locally owned stores in the Brookside shops, serving our neighborhood for the past 23 years! Stopping by the shop recently, I chatted with owner Jan Buerge.  She explained how World’s Window came to be.

 Before Brookside, World’s Window was located in Westport—the shop started off in a small stall off Pennsylvania.   When Westport started focusing on bars and eateries, Jan and her husband decided to move the store to Brookside—close to their home.  They focus on “folk art and fine design”, says Jan.  “We like to sell interesting, well made things, from companies that commit to Fair Trade principles.”.  Jan  values talking directly to many of her suppliers and artisans based around the world.   

Of course like so many other retailers, World’s Window has been affected by the COVID pandemic.  The shop was closed for several weeks, and Jan quickly pivoted to online sales.  One unique way she kept sales going via the web was by publishing a newsletter every day, with the theme  Around the World in 80 Days.  Jan wrote about individual vendors  and told their very personal stories.    “The resilience and creativity of the human spirit is amazing” she explained, regarding how her contacts throughout the world were dealing with the pandemic and yet kept going. You can read the 80 days of stories at the World’s Window website.

Jan hopes to resurrect her annual Rose Brooks “Flipping Favorites”  fundraiser next year, where shop patrons bring in gently used clothing to donate to Rose Brooks, in exchange for a discount coupon for the store.  Throughout the holidays, you  can still donate to Rose Brooks (a domestic violence emergency shelter) when shopping in the store by donating $5 through a “dip jar” as your purchases are festively wrapped for the season.  “Of course you can dip your credit card in the jar as many times as you would like”, says Jan.  “What a great way to share in celebrating this Season of Joy”.

There are just so many fun things to explore in this store: you’ll find comfortable and festive clothing,  colorful scarves, stocking stuffers, candles, jewelry and even jeans!  There’s all kinds of folk art, candles, ZUM products, socks and gloves, tree ornaments and a large section of children’s items in the back of the store. 

World’s Window is sure to have something unique and special for that hard to buy for person—and for yourself!  Stop in the shop at 332 W 63rd St; hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday.

New Shop “Homesong Market” Now Open in Brookside

Brookside is known for browsing…leisurely walks through the shopping district, stopping here and there to check out the unique clothing, jewelry, art and everyday necessities.  And we have a new store to tell you about today:  Homesong Market, at 6213 Oak St. 

Homesong Market, 6213 Oak St

Owner Amanda Waters is promoting not just products here, but a lifestyle:  her philosophy states that “homemaking is heartshaping” – as you create and nurture your home and family, you can realize a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle by using well made, earth friendly and natural products.  This shop is full of items you  use everyday:  laundry baskets, linens,  produce bags, candles, stylish dog collars/leashes, incense, kitchen and gardening tools and much more.  Best sellers include the baskets, Noah bells, and cleaning products.  Amanda personally knows all the brands she sources, both overseas and domestic companies. 

Amanda Waters

How did Homesong come about?  Like so many small businesses—at the dining room table!  Amanda is a blogger, and writes about homemaking.  “I’ve always had a passion about homemaking; about creating a nurturing environment for our family. “  She decided to sell some of the products she uses in her own home as readers would ask about them.  She started a website,  filling orders and shipping from the family compound (Amanda is a mother of four) and finally decided she wanted her own space.  At Homesong Market, just about all of the products on her website are on display in the store and for sale; it’s also used as a staging spot for shipping (she will ship overseas); and there is room in the back for upcoming (when possible) special events and workshops for the public on candle making, crafts for kids, whatever creative idea she comes up with!  Another unique thing about the store is all of the actual displays (tables, shelves, chairs, etc) are second hand finds and most are available for purchase. She also hosts a flea market online sale on the first Friday of every month.

Homesong Market is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm at 6213 Oak, just south of the new Brookside Barkery location.  Stop in for a browse soon!

Another New Small Business Opens in Brookside East

Specialty small businesses make Brookside and Waldo thrive as a unique residential and shopping district.  Today’s blog post welcomes a newcomer located in the growing Brookside East area:  Chanee Vijay Textiles Studio and Showroom moved into the former Golden and Pine space at 633 E 63rd St, suite 100 last month.


Chanee Vijay

Owner Chanee Vijay, a Kansas native, started her career in corporate marketing.  She always had a creative side that needed an outlet…so she started creating beautiful patterns on organically grown fabric with screen and block printing.  She sold the hand printed textiles through her Etsy shop, and as the business grew, through her own website.  When Better Homes and Gardens magazine featured her work and home in Charlotte, NC, the business really took off.

She moved back to KC from California, where her studio was in the garage.  Chanee was thrilled to secure a larger studio space with a retail showroom here in Brookside.  She explained:  “Over the past ten years, my husband and I have moved five times, and I’ve never had enough space to display my designs.  I love the creative energy and entrepreneurial culture I’ve found in Brookside East.  Now I have the space to welcome clients and increase production for new wholesale clients”.

chanee colorsThe organic hemp and linen fabrics are imported from Europe; then Chanee hand paints her designs in micro batches using water-based, solvent-free inks.  Her mom, Phyllis, sews the pillows, throws, tote bags, pouches, aprons, napkins and tablecloths displayed in the store.  The hand-mixed colors are muted earth tones with all designs uniquely hers.  Every piece is designed for longevity and is machine washable!  Chanee can  customize the pillow designs by color, size and ground cloth type.  Prices range from $40-$175, with designer trade discounts available. 

Because all of the products are created in this working studio, the showroom is only open to the public on Thursdays from 10-5 and by appointment (via the website,).  Hopefully the showroom hours will expand next year.  chanee windows

Unique accessories can ‘make’ the room decor–if you are looking for some fresh textiles to warm up your space (or need a handmade, one of a kind gift!)  stop in and see what’s on display at Chaney’s shop.  You can also see her work  via her instagram account @chaneevijay.

New Shop in Waldo: Hawthorne and Ivy

hawthorne front

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. 

Hawthorne and Ivy

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.

hawthorne inside


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