Time for the annual Brookside Sidewalk Sale!

Come out to support your local merchants this weekend…and pick up some hot summer deals! The Brookside Sidewalk Sale is happening Thurs/Fri/and Sat, July 7-9, 2022.

Browse the shops along 63rd St and find a little something for yourself or a special friend. You’ll find discounts and sales a plenty! And remember to take a break by grabbing a beverage or meal at one of Brookside’s fine restaurants and eateries.

The Shred Event is also happening on Saturday July 10, starting at 8am in the parking lot behind Jalapeno’s. More info here!.

Another Friendly Local Business Open in Waldo-Front Range Coffeehouse

Welcome Neighbors!  That’s the greeting on the door of the new Front Range Coffeehouse and Provisions shop at 400 E Gregory (NE corner of Gregory and Oak).  This isn’t your usual coffee shop; there is so much more here to explore, brought to you by the same folks who created Made in KC.

Keith Bradley and Tyler Enders

Partners Tyler Enders and Keith Bradley explained the mission of the café/store:  “It’s kind of like a modern, eclectic bodega” with all kinds of specialty food items and fun stuff available to purchase.  Every merchandise shelf offers something you’ll need or want: puzzles, t-shirts, candles, soaps, snacks, BBQ rubs, bags, cups and glasses…there’s over fifty different brands in this space! Tyler explained he wants to add seasonal items too, like garden tools, snow shovels and random, useful “stuff” that he thinks would be useful for area residents.   (Suggestions welcome!)  There’s a strong emphasis on a wide variety of local and regional products. You’ll see more than one kind of granola and coffee for sale.  “There are so many people in KC who do coffee well; we will bring in different vendors and showcase them for a while, to give new businesses much needed exposure.” 

Keith and Tyler, along with another partner, started Made in KC to promote small, locally owned businesses who have interesting and unique things to sell but lack the marketing skills and  retail space.  They started with a 15 vendor pop up shop in Prairiefire that “exceeded our expectations” and grew from there.  Eventually, they wanted to open a coffee café.  You may be familiar with the first Front Range spot in Fairway or the Outta the Blue Café (with a beach theme) at Park Place in Leawood.  Front Range has a warm, Colorado  cabin feel, inspired by Keith and Tyler’s annual trips to the mountain state.  Notice the framed painting of a Colorado landscape by Tyler’s great  grandma and Keith’s grandfather made the checkerboard table. They are both longtime Brookside residents, and their love of the neighborhood made them choose this location; they actually bought the entire, 100+ year old building!  “We want people to feel like they can come in and camp out for a while—enjoy a beverage, play a board game, chat with friends and pick up a few fun items to take home” Tyler says.  They offer a full line of expresso drinks and teas, pastries, some bottled juices and cold/vegan/gluten free food items plus donuts on the weekends.  Coming soon:  beer, wine, cocktails, and ice cream!  There is something for everyone,  of all ages.

Stop in and relax in your new neighborhood hang out—Front Range Coffeehouse and Provisions at Gregory and Oak.  Current hours are 7am-5pm seven days a week; this summer they will stay open later and a Grand Opening is planned for next month.

Brookside Shops Host Summer Sale Today Through Saturday

It’s a bonus sale!  You may remember that Brookside hosted it’s annual Sidewalk Sale last month–starting today, there is another sale you can take advantage of:  the Brookside Summer Sale!

Brookside Summer SaleBeginning today, Aug 20, 2020 through Saturday–many shops and restaurants are offering special discounts, clearance items and some dining deals.  Participating stores include COCO, LEOPOLD Gallery, LadyBye, Brookside Toy and Science, Brookside Party Warehouse, The Roasterie and Michael Forbes.  Check www.brooksidekc.org for a complete list, and details on the coloring contest.

Remember to wear your mask and respect each store’s social distancing policy.  Thank you for supporting our locally owned Brookside and Waldo businesses!

Brookside’s Shop Beautiful Has Closed

shopIt’s been a longtime Brookside shop, since 1936!  And now it’s closed.  I always admired their beautiful, eye catching window displays at 320 W 63rd St.  Shop Beautiful sold their inventory and shut the doors last week.

 Shop Beautiful is a family run small business–and this store was small, just around 800 square feet.  The service was  friendly, and browsing the jewelry, handbags, scarves, candles, artwork and other unique gifts for sale was always fun.  Like many Brookside shops, they offered free gift wrap!

Now Brookside and Waldo residents can travel to their larger store in Overland Park at 5001 W 119th St in Hawthorne Plaza.  Same helpful service and complimentary gift wrap; same selection of interesting and eye catching merch–but more of it, because the OP store is much larger.

Hopefully another locally owned shop will move into the former 63rd St location…and stay at least 83 years!

Brookside Market Days Begin Saturday

brookside-2018-market-daysFor the second year in a row, the Brookside Business Association is sponsoring Brookside Market Days, every Saturday in August…kicking off this Saturday Aug 4, 2018.

Start your day at the Brookside Farmers Market, then visit various shops for special events.  For example, the New Dime Store is featuring pop up shops, beginning with Betsy Roo handmade greeting cards and prints this Saturday, followed by Willett Studios (handmade earrings) and Gypsee KC (woodburning art) on successive weekends. COCO also has pop up events; Worlds Window is featuring Shibori dyeing, Charlie Hoopers will offer $1.50 hot dogs!

In addition, buy a $10 Brookside Market Days reusable totebag (available at the  market and New Dime Store) for extra discounts at places like Roasterie, Fiddly Fig, 5B & Co Candlemakers, Design in the City, Brookside Barkery and Worlds Window.

Live local!  Support Brookside businesses and participate in Brookside Market Days–every Saturday in August.  More details at www.brooksidekc.org.

Design in the City Opens 2cd Location in Brookside

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

IMG_3606Proprietor 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.

IMG_3591Mindy’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.

Pamper Your Body-Visit SKIN in Brookside

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There is a new Brookside shop to check out—especially if you like to pamper yourself! SKIN opened last week at 6247 Brookside Blvd, on the same block as Foos and Shopgirls.


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Owner Stephanie Simkins is a native of Kansas City, and started out as a nutritionist and wellnesss coach. She progressed into skin care, doing consultations for her clients. Eventually she started making her own products and selling them online. She had retail stores in San Francisco and on the Country Club Plaza; currently the Broookside shop is the flagship operation.


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SKIN products are formulated in Overland Park and are ‘created with healing in mind’, according to Stephanie. Everything is made with organic ingredients and oils, with a specific healing component in mind. For example, there is the Seaberry Anti-Aging Face Cream and Apricot Berry Clay Face Mask. If you are planning a trip to the beach, try the After Sun Aloe and Coconut Body Lotion. Other items include soothing lip balms, soaps and bath products, make up lines and a special section for men’s grooming. There is also a large ‘lazy susan’ tray with samples of most products to try before you buy. Stephanie emphasizes that she operates a vegetarian, gluten free, certified green company, registered with  EWG and PETA.


Like so many Brookside shops, Stephanie offers friendly, personal service to every customer who walks in. She encourages browsing and can tell you about all products displayed. In addition, she does special events at the store: yoga workshops, designer trunk shows and a once a month special promotion only offered to clients on her email list.


Stephanie chose Brookside as a location for this shop as she feels “it’s a good fit. There aren’t many walkable neighborhoods in Kansas City. “ Current hours are 11-5 Monday through Saturday and noon-5 on Sunday. She hopes to expand to evening hours as well.


SKIN products make great gifts—everyone appreciates special products that are locally made without chemicals, even the guys you know! Stop by SKIN, 6247 Brookside Blvd and find something for yourself—and a special someone!





Holiday Gift Ideas from the Brookside Shops

It’s one week before Christmas and you may be looking at your list, in a panic, wondering  what you can give that someone who is ‘difficult to buy for’.  Don’t spend  hours wandering around a mall–so stressful, crowded, generic and often poor service.  Shop Brookside…it’s so easy and there is something for everyone within walking distance of a few blocks.

The Brookside shops along 63rd St

The Brookside shops along 63rd St

The weather is mild  so  park the car and walk to all the shops and services.  To get you started, I’ve compiled a shortlist of gift ideas to inspire you!  Most Brookside shops are locally owned and operated, many offer free gift wrap and all will give you friendly service.

For the women in your life, you can’t go wrong with something from Stuff, World’s Window, Fiddly Fig, 5B&Co. Candlemakers.  Unique jewelry, a pretty scarf, scented soaps and lotions, special holiday dishes, towels or home decor, fragrant candles–all this and more in any of these shops. At Element, pamper her with  a massage, facial, yoga class or other wellness services.

For the guys…usually a little harder to buy for.  A sample of various beers or wines from Berbiglia might do the trick, or some specialty foods from Bella Napoli World’s Window sells men’s clothing, or you might find something  at Tuesday Morning.  Perhaps a special blend of coffee or a gift card from The Roasterie?  It seems like many men don’t like to buy for themselves, so splurging on something they don’t expect (but appreciate) is fun.

Buying gifts for kids gets you in the spirit of the season!  I love the travel, board and card games at Brookside Toy and Science, and the massive book selection at Reading Reptile. How about stuffing several art and craft supplies in a plastic bin as a gift?  Stop in The New Dime Store for markers, poster board, glitter, glue, paper,clay, etc.

If there’s a baby on your list..or one on the way, Lauren Alexander stocks upscale keepsakes, bedding and clothing for the youngest ones. And remember Brookside Barkery and Bath, for the pets in the family.

Finally, what person doesn’t like a gift card to a restaurant? We all tire of cooking and long for someone else to wait on us occasionally!  Avenues Bistro, Carmen’s Cafe, Blue Grotto, Charlie Hoopers, Michael Forbes Grill, Julian–these are just a few of the casual dining options in Brookside that offer gift cards.  Or Cosentino’s offers tasty hot meals for take out every night.

The Brookside Story

The Brookside Story

If you know someone who just moved to Brookside, or has moved away,  I suggest a Brookside Art Fair tee shirt or banner,  or a copy of The Brookside Story.  These items can be purchased at Southtown Council, 6814 Troost–just a short drive from the Brookside shops on 6rd St.

Talking about all these great shops and restaurants makes me want to go out shopping for myself!  Spend some time shopping in Brookside this week..you’ll find great gifts and have a good time browsing along the streets.  Happy holidays!

The T-Shirt Deli in Brookside

Last week on one of the warm autumn days I finally walked into the T-Shirt Deli in Brookside. I had heard about this new shop that opened over the summer, but didn’t have a chance to visit until recently.  Located at 116 W 63rd in the former Pickleman’s spot, this place has a fun, laid back atmosphere and a clever marketing concept–the personalized tee shirt delivered like a  deli sandwich!

The T-Shirt Deli in Brookside

Started by a woman who grew up in Brookside, this is the third T-Shirt Deli location–the other two are in the Chicago area, where the owner lives.  There is a lot to choose from here–several ‘menu’ books of various decals and phrases that can be imprinted on the shirts. Or, you can make up your own copy at $1 per letter–different fonts and colors are available. The shirt you chose is one cost, and the personalization is an additional price. They can print just about anything except trademarked and sports logos. Some of the biggest sellers are those that play on words, like “Chillin’ With My Peeps” (with chicks) or “Hanging With My Gnomies” (picture of gnomes).  The BKS logo is popular as well.

The T-Shirt Deli uses American Apparal clothing, and there are other offerings besides tee shirts–some zip fleeces, long sleeve shirts, infant sizes and even a dog shirt too.  Don’t expect to walk in, chose a design and walk out a few minutes later with your shirt–it takes a couple of hours to create.  You can order in advance online through their website.  Once your order is ready–it’s packed in butcher paper and served to you with a bag of chips.

T-Shirt Deli Counter

The T-Shirt Deli is open Monday through Saturday, and it’s a great place to buy a unique gift for someone.  My husband used their services for his Halloween costume last month that displayed a political saying. I can see this place being very busy for the upcoming holiday season.

Shop local–support Brookside’s newest business, the T-Shirt Deli!

Support Local Brookside Businesses: 5B & Co Candlemakers

This is the perfect little Brookside shop:  enticing curb appeal, attractive decor inside, friendly customer service and product just about everyone can enjoy:  scented candles.  I’m burning one now as I write–“Tighty Whiteys” — a birthday gift from my daughter.

Owner Lori Woods sort of fell into opening a candle shop.  A former teacher, she was shopping at the 5B store in Weston and thought, “Why can’t I open a candle shop like this in Brookside?”.  She bought a franchise and opened her doors July 9, 2003 at 6231 Brookside Plaza. Lori makes the votives and tealights in this shop; the larger tins and pillars are poured at the Weston store.  She likens the candle making process to baking cookies:  each made one at a time.

What makes this candle store different is the whimsical names for the scents–Smelly Cat, Handyman, Group Hug, KC Barbecue.  You can’t help but smile when sniffing around, trying to decide which ones to buy.  Lori also makes the usual perfumed candle fragrances  of honeysuckle, lavender, lilac, etc–there are over 150 to choose from. Her lastest offering is called Junie Bee, a scent for her Mom, which has a peachy-apricot  smell.

Lori has weathered the downturn in the ecomony very well for a small business.  She is surprised and grateful for her loyal customers (she often hears:  ‘this is my favorite candle shop!’) and emphasizes sincere customer service with all employees.  Being the  sole owner with two small children, it’s  a challenge juggling two full time jobs (any mom can relate to this!).  Like Lori herself, employees are from the Brookside area and if you stop in–you’ll often recognize someone from the neighborhood helping you with your purchase or browsing the store.  This is part of the irristable charm of shopping in Brookside–it’s like a family of distant cousins ready to help you with what you need who sincerely appreciate your business.

Candles make a creative hostess gift or small ‘thinking of you’ favor.  You can spend a lot or a little–having that fresh scent burning brightens your mood and the atmosphere.   One of the biggest summer sellers in the store are citronella candles or incense sticks. She explained that for the citronella to work, the oil content must be at least 5% in the product. I bought one of her Amazon Lights candles for outdoor dining and plan to try it out this week on the patio during an al fresco dinner.

Stop by 5B & Co Candlemakers (816 361 6393) the next time you are in Brookside.  Buy a few candles to have on hand for those last minute gifts or when you need a scented mood pick up. You will enjoy your visit to 5B in Brookside!