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A New Heritage of Frustrations
November 24, 2013
Article summarizes the current state of the 18th & Vine Jazz District redevelopment plan and problems that have held back its progress. Emanuel Cleaver, Ollie Gates, Troy Schulte, and other interested...
A Toy Store's Story: Brookside Toy and Science a Fixture For Many
December 5, 2007
Article that features the Brookside Toy and Science store located in the Brookside area at 330 W. 63rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri. The store is owned by Mary Jo and Jim Ward with Jim's mother buying...
Biography of Robert E. Arfsten (1930-2002), Shopkeeper
Gaylord & Barcley
Advertising card for Gaylord & Barcley made of two cards tied together with a pink ribbon on the upper left side. Top card shows five birds sitting on a tree branch and says: "The wood birds call the opening...
George Laurence Mailliard, Sr. Obituary
December 10, 2008
George L. Mailliard, Sr., known as Mr. M., died on December 9, 2008. He owned Mailliard's Incorporated, a men and boys clothing store which began in the Prairie Village Shopping Center in 1954. Eventually...
Hallmark Changes to Face New Realities
November 17, 2013
Article summarizes various ways the Hallmark company has adapted its business strategies in order to adjust to changes in the retail and entertainment marketplaces. HMK, a new retail venture located in...
Kansas City's Oldest Motorcycle Store
December 15, 2010
Short article and postcard image of Kenny's Harley Davidson, 403 Southwest Boulevard, known as Kansas City's oldest motorcycle dealership. The shop's origin dates back to 1918 when a local mechanic named...
Street level view of the east side of Main Street at 40th, looking toward the northeast. Businesses in view include the Hotel Netherlands, Warwick Theater, Leighter's, Lerners, and a Western Auto store....
Makeover Outline Aired
June 6, 2014
Article provides details of a planned makeover of the Halls Plaza building located at 211 Nichols Road following the department store's closing set for August 3, 2014. A representative from Highwoods Properties,...
Missouri Theater, Exterior
Exterior of Missouri Theater at 14th and Main, looking northwest along Main Street. Shops neighboring the theater include Mary Ann Shikles and McCaskey Registers.
Places to Shop and Eat Continue to Expand
September 2, 2008
A sidebar article accompanying "Going Out of Business," lists 10 new retail centers "despite the slowing economy." These include Adams Dairy Landing (in Blue Springs, Missouri); Briarcliff Village (4151...
Plaza Fabric Shop is Closing
February 7, 2014
Article announces that Kaplan's Fabrics store in the Country Club Plaza will close when its lease expires at the end of February 2014. The article states that the store was opened by A. J. Kaplan in 1948,...
Pryde's Old Westport
April 14, 2007
The "About Town" column features Pryde's Old Westport store, now run by the founders' daughter Louise Meyers. John and Connie Perucca started the store taking the name from Connie's middle name. The building...
View of the Ridge Building, 913 Main, occupied by The Store Without a Name and Kansas City Trunk Company.
SC164 KCPL Reference Hard to Find Collection
1980 – 2005, bulk 1990s
The materials within the KCPL Reference Hard to Find (HTF) Collection were compiled by Kansas City Public Library reference librarians and staff members to provide an easy to access source of information...
Secrets from the Bottoms
August 9, 2009
Article spotlights the unique businesses in the West Bottoms industrial district including a variety of home-decor stores, artist studios, and specialty shops. The district is expected to grow as more...
The two new Trader's Joe, "a California-based chain with cult-like followers," are only six miles apart. This violates one of the basic tenets of retailing of keeping a 10 to 30 mile radius between stores....
Sisters Keep Women-Owned KC Shop in Family
March 30, 2011
Sisters Abbey Fields and Sarah Douglas believe their business, Shop Beautiful, is the only retail store in Kansas City to have been continuously owned and operated by women for at least 75 years. The business...
Small Businesses Drawn to Whimsical Nutterville
September 17, 2014
Article describes a small, retail and office development in the Westport area popularly known as Nutterville. The brainchild of mortgage lender James Nutter Sr., Nutterville is made up of renovated and...
Store's Still Got 'the Floor'
April 25, 2007
The New Dime Store located at 314 W. 63rd Street in Brookside is set to open April 28, 2007. Fifi Wiedeman is the new owner and a long-time Brookside resident. Even though the store was updated, the creaky...
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