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'Totally Different' Shopping
May 13, 2006
Article about another shopping mall in Johnson County. Developers say that Park Place, at 117th and Nall in Leawood, will be a "mixed-use" shopping center with residential, entertainment, and shopping....
A Holiday Tradition is Ending
December 7, 2013
Article announces that Schmitt Tree Farm Santa's Forest in Holt, Missouri, will permanently close on December 8, 2013, after 52 years of operation. Schmitt family members are interviewed and discuss their...
A Legend in the Dining Industry
April 24, 2007
The Gilbert/Robinson restaurant company hasn't existed since the mid-1990s, but a reunion of employees is to be held April 28, 2007, in Overland Park. The restaurants associated with Gilbert/Robinson in...
A Sweet Transition at Chocolate Store
June 1, 2007
Owners of Panache Chocolatier, Eileen Cohen and Sharon Hoffman who want to spend more time with family, sold their business to Mark and Barbara Bailey of Lenexa. Cohen and Hoffman first opened a Kron Chocolatier...
Another Iconic KC Restaurant Closes its Doors
December 21, 2014
Article announces that the Golden Ox restaurant, opened in the West Bottoms in 1949, has closed following its final dinner service on Saturday, December 21, 2014. Bill Haw Sr., owner of the Livestock Exchange...
At Andre's, Sweet Success
October 21, 2005
Article included in the "Cityscape" column by Joyce Smith. "Fifty years ago this month, Andre and Elsbeth Bollier opened a Swiss pastry and candy shop at 50th and Main streets". They are celebrating the...
Bannister Mall Slides into History
June 1, 2007
Bannister Mall, once a premier Kansas City shopping destination in the 1980s and 1990s, finally shut down May 31, 2007. The site's future is unknown.
Bannister Mall Starts to Fall
January 22, 2009
Demolition has begun at the Bannister Mall building to make way for $949 million dollar mix-use center called "The Trails." The redevelopment project at Bannister Road and Interstate 435 will include a...
Bannister Mall To Close May 31
April 21, 2007
After 27 years in operation, Bannister Mall is set to close its doors on May 31, 2007. The article reports on development ideas for the Bannister site, including razing the mall structure and building...
Article describes the history of The Roasterie, a Kansas City coffee company owned and operated by Danny O'Neill. The Roasterie's first location was at 1519 Cherry and eventually moved to 1204 W. 27th...
Big Aquarium Will Make Splash in KC
February 10, 2011
Article reports on a $15 million aquarium that will open in Spring 2012 at Crown Center. The attraction, called Sea Life Kansas City at Crown Center, will include more that 30 displays and occupy the entire...
Biggest Benefits Will Be Intangible
July 9, 2012
Article discussing the potential economic impact of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game on Kansas City. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are expected to attend events held around the city, bringing in an estimated...
Building Will Help Boulevard Grow
May 3, 2013
Brief article announces that Boulevard Brewery has purchased a building located at 2450 Summit Street in Kansas City. It is stated that the building was constructed in the mid-1970s and was recently occupied...
Business that began in Basement is Being Sold for $650 Million
July 13, 2010
Article about how Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh built a home-based business, Silpada Designs which sells silver jewelry through home parties, into an enterprise with $230 million a year in revenues. Avon...
Chicken Lovers, Icon Is Set to Fry in Fairway
April 4, 2008
Article about the opening of Stroud's South in Fairway, Kansas, on Monday, April 7, 2008. Includes a photo of Stroud's owner Mike Donegan.
Church Buys Katz Building
September 29, 2011
The former Katz drug store building at 3948 Main St. was auctioned off and purchased by Redeemer Fellowship Church, which opened in 2008 at 3921 Baltimore. "The purchase price was not disclosed." The art...
Companies Work Together on Creative Flavor Combo
March 30, 2011
Original Juan Specialty Foods and the Roasterie have collaborated on the Super Tuscan Coffee Barbeque Sauce. The Kansas City companies developed the product over an eight-month span and began selling it...
Cosentino's Set to be Downtown's Grocer
September 8, 2005
Cosentino's Food Stores confirmed that it would open a gourmet grocery across from the new H&R Block headquarters being built at 13th and Main streets. The 30,000 square foot grocery store will be in the...
Crossroads Boutique Hotel Planned for Historic Pabst, Pendergast Buildings
August 8, 2015
Article announces that the Aparium Hotel Group of Chicago, Illinois, and the investment firm Agman Partners have purchased the historic Pabst Brewing Company Building at 2107 Central Street and the Pendergast...
Dairy Queen Franchiser Takes KC Store to Court
September 2, 2011
The owners of the iconic “old landmark” Dairy Queen in Independence at 2635 Independence Ave. are being sued for violation of minimum standards. Esther McMurray began working there in 1966 as day manager,...
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