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February 2014 • 51st Edition

Chances Letter from are…. the Southtown Council President…... I am privileged to provide leadership and guidance as Southtown’s new President. In 2014, I look forward to working with the board, community and Council staff. My number one priority is to ensure our members and the community at-large continue to feel the support and benefits through the initiatives of the Southtown Council organization. I moved to the KC area three years ago to work for the YMCA of Greater KC and serve at the Cleaver Family YMCA, 7000 Troost Avenue. Upon arriving to the area, I was told this area was a very tight knit community and could be difficult to get connected or be accepted. That has not been my experience at all. I must say, this has been one of the most welcoming communities of the many communities where I have lived and worked. I believe the key to my successful transition to the KC area is being a member of the Southtown Council. Through my involvement, I have been able to connect with other businesses and organizations, share the Y story, and promote healthy living. True to the mission, Southtown Council created opportunities to be involved, understand the community and its needs, challenges, provided venues, ability to meet business owners as well as residents. As a result, I have been able to establish collaboration and meaningful partnerships. The benefits of membership to the Southtown Council are endless and priceless. The Troost Community Improvement District is a great example of seeing the Council in action. The initiatives of the CID have already been noticed and appreciated by those who live in and visit our community. The Troost Titans and Troopers are working hard to keep our neighbors clean and safe. My focus is to increase member involvement and participation, inspire all members to attend networking events, monthly luncheons, and community functions. I will work diligently to demonstrate the value of membership, support the initiatives and strategies of the Troost CID, and will continue to work closely with the city and government officials to develop partnerships which will lead to securing the funding needed to support the enhancement efforts and vision in our Southtown community. I feel blessed to be a part of the Southtown community; it truly is a great place to work, do business and live. Submitted by Robin Jordan, President

Southtown, Waldo, Brookside Monthly Events Monthly Luncheon

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, February 19, 11:45am Guest Speaker: Phylllis Collins, The Collins Network Location: Wornall Rd. Baptist Church, 400 W. Meyer Blvd. Catered by Tasso’s Greek Restaurant $12 per person. Reservations required by Feb. 18. Call 816-523-5553 or email

Thursday, March 6, 5-7pm After Hours Business Exchange at Alphapointe. Save the date. See insert for more details.

Monthly Networking: Wednesday, February 26, 5-7pm Location: Kingswood Health/Rehab Center 10000 Wornall Rd. Join with friends, see the facilities, and hear what’s happening in the neighborhood!

Saturday, March 15, 2pm, Brookside St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade. Entry forms available on line at Note: Monthly luncheon rates have increased from $10 to $12 beginning in February. A one-time Meal Deal is available at the February luncheon for the next 9 luncheons at $90 (a $27 savings). Call 816-523-5553 to purchase your Meal Deal!

One of ‘America’s 100 Best Beer Bars’ Congratulations to Waldo’s own Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory Blvd, for being named as one of the top beer bars in the nation by Draft Magazine. The craft beer tasting bar/bottle shop is the only local venue to make the “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars 2014” list. “We’re pretty pumped. It’s one of the biggest beer geek honors you can get,” said John Couture, owner and operator of the Bier Station. With more and more beer bars opening, the criteria for a good beer bar “no longer equals a zillion taps. There’s just more to it now,” the magazine said. “We needed to walk out of these places saying ‘Now there’s a bar that really, really cares about your experience with beer. “That includes a craft beer selection with an eye to variety, trends and tradition, a venue where you want to linger, and a staff that “knows their stuff.....We want you to go to all 100 of these places because they really are a cut above the rest.” Bier Station opened in late 2012. Couture took advantage of the Storefront Improvement Grant offered through the Waldo Community Improvement District and added unique features to the building and greatly improved the signage. With an expanded menu, Bier Station now offers a lunch special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Featured sandwiches are named after Kansas City’s old trolley stations — Wyandotte, Westmoreland, Harrison and Sunset Hill. Historic trolley photos on the walls are a nice complement to the menu offerings. For hours and other information visit Congratulations to John Couture and the Bier Station!

Blue Hills Community Services Blue Hills Community Services (BHCS), a not-for-profit community development corporation, is an agent for neighborhood development, educational programs and community services. Throughout its history, BHCS has produced more than 1000 affordable housing units. In the last 4 years, they have generated 107 units of multi-family housing, 5 new single family homes, 25 major renovations and 227 minor home repairs, provided 65 community gardening beds, revitalized a neighborhood park, provided educational opportunities to low-income, disadvantaged adults and children and is assisting entrepreneurs to create new jobs in the urban core. Most recently, BHCS completed the $3.2 million renovation of the Blue Hills Business Center, converting a Brownfield site into a state-of-the art, multi-tenant, environmentally sustainable business center that also serves the surrounding community. The Blue Hills Business Center, 5008 Prospect Ave., is located at the former DiCarlo Construction space. The site now includes: community gardening space for neighbors; solar panels that provide 10kw per hour of renewable energy to the energy grid; meeting space for trainings and community forums; a highly reflective, white roof reducing ambient temperatures on site and in the building; two electrical vehicle charging stations; roofline windows which reduce lighting requirements; and offices for BHCS and the Contractor Incubator. Ninety-nine percent of the construction materials were made in the US with 10% of these materials manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the center. BHCS has created a building and programs that serve the needs of the community, brings new businesses and jobs to the urban core, and is the catalyst for the redevelopment of the Prospect Corridor, truly a Southtown sparkler!

Innovest Financial Partners Tucked away in an upstairs Brookside office since 2000, the financial advisors at Innovest Financial Partners provide financial planning, investment advice, and insurance. Barbara McMahon, CFP®, CMFC, MBA, has been in the financial services industry for 22 years. In 2006, she was joined by Brad Hemmer, CMFC. Together, they created Innovest Financial Partners in 2010. Barbara is an active member and past president of the Greater KC Financial Planning Assn. and has served on a national council and committees. She is the current treasurer of the Brookside Business Assn. She is often quoted in The Kansas City Star and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and industry publications. She specializes in meeting the financial needs of women, small business owners and individuals and couples nearing or moving into retirement. Brad’s focus is assisting young families address needs like investments, college planning and life insurance. He also works to get them ahead of the curve with retirement planning. Janine Bell, EA, MBA, joined the firm as Advisor Assistant in 2011. She supports Barbara and Brad in meeting client needs, as well as doing bookkeeping, accounting and tax preparation for individuals and small companies. In addition, Janine has her own accounting practice. You can give them a call at 816-363-6660 or stop by for a cup of coffee and a conversation about your financial needs at 6314 Brookside Plaza, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO.

Thank You Members Please take a minute and look over the following list and the longevity/diversity of businesses and the wide geographic area we cover. It is outstanding! These organizations have joined or renewed their membership for 2014 during the month of January. Thank you for the support and investment into your community.

Southtown Council:

Midas Muffler, 15 yrs Neighborhood Housing Srv., 16 yrs Smart Pawn, 3 yrs St. Elizabeth Church and School, 19 yrs State Farm Ins. Debbie Baker, 16 yrs Swyden Cleaners, 16 yrs Valley View Bank, 13 yrs

Investors ($1000+): Arvest Bank, 16 yrs Harrington, Jim, 31 yrs Rockhurst University, 30 yrs UMKC, 28 yrs Fair Share Members ($150-$750): 7-Eleven Store, 14 yrs Capital Consultants, 17 yrs Duracomm Power Systems, 10 yrs First Call, 32 yrs Fletcher Forms, 6 yrs Hope Care Center, 14 yrs King's Management Co, 31 yrs

Waldo: A&B Carstar Wornall** A1 Insurance Sales, Inc. ** A-1 Premium Acceptance** AFLAC - Peggy LaPierre Almar Printing** Angelo's Armour Oaks B E Tek Computers, Inc. ** Ball's Price Chopper** Bara Contracting Inc. ** Berbiglia Wine & Spirits** Bledsoe's Rental** Bobby Baker's Lounge** Botwin Commercial Development** Botwin Property Management** Brass Boxing + Fitness** Bremer & Co., CPA** Brookside Animal Clinic** Cash America** Catholic Family Credit Union Center of Life Chiropractic** Chop Tops Hair Company** City Looks Salon** City View Real Estate Srv** Classic Cookie & Café** Classical Massage** CN Cash for Gold** Comfort Dental** Cook Insurance Agency** Cottman Transmission** Cowork Waldo**

Basic Members ($125): Academie Lafayette, 13 yrs Aldi**, 10 yrs Behavioral Health Partners, 2 yrs Bob's-N-Motion**, 14 yrs Burnham REMAX Premier Realty, 4 yrs Church Development, 9 yrs Current Electronics, 2 yrs Dave Smith The Lamp Maker** Deidre's Travel Service** Deliver-Rents, LLC Dog's Fun Playce, A** Dr. John W. Turley, LLC** Eclectics Gift Gallery** Envoy Mortgage** Euston's Waldo Hardware** Explorers Percussion & Drums** Extreme Audio** Filter Services Co Firestone Complete Auto Care** Fitness First** Fran Manning Therapy Massage** Goodyear Auto Service Center** Governor Stumpy's Grill House** Gregory Family Dental** Gunter Pest Management, Inc. ** Hagoyah Hair Studio & Yoga Den** Heartland Yoga & Acupuncture Hendrickson Tree Care Co. ** Herrera Kirby Co. ** HJM Architects Inc** Hope Care Center Innate Yoga** Jerry Singer Automotive Srv** JerUSAlem Stone** Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwich** KC Cat Clinic** King Realty, LLC** Kingswood Senior Living Community Larry's Wholesale Warehouse**

Global Health Chiropractic, 2 yrs Homes Associations of KC, 3 yrs Kansas City Young Audiences, 10 yrs Kingswood Senior Living Community, 5 yrs Midwest Trauma Services, 4 yrs N & M Realty Company, 19 yrs Pizza 51, 10 yrs TechnoLogy Maintenance Shop, 11 yrs New Members: Hawthorn Bank Goppert Trinity Family Care It's A Great Day, LLC Unique Hair Salon** Note: ** Members through Troost Ave. CID. Lew's Grill & Bar** MAACO Auto Painting** McLain's Corner Bakery** Messina, Michael, J., P.C. ** Milens Company, The Modern Fire Safety, LLC** Novella Brandouse** O'Reilly Auto Parts** Perkins Automotive Service** PPG/Porter Paints** Recovery Tow** Salon Mir** Shell - PAPU'S Café** Southside Carpet** Studio Lo** Subway** Sunshine Auto Sales** Swyden Cleaners** The Well** Townsend Communications** UMB Bank** Visiting Angels** Waldo Antiques & Furniture** Waldo Financial** Waldo Gymnastics** Waldo Pizza** Waldo Rehabilitation/Wellness** Winnie Weinrich, Consultant Wirken Electrical System Ltd** Women's Christian Assoc Young's K.C MOWER Center** Note: **Members through Waldo CID

Become a Super Hero At Gillis, 8150 Wornall, staff have been busy doing the hard work of helping kids and families heal from past trauma, find hope in present difficulties, and rewriting the rest of their stories. “One of our biggest needs right now is the renovation of our residential bedrooms,” George Robbins of Gillis explains. “The last update was more than a decade ago. The rooms are in need after more than 800 young rambunctious children have called them home. We know that physical living space makes a difference in how the children respond to their time in treatment while at Gillis,” he said. With a theme of “Super Hero,” the cost for each bedroom is $2,700. Please consider helping underwrite the cost. There are 29 rooms for up to 40 boys. Underwriting provides naming rights of that room for 5 years, although donations of any amount are welcome. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved, show the kids you care for them, all while leaving a lasting impression. Renovations include new beds, desks, bedding, window coverings, painted room and closets, clean and polished floors, wall art and an engraved plaque on the door. If you would like to contribute, call George Robbins at 816.508.3548 or

Calvary Goes Hollywood Calvary Lutheran School has been serving the Waldo community for more than 65 years! Their spring auction is coming up on Saturday, March 1, 6-9 pm at the Calvary Wornall Campus, 12411 Wornall Road. This Hollywood-themed event will feature dinner from some of Kansas City’s favorite restaurants, craft beer and live entertainment. The silent and live auctions benefit Calvary’s educational ministry for infants through 8th graders. Thanks to those who have donated! For those still wanting to, please contact Cindy Thompson at 816-595-4020. For complete information, visit

Big Changes are in the Works And “working” is exactly what the Troost Ave. Troopers and Titans have been doing. It didn’t take long for commuters to see the difference along the Troost Ave. corridor. Fighting temperatures below freezing and winds at record gusts, clean up efforts are underway. In just the last few weeks, more than 50 large bags of trash, countless illegal signs and large discarded items have disappeared thanks to the Troost Ave. Troopers powered by Moonlight Sweeping. Troost Ave. Titan Officer Francois has assisted businesses in shoplifting occurrences, an attempted auto theft, various disturbances and nuisance calls. We appreciate the cooperation of those businesses that offer their dumpsters and their facilities to our crews as they continue to make strides in helping Troost Ave. to be a viable area to visit, shop and do business. Please contact the Southtown Planning Center if you would prefer to receive this newsletter electronically by emailing or call 816-523-5553. Thank you to Research Medical Center for printing The Link.

THE LINK for February 2014  

February news, articles and events for The Southtown Council, Brookside Business Association and the Waldo Business Association.