BROOKSIDE

Brookside - The New Dime Store

DESCRIPTION: The Brookside area is a metropolitan hub of beautiful homes, unique shops, trendy restaurants and cultural attractions. Home to some of Kansas City’s hippest residents and urban professionals, Brookside was one of the city's first suburban shopping areas. Brookside has more than 80 shops, restaurants and services, located in elegantly preserved architecture with neighborhood appeal.

LOCATION: Brookside is located just a few blocks south of the Country Club Plaza. The residential neighborhood begins at 51st Street and Wornall Road. The retail area is further south and bounded by Wornall Road on the west, Meyer Boulevard to the south, 62nd Terrace to the north and Main Street to the east.

PHONE: 816-523-5553

WEB SITE: www.brooksidekc.org

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook-Brookside KC

HIGHLIGHTS:

  •  Brookside has a concentration of must see, one of a kind, locally owned and operated stores, restaurants and services. It’s like a small town in the middle of Kansas City.
  • 5B&Co. Candlemakers has been hand-pouring specialty soy-wax candles in store for over 15 years. Today there are over 175 unique and wonderful scents, as well as candle accessories, home décor & customized gift collections.
  • A store named STUFF, has been “pursuing good stuff” since 1996, offering work by artists from around the world that create one-of-a-kind, handmade, original, witty collectible, decorative and usable art.
  • Brookside Jewelry does hand engraving, appraisals, and jewelry repairs, in addition to selling one-of-a-kind jewelry, all with fantastic customer service.
  • The Fiddly Fig is more than a florist, offering creative and distinctive floral arrangements to wonderful gifts and decorations for all occasions.
  • World’s Window offers clothing, jewelry, accessories, masks, folk art, gifts, home décor and other exotic, unique and beautiful items from around the world.
  • COCO Brookside and Lady Bye are locally-owned sister stores offering fashion-forward women’s clothing in size small to 3X.

HOURS: Check with individual merchants for specific hours. Most restaurants are open until 10 p.m. On weekends, The Brooksider and Charlie Hooper’s Bar & Grille are both open until 3 a.m.

ADMISSION: Free

HISTORY: Brookside, planned and built in 1920, was J.C. Nichols’ first suburban shopping area in Kansas City. Designed to serve the automobile set, it boasted specialty, grocery and drug stores, medical offices, even a special community center, as well as the first south-side combined police and fire station. Brookside is Kansas City's first suburban shopping area. On September 1, 1919, the headline of the Country Club District Bulletin read “Construction Begun on First Group of Neighborhood Shops at Sixty-Third and Brookside Boulevard.” Conceived before the first World War and started in 1919, the shops were completed over the next decade

WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Try Jalapeño’s Mexican Restaurant, where the nachos are served spicy and are paired with some of the biggest margaritas in town. Looking for something a little fancy? Check out Carmen’s Café— a quaint Italian bistro that has been a Brookside staple for years. Or explore the exquisite flavors of Europe at Avenue’s Bistro. Looking for great patios to share with friends – visit the Brookside Barrio, Red Door Grill and the Brooksider Sports Bar & Grill.  Need a treat afterward? Stop by Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard for unique and delicious concoctions

WHAT’S NEARBY: Both the Wornall House Museum and the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures are within the neighborhood.

ANNUAL SPECIAL EVENTS: The nationally-recognized Brookside Art Annual is proudly in its 30th year, held on the first weekend in May. It features more than 185 local, national and international artists. Located between 63rd Street and Meyer Blvd. in the heart of Brookside, the Art Fair attracts more than 70,000 attendees.

The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Warm-up Parade is held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day at 2 p.m. A little more tame and family-friendly than its big city counterpart, the Warm-Up Parade starts at 65th Street and Wornall Road and travels through Brookside. The parade is longer than the route!

Cool off with Brookside's Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale during July. Save big at your favorite Brookside stores.

DON’T FORGET: Get your caffeine fix at chic coffeehouse The Roasterie Cafe. Or check out Bella Napoli, an Italian market that features imported foods, sandwiches and a coffee bar.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

From the north: Take US-71 South. Take the 63rd Street exit, turn right heading west on 63rd Street into the heart of Brookside at Main Street.

From the south: Take I-35 North to Shawnee Mission Parkway/56 East. Continue for about five minutes. Take a right at Nall Avenue. Take the first left onto W. 63rd Street. Turn right at Brookside Boulevard.

From the east: Take I-70 West. Exit on I-435 South. Take the 63rd Street exit west. Continue on 63rd Street to Brookside Boulevard.

From the west: Take I-70 East to US-69 S. Merge onto W. 63rd Street. Turn right at Nall Avenue. Take the first left on W. 63rd Street. Turn right at Brookside Boulevard.

PARKING: Free

PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Sean Ackerson, executive director, 816-523-5553 or sean@southtown.org.

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