Waldo Area Business Association Celebrates 55 Years!

On Wednesday (Waldo’s favorite day of the week) August 26, 1964, it was noted in the minutes of the Southwest Business Association that the organization should change their name to “Waldo Business Association,” as it “most nearly meets the needs” of the organization. The entire motion is included below. Therefore, on August 26th, we celebrate our birthday officially as the Waldo Area Business Association!

Thank you to all of the pioneers who have championed our District and Association for over five decades. The Waldo Area Business Association “respects yesterday, promises tomorrow” and forever will be the “home of the friendly merchants.”

Waldo Welcomes Brick+Mortar to the District!

On June 13, 2019, Brick+Mortar KC (part of the Broseph Restaurant Group) opened at 7425 Broadway. The Waldo Area Business Association President Stacy Neff said a few words to kick-off the official ribbon-cutting.

Brick+Mortar will be open daily serving lunch and dinner with brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The “elegant-casual” restaurant seats 70 in the dining room and 65 in the bar and lounge area. The back deck has also been renovated.

The diverse menu includes everything from chicken & waffles and a smokestack burger to tuna tartar with an avocado yuzu mousse and strozzapreti pasta with a vodka lamb ragout.

Welcome to Waldo, Brick+Mortar KC!

History of Waldo Event

Join the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association and the Waldo Area Business Association Advisory Council at the Kansas City Public Library – Waldo Branch (Rooms A & B) for a special evening looking back at the rich history of the Waldo district.

This unique event features local author and historian LaDene Morton who will present portions of her book “The Waldo Story: The Home of the Friendly Merchants,” which will also be for sale at this event. Ms. Morton will also moderate a panel discussion with a variety of longtime Waldo business owners and operators who will share their personal memories and the evolution of Waldo from their perspective.

Join us before the presentation to socialize and enjoy the refreshments graciously provided by the Lewellen family, Lew’s Grill and Bar, and McLain’s Bakery.


Waldo Area Business Association Honors Sam Gromowsky

Sam Gromowsky cuts his cake!

Today we said “thank you” to one of the founding members of the Waldo Area Business Association, Sam Gromowsky. Sam owns and operates Almar Printing, Inc. and he’s been a steady leader who cares for the entire Waldo District and has made this part of the world a better place. We’ll miss him as the President of the Community Improvement Board and we deeply appreciate the countless hours he’s devoted to the Association.

Thank you Sam!

Water Line Replacement Project Planned for Waldo Area

The City of Kansas City Missouri Water Department has announced that they will be replacing approximately 10,500 feet of break-prone 4-, 6-, and 8-inch cast iron pipe with new 8-inch ductile iron water main in 12 separate segments throughout the area of Jarboe Street to Brooklyn Avenue, W. 79th Street to E. 86th Street.

Their goal is to replace 28 miles of water distribution pipe each year or approximately 1% of our system.  An analysis is done every year to identify the main segments to be replaced city-wide based on a number of factors including  main break history, pipe age, size, and material, and criticality.

This project is one of the 18 projects funded for this fiscal year.  Below is the project information sheet which includes a listing of all main segments to be replaced.  Most of the replacements are in residential areas and should not impact businesses directly. Please see the included map for specific replacement locations.

Weather permitting, work will begin in March 2019 and conclude approximately November 2019.