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SAVE THE DATE: 30th Annual Fall Festival

Join us for the 30th annual Waldo Fall Festival on Saturday, September 17 from 10am – 8pm! Enjoy live music, shop vendors, family fun activities, and more. FREE and open to the public.

SATURDAY, September 17

Vendor Booths | Food Trucks | Activities | Live Music & Entertainment | and more

  • 10:00 AM – Festival Opens: shop, explore & have fun including kid activities (bounce house, face painting, etc.)
  • 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM – Morning Fitness Class led by a Waldo business
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Lorna’s Dance
  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM – Zero Below
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM – Ez Answers
  • 3:00 PM – Kids Activities End
  • 4:00 – 5:30 PM – Live Music: Drew Six
  • 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Live Music: Longshots
  • 8:00 PM – Festival Closes
Food Trucks: Kona Ice, Jason’s Lunchbox, Omnivorium, Vee’s BBQ
Want to learn more or get involved? Contact info@waldokc.org
*The rain date will be on Saturday, September 24

REGISTER HERE

Join us for the inaugural Waldo Spring Fling with The Strawberry Swing

Join us for the inaugural Waldo Spring Fling with The Strawberry Swing on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Get ready for a spring-inspired outdoor festival with fun experiences and new ways to celebrate everything Waldo. We are excited to partner with The Strawberry Swing to host a local pop-up, along with Waldo pop-ups, specials at a variety of businesses within the District, and more!

The event will be held at the parking lot off of the Trolley Trail at Wornall & Gregory.

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7th Annual “Waldo Week” Celebrates Local with Special Offers, February 17-25

Show your local love and experience all that the Waldo District can offer during the 7th annual Waldo Week. To excite the local community and showcase the area’s diverse shopping, dining and unique services, Waldo Week offers discounts at participating businesses to experience new places or visit your favorites from February 17 – 25. In addition to exploring Waldo, the community can support a charity during the week of promotions. This year, Waldo will partner with HappyBottoms.org to support their mission of collecting funding and diapers to help alleviate diaper need in the local community.

In lieu of the annual kickoff party for Waldo Week, the Waldo Community Improvement District will host a virtual auction to support and raise funds for HappyBottoms from Thursday, February 17 through February 25. The virtual auction will feature a variety of Waldo packages and raffle items that the community can bid on. In addition, participating Waldo businesses will host diaper bins and on-site QR code posters to help collect diapers and donations from patrons throughout the week. Now more than ever, Waldo wants to support the local community as well as the businesses that call the neighborhood “home”.

The Waldo Week auction to support HappyBottoms.org is LIVE! Place your bids to win fun items like KC Current tickets, Waldo restaurant gift cards and more. The auction is live through 3/3 at noon.

Participating Businesses:

  • Centered Spirit – 20% off all our sauna sessions online and offline
  • CoWork Waldo – 20% off your first month on any desk plan if you sign up during Waldo Week
  • Eclectic’s Gift Gallery – For each Happy Bottoms donation, customers will receive a free small art object!
  • Emilie’s French Teas – Get additional 10% off our already discounted sale price on our Holiday Teas.
    Get 20% off a selected list of loose-leaf teas.
  • Hagoyah – 30% off Yoga Gear
  • Hawthorne & Ivy – 20% off your purchase
  • KC Movement Lab – 10% discount on all five or ten class packs
  • KC Protective Animal Welfare Society – 1 free day doggy daycare, $20 dollars off daycare packages. $15 baths with nail trims
  • Lew’s Grill and Bar – Daily Specials at https://lewsgrillandbar.com/grill-menu/
  • Mike’s Wine & Spirits – 20% off Growlers
  • Pistachios Monograms & Gifts – Free Monogram with in-store purchase
  • Presence Chiropractic – $100 discount on initial examination fee
  • SOAP Refill Station –
    * 10% off when you refill your own container with over 24oz of soap
    * 15% off when you refill your own container with over 1 gallon (128oz) of soap
    * 25% off EVERYTHING you refill in your own container on February 18-19 for our 2ND BIRTHDAY! Also get a free bath bomb when you spend over $50!
  • Strip’s Chicken – Buy 1 Get 1 FREE – Melty Cheesy Waldo Burger
  • The Well Bar Grill and Rooftop – Daily Specials at https://waldowell.com/grill-menu/
  • Waldo Greenhouse
  • Waldo Pizza – 25% off all sandwiches

About HappyBottoms:

One in three families – an estimated 24,000 children in Kansas City do not have enough diapers and HappyBottoms wants to change that. HappyBottoms org is a 501c3 nonprofit located in Waldo at 303 W. 79th St. that collects diapers through diaper drives and monetary donations to distribute to thousands of low-income families in the Kansas City area. 

“Waldo is home to over 300 businesses, many of which are locally owned, so you can truly find something for everyone,” said Natalie Nelson, Director of Operations. “Waldo Week started because the winter months can be challenging and with the ongoing pandemic, it’s more important than ever to support our local businesses. 

DONATE HERE

About Waldo:

Waldo Week is a great opportunity for people to explore the area – find new favorites, all while receiving special offers and giving back for a great cause through our partnership with HappyBottoms.” 

For generations, people have been shopping and dining in Waldo, supporting local businesses, friends and neighbors. The area, stretching along Wornall Road from Gregory to around 85th St., is home to some of Kansas City’s favorite restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and services. Waldo Week is perfect for fans of KC Restaurant Week, Small Business Saturday, and other local events, as it celebrates all businesses. Whether you are looking for a service, wanting an excuse to support a coffee shop or restaurant, or grab a cocktail, there are a variety of businesses offering specials and discounts up to 25 percent off during Waldo Week.

Disclaimer:

Patrons must mention Waldo Week to receive the discount when they visit participating merchants. Be sure to visit waldokc.org to learn more about the participating businesses and special offers available during Waldo Week. *Rules and restrictions apply.

Join us for the 2nd Annual Waldo Lights Competition

The 2nd annual Waldo Lights Competition is here! Walk through Waldo and see fun light and festive decor at a variety of businesses!

Vote on your favorite holiday window displays on social media and WaldoKC.org.

Light displays will kick off on December 1 – 31, 2021. (Please note: some displays will be inside).

Winners will be selected on December 20th.

VOTE HERE

Participating Businesses:

  • Centered Spirit8131 Wornall Rd.
  • Emilie’s French Teas8131 Wornall Rd.
  • Hawthorne & Ivy – 7142 Wornall Rd.
  • Marco Polo Wine Selections – 336 W. 75th St.
  • Moonshot Hair Co. – 7108 Wornall Rd.
  • Ovation Home Design – 407 W. Gregory Blvd.
  • The Well Bar, Grill & Rooftop – 7421 Broadway St.
  • Waldo Social – 7425 Broadway St.

VOTE HERE

 

Waldo KC Hosts Small Business Week, November 27 – December 3

Shop and support local in Waldo! Join us for the annual Small Business Saturday crawl, this year as a week-long celebration from November 27 – December 3!
Waldo is home to 300+ businesses, many of which are locally owned. Shopping small is more important than ever, as Waldo has welcomed more than 20+ businesses to the neighborhood since 2020. During the Small Business Week, you can feel good about supporting local businesses while checking off your holiday shopping list AND receive a free gift when you spend more than $50 in the District. To redeem your gift – a 12 oz. Waldo tumbler, simply bring your receipt to the Waldo Area Business Association office at 7222 Wornall Road between Monday, November 29 and December 3 between 9am – 4pm.
Did you know? Waldo stretches along Wornall Road from Gregory to around 85th St., is home to some of Kansas City’s favorite restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and services.
A few of the participating businesses & specials:
Some exclusions may apply. Must visit the business to redeem offers. 
Stay tuned for more details!

Featured Business: Schloegel Design Remodel

About Schloegel Design Remodel (by Charlie Schloegel, CR, UDCP, Co-Owner):

 

If your list of home repairs seems to keep growing let Schloegel Design Remodel’s Handyman Services team help cross those items off. With over 40 years of remodeling experience in the Kansas City area there’s no project our team can’t tackle. Learn more at remodelagain.com.

No matter what your project calls for we bring the same exacting process to ensure that your remodeling project, or even your small handyman project, is done exactly as promised every time.

  • Why did you choose Waldo for your business?
Waldo is a wonderfully diverse neighborhood with amazing people. This community has been our home nearly since our inception and the support is invaluable. It’s allowed us to grow into the business we are today.

 

  • Beyond your own, what’s your favorite Waldo business & why?
We love Waldo Thai, it’s hands down some of the best Thai food in the KC area. Classic Cookie not only has the yummiest cookies but such a fantastic breakfast and lunch. Our neighbors up a street at KC Bier put out some unapparelled German beers and grub. Oh and don’t miss Lew’s chicken strips. See, how can we pick a few?!!! We also love the small businesses that help support our business like See More Signs, Sherwin Williams, and Almar Printing.

 

  • What do you love about the Waldo community?

Waldo has been home to Schloegel Design Remodel for more than 35 years and this wonderful community has continued to support us. Participating in Waldo Fall Fest is just one way for us to help, in turn, support the community back. Through the past year and half we’ve all come to value our amazing community even more than we did before.

Schloegel Design Remodel
816.298.8315
remodelagain.com
311 W 80th St, Kansas City, MO 64114

Waldo Area Business Association Celebrates 20+ Businesses that opened their Doors in the Past Year with Ribbon Cutting Event, September 15, 2021

During a time when many small businesses had to close their doors or put their plans on hold, the Waldo Area Business Association welcomed more than 20 businesses to their business district between March 2020 through 2021.  To recognize all of the new, re-branded and expanded businesses now open, the Waldo Area Business Association is hosting a celebration and large-scale Ribbon Cutting at the parking lot at Gregory & Wornall on Wednesday, September 15 at 12:30 p.m.

The Waldo Area Business Association will recognize the 20+ new businesses with a Ribbon Cutting that represents all that have opened or expanded followed by a celebration with food trucks and networking. The public is invited to experience this large-scale Ribbon Cutting and to learn more about the new businesses in Waldo, while enjoying bites from area food trucks. 

From pet services to restaurants and even specialty shops, Waldo has become home to many new brands offering something for everyone. A few of the new businesses recognized in the celebration include 75th Street Events, Betty Rae’s, Botanica, Cicada, Cheveux, Geo’s Cheese, Fresh Green, Jovito’s Italian Fare, Littlefield Eye Associates, Marco Polo Selections, Ovation Home Design, Pedego Electric Bikes, Sierra Winter Jewelry, SOAP Refill Station, Social Waldo, Strips Chicken, Taco Cacao, The Collar Club, and more. 

For generations, people have been shopping and dining in Waldo, supporting local businesses, friends and neighbors. The area, stretching along Wornall Road from Gregory to around 85th St., is home to some of Kansas City’s favorite restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and services. In fact, Waldo had more businesses open than close in the past year. 

Learn more about the Ribbon Cutting and other upcoming events including the 29th Annual Fall Festival in partnership with The Strawberry Swing held on Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on waldokc.org. For a complete listing of merchants and promotion details and follow the Everything Waldo Facebook or Instagram pages at @EverythingWaldo for additional event updates. 

 

Join us for the 29th Annual Waldo Fall Festival, September 18, 2021

Join us for the 29th Annual Waldo Fall Festival on Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The theme for 2021 is “The Spirit of Waldo.”

Get ready for a reimagined outdoor festival with fun experiences and new ways to celebrate everything Waldo. We are excited to partner with The Strawberry Swing to host a local pop-up, along with Waldo pop-ups, specials at a variety of businesses within the District, and more!

The event will be held at the parking lot off of the Trolley Trail at Wornall & Gregory.

Featured Waldo Vendors (on-site at the event pop-up)

  • 75th Street Events
  • Calvary Lutheran Church & School
  • Emilie’s French Teas
  • Hawthorne & Ivy
  • Mantooth Creative
  • Marvelous Scents Candles
  • Mayweather Boxing & Fitness
  • Mocann Extracts
  • Mo Pie
  • Pickleman’s
  • Renewal by Anderson
  • Show Me KC Schools
  • Sutherlands
  • The Classic Cookie
  • Waldo Greenhouse
  • Waldo KC Library

Featured Business Specials (visit them for special offers) 

  • A1 Insurance – 7823 Wornall Rd.
    • When it comes to insurance, one size doesn’t fit all. Learn about the many different coverage types available to help meet your needs, contact A1 Insurance 816-363-2265 to get a personalized insurance proposal.
  • Gunter Pest – 220 W. 72nd St.
    • Call to ask about their Waldo Fall Festival special and services! gunterpest.com
  • Hagoyah – 515 W. 75th St.
    • 50% off a Hot Yoga Class. Pre-register at www.hagoyah.com with code: WALDOLOVESYOGA
  • Hiles Two –7445 Broadway St.
    • 25% off any one item (in-store only)
  • Marco Polo Selections – 336 W. 75th St.
    • Rare Wine, Rare Times, DRINK BETTER! Get 10% off your order on September 18, 2021
  • Pilates 1901 – 222 W. Gregory Blvd.
    • Sign-up for a FREE event on Saturday 9/18 @ 11:30 a.m. – FREE Intro to Pilates Reformer
      • Sign up on www.pilates1901.com
      • Can’t make Sat 9/18? Try Pilates anytime. Intro offer 4 classes for $40
      • (10) for $160 ($15 off – normally / $175). USE CODE: WALDO10
      • (15) for $225 ($30 off – normally $255) USE CODE: WALDO15
  • Presence Chiropractic – coming soon to Waldo! pressencechirokc.com
  • Schloegel Design Remodel – 311 W 80th St.
    • Call to ask about their Waldo Fall Festival special and services! remodelagain.com
  • Waldo Dental Care – 8043 Wornall Rd.
  • Waldo Pizza – 7443 Broadway St.
    • Call to ask about their Waldo Fall Festival specials! waldopizza.net

Artist Selected- Mantooth Creative

2021 WALDO ARTIST RFP – CLOSED

We are seeking a Kansas City based artist to create a design that will be showcased for our upcoming 29th Annual Waldo Fall Festival event that represents the Waldo community. While the event will be held on September 18, 2021 – we are seeking a creative design that represents Waldo and can be loved for years to come.

WALDO ILLUSTRATION / DESIGN

Applications are closed for the Waldo Area Business Association to design or illustrate art that will be used for t-shirts for the upcoming 29th Annual Waldo Fall Festival. The selected artist would be asked to create artwork that represents the Waldo community and represents many of the landmarks in the neighborhood. The selected artist must present a proposal for approval and are required to execute this project.

About Waldo: 

For generations, people have been shopping and dining in Waldo, supporting local businesses, friends and neighbors. The area, stretching along Wornall Road from Gregory to around 85th St., is home to some of Kansas City’s favorite restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and services.

 

 

Shop, dine & discover during Waldo Week 2021!

Show your local love and experience all that the Waldo neighborhood can offer during the 6th annual Waldo Week, February 19 – 25

Show your local love and experience all that the Waldo neighborhood can offer during the 6th annual Waldo Week. To excite the local community and showcase the area’s diverse shopping, dining and unique services, Waldo Week with discounts at participating businesses to experience new places or visit your favorites from February 19 – 25. 

In lieu of the annual kickoff party for Waldo Week, the Waldo Community Improvement District has partnered with non-profit Cornerstones of Care to raise money through a virtual auction and donation drive that kicks off on Thursday, February 18 and runs through February 25. The virtual auction will feature a variety of Waldo packages and a raffle to benefit Cornerstones of Care in support of safe and healthy communities for children and families in the Kansas City area and beyond. Now more than ever, Waldo wants to support the local community as well as the businesses that call the neighborhood “home”.

BID NOW!

For generations, people have been shopping and dining in Waldo, supporting local businesses, friends and neighbors. The area, stretching along Wornall Road from Gregory to around 85th St., is home to some of Kansas City’s favorite restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and services.

Waldo Week is perfect for fans of KC Restaurant Week, Small Business Saturday, and other local events, as it celebrates business including food, drinks, retail, and services. You can explore your favorite Waldo destinations or experience something new! A few of our Waldo Week 2021 participating businesses include: 

Services:

  • Centered Spirit – 20% off to any purchase for Infrared Sauna sessions or sauna packages. 
  • Gunter Pest – Receive $20 off any service when you mention Waldo Week during while booking.* Must be a new customer or new service sign-up.
  • Hagoyah Hair Salon & Yoga Den – 20% off Gift Certificates, & self-care boutique items with code: WALDO
    • Including oils, candles, incense, crystals, sage, diffusers, journals, jewelry, etc.
  • Hawthorne & Ivy – 20% off storewide with mention of Waldo Week 
  • Hiles Two- 20% off entire purchase
  • Moonshot Hair Co. – $10 off any service, including massage shampoo service with blow dry style. 
  • Ovation Home Design – 25% off all cabinet hardware (includes knobs, pulls and hinges).
  • Paige Fowler – Edward Jones Investments – complimentary financial review when you mention Waldo Week for booking.
  • Pilates 1901- 10 for $160 (normally $175 – use promo code WALDO10 at check out) and 15 for $225 (normally $255 – use promo code WALDO15 at check out)
  • Teamwork Sports KC – Save $40 on Facility Membership or Sibling Membership using promo code FEB40.

Dining & Retail:

  • Boru Asian Eatery – Enjoy 25% off your dine-in tab when you mention Waldo Week to your server.
    • Offer not valid on giftcard purchases and cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers.
  • Crows Coffee – Enjoy the Strawberry White Mocha special
  • Eclectic’s Gift GalleryTired of your old masks? Eclectics has handmade fabric masks available for $10-15.
  • Dodson’s Bar & Commons – 15% off to-go cocktails with the promo code: WALDOWEEK
  • Emilie’s French Teas20% off tea by the ounce
    • Limit of 7 ounces per person
  • Governor Stumpy’s – Visit during Waldo Week for a special offer.
  • Hawthorne & Ivy20% off storewide with mention of Waldo Week
  • Jovito’s Italian Cafe & Deli – Buy 1 grinder, get a free brownie!
  • Lew’s Bar & Grill – Ask about the daily special at Lew’s for a fun offer!
  • McLain’s Bakery – Free cookie with the purchase of lunch.
  • Mike’s Wine & Spirits – Free delivery with code WALDO . Valid on orders of $30+.
    • Order online at shopmikeskc.com or download the Mike’s Wine and Spirits app.
  • Pistachio’s – 15% Off All in-store Purchases with mention of Waldo Week 
  • Pedego Electric Bikes – Big savings on all our 5 year warranty Pedegos in stock! Drop by our Pedego Electric Bikes Kansas City shop, at 7335 Broadway, in Waldo for free test rides and exclusive in store savings all month long.
  • SOAP Refill Station – Stop by for their 1st birthday celebration & specials
  • South of Summit – Enjoy 25% off your dine-in tab when you mention Waldo Week to your server.
    • Offer not valid on giftcard purchases and cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. 
  • Summit Grill – Enjoy 25% off your dine-in tab when you mention Waldo Week to your server.
    • Offer not valid on gift card purchases and cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers.
  • Waldo Greenhouse – Buy one get one free on in-stock 2″ succulent plants; Open Friday and Saturday only.
  • Waldo Pizza$50 Family Meal: (2) 12″ 2 topping pizzas, (1) starter, (1) salad, (1) family dessert & 1 two liter or 4 bottles of water. 
  • The Well Bar, Grill & Rooftop – Ask about The Wells daily specials!
  • Tropical Sno – opening on March 1st! Bid on their package for a fun treat to celebrate!

MORE COMING SOON!

Patrons must mention Waldo Week to receive the discount when they visit participating merchants.  *Rules and restrictions apply. 

Visit waldokc.org for a complete listing of merchants and promotion details and follow the Everything Waldo Facebook page for event updates.

BID ON THE WALDO WEEK AUCTION FOR CORNERSTONES OF CARE