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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

Featured Business: Jovito’s Italian Cafe & Deli

About Jovito’s (by Alex Fiorella):

My family has been in the restaurant business for a long time with my Grandparents Russ & Flora Fiorella starting Smokestack BBQ in 1957. My aunts Mary, Diane, and Carol Fiorella ran the businesses after Russ along with my dad, Russell. My mother, Leasa Caron, also worked in the restaurant business for a number of years. Needless to say, we have been part of the KC restaurant community for some time now! Back in 2015, Leasa bought Jovito‘s from Mary Hart. Mary and her brother Joe Scaglia ran Jovito‘s in South KC, and their brother Mario owned Mario’s in Westport. My family knew the Scaglias growing up and are family friends. Long story short, we loved the food and desserts, Mary wanted to retire, and we decided to keep the business and Meatball Grinders alive! When the opportunity arose for us to move the business to Waldo, we couldn’t turn it down!

Why did you choose Waldo for your business?

Waldo is home for us. Our family grew up in the Waldo neighborhood and have lived here for over 20 years. My mom owned and operated Bookworm Bookstore on Wornall when I was a baby and we used to get breakfast at our neighbors, Georgie Porgies. My siblings and I went to St. Elizabeth’s Grade School where my mom also taught first grade. We’ve just always been Waldo people! We were more than excited to bring a family business to the community and offer our Italian comfort food to the area we call ‘home’. I used to frequent One More Cup when I was studying at UMKC for my law degree and loved the store. We learned the space was available and thought it would be a perfect fit. Turns out it is!

What can customers do to support Jovito’s right now?
Right now it is a difficult and uneasy time for small businesses, especially restaurants. Luckily, we are “carryout professionals” because our platforms (doordash, grubhub, ubereats, etc.) were all in place before the pandemic hit and a good portion of our business has traditionally been to-go orders. That said, keep coming by and trying out our food! If you like the food, then spread the good word the old fashioned way or online. Purchasing gift cards or a Jovito‘s t-shirt are always a good option as well! Times are tough right now for so many small businesses so my wife and I try to order one big meal from one of our favorite local places each week. Some of those in Waldo are Taj Mahal, Cosmo Burger, McClains, Crow’s Coffee and Waldo Pizza to name a few.

 

Beyond your own, what’s your favorite Waldo business & why?
Wow! What a question! Waldo Pizza will always have a special place in my heart – I used to work there, the pizza is delicious and Phil B is just a great guy. Also have lots of good memories of great times at Bobby Bakers and The Happy Place (Tommy Farrahs).

 

What is your favorite thing about the Waldo community?The stewardship, compassion, and loyalty. People care about one another and really take pride in being part of the community. Neighbors look out for one another, welcome new people and businesses, and genuinely want to see their community improve and prosper. Look at the Waldo Heights fire and all the support and donations following the tragedy. Our business neighbors Irezumi and Waldo Barbery have been wonderful and supportive since we first started from ordering to sending people our way. Most importantly, Waldonians are real people that work hard, don’t put up with bullshit, and take action when the time calls. In a sense, Waldo keeps it real!

We are so grateful and happy to be part of this community and able to share our food here. It is a crazy time for so many people and a lot of negativity going around the world. We feel like we are back home and in a great place, not just physically, but mentally as well. Please keep supporting local/small businesses across the city as much as possible. We’re excited to spruce up our back patio/outdoor seating this Spring! Thanks, Waldo!!!
Jovitos Italian Café & Deli
816.943.9988
7408 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114

Join us for Waldo Small Business Saturday Crawl

Shop and support local in Waldo! Join us for the annual Small Business Saturday crawl (with social distancing) on Saturday, November 28 from 10am – 4pm.

– Receive special offers + freebies at Waldo businesses
– Spend $50 in Waldo to receive a FREE Holiday Ornament*
(1 per household, while supplies last)
– Stop by the Waldo office to redeem your FREE Ornament + a special cookie from McLain’s Bakery
between 10am – 4pm

Participating Businesses:

(offers only valid on November 28th)

 

  • Accents Gallery – 20% all in-stock
  • Bier Station – Buy 1 local draft, get 2nd 1/2 off. *One per person
  • Boru Asian Eatery – Receive a $10 bonus card with a $50 gift card purchase, Receive a $20 bonus card with $100 gift card purchase, Receive a $150 bonus card with $500 gift card purchase
  • Centered SpiritBOGO on any infrared Sauna sessions (30mins, 40-mins, or 45-mins)* Limit quantity of three per person
  • Classic Cookie FREE regular coffee (no purchase necessary)
  • Eclectic’s Gift Gallery – $25 gift card for $20 (1 per person, offer only available on 11/28 
  • Emilie’s French Teas – Receive 20% off Loose Leaf Teas by the ounce*. Limit of 7 ounces per person
  • Geo’s Cheese – 10% off entire purchase, offer only available on 11/28
  • Hagoyah Hair Salon & Yoga Den – 25% off all retail and gift certificates
  • Hawthorne & Ivy – 20% off entire purchase over $25.
  • Hiles Two20% off storewide.
  • Jovito’s Italian Cafe & Deli- Buy 1 grinder, get 1 FREE. (11am-4pm, limit 1 per transaction)
  • K9 Closet – 20% off storewide (excluding pet food)
  • Lew’s Grill & Bar – 25% off gift cards (no limit)
  • Lumine Salon20% off retail (excluding products by @artsyfartsyco) and $20 gift certificate with purchase of $100 gift certificate.
  • Mike’s Wine & Spirits – 10% off Mike’s delivery service with code: ShopSmall
  • Moonshot Hair Co. – $25 gift card for $20 (service-use only)
  • Ovation Home Design – Free swag bags while supplies last. Plus, 25% off all hardware (knobs and pulls) and 10% off all countertops.
  • Pilates 1901 – 5 for $50 Small Group Training Sessions, 6 (50) min Private Training Sessions for $259, 2 (50) min Private Aerial Hammock Sessions for $99, Private Pilates Small Group for 8 people $160 (only $20 per person), Private Aerial Hammock Group for 6 people $120 (only $20 per person)
  • Pistachios – $25 gift cards for $20 and FREE personalization for in-store purchases
  • Sierra Winter Jewelry – Spend over $200 and receive a FREE pair of sterling silver studs ($40 value)
  • SOAP Refill Station – Spend $50 on gifts for other people and YOU receive a FREE reusable cotton SOAP Refill Station Bottle Bag and get a free Bath Bomb when you purchase an e-gift card (zero waste)
  • South of Summit – Receive a $10 bonus card with a $50 gift card purchase, Receive a $20 bonus card with $100 gift card purchase, Receive a $150 bonus card with $500 gift card purchase
  • Summit Grill – Receive a $10 bonus card with a $50 gift card purchase, Receive a $20 bonus card with $100 gift card purchase, Receive a $150 bonus card with $500 gift card purchase
  • Teamwork Sports – Save an additional $40 ($80 total) by using promo code: SBS80
  • The Well Bar & Grill – 25% off all gift cards (no limit)
  • Waldo Pizza – Get $5 in Waldo Pizza “Dough” with the purchase of a $25 Waldo Pizza Gift Certificate
  • Waldo Greenhouse – 20% off hanging tropical plants (Receive 1 free small bottle of soil additive)
Stay tuned for more details and a full list of participating businesses.

Join us for Waldo Lights Competition

Need some holiday cheer from a distance?! 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 Saturday, November 28. (Please note: some displays will be inside).

Winners will be selected on December 11th.

Participating Businesses:

  • Accents Gallery – 8121 Wornall Rd.
  • Centered Spirit8131 Wornall Rd.
  • Emilie’s French Teas8131 Wornall Rd.
  • Hawthorne & Ivy – 7142 Wornall Rd.
  • K9 Closet7406 Wornall Rd.
  • Lumine Salon – 7430 Washington St.
  • Moonshot Hair Co. – 7108 Wornall Rd.
  • Ovation Home Design – 407 W. Gregory Blvd.
  • Pistachios205 E Gregory Blvd
  • The Well Bar, Grill & Rooftop – 7421 Broadway St.

VOTE HERE