Waldo Area Business Association COVID-19 Coronavirus Response

** UPDATED: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 11:30am **


Dear Waldo businesses, community members and stakeholders,

Here in Waldo, the safety and wellbeing of our community is the top priority for the Waldo Area Business Association (WABA) and the Waldo CID. In light of our mission — to serve as champions of our community while preserving and advancing our vibrant, inclusive culture — we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 Coronavirus landscape. We are working diligently to ensure the health and safety of our Waldo community comes first. With that said, we will be closing our Waldo office so that our staff can safely work from home for the time being. Our Waldo security team is still available for all of your immediate needs and we can always be reached by ☎️ at our regular office line: 816-286-4523 or 📧 at

If you own or work at a Waldo-area business, we’re here to help. We understand the challenges that lie ahead, and we recommend the CDC website as an excellent resource for information about protecting yourself, your patrons and mitigating the spread of Coronavirus.

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas Thursday March 12, 2020, issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency for the city. The state of emergency has been declared for 21 days, and during that time, all events with more than 1,000 attendees within the city are canceled or delayed.

** Current recommendations:

In accordance with the latest CDC guidance announced by President Trump, Mayor Lucas has updated his State of Emergency proclamation to disallow any gathering or events with more than 10 attendees.


  • With the support of superintendents from all 14 school districts and other education leaders that educate Kansas City students, all schools, public, private, charter and parochial, will close no later than Wednesday, March 18, until the end of the emergency notice.
  • Restaurants and taverns should serve customers via drive-thru, pickup, or delivery.
  • Businesses are strongly encouraged to evaluate which employees are essential and allow non-essential employees to work from home.
  • No visits to nursing homes and retirement or long-term care facilities are permissible.
  • Entire households are required to self-quarantine if someone in their home tests positive for COVID-19. They are also strongly encouraged to self-quarantine if anyone in their household is exhibiting symptoms consistent with common symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. fever, dry cough).

“I care first and foremost about the health and safety of all Kansas City residents, and this decision was not made lightly,” said Mayor Lucas. “We understand these drastic measures will have unprecedented impacts on our local businesses and working families and recognize that this is one of the most challenging periods our city and nation has ever faced. I know for certain that our residents will band together during this period of crisis to offer assistance and support to each other.”

We encourage wisdom and discretion as you determine the best steps for your business, your patrons and your team members. Take time now to proactively and preventatively plan. For further information, here is a CDC resource on how to keep the workplace safe. And the Small Business Administration (SBA) has additional recommendations for businesses and employers to prepare.

Keep your customers informed of any changes or decisions you’ve made, using your website, email or social media channels. This is also an ideal time to make patrons aware of ways they can help local businesses, including take-out orders, purchasing gift cards, placing over-the-phone orders, online sales, etc.

If you attend WABA networking or WABA-hosted events, please continue to monitor our website for cancellation notifications. We have chosen to cancel our next three March networking events, including our March 18 luncheon, March 31 happy hour and April 9 quarterly networking.

We will evaluate further events individually as dates approach. Decisions will be made in response to guidance from the CDC and World Health Organization, both of which currently recommend the postponement of large gatherings to minimize virus transmission. We look forward to rescheduling events when it’s wise to move forward, and we’ll continue to communicate through email and our website. Other WABA and Waldo CID board and committee meetings will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in real-time.

If you live, work or play in Waldo, we encourage you to follow the CDC’s recommended steps to prevent illness. The CDC’s recommendations include cleaning your hands often, avoiding close contact, staying home if you are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a face mask if you are sick and cleaning and disinfecting.

We encourage wisdom and discretion as you make decisions in coming days and weeks, and we encourage you to consider how best to support our Waldo-area businesses. No matter what, communities need to stick together through thick and thin — and so we encourage businesses and neighbors alike to reflect on the following as you plan and decide.

  • Who can you talk to now, like staff, neighbors or family, to make a smart plan for the future?
  • How can you support your neighbors and business community digitally, to keep up on one another’s needs and health?
  • If you’re able, can you donate to a KC food bank or donate supplies to a homeless shelter?
  • Can you purchase items from local businesses and services so things might be less lean for them in coming months?
  • If you or people you serve in your business are at high risk, how can you start hard conversations about how to isolate those who become ill and keep the community safe?
  • If you’re able, how can you connect with your local service providers about creative ideas on how to continue delivering services and keep everyone safe?

While the future is uncertain, we remain positive about Waldo’s business community and thankful for all the incredible businesses that make this an excellent place to live and work! Take care of yourselves, one another and your families.

All the best,

Executive Committee
Waldo Area Business Association Board of Directors

Kate Nielsen, President
Bethany Dyche, 1st Vice President
Angela Braun, 2nd Vice President
Chris Robb, Treasurer
Sarah Koci Scheilz, Secretary
Debby Allmon, Past President

Shop, dine & discover during Waldo Week 2020!

Show your local love and experience all that the Waldo neighborhood can offer with 25% off at participating businesses during the 5th annual Waldo Week, February 21 – 27. 

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 2020 participating businesses include: 


9Round, American Family Insurance – Craig Kenton Agency, Centered Spirit, Innate Yoga, Ovation Home Design, Quest Wireless, ReeceNichols, Teamwork Sports KC, Waldo Area Business Association, and Waldo Greenhouse 

Dining & Retail:

Betty Rae’s, Bier Station, Boru Ramen, Bar Crows, Coffee Eclectic’s, Gallery, Emilie’s French Teas, Hawthorne & Ivy, Hiles Two, McLain’s Bakery, Lew’s Grill & Bar, Mike’s Wine & Spirits, Summit Grill, The Well Bar Grille and Rooftop, and Waldo Pizza 

Patrons must mention Waldo Week to receive the discount when they visit participating merchants. Be sure to fill out the back of your passport and return to any of the participating businesses. *Rules and restrictions apply. 

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


Spooky Activities in The Waldo Area

(Updated: 10/25/2019)

Trunk Or Treat
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and School
2 E 75th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Friday, October 25, 2019 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM
Due to the construction TRUNK OR TREAT WILL BE HELD IN THE ECC/PMC PARKING LOTS this year!

A bag of candy gets you into the event, and food will be available for
purchase from two new vendors this year: Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria and
Cajunation. Walk through the PMC/ECC parking lots (the lots on the
east side of Main from the big school/church) and “trick or treat” at
the fun decorated vehicles. Bring kiddos in their costumes and your
dancing shoes, because DJ Kirby (sponsored by element) will be there again!

Please note: there will be no 8th grade haunted house this year, but they will be selling ghost for the Boo! A Teacher contest.

BOO at the Zoo!
Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, Missouri 64132
Saturday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:30 a.m.
Mark your calendars for Boo at the Zoo on Saturday, Oct 26 and Sunday, Oct 27. We have treats to go along with our tricks. Children will trick-or-treat the Zoo while enjoying Halloween themed activities and entertainment.

Skip, hop, crawl or waddle to trick or treat stations with the zooiest gooiest treats in town. Put on your favorite costume and join the Zoo animals for a trumpeting great day of not so spooky activities.

Our animals will also be smashing pumpkins at scheduled times throughout the day!

FOTZ Members, join us an hour before the Zoo opens to the general public to exclusively trick or treat at the Zoo! FOTZ Member Exclusive Hours: Saturday, October 26 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Healthful Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 12 PM – 2 PM
Precision Health
308 W 85th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Join us at Precision Health for a little spin on your usual Halloween activities!
We will have Dr. Kara’s homemade, allergen-free treats:
-Paleo chili
-Paleo (and egg free) brownies
-Pumpkin Muffins, and more!
-Drinks like REAL Cherry Limeade (with pure essential oils!) + Teas

For the kids:
-Costume contest with prizes
-Face painting (non-toxic and organic paints!)
-Games with Precision Fitness Trainer, Jon Thomas

For the Adults:
-Chair massage
-Gift certificate for microcurrent
-A chance to win a homemade, allergen-free goody gift-basket! RSVP!

Ivanhoe Trunk or Treat
8640 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64131
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2 PM – 5 PM
One Day only, Saturday October 26th from 2PM to 5PM the lodge parking lot welcomes any and all trunks. Trucks, Hot Rods and Motorcycles even. Have a little family fun and hand out candy or just come up and get some, show up in your finest costumes or bring a decorated trunk. Come play games and have little fun for all ages!

Halloween Costume Preview Saturday
Bier Station
120 E Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Saturday at 2 PM – 6 PM
Kids: test out your costume and trick-or-treating skills here 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and we’ve got candy for you. Parents: if your kid dresses up, you get happy hour prices on all pours. Everyone wins!

Trick or Treat Walk
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Armour Oaks Senior Living Community
8100 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Join us for our 3rd Annual Trick or Treat Walk. Come walk through our buildings for CANDY! CANDY! CANDY! We will have raffles, hot Dog Meal, music, costume contest for kids and safely indoors. Senior Living Facility, Open to ALL! Free Trick or Treat Bags!!
Armour Oaks is a Non-Profit Senior Living Facility, we are Kansas City’s oldest Non-Profit Organization. We have been in the Kansas City area since 1870, come join us for a day of fun!
If interested in donating Candy, Volunteer times or Monetary contributions please contact Dellas Baldelli Marketing Director or Jackie Alberts Human Resources @ 816-363-5141 or Via Website email Can’t wait to see you all!

Pre-Halloween Nosferatu Watch Party!
Kansas City Bier Company
310 W 79th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Saturday at 7 PM – 9 PM
We’re getting in the Halloween spirit, German-style, with a watch party of the 1922 German Expressionist horror film, Nosferatu — considered one of the all-time greatest horror films — complete with a live soundtrack performed by Kansas City pianist Rich Hill.

Filmed in 1921 and released in 1922, Nosferatu was an unauthorized adaptation of Dracula, the 1897 Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker, starring German actor Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.

According to legend, the film’s original score composed by Hans Erdmann was to be performed by an orchestra during the projection, and the original music was recorded during a screening of the film — but was eventually lost.

Throughout the history of Nosferatu screenings, many composers and musicians have written or improvised their own soundtrack to accompany the film. We’re continuing this tradition with Kansas City pianist Rich Hill, who will provide a live soundtrack accompaniment during the screening.

From 6-10 PM, order any klassiker bier (Dunkel, Pils, Helles Lager or Hefeweizen) and a traditional or Dunkel brat for $8.

HalWELLeen Party
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7 PM – 1:30 AM
The Well
7421 Broadway St, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Halloween Party!
Live Music with The Zeros at 9 p.m.
Costume Contest with $1,000 in Prizes at Midnight

HalLEWeen Party
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7 PM – 3 AM
Lew’s Grill and Bar
7539 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Halloween Party
Food & Drink Specials
Costume Contest with $500 in Prizes at 1 a.m.

Family Night at Waldo Library w/Dino O’Dell
Monday, October 28, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Kansas City Public Library – Waldo Branch
201 E 75th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Come join us for Dino O’Dell’s NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN production of stories and songs. Dino performs at 6:30PM. If you come early (5:30PM) we will have a face painter, a balloon artist, snacks, decorations, and lots and lots of books for you to check out!!!!!! Fun for the WHOLE FAMILY!!!

Halloween Night
October 31, 2019
Enjoy dinner in Waldo before trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, get your candy from CVS or Walgreen’s at 75th and Wornall, and fun decorations from Hiles Two, Pistachios, or Eclectic Gallery. Please be safe!


Pumpkin Carving Template:



27th Annual Fall Festival

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came out to the Waldo Fall Festival! We wish the weather had cooperated, but we’re happy we had so many visitors before the rain. We’ll see you all next year!

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!