Kansas City’s legendary Country Club Plaza started the year with many dark rooms. But it fills up steadily, and more and more tenants keep coming.
New retailers sell furniture, home decor, gifts, jewelry, clothing, pet supplies and more. Rally house moved and expanded. An ice cream parlor and a few gyms will open soon.
Here are some of the latest updates:
▪ KC style house4704 Wyandotte St. The locally owned shop is a collection boutique that offers goods from at least 40 suppliers. Items currently include furniture such as sofas and sideboards, home decor, clothing and accessories, pug mommy hats, jars of pickled red onions or barbecue sauce, coffee toffee, cookie patterns, black raspberry soap, lip balm, fluffy slippers, bralettes, denim , fringed faux leather jackets, sunglasses, lamps, dog leashes and artwork.
“The furniture is cash and carry so you don’t have to wait. That’s a big problem with some furniture stores,” said owner Deserae Minor. “We are always bringing in new goods. And people love that we’re local.”
The KC Style House occupies part of the former Plaza Theatre. RE: Emporium occupied the space last.
▪ The normal brand, 425 Nichols Street. The family-owned retailer in St. Louis offers men’s and women’s clothing. Items include polo shirts, button-downs, t-shirts, hoodies, henleys, sweaters, bottoms, dresses, sweatpants, hats and bags – some items will be on display at a grill inspired by Kansas City. Some of the garments are made from a special knit blend called Puremeso.
“It’s all very comfortable, especially the Puremeso,” said Conrad Sansone, one of the three brothers who own the company. “Our main goal in our stores is to make people’s day better. You can expect to be greeted with a smile, hear music and we have a signature scent in stores from the candles and diffuser.”
The brothers have a store in St. Louis and one in Nashville. They also sell their products in more than 500 specialty stores and online.
Her mother helps design the shops. Another brother owns a real estate company and negotiated the Plaza location. They plan national expansion.
The Plaza store will also host events like a recent tequila tasting. It is to be officially opened in autumn.
▪ The shadow shop, 212 Nichols. It will offer world class custom window treatments, design and services. An opening on July 1 is planned. It also has a location in Leawood.
▪ Tirzah design, 321 Nichols. The brand offers survivor-crafted earrings in premium gold-filled or sterling silver for sustainability. It also sells pottery, housewares and gifts – mostly from local survivors – and has upscale, gently used consignment clothing.
Kate Spade New York used to work in this space.
▪ love sack, 340 W. 47th St. Contemporary furniture, including premium bean bags and lounge suites, according to the company’s website. Officials could not be reached for comment.
The area was previously home to pop-up retailers.
rally house moved from 47th Street to the former Nike space at 211 Nichols.
The Lenexa-based chain offers a variety of athletic apparel and accessories for teams on both sides of the state line, including the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, the University of Missouri, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. It also has products from local brands like Boulevard Brewing Co., Gates Bar-BQ, and The Roasterie.
The 47th Street store was 7,685 square feet and the new location is 12,047 square feet. It will feature more seasonal items like the current Royals selection.
It also has a location at 452 Ward Parkway as well as others near the subway.
▪ Club Pilates610 W. 48th St. Opening August 1st.
▪ Ice Cream Bae, 418 Nichols, plans to open in September. It also has a location in Leawood.
▪ psycho bunny, 415 Nicholas. Men’s fashion brand from New York. Summer opening planned.
▪ Pure barre, 515 Nicholas. mid to late July.
In April, upscale department store Nordstrom announced it would not be moving from Overland Park to the Plaza.
A Nordstrom spokesman stated that the deal was terminated at the request of Taubman and Macerich, the Plaza’s owners. The Plaza had no further comment.
Real estate sources say both Target (with apartments above) and Dillard’s have been proposed for the site.
On Friday, a Plaza spokeswoman said there was “no announcement regarding a new tenant for the Nordstrom lot.”
This story was originally published June 18, 2022 5:00 am.