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New Owners Have Reopened Classic Cookie in Waldo

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Kansas City’s Classic Cookie, a Waldo neighborhood favorite, well known for their incredible cookies, has reopened under new ownership at Romanelli Shops.  The café and bakery got its start on the Country Club Plaza in late 1981, selling fresh cookies from the oven.  Later that year, they moved to Waldo where they’ve been a mainstay since 1988, serving breakfast, lunch and pastries.  The business was recently put up for sale in September of 2021.

What started as a quest to find an affordable commercial kitchen for their growing meal delivery and catering business ended with Hailey Allen and chef Bryan Sparks announcing plans to reopen the beloved Waldo restaurant. The Classic Cookie & Cafe, along with their meal service company, Beloved on the Go, opened at the end of 2021.  The new owners remodeled the spot at 409 W Gregory and expanded the menu. The dining room has been reconfigured, providing more seating for guests and an open bakery counter to expedite to-go orders.  The cafe will include sidewalk seating and morning cocktails, along with wine and beer served at lunch come Spring 2022.

To see a full menu, hours of operation or for online ordering, visit their website,

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka & Hank Simpson represent Romanelli Shops.

A New Gym for the Future Office Tenants at Prairie Village Shops

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The future office tenants at The Shops of Prairie Village will have another amenity at their finger tips.  The Macy’s redevelopment will be the future home to Genesis Health Club, who will take a portion of the 120,000 SF new office development located at 71st Street & Mission Road.  The fitness center will be located on the lower level walk out area. The redevelopment plans include a remodel to the interior of the building to support multiple office tenants.  The office spaces will also feature a private terrace and a central courtyard.

The atmosphere at The Shops of Prairie Village is welcoming and full of life. The lifestyle center, home to many longtime Kansas City favorites, provides comfort, convenience and community with its upscale merchants and restaurants.  The redevelopment of Macy’s will only enhance and bring more life to the center.

AREA’s Tim Schaffer, Sean Craven and Jay Hawkins handle the office leasing. To see availabilities at The Offices at Prairie Village Shops, click here.

The read more about the redevelopment in the Kansas City Business Journal, click here.

Jason’s Deli Moves Across The Street to Town Pavilion

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Jason’s Deli is making a move across Main Street in downtown Kansas City, into its new home at Town Pavilion. Town Pavilion just completed a $5 million lobby renovation. The family-owned business will be occupying 3,700 SF accessible from the lobby and will have an entrance and outdoor dining area on Petticoat Lane. Their previous location at the recently renovated lightwell office tower at 1100 Main Street, will be occupied by a new food hall concept from Menlo Food Labs.

AREA Real Estate Advisors worked with the company to find a location in the same neighborhood. “We know how beloved Jason’s was to the people in our building and so we took an active role in helping them find a location in the same neighborhood that would continue to serve lightwell tenants and the downtown community,” said AREA’s founder, Tim Schaffer.

The new location is anticipating a spring opening and launching to-go and delivery operations beginning next month. Jason’s Deli plans to vacate its current space at the end of December.

AREA’s project manager, Josh Scott, is helping Jason’s Deli with the move and the buildout of the new space as well as lightwell’s new food hall.

Click here for CityScene’s article on the move of Jason’s Deli.

Store Number Three for EB!

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EB&Co is making its way into the Johnson County market. Emily will open her third location in Leawood’s Hawthorne Plaza, located off 135th and Roe. Her current stores operate in Brookside and on the Country Club Plaza, with a popup store at Zona Rosa. Construction is underway on the 1,000+ square foot store, her largest store yet, and is hoping for an April opening.

“People have been asking for a store (in Kansas) for so long. … When I think of shopping out south, that’s where my mind goes,” founder Emily Bordner said of the intersection near Hawthorne Plaza. “I’m so excited to see it come to life.”

EB&Co is a modern accessories brand and fashion boutique. Emily curates and creates pieces that are trendy, unique and perfect for yourself or as a gift. This new location gives the retailer room to experiment with new product offerings in the décor and self-care categories, she said.

Follow EB&Co on Instagram and Facebook for more updates.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka represented the tenant in this transaction.

Click here for Kansas City Business Journal’s article on the Leawood store.

Manaia Collective Restaurant Group

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Manaia Collective, a new restaurant group from Chef Howard Hanna, will open its two initial concepts, Small Axe city diner & Afi natural wine bar at City Club Apartments at 20th & Main Street in the Crossroads.  Construction is well on its way and the restaurants are targeting a late spring 2022 opening.

Small Axe, located at the corner of 20th & Main, is a progressive city diner for everyone. The menu will offer a modern, imaginative take on classic diner fare, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The space is bright and buzzy, lively and upbeat, and a great meeting place.  Small Axe will feature a rooftop and street level patio, which will allow for pop-up events before the formal opening.


Afi, located at 1989 Main Street, is a natural wine bar with a worldview. Afi’s menu explores indigenous ingredients and techniques from North America, Africa, Asia and Latin America, and pairing those dishes with sustainable and natural wines. Open fire cooking on their hearth oven is the common ingredient. Their approach to food is one with a deep respect and a quest for learning. Afi will also feature a rooftop and street-level patio.



The Manaia Collective is a group that is passionate about the hospitality industry and its opportunity to connect with the community. Unfortunately, the industry has been broken due to the pandemic, which brought a lack of sustainability for business owners, as well as poor quality of life for employees.  Manaia Collective was formed to change the status quo. The group believes every hospitality worker deserves living wages, healthcare benefits, work/life balance, opportunities for advancement, and an opportunity to have a real career in the hospitality industry.  The group’s new hospitality model focuses on these values:

     – Quality of Life
     – A Path for Growth
     – Sustainability in All Areas
     – Healthy Environments
     – Emphasis on Community

Visit their website to learn more about Manaia Collective, and for an opportunity to invest in the mission, click here.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka handled the leasing for both restaurant transactions and Josh Scott is the Project Manager on the build out of both spaces.

Click here for MetroWire Media’s article on Manaia Collective.

Click here for The Kansas City Star’s article on Manaia Collective.

Click here for the Kansas City Business Journal’s article on Manaia Collective.