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Emler Swim School to Open Northland Location

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Emler Swim School will open its third Kansas City Metro location this June in the Northland. The newest location, at 8350 N. Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64118, is on the southeast corner of Highway 169 and Barry Road and is currently registering swimmers with a June 10th opening date.

Emler Swim School entered the Kansas City market in 2014 with their first location at 3612 W 135th St in Leawood, KS. In 2018, AREA helped open their second location at 47th Ave & Mission Road in Westwood, KS in Northwood Shopping Center.

Emler’s award-winning program teaches water safety and swimming lessons to infants, toddlers preschoolers, and kids. The swim school has over 30 locations across Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and Oregon.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka represents Emler in the Kansas City Market.

T’ähä Mexican Kitchen Will Open in Former Jax Fish House Space

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T’ähä Mexican Kitchen will take over the recently closed Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar at Welsh Plaza, 900 W 48th Place in Kansas City, MO.

T’ähä Mexican Kitchen is a new concept from owner and chef Fidel Gomez, of Little Hacienda. Little Hacienda has 2 locations in Branson and Hollister, MO that have been in operation for over 20 years.

Fidel immigrated to Fayetteville, Arkansas from Hidalgo, Mexico in 1997 and worked his way up from a dishwasher to a general manager at local Mexican restaurants. Little Hacienda Branson was first opened in 1999 after Fidel visited Branson on a family vacation. He noticed the lack of Mexican restaurants in the area and decided to open up a restaurant that he and his family could call their own.

Fidel’s youngest son, Jose, graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City this past May. Since Jose’s move to Kansas City in 2019, the Gomez family has regularly visited him from Branson. Jose spoke very highly of the local community and kept his family abreast of new and exciting local developments in the service, arts, and entertainment industries.

“It goes without saying that Kansas City is a jewel of the Midwest. Crazy celebrity couples, NFL championships, world class soccer tournaments and major infrastructure developments throughout the city have only served to prove to the nation that Kansas City is the place to be. Our decision to expand to Kansas City felt natural. We are excited to become a part of the local community and bring something entirely new to the city,” said Fidel.

The 5,276 SF restaurant space is on the ground level of the mixed-use building, formerly called Plaza Vista. Located just west of the plaza, the building is connected to The Fontaine Hotel and anchored by Polsinelli law firm, as well as other restaurants and bars- JJ’s Restaurant and The Monarch bar. “Authentic and quality Mexican cuisine that Kansas City has been begging for in the Plaza District is finally coming to life!” Said Tiffany Ruzica of AREA Real Estate Advisors.

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar has been a part of Welsh Plaza for 10 years, closing its doors at the beginning of this year.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka negotiated the transaction on behalf of T’ähä and Welsh Plaza owners.

Click here to read The Kansas City Business Journal’s article.

AREA’s Women in Commercial Real Estate 2023

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Midwest Real Estate News is honoring the Midwest Women in Commercial Real Estate for 2023, and AREA is proud to be a part of this impressive group of women!

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka and Rachel West are an integral part of our retail team, and our company as a whole. These two have 25 combined years of experience representing AREA and the Kansas City brokerage community.

Click to see Midwest Real Estate News‘ special edition highlighting the success of these talented women, as well as others in the CRE industry across our region.

Sporting Kansas City Relocates its Office to River Market

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Sporting Kansas City has signed a 30,000 square foot 10-year lease at 3Y, relocating the team’s offices to The River Market. The Class A Office building is located at 300 Wyandotte and is owned by SomeraRoad. Sporting currently offices out of the Marietta Chair building at 2020 Baltimore Ave in the Crossroads, and has been there since early 2017.

Occupancy at 3Y is targeted for next quarter and the space will office its ownership, management and administrative teams.

AREA’s Sean Craven & Tim Schaffer negotiated the transaction on behalf of Sporting Kansas City and SomeraRoad.

AREA also handles the property management for the 3Y building. To read more about the move, read the KCBJ’s article here.

Banksia Bakehouse & Café Will Relocate and Expand Down(town) Under

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Banksia Australian Bakehouse & Café will relocate their flagship restaurant a few blocks south to the first floor of Town Pavilion at 1111 Main Street downtown. The new location will take the former Plowboys Barbeque space on the southeast corner of 12th & Main Streets along the Streetcar Line. The new 5,350 SF restaurant will more than triple its seating, serving 150 people inside plus an additional 50 to 80 outside. It will be the first location to include happy hour and dinner service.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka represented Banksia in this transaction, as well as their South Plaza location. “The move allows Banksia to design a space meant for the growing downtown businesses and beyond”, said Ruzicka.

Banksia owners, Rob & Kate Joseph and Erika Vikor, opened their flagship location in 2017 at 105 W 9th Street after moving to Kansas City from Australia 5 years prior. In early 2020, they opened a second location in South Plaza at 4800 Main Street, which features a full bar.

Their current menu reflects the owners’ Australian heritage featuring breakfast, lunch, and pastry items such as sausage rolls, meat pies, ricotta pancakes, and vegemite toast. “Best flat white in the city” according to Ruzicka.

To read more about Banksia’s downtown move, click here for the KCBJ article.