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Nekter Joins South Plaza- 4800Main

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Nekter Juice Bar will open this summer in South Plaza! The juice bar will take 1,850 square feet (the former Eat Fit Go space) at 4800 Main Street in Kansas City.

Founded in Southern California in 2010, Nekter is quickly becoming one of the restaurant industry’s most successful emerging brands today.  With nearly 100 restaurants across the United States, they make drinking green juice an easy, but important part of your day! This will be Nekter’s second location in the KC Metro, with a current location in Hawthorne Plaza at 119th & Roe in Overland Park.

The restaurant has entirely transformed the juice bar experience by offering total ingredient transparency, eliminating unnecessary sugars, processed ingredients, and artificial flavors from its entire menu.  The menu is simple – six fresh juices, seven smoothies and five acai bowls along with a few healthy snacks!

Nekter will join Power Life Yoga, Stock Hill, Nail Society, Duck & Roll and Banksia (opening soon). For leasing on the one remaining retail space at 4800Main, click here or contact Tiffany Ruzicka.

AREA + Jason Swords Podcast: Downtown KC Development

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In AREA’s third podcast episode, Tim Schaffer interviews Jason Swords of Sunflower Development Group to discuss the development of downtown Kansas City. A few topics covered include incentives; opportunity zones; challenges and opportunities in the next year; and of course, baseball!

Jason Swords in the Founder and Principal of Sunflower Development Group in Kansas City. He has led Sunflower Development Group to award-winning success in revitalizing urban communities. Jason’s passion for preservation and tireless commitment to big ideas is ingrained in everything Sunflower does.

Sunflower Development Group focuses on urban development projects in areas that are often overlooked. The historical real estate development firm has had a major impact in bringing areas of town back to life that haven’t seen activity in years.

To subscribe or listen to AREA’s podcast, you can find us on Spotify or Apple Podcast.

Recorded by Let it Fly Media.

AREA + Tim Barton Podcast: Edison District & Creating Work Environments

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Click below to listen to AREA’s Tim Schaffer’s interview with Tim Barton of Edison District. Barton shares his inspiration for creating Edison District’s true walkable area—the first of it’s kind in Johnson County— and what is attracting Edison District’s tenants. Tim squared also touch on how Strang Hall, Edison District’s authentic chef collective, offers data driven creativity to form a successful and dynamic business models.

Tim Barton holds many titles and is a mentor and investor in startups. Currently he is the visionary and developer for Edison District in Downtown Overland Park. He’s also the founder of Menlo Food Labs, a unique chef-driven food collective, who’s first location is Strang Hall at Edison District. Barton’s resume also includes creator and founder of Edison Spaces, a flexible workspace option for startups and small companies, with two locations in Overland Park.

Barton is best known as the founder of Freightquote, which he started in 1998. Freightquote is an online transportation broker of freight services throughout North America, the largest in the world.

To subscribe or listen to AREA’s podcast, you can find us on Spotify or Apple Podcast.

Recorded by Let it Fly Media.

A Need For More Office Space Post-COVID?

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Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, believes there will be a greater demand for office space after the COVID pandemic. He explains the need for social distancing within offices will create a desire for more space, contradicting widespread predictions of declining office space.

Schmidt, who appeared on “Face the Nation“, also believes global megacities’ densities will change as employees’ concerns effect where they are doing their business. “We’ve had this situation where people move to supercities in these incredibly concentrated ways. That will change in the next few years. You don’t need to be in the supercity in order to participate in the excitement of these supercities.”

“We’re going to have to think about hub-and-spoke systems where local people don’t travel so far because they don’t want to be in public transit for so long. So we’re going to have to really rethink how businesses operate. They need their employees back.” said Schmidt.

To read the full article in Business Insider, click here.

AREA + ChowNow Podcast: How COVID Is Effecting The Restaurant Tech Company

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Click below to listen to AREA’s Tim Schaffer & Eric Jaffe of Los Angeles’ ChowNow, discussing how COVID-10 is effecting the restaurant technology company. ChowNow creates and customizes online ordering systems for restaurants and is opening their 2nd HQ here in Kansas City. Jaffe explains the steps the company is taking to provide restaurants with an easy to use progressive products to help their clients navigate and be successful through COVID.

Eric Jaffe is the COO and Co-Founder of ChowNow. Eric has recently moved to Kansas City from Los Angeles to open up H2Q downtown in the lightwell building at 1100 Main Street. He is devoted to making sure restaurants are at their best when they focus their efforts on the quality of their food and service by taking focus off of technology and letting ChowNow take over that section. He oversees all operational aspects of the company. He resources between departments and is involved in hiring, corporate processes, business development, client success and strategy.

For more information on ChowNow, click here.

Recorded by Let it Fly Media.

To subscribe or listen to AREA’s podcast, you can find us on Spotify or Apple Podcast.