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KCBJ’s 2023 List of Top Commercial Property Managers

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AREA’s property management division has made the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of top Commercial Property Managers, up 5 spots from last year. The list is made up of area companies ranked by local gross leasable square feet in 2023.

AREA manages more than 4 million square feet of retail, office and industrial space. We are determined to establish ourselves as the premier provider of commercial real estate services in Kansas City while building strong relationships with clients and tenants. Here is a list of select properties that AREA manages throughout the metro.

For more about our Property Management division and the services we provide, click here.

To see the full list from the Business Journal, click here.

Hemma Hemma Expands with First Restaurant Concept

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Ashley Bare, the chef behind the premiere meal delivery service, Hemma Hemma, will open her first restaurant concept later this summer. The 4,200 SF restaurant will take the former District. Pour House + Kitchen space in Waldo’s Romanelli Shops.

Hemma Hemma’s fresh take on meal delivery service focuses on creating delicious, nourishing dishes that feel homemade.  Now, the same unique flavor combinations, colorful seasonality, and beautiful presentation that Hemma Hemma has been known for will be offered at its first location. The restaurant’s core values will be focused around sustainability, quality, convenience, and ease. “I’m looking forward to Hemma Hemma becoming part of the fabric of the community that I grew up in and bringing my experience from around the world to the city I love,” said Ashley.

Hemma Hemma’s space will have a a modern-meets-home aesthetic with a variety of spaces: a main dining room, teaching kitchen, coffee bar, marketplace with grab-and-go meals, outdoor seating and a basement room for private events and dinner. Ashley partnered with design firm Midwest & Co on the design of the space. Hemma Hemma translates to ‘at home’ in Swedish, which is the goal of the feel of the restaurant.

Check out Hemma Hemma’s website for more details on their premier meal delivery service, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook for updates and sneak peeks of the new restaurant.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka represented both sides of this transaction.

Circadian Intimates Fills Market Void with New Prairie Village Bra-Fitting Boutique

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Circadian Intimates has announced a late May opening of its bra-fitting and intimate apparel storefront in the Corinth Quarter shopping center of Prairie Village, Kansas.

After multiple Kansas City bra stores closed in the last year – including Victoria’s Secret – Circadian Intimates founder and CEO Emily Elizabeth realized local women needed a convenient option to find bras that fit their unique body and they needed expert bra fitting advice.

Emily Elizabeth worked as a bra fitting expert at a local lingerie boutique for ten years, where she experienced the sense of empowerment customers felt after finding the correct fitting bra. “My vision for Circadian Intimates is to provide intimate apparel for every woman’s unique body throughout all stages of her life.”

“What makes us so excited about the Circadian Intimates addition to Kansas City is the fulfillment of a huge need in the market and the fresh new approach to personalized service in retail. We have yet to see another retailer offer the custom expertise and fun atmosphere that Circadian Intimates brings to the market,” says Tiffany Ruzicka, Vice President of AREA Real Estate Advisors.

Circadian Intimates opens its storefront in late May 2023 with an official grand opening week featuring bra-fitting seminars and fashion shows of seasonal lingerie and pajamas. You can request an invite to the grand opening events online.

To view the article in the Shawnee Mission Post, click here.

AREA makes KCBJ’s Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms

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AREA has made the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms in the metro area. The list is made up of area companies ranked by dollar volume of sales and leases in 2022. AREA is ranked number 15 amongst the 35 companies included.

AREA is the hometown team that plays in the big leagues. Our size and scope allow us to be nimble and apply a team-driven approach while providing best-in-class service to our projects which vary in complexity from single tenant net lease buildings to large mixed-use projects. Over the last 20 years, AREA has been providing commercial real estate and property management services to the Kansas City Metro area and neighboring regions!

For more about the services AREA provides, click here.

To see the full list, click here.

Hello Big Idea Signs New Office Lease off The Plaza

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Hello Big Idea has signed a ten-year lease for 2,251 square feet of creative office space within American Century’s Parkside Plaza in Kansas City, MO. They are currently located in the Mainmark Building in the Crossroads, with a lease that is up this May. The marketing and branding agency is based in Kansas City, and founded by Ashley Mahoney, honoree of a 2022 Women Who Mean Business from the Kansas City Business Journal.

With the move and office renovation, Hello Big Idea has been rethinking their use of office space. The team of 9 created a wish list based on how they are using their current space post-pandemic and what can they do to spark collaboration in the new office. A couple of the team’s wish list items include a move toward more enclosed rooms for privacy and zoom calls and a space to host events. Parkside Plaza’s walkability as well as its streetcar line location were amenities that drew them to the Parkside Plaza building.  Hello Big Idea plans to move into their new office this spring.

AREA’s Ellen Fisher represented Hello Big Idea with their new office lease. To read more about their plans for the new space, check out the Kansas City Business Journal’s article here.