Retail | AREA Real Estate Advisors - Part 2

Crestwood Shops Celebrates 100 Years!

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Long before strip malls were popular, Crestwood Shops was built as a one-stop shopping strip.  In 1921, J.C. Nichols opened his first neighborhood shopping center.  Kansas City was rapidly expanding, with one of its newest subdivisions being Crestwood.  The area that was previously just pasture and land was developed into the shopping strip with the classic American colonial style in mind.  The original stores were at the west end of the property on 55th & Brookside Blvd (Aixois) and within a few years the remaining storefronts opened along 55th Street east to Oak Street.

Crestwood was known to be easily accessible via the Streetcar line, as well as parking right in front of the stores.  Through the years, the shops have had a tremendous variety of businesses, including restaurants, bookstores, gift shops, clothing boutiques, a music school, cold storage lockers, to name a few.  Individually and locally owned is the standard for the center, and they have never deviated from it.

To celebrate the shops centennial, the store owners will be going back in time to the roaring 20s for three days of nonstop shopping and fun!

Thursday, October 7th
– 5PM – 8 PM Roaring 20s themed block party, live entertainment with extended shop hours

Friday, October 8th
– Normal shop hours from 10 AM – 5 PM with each shop having 1920s demonstrations
– 11 AM & 3 PM – William Worley will speak on the history of Crestwood

Saturday, October 9th
– Street Festival! 55th Street will be shut down to accommodate food trucks, vendors, Guadalupe dancers and a Jazz trio. KC Pet Project will be on site with pet adoptions and retail throughout the day.

AREA’s Property Management team manages the shopping strip.

Flip’d Makes Big National Debut in Kansas City Market

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Flip’d, by IHOP, debuts its first location in the nation in Lawrence, Kansas. The fast-casual restaurant opened this week in the old Zaxby’s building on West 6th Street.

The breakfast restaurant is considered a more convenient concept of IHOP with a twist. The breakfast menu includes a “Build your Own Pancake Bar”, breakfast bowls, breakfast sandwiches and pancake bowls (four buttermilk pancakes, any flavor of your choosing, with options to mix and match 15 different toppings. A P.M. menu for the lunch and dinner customers can grab sandwiches, wraps and grab-and-go salads.

Along with a different and unique menu from IHOP, the customer has the option to order from a digital kiosk, pick-up or delivery, as well as a drive-thru option. The 3,500 SF location includes seating for up to 55 people. Its second location is planned for end of Q3 2021 in New York City.

AREA represented Flip’d on this transaction.

For more information on Flip’d, here is an article from Nation’s Restaurant News.

Big Changes at Zona Rosa

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Renovations are complete at Zona Rosa in Kansas City! Improvements included two new green space areas, upgraded building facades, improved landscaping, public art and additional walkways throughout the development.

A building was torn down to create North Park, a new community green space featuring outdoor seating, lawn games, and event activities. This is home to The Rink at Zona Rosa, an outdoor ice skating rink for skating, hockey and curling during the winter.

The former Town Square has been renamed Central Park and offers more green space with a new splash park, kids playscape, covered outdoor seating and an event stage for festivals and live music.

“These upgrades have significantly impacted the overall Zona Rosa experience,” said Scott Zigler, Zona Rosa’s General Manager. “Now, visitors enjoy a multi-faceted experience filled with a new sense of place, in addition to a wide variety of available retail offerings.”

54th Street Grill is also be expanding to include an outdoor recreational area with sport courts, outdoor seating, fire pits and live music.

For Zona Rosa leasing information, click here.

Paragon Star Developers Are Moving Mountains

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Paragon Star’s development team is moving mountains in Lee’s Summit. The daily progress is outstanding, seeing all of the pavement, roundabouts and the team tirelessly working towards the finish line. The mixed-use development is planning for a 2022 completion.

The complex will feature 16 state-of-the-art sports fields, 90,000 square feet each of office and retail suites, entertainment, a hotel, and nearly 400 upscale apartments.

For more information on Paragon Star, click here.

AREA’s Latest Restaurant Openings

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AREA has done it again! We are honored to be a part of the ever-growing restaurant scene around Kansas City.  Below are some exciting restaurants that are opening in the next couple of months that AREA had a leasing hand in.


Feast Magazine’s ‘must try’ sushi spot, Prime Sushi, is opening its third location in the city at Prairie Village Shops next door to Scratch Gourmet & Express Catering.  Prime’s current locations are in south Plaza and Overland Park offering the largest sushi portions in Kansas City.

The name Prime Sushi could be a little deceiving: the restaurant offers almost a 50/50 balance between raw fish and hot dishes. On the menu, you’ll find Japanese sushi, sashimi and maki rolls and combination platters, as chicken and pork bento boxes. Bowls of ramen and udon noodles sit next to Korean bulgogi and bibimbap bowls. The family owned and operated restaurant has plenty to keep the everyday sushi lover happy.

Not only do these playfully named; generously sized rolls taste great, they are made by professionally trained, skilled sushi masters using fresh fish and creative and fun ingredients.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka handled the real estate transaction.

For more info, visit http://primesushikc.com/


Scratch Gourmet Express & Catering is opening its first location in Kansas City and is set to open this Spring in the former Standees space at Prairie Village Shops.  Scratch Gourmet Express and Catering focuses on providing customers with an exceptional food experience. Often our fondest memories revolve around sharing great food with family and friends.

Their award-winning team has traveled the world over the last 15 years, soaking up the authenticity of the international cuisine they serve. They offer a refined modern twist on comfort food, as well as globally influenced recipes that reflect the true melting pot of American cuisine.  The food is always made fresh in-house using carefully selected high-quality and locally sourced ingredients. To view grab and go menus, or place catering orders, click here.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka and Hank Simpson handled this real estate transaction.


Plate Restaurant is expanding its footprint with a second location in Leawood this fall. Plates current location is in Brookside at 701 E 63rd Street.  The new restaurant will occupy the 5,972 SF former California Pizza Kitchen space at 11655 Ash Street in Park Place.

The modern Italian eatery, created by local restauranteur Christian Joseph in 2014, features an award-winning dining experience. They serve lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch with menu items including homemade pizza, pasta, focaccia and other regional favorites prepared daily in the scratch kitchen.

Park Place is the ideal location for this restaurant’s loyal customer base. There is a need for the taste of central Italy, especially their traditional pizzas, in Leawood, and there’s no better location for that than the top-quality office and retail property that Park Place has always been.  Park Place Village is a 483,984 square foot mixed-use property made up of 10-building complex’s that offers a variety of amenities including boutique shops, upscale restaurants and cafés. The surrounding area features the Aloft Hotel, 120 apartments, 30 townhouses and 27 lofts.

AREA’s Rich Duvall handled the real estate transaction on behalf of Plate.


Homegrown, a daytime eatery staple in Wichita, KS, is opening its first Kansas City location this summer in Brookside.  Homegrown offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch with its thoughtful dishes and baked goods everyone is sure to love.  Known for its scratch cooking, HomeGrown uses fresh, locally produced ingredients and shares a passion for cultivating kindness in the community. Top menu items include their home-made pop tarts, avocado toast and brunch cocktails.

Brookside, a trendy neighborhood south of the Country Club Plaza is home to many upscale restaurants and shops, making this the perfect fit for Homegrown.  The Brookside location will be the fourth location in total, with three other locations in Wichita, KS.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka handled the leasing in this transaction