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Main St. Business:
Urban Mining Homewares Bonus Weekend
December 13-16

This holiday season, you have four more days to shop at your local vintage market! Urban Mining Homewares features affordably-priced furniture, decor, gifts, textiles, architectural elements, antiques, mid-century, industrial era and whimsical handcrafted treasures. With a huge selection on two floors of Main Street’s historic Meyer Building, you’re sure to find unique treasures for everyone on your list!

Click the image above to see a preview of their December selection, or visit their website at www.urbanmininghomewares.com.

See what happened when Cool the Cat visited Urban Mining in our Main Street Cool Cats Video Series!

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The Midtown KC Post compiled this video of Kansas City Art Deco treasures and some of our favorite historic buildings on Main Street.

Call for volunteers: Penn Valley Park Creek Clean-Up

Saturday, October 13
9:00am - 12:00pm

Come help preserve a gem in the city!

Directions:
Northbound from Broadway, take a left on 31st. Just past the Fireman’s Fountain you will take a right into the park. Follow the hill down until you see parking.
Southbound, take I35 and take exit 1B/Broadway. Immediately take a right and you will see the lake. Park on the perimeter road. 

The MindMixer for the Midtown Plaza Area Plan is up! They are looking for creative, practical ideas for the future of Kansas City’s Midtown. Your input will help direct the study and ongoing conversation, so speak up and let them know what Midtowners really want!

September 1st
8am - 2pm
The Katz Building Parking Lot
Westport Rd & Main St.
Rain or Shine

This Saturday is the pilot run of a community market outside the iconic Katz community building that will take place on the first weekend of the month throughout the Fall. Shop at tents from local businesses, farmers, and people in your community!

If you are interested in being a vendor at future markets or would like more information, contact Chris Gorney at cgorney@redeemerkansascity.org or (816) 561-1301.

Tuesday, May 1st
5:30-8:30pm
A Tented Event at 40th & Main 

Join us for a night of music, food and drinks in celebration of MainCor’s 30th Anniversary and the outstanding commitment of Kansas City’s Midtown community, featuring:

  • The Ribbon-Cutting for Phase 1 of the Main Street Streetscape
  • A 30-Year Time Capsule Ceremony
  • The Dedication of Thomas G. Patterson Plaza
  • The Presentation of the I.J. Mnookin Award to Stephen J. Block
  • The Recognition of the MainStay Award Winners 

This is the first event of this kind we have held at MainCor, and we are very excited to share it with you! We will be featuring information on the event and the great projects we will be honoring here in the weeks to come, so stay tuned, reserve your tickets, and join us for the Main Event!

Click here for more information.

With the metal siding removed from 3266 Main, you can really see how beautiful buildings on Main Street used to be built! What a shame for this to only be revealed in the process of taking it down.

Midtown Marketplace / Councilman Jim Glover

The Public / Private Partnership MainStay Award honors this project whose link between the public and private sectors brought community change beyond the ordinary.

We are pleased to present this award to Councilman Jim Glover for his commitment to making the Midtown Market Place at Linwood and Main Street a reality.  Before the arrival of The Home Depot and Costco, the existing neighborhood named Warner Plaza was suffering from blight and staggering crime rates.  When the Midtown Market Place project began, residents of Warner Plaza were given assistance in relocation and residents of the surrounding neighborhood were introduced to RAMP, a housing rehabilitation program to improve their aging homes. Problem businesses were eliminated at the same time that the Market Place was constructed, and crime rates plummeted as new life was given to the area.  Without the extensive efforts of Councilman Glover, the lasting impact of these programs and businesses would not have come to Midtown.

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Join us for coffee & pastries, meet with your neighbors, local business owners, city staff, and police officers to hear what is happening on YOUR Main Street!

This is our last public event of 2012, so come and share your holiday events, ideas, and ways to get involved in Midtown!

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Wednesday, December 5
8-9:30 a.m.
Drop in any time!
3215 Main St.
Second Floor Conference Room
Hit the buzzer on the left side of the door to be let in.

The MainCor Coffee Klatch
Every first Wednesday of the month
Starting at 8am
MainCor Conference Room
2nd Floor, 3215 Main St.

Have you ever wanted to know more about Main Street? Wonder what’s going on in Midtown or have an exciting event to share? Our monthly Coffee Klatch is a fun, free, and informal way to get to know your neighbors in the Main Street District.

From new residents to elected officials, we invite you to mix and mingle at your leisure. It’s an open door, so come when you can, leave when you must, but the coffee’s hottest at 8.

These notable organizations have all transformed their portion of Main Street, bringing with them a lasting positive impact upon community. 

American Century Investments

The internationally-acclaimed, Kansas City-based investment management firm moved to 4500 Main Street in 1987.  Over a thousand employees of American Century and other companies are based in the two towers, supporting the Main Street Community Improvement District and the community’s overall well-being.

Contract Furnishings

Before Contract Furnishings moved to Main Street, the block was near vacant of tenants.  However, once the commercial furniture company moved in and rehabbed the old building at 3129 Main in 1995, new life began to move in, including major institutions such as the Children’s TLC Campus, Home Depot, Costco, and the Federal Reserve Bank. 

Federal Reserve Bank

The Federal Reserve Bank’s 2008 move to 1 Memorial Drive, at Main and 28th Street, was an integral one – the massively impressive building houses one of the country’s twelve regional Reserve banks throughout the country, and relocated roughly 200 workers from downtown Kansas City to Main Street.

Gates & Sons BBQ

The old Rax Sandwich building at 3205 Main was left vacant until barbeque powerhouse Gates & Sons BBQ moved in around 1995, reintroducing a locally-owned Kansas City specialty to the area.  Now, the restaurant’s distinguished look (and taste) attracts both local and out-of-town visitors to Main Street for some of Kansas City’s favorite cuisine.

Hallmark Cards / Crown Center Redevelopment

One of the country’s first mixed-use redevelopment projects began in the late 1960s by the Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation on the eastern side of Main and Pershing.  A blighted 85 acres became home to retail, office space, hotels, living space, and entertainment, attracting five million visitors every year.

Union Hill

What started as Bob Frye’s college thesis in 1982 became a passion to reset the clock for the Union Hill neighborhood. The ticking of the clock has brought tremendous change as new and renovated townhomes, apartments and commercial spaces took over blighted and desolate properties. Once Union Hill established a stable environment, hundreds of other large and small property owners joined in by investing and improving their properties, allowing the Union Hill neighborhood to capture once again its former glory.

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Many thanks to Redeemer Fellowship for organizing last Saturday’s Our Neighborhood, Our City cleanup! This is their follow-up video, with an appearance by our very own Stan Henry!

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Affordable Christmas empowers local families with the opportunity to provide a fun Christmas for their children in a dignified manner by allowing families to purchase brand-new gifts at a reduced cost.

Families will be invited to a Christmas celebration breakfast with live music and photos with Santa, during which parents and guardians will have the opportunity to shop at an Affordable Christmas store. Families will be able to purchase three gifts, or up to $10 worth of gifts, per child. All gifts are brand-new and are marked at a tenth of the retail price and gift-wrapped on site. 

Gifts are donated by the community and the event is supported by volunteers from Redeemer Fellowship and community partners. If you are able, they are still in need of new, unwrapped toys for the 200+ invited families, with children ages birth to 17. They also need brand-new coats, gloves, hats, etc. for kids ages 2-17.

Office toy drives are a great way to partner with us as well. We are also accepting financial donations and gift cards.

Donations may be dropped off at Redeemer Fellowship Monday-Friday, 9 am – 4 pm until December 9, or during regular Sunday services (at 9 and 11 am and 5 pm).