A black lace dress from Nikki Grants recent New York buying trip has already sold out.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
But she still has the bright coral version, as well as other new contemporary womens clothing at Colfax Market Femme, 611 W. 39th St.
Grant had operated Nikki Grant Boutique in Westport for about three years as well as an outlet in a boutique collective in the Power & Light District. But when the high-profile Colfax shop become available recently, Grant decided to take over and consolidate her operations. She held a grand reopening Thursday.
She knew Colfax had a roster of loyal customers, and Nikki Grant Boutique customers followed her as well. The spot on bustling 39th Street also should bring in new clientele.
Ive seen a huge percentage increase since I came in on Jan. 15th, she said.
Grant goes on buying trips to Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas to search out the newest styles and bring them back here.
Vendors include a French jewelry maker who uses mostly old French silver and Swarovski crystal, along with a steampunk line made from vintage watches.
Grant, a native of Trinidad, spent a decade in New York before moving to the Kansas City area in 2010.
Her landlord, Terry Richardson, had owned and operated vintage retail shop Revue, which also had its own line of clothing, for about 20 years. Richardson closed that operation about five years ago and bought a building at 39th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue to convert it to a retail complex with some service businesses. Her Colfax market was an afterthought, something to fill up the long narrow space that was formerly a loading dock and driveway.
At first Richardson tried a market format, renting out space to jewelry and clothing vendors. When that didnt work, Richardson took over as buyer and brought in unique items from local, regional and international designers.
But she never planned to be in retail permanently. Now she wants to spend more time developing commercial properties with her husband, Richard Abloff. Shell continue to mentor Grant during the transition, and she sells jewelry and clothing on consignment in Colfax.
Nikki is learning about our customers and our lines and has her own, too, Richardson said. Its an important thing to do for people who have been seasoned to work with younger people. I think she is just perfect. She just completed the picture for Colfax her passion, shes young, and shes out there in the community.
Parisi in Leawood
Parisi Cafe may be known more for its coffee selection signature barista-prepared concoctions, espresso drinks and iced coffees using roasted beans from Kansas City-based wholesaler Parisi Artisan Coffee.
But other menu items can be just as big a draw.
Parisi Cafes second area location, a 2,000-square-foot operation in Park Place at 5245 W. 116th Place, Leawood, opened Monday. There also is a location in Union Station.
Master sommelier Doug Frost helped create a line of coffee cocktails (such as the Dark n Stormy with Goslings dark rum, house-made ginger syrup and a touch of lime) and the cafes wine list. Desserts will be tweaked seasonally but could include petit fours (small cakes topped with coffee butter cream, strawberry glaze and chocolate mousse, cocoa power and praline hazelnuts), pear tarts, lemon gelato with a limoncello swirl, and peach sorbetto.
The cafe sells artisan teas, Italian sodas, house-made chai tea, pastries and baked items, grab-and-go sandwiches (tenderloin, turkey or garden pita) and salads (quinoa, Cobb or spinach).
Pete Licata became Parisi Artisan Coffees quality assurance manager in December and was the 2011 United States Barista Championship winner. He also won second place in the world barista competition in Bogota, Colombia, in June 2011. Hell head to Boston in April for 2013 U.S. competition.
Highwood Properties has confirmed that longtime tenant Figlio the Italian Restaurant & Bar has closed at 209 W. 46th Terrace.
On Thursday, Figlios website said the restaurant was relocating on the Plaza and referred callers to its sister restaurant, Plaza III the Steakhouse. A Plaza III employee confirmed the closing but declined further comment, referring calls to Haddad Restaurant Group. Haddad officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.
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