A good five and dime store will make shopping less of a chore and more entertaining.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
So mixed in with the items you probably need — sunglasses, school supplies, cosmetics, greeting cards and non-prescription drugs — are more items you don’t need but want. Or at least you’ll have fun looking.
You’ll find both at the new Five & Dime General Store. It recently opened its first area location in the Legends Outlets Kansas City, at 1843 Village West Parkway, Suite C-123, near the T-Rex Cafe.
The staples are there right alongside the fun stuff, such as safety-pin bracelet kits, straw hats, cactus terrarium kits, chomping dinosaur toys, belly button lint brushes, squirt rings, belch powder and balloons.
There’s a wall of flip-flops, another of toys, another of sunglasses. A shelf full of salt and pepper shakers including an “old coot” on the toilet, a shelf full of John Wayne themed products including cups, shot-glasses, flasks, cups and can openers. And if you’re not a Wayne fan, how about Betty Boop?
On a recent Saturday a father was showing his son how to use a pop-gun on one side of the store while a couple tried on Mexican Baha pullovers on the other side.
Five & Dime General Store got its start in 1998 when it took over a former F.W. Woolworth Co. store in Santa Fe, N.M.
“My wife read about the closing in the newspaper and said ‘we have to do something,’” said Earl Potter, chairman of the Five & Dime General Store.
The company is still based in Santa Fe and has nine locations, including the new Kansas City, Kan., store and one in Branson. In a 2011 article, Stores, a national trade publication, called Five & Dime General Store a chain worth watching.
“The stores meet a need for the tourists and others,” Potter said. “They strike a strong nostalgic chord in many people. They find toys to play with, no one shoos them away, and they come out with a smile.”
New player in Power & Light
BRGR Kitchen + Bar plans to open in the Power & Light District this summer.
It will take the former Fran’s Restaurant space at 11 E. 14th St. The 5,500-square-foot space, at the corner of 14th and Main, will be remodeled with a decor that will include tufted leather banquettes, polished surfaces and custom lighting fixtures. An early July opening is scheduled.
The restaurant will serve gourmet burgers like the Jucy Lucy (mixed with Worcestershire sauce and stuffed with American cheese) and the Roadhouse (with bacon, Wisconsin cheddar, barbecue sauce and onion straws on a corn bun), along with appetizers such as the blue cheesy chips and chile fondue, and entrees such as the build-your-own Mac & Cheese. It also will offer seasonal appetizers and entrees, and craft beers, wine and craft cocktails.
“The dates that the Sprint Center is booked and the kind of artists it is bringing in have significantly helped the continuous business down there, more of a steady business, and that makes a big difference,” said Alan Gaylin, co-founder and chief executive officer of Bread & Butter Concepts, owners and operators of BRGR. “And the influx of residential. Just everything around there in a three-mile radius. I wouldn’t call it urban yet, but it has made a nice resurgence and headed that way.”
It will be the fifth restaurant owned and operated by Bread & Butter Concepts. A BRGR opened in Corinth Square in Prairie Village in early 2010, and the company later added opened Urban Table. Then it opened Gram & Dun on the Country Club Plaza. Another new brand, Taco Republic (formerly dubbed Big Papi Taco), is scheduled to open in Kansas City, Kan., in late May.
“They are great local operators, and all of their concepts have been well executed,” said Nick Benjamin, executive director of the Power & Light District. “We think (BRGR) is great synergy with the Bristol, Drunken Fish, 801 Chophouse, the Kill Devil Club, and the Alamo Drafthouse” in that part of the district.
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