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Vision of the Santa Fe Trail planned for downtown Overland Park

Updated: 2013-04-10T02:08:03Z

The Santa Fe Trail will rise again in downtown Overland Park.

Several artists with Images Art Gallery have designed a mural entitled “A Day on the Trail” showing what a typical day might have looked like for a supply wagon train on the Santa Fe Trail, which went through the area.

A 4-foot rendering of the mural is on display at Images, a nonprofit member cooperative art gallery at 7320 W. 80th St. The wagons wind their way over a rolling landscape, blue skies overhead dotted by puffy clouds. Several American Indians on horseback keep watch.

Images wants to paint the design on the west exterior brick wall of the Wild Bird House, at 7342 W. 80th St. in a version that will be 94 feet long and 17 feet tall at its highest. The former owners of the Wild Bird House still own the building and had planned the mural before selling the business in December.

“I think it is going to be great. It is going to be an attraction to the area, an add-on feature if you will,” said Ed Reese, co-owner of the Wild Bird House with his wife, Karen. “And it brings an excellent tie-in to the geographical history of the area.”

Marilyn Lyons, who is helping to coordinate the mural project for Images, said the mural is up for approval by the Overland Park City Council on May 6.

Images is currently taking donations for paint and supplies, which are estimated to cost $8,000 to $10,000 and it has several matching grants.

Several area artists designed the mural — John Cessna, Charles Goslin, David Scott Newsome, Dawn Thomas, Cyndi West, and Susan Wilson. The group, along with other area artists, are scheduled to start painting the mural on June 1 and finish on July 31, weather permitting. Some area high school art students also will participate.

Coming soon

• Bridgette Baker plans to open Ruby Rouge A Boutique in downtown Overland Park. She is taking a space at 7917 Santa Fe Drive for an early May opening. The shop will sell trendy women’s clothing and accessories with nothing priced over $100. She also will have monthly events, like new summer hair styles and the latest summer clothing styles.

• Freebirds World Burrito pushed back the opening for its new Overland Park restaurant while the shopping center parking lot was redone. The Rosana Square location, at 7552 W. 119th St., is scheduled to open next Thursday.

• The three brothers behind Kansas City’s Taqueria Mexico restaurants are opening a fourth area location, this one in Olathe. The restaurant is scheduled to open Thursday at 11977 S. Strang Line Road, in a space that formerly used a Hooters restaurant. Lawrence’s La Parrilla also had a short stint in the space.

• Fütbol Club Eatery & Tap is scheduled to open April 16 in Pinnacle Village, 12030 Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park, in a space that formerly housed W.J. McBride’s Irish Pub and then Nick’s Pizzeria and Ice Cream. Fütbol will have a soccer theme and broadcast major soccer games.

Reader question

Please tell me when and why Natasha’s in Mission Farms closed. Are they still open on the Plaza?

Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott made its temporary bakery location on the Country Club Plaza permanent. The shop opened in October 2011 at 4745 Central St. and exceeded the expectations of the owners, the mother-daughter team of Vicki and Natasha Goellner.

The Mission Farms landlord let them out of their five-year lease about six months early, Vicki Goellner said. The landlord is in negotiations with another bakery for the spot at 10573 Mission Road.

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