Two friends were in town recently from Nevada, Mo., looking to have a little fun.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
The men stopped at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Overland Park and were driving through the parking lot when they saw the sign Gameroom Concepts.
Both big gamers, they scurried around the store, trying out games for their man caves.
Its definitely trending up, said Justin Pattison, owner of Gameroom Concepts. The economy was tough for the last few years with the housing crunch. But now people are spending a lot of time and money on their house, trying to keep their kids at home with something fun.
Pattison has been in the gaming industry for 15 years, back when gaming stores meant billiard tables. Hes gone out on his own, opening the 5,000-square-foot store at 10440 Metcalf Ave. in late 2013. It has its own entrance but also opens up internally to the Seasonal Concepts store. The stores are under different owners.
Were similar businesses, just different parts of the house, Pattison said. They wanted their customers to come over here and we wanted their customers.
Gameroom Concepts sells a large selection of pinball machines with themes from The Simpsons to the Space Shuttle, full-size arcade games including one that has 60 games like Pac-Man and Galaga, shuffleboard tables, poker tables, pool tables, Foosball, jukeboxes, and even a 1947 slot machine with a $10 jackpot.
Pattison also sells decor for what he calls the family cave. There are neon signs with logos for the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and local universities, and wooden plaques with sayings like Beer is the reason I get up every afternoon.
It currently has a refurbished 1949 Texaco Fire Chief gas pump and a 1947 Sinclair Dino gas pump. It also sells vintage Coca-Cola machines nearly as fast as it puts them on the showroom floor.
They always have cool stories, Pattison said. Like the Coke machine we are putting out soon that has been in Kansas City all of its life and was in a local barbershop from 1952 to 1974 and then in the barbers garage. Its a 10-cent machine and it still had dimes from the 1950s. It is like a time machine.
Dean & DeLuca is expanding in Leawood
Dean & DeLuca, an international market at 4700 W. 119th St., plans to enclose its outdoor patio on the south side of the building to make it comfortable for customers throughout the year. It also is adding a new retail area on the south side of the building for more made-from-scratch pastries.
Construction is scheduled to start in the spring and completed this summer. The store will be open during construction.
Weve done great in Kansas City. It was time to update our fixtures and the concept a bit, said Josh Hodapp, vice president of operations for Dean & DeLuca.
In other Town Center Plaza news, Altard State is looking at the center for its second area location.
The Knoxville, Tenn.-based company says it serves women whether they are 16 or 60 who want to express their personality in stylish, comfortable, and trendy clothes, shoes and accessories. Altard State also has a store in Zona Rosa in the Northland.
Claires plans to relocate in Town Center.
The BrewTop Pub and Patio plans a soft opening Monday in Corbin Park, 6601 W. 135th St., Suite A-1, Overland Park. The first location opened in the Northland in 2009 and the owners added a second location in Lees Summit in 2010.
BrewTop is known for its live music and as place for viewing all major sporting events. But it also has an extensive that includes jumbo gourmet pretzels, breakfast burgers (with Canadian bacon and sunny side up egg), grilled shrimp Caesar salad, steak fajita wrap and specialty pizzas.
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