Nearly three years after opening in the Crossroads, The Sundry cafe and marketplace is relocating.
It plans to close at 1706 Baltimore Ave. by late September. Within a week after closing it plans to reopen in the Plexpod Westport Commons, co-working spaces for entrepreneurs at 300 E. 39th St.
Ryan Wing, founder of the Sundry, said it was a tough decision to leave the Crossroads and he didn’t want to disappoint the people that had supported the business. However, Plexpod offers a huge opportunity since his cafe will be open to the public and Plexpod currently has nearly 300 people signed up and expects to have 500 to 600 people when it is fully signed.
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“And it’s an opportunity on the catering side to book their event spaces and meeting rooms. Anyone in Kansas City can hold a meeting there,” Wing said.
The theater holds over 800 people and other meeting rooms can accommodate from two to three people up to 350 people, according to Plexpod.
Cultivate Kansas City also is in negotiations with Plexpod Westport Commons to use its green areas as an urban farm. The produce that would be grown on-site could then be used by the Sundry’s kitchen and be offered for sale in its market.
“We would have a greenhouse, a demonstration farm, we would give tours and (have) a farmers market. There are lots of opportunities,” said Tammy Dodderidge, spokeswoman for Cultivate Kansas City.
The Sundry also is in the early stages of developing an on-site culinary makerspace called The Sundry Food Lab, which will develop new products and other collaborations.
Wing said the current 3,300-square-foot Sundry cafe and marketplace space is about the same size as the new space. However, he also has a 1,500 square foot second floor space in the Crossroads that he rarely used.
This spring he tried to beef up business by putting in a 32-foot walnut beverage bar on the south side of the dining area, serving full-service coffee, a dozen white and red wines, craft beer on draft, kombucha and house-made craft sodas.
In a statement, Wing said: “When projects like the BNIM world headquarters are killed by petition groups, that stalls additional development that likely would have occurred around it, which hurts surrounding businesses like The Sundry. Now that the matching funds for the UMKC Arts Conservatory will not be coming from the state, development in that portion of the Crossroads has been much slower than other areas. Overall, The Crossroads is a great neighborhood that has a bright future. I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up rejoining the Crossroads down the road.”
Sundry also plans to open in the two other area Plexpod locations. Sundry Essentials, a grab-and-go operation, plans a late September opening at 10000 Marshall Drive in Lenexa, and a full-service Sundry is scheduled to open later this year with a new Plexpod in the Commerce Tower at 911 Main St.
“We are working on other cities as well and we plan to take Sundry with us,” said Gerald Smith, founder and CEO of Plexpod, based in Kansas City.