Nothing Bundt Cakes opens with a taste for nostalgia

10/15/2013 11:01 PM

10/15/2013 11:01 PM

Nothing Bundt Cakes is back bringing bundt cakes in a big way.

The national chain sells bundt cakes in a variety of flavors, including red velvet, white chocolate raspberry, cinnamon swirl and pecan praline, in a variety of sizes. Area franchisee Jim Edwards has opened the first area location at 13420 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, the 80th shop for the Texas company.

“A lot of people’s grandmothers made bundt cakes. It is kind of a throwback, nostalgic kind of thing, a warm memory of the past that we are bringing back to life,” Edwards said.

The cakes come in a variety of sizes, including the bite-size bundtini to tiered cakes serving about 26 people. They can be decorated with ribbons, birthday hats, flowers, and Nothing Bundt Cake designs for special occasions such as birthdays, Mother’s Day, “thinking of you” and “thank you” gifts.

Educational retailer opening Merriam store

Lakeshore Learning Store is opening its first area store and first in Kansas.

Lakeshore, one of the nation’s leading retailers of educational materials for children, plans to open Friday in Merriam Town Center, 5670 Antioch Road. The 5,500-square-foot store will offer customers — including teachers and parents — a wide selection of toys and games designed to help children reach developmental milestones and educational goals while still having fun.

The store will have free teacher workshops and family events throughout the year. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, families can come in for Free Crafts for Kids, a craft session that will range from making seasonal decorations to making cards or keepsakes.

Lakeshore has 59 stores in 28 states.

Owners of two Leawood restaurants to add large event space

Specialty Cuisine Concepts owns and operates Mio — an Italian trattoria — and Mio — an Italian pizzeria — in Parkway Plaza, at the northwest corner of 135 Street and Roe Avenue in Leawood. Now it is expanding again in the center.

The company is taking over 11,000 square feet on the center’s east side and is converting the space into an event and conference center called The Venue in Leawood.

Carl Brandt, director of operations, said the company would turn the strip center space into a “country club/resort-style” setting with a central bar and indoor fireplace, and an outdoor fireplace in a new landscaped patio area.

A mid-January opening is scheduled, and it is taking reservations for 2014 events.

Reader questions

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What is going in the former Leona Yarbrough restaurant in Shawnee?

Plans are very preliminary but HCA Midwest wants to open an emergency care facility on the site at 10310 Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Why is the Metcalf Kmart closing?

The Overland Park Kmart store at 9401 Metcalf Ave. plans to close in mid-December.

Howard Riefs, spokesman for Kmart, said the lease was not renewed.

“The store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model,” Riefs said in a statement. “These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail — at the store, online and in the home.”

The store has 65 employees, and Riefs said they would have an opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart and Sears stores. The store also is having a closing sale.

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