Shawnee-based PowerPlay — A Family Entertainment Center is opening a center in the Northland.
It has taken the former Best Buy building at 509 N.W. Barry Road. The new 47,000-square-foot center will feature a carousel, roller coaster, laser tag, 200 arcade games, bumper cars, train, a soft play Kids Zone, and themed party rooms, as well as go-carts and other attractions outdoors, possibly a zip-line.
It also will have a buffet with a Mexican bar, salad bar, pizza bar, pasta bar, dessert bar and more.
It is scheduled to open by early December.
The first PowerPlay opened in 2005 in Shawnee.Jazz on Broadway
Efforts to bring back Jardine’s jazz scene on Main Street have stalled so far, but Kansas City will soon have another jazz format.
The Broadway Jazz Club is scheduled to open in mid-to-late November at 3601 Broadway. It will offer live music five nights a week — perhaps rhythm and blues on the “non-jazz” Tuesdays, pianists on Wednesdays, live trios on Thursdays, and five- and six-piece bands with live vocalists on Fridays and Saturdays.
Former Jardine’s general manager Pat Hanrahan is the general manager at Broadway Jazz Club. The partners are Neil Pollock and Steve Wachsberg, along with James Pollock and Margaret Ososky, Pollock’s uncle and aunt who live in Washington, D.C.
Hanrahan said several area locations are offering jazz on some nights but fans prefer a permanent jazz spot.
“We have tremendous talent that live here but they don’t play here near often enough,” Hanrahan said. “They’ll put together different combinations.”
Pollock had previously owned Kinetic Communications, a Kansas City advertising agency, but had been a bartender all through college and for a time while he was also building his advertising business. He said he had “a blast.” Wachsberg had owned and operated two deli operations in Detroit.
The Broadway Jazz Club will have a full-service bar and restaurant serving steaks, comfort foods like chicken fried steak, sandwiches, and desserts.
“So they can come in at seven o’clock for dinner or at nine for dessert and coffee or at eleven, when it’s ‘oh my, I’m starving,’ ” Pollock said.New tenants for Lee’s Summit’s Summit Fair
• Topsy’s Popcorn has opened at 880 N.W. Blue Parkway, by Yogurtini Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt.
Topsy’s traces its roots to Patsy’s, which opened on the Country Club Plaza in 1929. A new owner changed the name to Topsy’s and registered the name in 1950.
Topsy’s popcorn comes in a variety of flavors, including caramel, cheese, cinnamon, caramel peanut and buttered. It also has seasonal products such as orange and white popcorn for Halloween and red and green popcorn for Christmas, along with caramel apples and cinnamon apples on Saturdays in October. Topsy’s also is a top retailer of Christmas gift tins.
The shops also are known for their freshly squeezed limeades.
• Cato, a specialty retailer of value-priced women’s fashion apparel, jewelry, shoes and accessories, plans an Oct. 31 opening at 840-J N.W. Blue Parkway. Most of the inventory is sold under Cato’s private labels and produced by various vendors according to Cato’s specifications.
The company, which was founded in 1946, is based in Charlotte, N.C. It has more than 1,200 stores in 32 states under several names — Cato, Versona, It’s Fashion and It’s Fashion Metro.
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