Halloween is one of the fastest-growing consumer holidays with sales expected to hit $7.4 billion this year. More than two-thirds of the 6,332 consumers responding to a Halloween survey by the National Retail Federation in Washington, D.C., said they will purchase costumes, the most in the 11 years the federation has been doing the survey. Temporary Halloween pop-up stores have opened across the metro, offering a variety of costumes and decorations from fake spider webs to giant animated ghouls.
Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross said he hopes the sale of St. Mary’s Medical Center will bring stability to a hospital that has lost some doctor groups while an earlier deal was pending. Kansas City Councilman John Sharp hopes the transition to a for-profit hospital won’t compromise charitable care.
The new Morning Day Cafe is scheduled to open this week in Liberty. It will focus on “above free-trade” coffee and teas, smoothies and natural whole foods (most locally sourced) and other menu items that will appeal to the health conscious consumer and those with food allergies.
Hospital closed its St. Luke’s Center for Health Enhancement at the end of May, citing financial reasons and the need to replace the old building that housed the gym. A month later, former members are still grousing about the decision.
A fall opening is planned for the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in the Northland. Other Antioch Crossing tenants will include Firehouse Subs and GNC. New owners set to take over Brookside’s Charlie Hooper’s.
Underdog Wine Co. specializes in wine from “underdog” vineyards. Owner Ryan Sciara put out a water bowl for dogs to be neighborly, but found that when dogs stop to quench their thirst, their owners have a moment to look into the shop.
The ordinance applies only to the number of tobacco or convenience stores that do not have gasoline sales, said City Manager Robert Heacock. The change is of a “multi-pronged approach to address illegal activity that has been associated with these types of businesses,” according to the ordinance text.