After five years of operations, the Power Light District’s Polished Nail Salon is nearly doubling in size.
The salon’s owners, Thu Nguyen and her brother Trung, decided to expand instead of opening a second location in another part of the metro. Business has increased every year since the shop opened in 2009, they said.
“Our clients live around here or work around here or they come from the area hotels and we wanted to do it for them,” said Thu Nguyen, who handles day to day operations at the salon.
The siblings are taking a space next door to the shop at 1221 Main St. The expanded salon will have 12 seats at the manicure bar, 12 pedicure stations, two new rooms for facial waxing and an expanded waiting area. The addition is scheduled to be completed in early May.
The Nguyens expect business to continue to increase with a new 33,000-square-foot fitness center, new 25-story apartment complex and new streetcar starter line opening in the district. Being in the district also is now part of their brand.
“We have been here so long that we wanted to be part of the growing success in the area,” Thu Nguyen said.A “spoken word” venue coming to the Crossroads
Tennessee transplant Davida Jones wanted the same kind of “spoken word” venues she enjoyed in her home state for her adopted Kansas City.
So she’s opening one.
The Vibe is taking a space at 404 E. 18th St., near Grinders, for a scheduled early May opening. It will feature weekly poetry events as well as karaoke on Thursday nights and out-of-town comedians on a monthly basis. It also will serve wine, beer, cocktails and appetizers.
“Kansas City doesn’t have anything like that, something that focuses on the spoken word in a place where you can lounge and relax with wine or spirits,” Jones said. “It will be sophisticated and classy and cater to women 30 and older.”
Jones moved to Kansas City from Memphis in 2010 to work for Sprint. But she is now focusing on The Vibe.Esther’s African Cuisine caters out of the City Market
The owner of Esther’s African Cuisine has closed the Lenexa restaurant to concentrate on catering.
Esther Mulbah is using the Farm to Table Kitchen, a commercial kitchen in the City Market, and offering a breakfast menu, two lunch menus, a dinner menu and a seafood menu. Items include collard greens, Jamaican beef or chicken patties, baked tilapia filet, fried ripe plantains, African doughnuts and milk candy.
She also will be offering cooking classes.Chaz 325 in the Northland
Charles Shurn had 30 years of restaurant experience behind him when he heard a Northland restaurant spot was available.
He piled his fiancée
Pamela Haecker and her adult daughter Katie Haecker in the car and took the 15-minute drive from his Northland home to Platte City to check the space out. Now Shurn and the Haeckers are partners in the new Chaz 325 (Chaz for Charles’ nickname and 325 for the 325 Main St. address).
Shurn, who also is executive chef, puffs up like a proud father when he talks about his New American cuisine menu, especially his steaks and the twists he puts on traditional items like a balsamic reduction sauce for some steaks and a southwestern-style tenderloin. Menu items also include a blackened bleu burger, chicken Madeira, southern fried catfish filet, baked ziti, panini turkey melt, and a BLT wedge salad.
Daily specials could include a blackened prime rib sandwich or seafood wrap for lunch. Chaz 325 also has a prime rib special on Fridays and a “surf and turf” special on Saturdays.
It is closed Sundays but is planning to open for a Mother’s Day brunch.
“I couldn’t go too fancy up here or they wouldn’t come in the door,” Shurn said. “People like our chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and green beans. But we also are getting the people who used to drive into the city to eat.”Quick bites
• Function Junction will have a grand opening of its new expanded location in Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., from April 4 to April 6, including live jazz, doorbusters, giveaways and free food samples. The store relocated to the second floor of the shops to make way for the new Halls department store on the third floor.
• Spin Neapolitan Pizza is opening a location on the University of Central Missouri campus in Warrensburg.
The restaurant is scheduled to open in August 2015 in the new mixed-use project The Crossing — South at Holden, at 116 W. South St. It will serve students, faculty, staff, and the local Warrensburg community. It will have more than 100 seats in the dining room and bar area, and a full patio overlooking the football stadium.
• Exclusively for You (The Hat Store) has relocated from Ward Parkway Center to the South Market shopping center at 13141 State Line Road. The locally owned shop sells hats for the family.