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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:46:51 CDT

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A Lenexa Saints Pub + Patio converts to Beaver Tap Sports Bar as “breastaurant” trend heats up http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article29209717.html#storylink=rss The Saints Pub + Patio on Quivira has been converted to Beaver Tap Sports Bar. 1889 Pizza Napoletana plans to open in the NorthWood Shopping Center at 2872 W. 47th Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:07:27 CDT

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Pita Blu brings its own take on Greek to area http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article29094556.html#storylink=rss Athens native Yiannis Klathis has opened Pita Blu in Overland Park, offering traditional — and not-so-traditional — Greek food on the go.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:57:17 CDT

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Error sends Brookridge project back to planning commission for new public hearing http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article29091490.html#storylink=rss Overland Park officials determined that the developer of the massive project at Interstate 435 and Antioch Road did not properly notify nearby property owners of this month’s public hearing.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:47:26 CDT

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Overland Park yard becomes the front line for code enforcement dispute http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article28824061.html#storylink=rss Critical of what he calls intrusive city government, an Overland Park man uses property near 95th Street and Switzer Road to make a public point. Furniture, microwave ovens, a stereo system, a propane grill, three refrigerators, and a Kitchen Aid were among the dozens of items blanketing the grass in front of the split-level home.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:12:27 CDT

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Emily Hart Bridal in Overland Park was born from small beginnings http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article28429867.html#storylink=rss Emily Hart Brown has built her bridal shop up from small beginnings, and it has grown and moved. She’s also a pro at multi-tasking with her business and four small children.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:24:18 CDT

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Rezoning, incentives approved for Glenwood Plaza site in Overland Park http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article28023931.html#storylink=rss A $97.5 million mixed-use project, named The Promontory, will feature 153,944 square feet of retail and 420 apartment units. The project is the first “that fits Vision Metcalf in the 95th and Metcalf node,” says Overland Park Councilman Curt Skoog.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:02:31 CDT

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Overland Park Planning Commission approves rezoning for Brookridge project http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article27220333.html#storylink=rss Overland Park city staff recommended denial of the project and neighbors strongly opposed it. The plan calls for 2.2 million square feet of office space along Interstate 435. It also features more than 300,000 square feet of retail, around 2,000 multi-family units, a 650-seat movie theater, a 3,500-seat indoor performance venue and a 550-room hotel. The project also features a large park along Indian Creek.

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:30:01 CDT

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Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open in Overland Park’s Nall Hills http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article26688886.html#storylink=rss The store will take part of a space currently home to Nuts and Bolts. Nuts and Bolts plans to relocate. Two first-to-market fast-casual chicken chains plan to open in Overland Park.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:57:21 CDT

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Urban living, art center projects could give downtown Overland Park a cooler vibe http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/northeast-joco/article26653516.html#storylink=rss The city council took action on several projects — a popular art center and three mixed-use developments —that could breathe a hipper energy into the shopping district near 79th Street and Metcalf Avenue.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:24:32 CDT

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Overland Park council, neighbors decry proposed apartment complex http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article26650498.html#storylink=rss Most of the council members said they thought the three acres of land at U.S. 69 and 143rd Street shouldn’t be rezoned for apartments. The proposed apartment complex would cater to empty-nesters, with spacious bathrooms, master bedrooms on the first floor and ample handicapped parking. There is not an age-restriction on the units, however.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:55:35 CDT

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Local winner of Lenexa barbecue battle is veteran Pitmaster http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article26098297.html#storylink=rss “Never go into a contest expecting to win,” Grand Champion Rod Gray says. “If you do, you’re going to wind up sad and miserable most of the time. There’re lots of good cooks out there who’ve been doing it a long time and they’re out to win, too.”

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:31:12 CDT

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Starlight season brings two home to Overland Park as they live their dreams http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article25928167.html#storylink=rss Starlight Theatre’s summer season is homecoming for two young women from Overland Park who are living their dreams of Broadway careers.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:25:39 CDT

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Husband-wife team building a business with electronics franchise http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25828360.html#storylink=rss Dave Root spent three decades in business-to-business sales while his wife, Liz Root, worked in retail. The couple was looking for a business where they could team up — and they found it with Device Pitstop located in southern Overland Park. Device Pitstop buys, sells, trades, services and upgrades laptops and mobile devices below original prices.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:34:28 CDT

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Blue Valley bids farewell to superintendent http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25655005.html#storylink=rss He’s trading in his winter boots for cowboy boots.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:16:33 CDT

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Silent Samaritans give the gift of mobility to kids http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/shawnee-lenexa/article25654759.html#storylink=rss All it took was a chance meeting at the movie theater to help five local families who have children with disabilities. An Overland Park couple was at the theater when they saw a benefit going on for Variety: The Children’s Charity.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:12:45 CDT

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Dispute over court lights comes to end http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25362280.html#storylink=rss Twelve evergreen trees will end a six-month dispute over a neighbor’s property in south Leawood.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:38:48 CDT

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Nearly 1,000 jobs created by four new Johnson County retailers http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25349956.html#storylink=rss The hiring flurry came with the June openings of the Furniture Mall of Kansas in Olathe, as well as Scheels, The Container Store and Topgolf in Overland Park. The Furniture Mall of Kansas opened earlier this month. Scheels, The Container Store and Topgolf are scheduled to open this weekend.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:48:05 CDT

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Former pizza man developing Ace Café North America, combining food, rock ’n’ roll, motorcycles and cars http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25327387.html#storylink=rss Johnson County entrepreneur will open the first Ace Café in North America soon and eventually hopes to open one in this area. The venues combine a restaurant with music, motorcycles and cars.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:42:54 CDT

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Overland Park funds startup of bike plan http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24686698.html#storylink=rss The eventual network would create 165 miles of bicycle lanes throughout the city, as well as buffered bicycle lanes, shared use paths, shared lane markings and signed bike routes.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:18:47 CDT

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Commission OKs bond sale for King Louie project http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24686440.html#storylink=rss With the approval of the sale of $21.5 million in bonds, the Johnson County Commission put money in the pipeline to convert the vacant building at 8788 Metcalf Ave. into the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:13:45 CDT

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Scheels buys naming rights to Overland Park Soccer Complex http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24630586.html#storylink=rss Thanks to $625,000 from Scheels All Sports, the Overland Park Soccer Complex will get new turf fields — and a new name. Scheels All Sports secured the naming rights for the facility, which is the highest level of sponsorship available at the complex. The five-year sponsorship will cost the sporting goods retailer $625,000.

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OP gives $25,000 to help pay for Hyatt memorial http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24625015.html#storylink=rss The collapse of the Kansas City Hyatt skywalk in July 1981 resulted in 114 deaths, with 16 of them Overland Park residents.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:45:11 CDT

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Two companies expand in Overland Park, adding more than 40 jobs http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24478165.html#storylink=rss GBW Railcar Services, a joint venture between Greenbrier and Watco Companies, delivers freight car repair services and monitors railcar maintenance requirements. Berkley Medical Management Solutions is a unit of W.R. Berkley Insurance Group and provides worker’s compensation managed care services

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:59:41 CDT

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For ‘Snarky’ writer, life is universally absurd http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24406066.html#storylink=rss Blogger, columnist, author and mom has attracted the attention of television producers with her observations on the commonalities of life — especially the ones that can bring laughter to her audience.

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:17:49 CDT

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Business briefs: AT&T donates to Johnson County Community College http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article23791672.html#storylink=rss The $15,000 will support a technology-based pilot program for students in English as a Second Language courses.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:35:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article23791672.html
Oak Park Mall adds two local retailers http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article23604625.html#storylink=rss Two locally owned shops recently opened in Oak Park Mall, one selling trendy shoes and accessories, another featuring unique artwork focusing on teams like the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs and pop culture.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:25:30 CDT

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Speller looks to future bees http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article23602048.html#storylink=rss An 11-year-old Overland Park girl is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Johnson County’s two national spelling bee champs.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 15:58:02 CDT

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OP planning board postpones a vote on Brookridge project http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article23591206.html#storylink=rss Several members of the Overland park Planning Commission said they were too torn about the project to make a proper vote on the development Monday night. Impressed with the mixed-use concept, many said they felt the project was heading in the right direction, but they had several key issues about street improvements and its design.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:56:07 CDT

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Grace Church offers a special time for some special kids — and their parents http://www.kansascity.com/living/article22957551.html#storylink=rss Families flock to activities sponsored by an Overland Park church whose growing ministry called SOAR — Special Opportunities, Abilities and Relationships — is attracting participants from as far away in outstate Kansas as Manhattan and Fort Scott. Parents get a “night out” from caretaking duties, and siblings of the special-needs kids get their own night of fun.

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