Nearly a decade after opening Romanelli Optix, the owners have added a high-end sunglass store.
Unlike many sunglass shops, the new Romanelli Sun Galleria sells activewear sunglasses alongside luxury sunglasses.
“Sunglasses need to be worn all year round. You need to be protected just as much in the winter as the summer and prescription sunglasses will help you see better when you drive,” said Roman Beznovsky, a partner in the shop with Felix Milman. “And luxury glasses have both form and function.”
Brands include Prada, Ray-Ban, Giorgio Armani, Tory Burch, Cartier and David Yurman. There are Tiffany glasses with a touch of its iconic Tiffany blue on the earpiece, Bulgari with a bejeweled daisy or Chrome Hearts with a sterling silver cross on teakwood — or black or brown “piano” varnish. Prices range from about $200 to $1,500.
Beznovsky and Milman opened Romanelli Optix in Waldo in fall 2004 and added a second Romanelli Optix shop in Leawood in late 2006, a store that has since relocated in Leawood and expanded.
The new Leawood Romanelli Sun Galleria is at 5261 W. 116th Place, in the Park Place development.
Park Place also is welcoming several other new tenants.
• Altar Bridal, a locally owned shop selling designer wedding gowns and accessories, will relocate from Waldo in April.
• Dazzle Pawz, a locally owned upscale pet boutique, plans to open in May. It will sell pet supplies including dog and cat food, food bowls, scratching posts and beds. But it will specialize in fashionable pet clothing, collars, dog leashes and other accessories — some imported from Europe, Australia, and elsewhere.
In other updates on previously announced tenants:
• BurgerFi plans a spring opening at 11635 Ash St. The chain offers burgers made with all-natural grass-fed beef (meaning free range, no growth hormones, no antibiotics, and never frozen). The menu includes Angus burgers, brisket burgers with 28-day dry-aged ground brisket, veggie burgers made with quinoa, Kobe beef hotdogs, craft beers, wine, and frozen custard and frozen concretes made with cane sugar.
• T. Loft is now open at 5225 W. 116th Place. The locally owned tea and juice bar also has a location in south Kansas City serving fresh brewed tea and juice drinks, grab-and-go meals, and snacks made from natural gluten-free ingredients.
• Bella Bridesmaids, which specializes in “stylish, wearable and chic bridesmaid dresses,” opened in late 2013 at 5210 W. 116th Place. It was previously called Bella Bridesmaid.
In other Park Place news, KC Surroundings is closing its store at 11523 Ash St. in mid-March and consolidating with its store at 12730 State Line Road, in Leawood. KC Surroundings is an interior design store store selling home accessories, furniture and seasonal decor.
Terri Mancuso, owner, wanted to be more available to her customers, instead of running between two stores, and she co-owns the building on State Line. She also plans to extend the State Line store’s hours starting in the fall and hold special events there.
Corbin Park update
Corner Bakery Cafe is planning a March 17 opening in Corbin Park, 6721 W. 135th St., Overland Park.
The local franchisee also has a location in Leawood's Camelot Court.
Breakfast runs all day and includes scramblers like the Anaheim (scrambled eggs with crisp Applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes, green onions, cheddar cheese and avocado), along with scrambled egg sandwiches, panini, oatmeal, and fresh berry and yogurt parfaits. Lunch and dinner items include specialty sandwiches, salads and soups.
Corner Bakery Cafe will share the new building with a mattress store.
Reader restaurant question
What’s happened to the Taco Bell at 135th and Quivira? There one day, gone the next.
Taco Bell Corp. issued a statement saying the closing of the Overland Park restaurant was a “business decision” made by its franchisee. Taco Bell operates three other restaurants in the area.