Portfolio Kitchen expanding its flagship store

Kansas City’s Portfolio Kitchen & Home Flagship Store is expanding.

Since the company was founded a decade ago, owner Geri Higgins and her team have designed projects here and across the country. Their portfolio includes Brookside bungalows, Mission Hills mansions, a Wichita airplane hangar converted into a contemporary home, high-rise luxury condo buildings, and corporate conference rooms, hospitality and VIP suites.

In mid-2011, the company moved from south Kansas City to 215 W. Pershing Road, on the first floor of the Pershing Building across from Union Station. The 7,000-square-foot space shows 10 kitchens and a living room in traditional, transitional or modern designs, as well as a “selection center,” which has product samples.

Now it will more than double in size to nearly 15,000 square feet of retail and office, as well as a larger product receiving and storage area. Construction is expected to start later this week and be completed in spring 2015.

Higgins said the flagship store will then be a “true one-stop destination for design and products for the entire home.”

“Most people know the Portfolio brand as kitchens, but it is always a wonderful surprise when they find out that we do complete concepts,” Higgins said. “We might be growing in size, but everything we do is very personal. From the beginning, we always felt that our clients’ design should be their own signature expression.”

Portfolio also creates spaces that are highly functional to fit a client’s needs and habits, Higgins said. And for commercial clients, good design will reinforce their brand.

Portfolio carries several lines of cabinetry, appliances, countertops, tile, decorator plumbing and designer faucets, lighting, wall and floor coverings, closet and organizational systems, artwork, and technology that supports the home — under different styles and prices. But when the expansion is completed it also will carry its own signature products, as well as products for the entire home.

“It’s going to be a complete home experience. Very interactive where clients can see how design can empower a space, provide flow, be highly functional and be well organized,” Higgins said.

Zoës Kitchen coming to the Plaza

Blonde nightclub has been dark for so long, many people may have forgotten about this little space tucked between Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and Fred P. Ott’s Bar & Grill on the Country Club Plaza.

Now Zoës Kitchen plans to open in the spot at 100 Ward Parkway. A March 2015 opening is scheduled.

The Plano, Texas, company wants to open as many as six area restaurants and is looking at such sites as Corbin Park in Overland Park. The restaurants average 2,750 square feet and have a patio.

Founded in 1995, Zoës Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant serving fresh Mediterranean-inspired dishes using recipes from founder Zoë Cassimus, made-from-scratch daily.

Menu items include chicken and orzo soup, hummus and salad plate, pimento cheese sandwich, grilled chicken and slaw pita, grilled Gruben sandwiches with turkey, swiss cheese, slaw and spicy mustard on rye, and entrees such as a chicken pita pizza, steak roll-up, and a variety of kabobs — chicken, steak, shrimp or salmon.

Glenn Stephenson, vice president and division manager for Plaza landlord Highwoods Properties in Kansas City, said in a statement: “We were very impressed by the passion Zoës Kitchen has not only for the food it serves but for its customers as well.”

Blonde had a farewell event in May 2010.

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