The milkman will soon be stopping in Johnson County.
Matt Shatto, son of the founders of Shatto Milk Co. in Osborn, Mo., launched Shatto Milk Home Delivery in 2015. He did test runs in Leavenworth in October and now has about 250 customers in the area — with no advertising or promotion.
Then he asked Kansas City-area customers to decide the next route. The Shoal Creek area in the Northland was selected, with 45 homes signing up for the service, which started in mid-November, and then he added a route in the Staley Farms area in early December.
Now he has another truck to serve Johnson County, delivering to parts of Leawood, Olathe, Overland Park and Prairie Village, all based on customer response. The Johnson County delivery service will start by February.
A third truck is on order. Customers can “vote” for Shatto to come to their neighborhood by signing up on the company’s website.
Shatto will ask some questions that might seem unrelated, like what your favorite color is, but customers may find a gift — perhaps in their favorite color — one day.
Shatto’s customers not only like the convenience of home delivery, they said they want to support local businesses. And they like the experience of having a fresh product delivered to their porch and the sense of nostalgia for the days of milkmen.
Delivery customers can now place recurring orders online and can add or delete items each week. They can order a variety of Shatto products, as well as a variety of locally made products, including farm-fresh eggs from Campo Lindo Farms in Lathrop, Mo., freshly roasted coffee from Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters in Kansas City and Maps Coffee Roasters in Lenexa, bread from Farm to Market Bread Co., boneless butterfly pork chops and Kansas City strip steaks from Paradise Locker Meats in Trimble, Mo., greens from Cal-Ann Farms in Basehor, Kan., and dog food from Three Dog Bakery.
“We will be adding new products within the next 30 days, including 14 different frozen pastas and three sauces by V’s Italian Foods in Blue Springs, hummus and fresh vegetables from a local farm in the summer,” said Matt Shatto.
Shatto delivers the orders once a week to a standard cooler or a custom Shatto milk box (starting at $48.99) on the customer’s front porch. The company asks for a $10 minimum order and a fee of $2.99 per delivery.
According to USDA statistics, in the 1950s more than half of consumer milk sales were from home delivery services. By 2005 — the last year the USDA included home-delivered milk in its statistics — it had dropped to only 0.4 percent of sales.
Cole Haan to close in Legends Outlets
Just over four years after opening in the Legends Outlets Kansas City, Cole Haan Factory Store will shut its doors.
The store, at 1843 Village West Parkway, Suite 107 (near the Brooks Brothers store), in Kansas City, Kan., sells the luxury brand’s women’s and men’s shoes, along with handbags, sunglasses, outerwear, leather goods, duffle bags and more — at discounted prices.
It opened in mid-November 2011 and is scheduled close Jan. 24.