New Yorkers for five years, Chris and Jayme Brassell didn’t know anyone in the Kansas City area. But after researching the best places to raise their three children, the area came up over and over again.
So three years ago, they picked up and moved here, buying a four-bedroom home in old Leawood, for about the same price as they were leasing their 800-square-foot New York apartment. And their children have room to play outside, the way Jayme had growing up in Oklahoma.
Now settled in, Jayme recently turned 40 and said her “mid-life crisis” included more changes — getting a puppy, braces, and becoming an entrepreneur.
In mid-May, she opened a blow-dry-only salon like one of the ones she enjoyed in New York but also added another shop to the space. So the new Flatiron District Urban Farmhouse Decor Blow Dry Salon, at 7224 W. 79th St. in Overland Park, is two businesses in one.
The salon is in back, offering shampoos and a blowout for $30. Styles range from the Upper East Side (sophisticated sleek pony tail) to the Greenwich Village (bohemian loose waves). It has three dots over the three styling chairs in honor of her three children — Griffin, 11, Macy, 8, and Murphy, 3.
In front is a small shop selling custom furniture made from vintage barn wood — tables, benches and more — along with custom reproduction furniture, home accents, unique lamps, soy candles, vintage metal folding chairs, hand-made croquet mallets, dishware and gifts from a New York vendor, and organic and vegan hair products.
“People think those are two things that don’t really go together,” she said. “But in New York it is not so odd to have an art gallery in the middle of a retail shop, or a cupcake shop in a women’s boutique.”
She named the shop after one of her favorite places in New York, the Flatiron skyscraper (circa 1902) that resembles a cast-iron clothes iron, and she sells Flatiron District-themed dish towels and dishware. The name also is a play on the flat iron tools used in the salon.
Summer hours for the shop and salon are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, leaving Brassell time to serve as PTA co-president, mother and wife.
Call it build-a-beer
The new Brew Lab in downtown Overland Park will sell supplies and equipment for brewing beer at home.
But for those who don’t have the space or the expertise, it also will have brewing stations set up on site so customers can make their beer at Brew Lab with professionals to help guide them.
“People who enjoy home brewing can step up it up a notch. Or for people who are new to it and want a little extra instruction,” said Clay Johnston, a partner in the business with Kevin Combs, Justin Waters and Matthew Hornung.
Brew Lab plans to open in mid-July at 8004 Foster St.
In other downtown Overland Park news, Smallcakes A Cupcakery, a specialty cupcake shop, is now open at 7303 W. 80th St.