Main Street News June 2016

Contract Furnishings Member Spotlight 

If you work in an office, you are well aware of how important it is to work comfortably.  Whether that includes a cozy chair, an appropriate sized conference table or even a file cabinet that makes filing easy, Contract Furnishings at 3129 Main Street has anything you could ask for to fit your office needs. 

                Contract Furnishings has everything an office needs, big or small.  Staff works diligently to provide the right furniture to fit each clients’ specific needs.  The Contract Furnishings team helps clients find the perfect shape and size to create a comfortable and productive work environment in any size of existing facility. 

                When Steve Stroade founded Contract Furnishings in 1989, it was located at 811 Locust in the Ozark Life Building.  As the business grew, Stroade knew it was time to move somewhere bigger.  In 1995, Contract Furnishings made the move to Main Street.

                “Main Street made sense to me because everyone knows where [it’s] located and it’s the connecting route through our city,” said Stroade, “In that period of time, Main Street was overlooked by many.”

                The Main Street Corridor has seen dramatic improvement in the last 20 years, and Stroade knew it was coming when he made the move. 

                “The building [at 3129 Main Street] had been boarded up.  To our south, the building was caving in.  On our north and behind us were buildings owned by Fuji.  Most of our neighbors were not here but there were many buildings in need of renovation.  I knew it was only a matter of time so I bought the building, cut big store front windows, applied a coat of paint, bought a lot of new HVAC equipment and we were ready to go!” said Stroade. 

                Now, not only does Stroade have his showroom on Main Street, but has expanded and added two warehouses just east of 31st and Main.  The expansion provides 108,000 square feet of showroom and warehouse space.

                 MainCor is lucky to have Contract Furnishings’ loyal membership and thriving business on Main Street. 

                Contract Furnishings focuses on giving their clients the best product at the lowest price possible.  In October 2016, roughly 20 semi-truck loads of used, high-quality furniture will be shipped in from a major corporate user.  This will give clients a huge opportunity for great savings on excellent furniture. 

                “This October inventory is one of the nicest we have ever purchased for resell,” said Stroade. 

                With 108,000 square feet of warehouse and showroom space, Contract Furnishings is sure to have the perfect furniture for you and your office.  Check out some of their stuff online at contractfurnishings.com or just stop in to see all they’ve got to offer! 



City in Motion Summer Dance Session

                Do you love to dance?  Do you want to upgrade your dancing skills while having a blast?  City in Motion’s 8-week summer session has all a dancer, or aspiring dancer, could ask for!

                Summer class registration is open and they’re ready to sign you up!  With 35 different kinds of classes for all ages and skill levels, you’re sure to find something that you love!

                Back by popular demand, unlimited classes are offered for the low price of $160.  That’s a whole lot of dancing!

                Find the right class for you at cityinmotion.org.


Youth Summer Curfew

                From now until Sunday, September 25th, minors in Kansas City will be put on a curfew.  Everyone loves those nice, cool summer nights in your favorite entertainment district, but if you’re under 18-years-old, you can only enjoy them until 9 PM.

                The curfew will be supported by an appropriate increase in police officer presence.  Minors 15 and younger will have a set curfew at 10 PM.  Minors ages 16 and 17 will have a set curfew at 11 PM throughout most parts of the city. 

                Kansas City has five entertainment districts, and they are cracking down on curfew.  After 9 PM, anyone under the age of 18 is to be accompanied by a parent or guardian until September 25th.  These areas include: the Country Club Plaza, Westport, Downtown/Central Business District, 18th and Vine, and Zona Rosa. 

                During these summer months, if minors violate the curfew, they will be detained and parents may be fined up to $500. 

                Not all hope is lost for minors that wish to stay out later!  Minors who wish to stay out a little past curfew may attend Mayor’s Nights and Club KC events.  Youth must go home immediately after events or after work. 

Learn more about Mayor’s Nights atkcmayor.org/mayorsnights.



Hyde Park Children’s Film Festival

                Every Friday in June, bring your friends and family together in Hyde Park for the 2016 Children’s Film Festival!  You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these events! 

                Grab a blanket, a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy the lovely June air!  Concerts will be performed at 7:30 pm before the movie starts.  Movies will begin at 8:30 pm. 

                Movies that will be played include Inside Out,The Neverending Story, The Minions Movie, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th!  Be sure to arrive at 36th and Gillham early on June 17th to catch the youth band, Future Jazz KC, performing live jazz! 

                Mark your calendars for every Friday in June, it’s a great way to spend some quality time with your family, and your neighbors!


Community Event Grant Program

            Are you a thriving business on Main Street?  Do you want to host a community event on Main Street but don’t want to fork up too much cash?  Well we are here to help!

            MainCor has developed a Community Event Grant Program to help get your next event on Main Street going! 

            Main Street is bursting with culture and thriving businesses.  Attracting people to this part of Midtown is a great way to promote current businesses as well as create opportunity for potential new development.  MainCor has allocated $2,000 for a community event grant program.  The purpose of this grant program is to encourage businesses along the corridor to host events and draw people to Main Street.
The funds would be matching funds (half of the total cost)up to $500 per event/year unless otherwise discussed.  Applicants must be within MainCor’s boundaries.  An applicant may submit multiple applications per year. 
The application must be submitted for approval at least60 days before the event.  Within 60 days after the event, the applicant must fill out a spreadsheet form that lists receipts and provide receipt copies to verify the expenses before reimbursement will be awarded.  Reimbursement will be given to applicant within 30 days after paperwork has been received. 
The event must be open to the public and promoted metro-wide.  Events could include: fairs, walks/races, art shows, celebrations, etc.  All city permits/requirements must be met. 
Non-Eligible Uses:
- Salaries, event coordinators, etc.
- Food and beverage
- Purchase of equipment/capital investment 

Eligible Uses:
- Entertainment (music, performers etc.)
- Equipment, tent, space rental
- Decorations
- Advertising
- Office supplies (postage, printing, etc.)
- Promotions/marketing
- City permit fees

Feast of Fountains: A Food Truck Fest

                Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a food truck event each month from May through September.  Each month, the Feast of Fountains will be held in one of Kansas City’s beautiful parks. 

                Kansas City has a wonderful selection of food trucks.  On Thursday, June 16th, Feast of Fountains will be held at the National WWI Museum and Memorial from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Food truck selections include:
-Cheeesy Pop’s
-Beauty of the Bistro 
-El Tenedor
-Monk's Roast Beef
-Ohana's Shaved Ice 
-Coffee Cake KC

                A portion of the proceeds from Feast of Fountains will go toward the City of Fountains Foundation.  Guests will receive a free Mist TWIST with each food purchase as well! 

                Mark your calendar for June 16th at The National WWI Museum and Memorial/North Lawn, July 14that Northland Fountain, August 11th at Spirit of Freedom Fountain, and September 8th at The Concourse Fountain in Kessler Park!  Come and enjoy some of Kansas City’s best food trucks!


First Friday at Buttonwood Art Space

                May 4th through May 7th, artists gathered in Penn Valley Park to participate in Penn Valley Park Conservancy's annual contest.  This four-day event will encouraged artists to capture the natural beauty of Penn Valley Park, en plein air, while competing for cash prizes. 

63 artists participated in the competition with a total of 156 pieces of original art hanging at Buttonwood Art Space.  First Friday at Buttonwood includes libations as well as appetizers while enjoying the art.  

Stop by Buttonwood Art Space TOMORROW, June 3rd and enjoy the beauty of Penn Valley Park through art! 


Luv Midtown KC T-Shirts

    We've got t-shirts!! You know and love the mural painted on the side of Thriftway on 40th and Main Street, now you can wear it! 

  We "luv" Midtown and we're not afraid to show it!  Show your "luv" and wear it proudly around town.

Order your Luv Midtown KC shirts TODAY for only $20!  Contact Diane Burnette dburnette@maincor.org to place your order.  


Union Hill Mile

                Registration is open for Union Hill Mile (formerly Martini Mile), benefiting Ozanam Guild.  The mile-long race is from 4 PM to 7:30 PM on June 25th

                The race features a 1-mile loop around historic Union Hill. Teams of four will have one runner at a time complete the 1-mile course, making a relay-style exchange (with a baton provided by each team) at the start/finish area on 31st Street. Once the final runner crosses the finish line, the team’s time will be recorded.

Competitive and recreational runners welcome! Awards divisions include male, female and co-ed.

All runners and race volunteers will receive a t-shirt!

Proceeds benefit the Ozanam Guild’s volunteer and fiscal contributions to the students and programs at Ozanam.

2:00 p.m. Packet Pick-Up and Race Day Registration Opens at Union Hill (Union Hill establishments are also open during this time)

3:30 p.m. Packet Pick-Up and Race Day Registration Closes

4 p.m. Official Start Time of the 2016 Ozanam Guild Union Hill Mile

5:30 p.m. Race Course Officially Closes (those unfinished may continue on the sidewalks or in a Union Hill establishment).

7:30 p.m. Post Race Party Officially Concludes, however patrons are free to continue partying until the Union Hill establishments close.



If you have utilized the southbound Penn Valley Drive/Broadway route over the past couple of months, you have noticed the preparatory work beneath that bridge. The bridge over 30th Street will be closed for replacement starting TODAY until approximately July 31st. This work will close Penn Valley Drive/Broadway, northbound and southbound, between 27th Street and 31st Street.


Southbound traffic will be routed off of Penn Valley Drive to Penn Drive at 27th (around the lake) and south to 31st Street (merges with Pennsylvania) and then east to Broadway.

Northbound traffic will be routed east to Main Street at 31st Street, north on Main Street to Pershing and then west to Broadway at Pershing.


Home Repair Program

                Apply now through September 31st to request Home Repair Program funding by visitinghttp://kcmo.gov/neighborhoods/grants-and-assistance/and clicking the “Home Repair” tab. 

                Home Repair Programs include: the Targeted Home Repair Program, the City Home Repair Program and the Paint Program.  Each program assists homeowners in repairs such as roof replacement, plumbing, electrical, barrier removal, and other health and safety improvements. 

                Requirements for the Home Repair Program include: applicants are owner-occupants, own only one single-family property, have not received assistance from this program within the past five years, and meet the household income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

                These programs are funded by the Community Development Block Grant, established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The Housing section estimates that with this grant, at least 275 homeowners will be assisted in the 2016-17 program year. 

Unicorn Theatre: Heathers the Musical

                Unicorn Theatre never disappoints with their bold new plays!

                Now through June 26th, get your tickets to Heathers: The Musical, based on the film written by Daniel Waters. 

                “High school hallways have always been a social minefield with bullies and cliques behind every locker door, but in this dark musical comedy, fitting in has never been more dangerous. Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a posse of mean girls: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. When misfit Veronica rejects their evil regime for the dark and sexy new guy, J.D., their relationship starts racking up a body count. From the writers of "Desperate Housewives" and "Bat Boy" comes this explosive new musical.”

                Get your tickets today at unicorntheatre.org.  

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