Main Street News August 2016

Midwest Cyclery Member Spotlight

When stopping to take a photo with our “Luv Midtown KC” mural at the corner of Main and 40th, make sure to swing by Midwest Cyclery just down the block at 3951 Main Street and check out their assorted collection of bikes.
Midwest Cyclery was first opened by Gus and Chris Baanders back in 1973 after they emigrated from the Netherlands, bringing their love of biking with them. After changing ownership and locations a few times, it is thriving again where it all started, back on Main Street and owned by their daughter, Christina, and her husband, Bob.  

Christina and Bob opened the new shop August 1, 2015. With August marking their 1 year anniversary back on Main Street, they have reflected on how the area has improved recently, noting the landscape, appearance, walkability, and security. They love being located on Main Street because the street generates more consumer traffic, bringing them both locals and commuters. They also appreciate that urban communities appreciate biking and multiple transit options, rather than just cars.

What sets them apart from other stores, however, is their unique lineup of bikes for all lifestyles. Few stores sell the same brands or have options ranging from road biking to BMX to mountain biking. But they do more than just sell bikes, they also repair, rebuild, and refurbish them. Whether you're looking for a new bike for yourself or your kids or wanting a tune up on an older bike, they're committed to helping you.

Midwest Cyclery is also committed to their community. On Wednesdays at 7 PM during the summer they have community night rides that range from 15 to 30 miles, depending on the skill level of the group. These rides are a great opportunity to see Midtown and Kansas City from a different perspective than a car can give. There's also no need to worry if you're inexperience or slow-paced, one of their team members is in front and back at all times so that no one is left behind. These rides continue into the fall and winter, however the times will change. Reminders are posted on their Facebook page.

In order to celebrate their anniversary, Midwest Cyclery is having a huge sale all week long! They're also having a Saturday morning ride at 10:30 am with a Party on the Patio after! There will be food, drinks and live music. You can RSVP here!

Finally, when you stop into their store after taking a photo with the mural, make sure you thank Trent Alexander, one of their bike mechanics and associates, for painting it and giving us all a symbol of why we're proud to members of Midtown.

July Luncheon: Listening Session
Every month we host a networking luncheon featuring a guest speaker, however this past month we wanted to hear from you! We asked three questions: Why do you love Main Street/Midtown, what are your dreams for Main Street/Midtown, and what are your concerns on Main Street/in Midtown?

Our main takeaway from this event is that people want more things to walk to and interact with while walking, such as restaurants and shops, that add to the existing culture of Midtown. Many of you expressed a dream that streetcar would become an integral part of our community, better connecting us to the rest of the city and providing more transit options.

The number one concerns were traffic and crime, something we are actively combating through increasing walkability and providing security with our Red Shirts.

This luncheon gives us visions and goals to work to towards in the future. We are able to work together with other community organizations and the City to strengthen what you love, address your concerns are head on, and help make your dreams come true.

Bacon-Fest: The Other Fundraiser

                Who doesn’t love bacon?  Get your fill this year at The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City’s (RIKC) annual fundraiser, Bacon-Fest on August 27th!  Tickets are now on sale and you don’t want to miss this! 

                Sample bacon flavored EVERYTHING, enjoy live music performed by local Kansas City musicians, and stay cool with some ice cold brews. 

                How much bacon can you eat?  Find out by entering the Bacon Eating Contest!  Take your chance to eat 1.5 lb. of bacon as fast as you can (yes, that’s an entire pack of bacon!). The cost to participate is $10 and you must have purchased a ticket to the festival. 

                Wear your best bacon attire and enter your chance to win the T-Shirt Contest!  At 3 p.m. participants wearing their best bacon clothes will be brought to the stage.  Two participants will be selected to win a ticket on the KC Barbeque Tours Bus!

                Not only is this event fun and full of bacon, it actually helps people too.  Bacon-Fest raises funds to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential by offering therapeutic and educational services for children at Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center (CTLC) and rehabilitation services for adults and children at RIKC.

             Get your tickets HERE!  We will see you there!

Welcome to Main Street, Kansas City Young Audiences!

                With all of the cultural arts already on Main Street, it only made sense for Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) to start their new home here!  KCYA bought the old Office Max building at 3732 Main Street, and they are ready to have a place of their own to call home.

On Saturday, July 23rd they hosted a Project Kick-Off Spectacular to celebrate their new home before renovations begin in August. At the celebration they announced that Heart of America Shakespeare Festival will be their new resident partner, adding yet another performing arts organization to the growing list across Midtown! Mayor Sly James was in attendance and guests got to see performances by the students. To see a video of the event, created by Jim Dunn, Board Vice-Chair, click the photo above.

The new space will allow for dance studios, multi-purpose classrooms for art and theatre classes, a mixed-use performance and event space, and offices for the staff. We can’t wait to officially welcome KCYA to Main Street!


Help Wanted!

                Get wild this holiday season!  Indigo wild that is…

                You know Zum Bars, you love Zum Bars, now you can become a part of the team that makes them!  The operations and production departments of Indigo Wild are now accepting applications!

                Nothing says “Merry Christmas” more than a festive bath set from Indigo Wild!  Products sell like hotcakes during the holiday season, and they need your help!  If you love to work and have fun at the same time, this is a perfect fit for you! 

                The team at Indigo Wild is searching for candidates with flexible schedules.  Call 816-221-3480 TODAY and ask for Nancy or Troy to apply!

August Luncheon!
                Each month, MainCor hosts a networking luncheon for anyone in the community to come and learn about what’s going on in and around the Midtown area.  A guest speaker joins us every month to share important things happening in Midtown. 

                This month, we have a Daniel Barber from Community LINC
joining us.  Their mission is to end homelessness, impact poverty and remove barriers to self-sufficiency for families. To learn more about what they are doing to make a difference in the Kansas City Area, join us August 18th!

Karma Tribe Yoga - New Business in Midtown!
In July Karma Tribe Yoga reopened in a new Midtown location at 3545 Broadway Blvd! They are Kansas City’s premier, non-profit, donation-based yoga studio offering both a consistent schedule and unique pop-up yoga options.

Their mission is to provide high-quality yoga to everyone at their serene, urban studio. They open their doors to every gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, belief system, and income level, advocating that yoga belongs to everyone and can enrich all lives from the inside out.

Their policy is to come, participate in yoga and become a part of their community, while paying what you can. Click their logo above for more information on their schedule.

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 least 60 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

Fill out an application today! 

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, August 11th, Feast of Fountains will be held at the Spirit of Freedom Fountain along Brush Creek at Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd & Cleveland Ave from 5:30-7:30 pm. 

                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 August 11th at Spirit of Freedom Fountain!  Also don't miss 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

Now through August 26th, check out The Art of Human Movement at Buttonwood Art Space!  

The walls in Buttonwood on Main Street are filled with pieces of artwork related to human movement.  Whether that means: dancing, cycling, running, walking, or anything else you can think of, odds are it will be portrayed through art at Buttonwood's exhibit! 

Each exhibit at Buttonwood benefits local artists as well as a non-profit organization.  The Art of Human Movement Exhibit is a fundraiser for BikeWalkKC's B-Cycle program with 60% of proceeds benefiting local artists and 40% benefiting B-Cycle.  

Stop in and check out the artwork Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm.  Also, join in on their First Friday reception on August 5th from 5pm-9pm!  Enjoy complimentary hor's d'oeuvres and libations while browsing this unique exhibit!  Union Distillery will also be serving specialty cocktails.

You can get your art fix right here on Main Street at Buttonwood Art Space! 


Luv Midtown KC T-Shirts

    We've got t-shirts!! You know and love the mural painted on the side of Thriftway at 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.  


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. 

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Everything we do is only possible because of YOU. Without the support of our amazing members, we would not exist.  

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