Every MainCor Member has something special to share. Through their combined histories and diverse passions, they make Kansas City's Main Street District like no other. Every month we spotlight a new member, their history, and their hope for the future of Kansas City.
3400-3212 Main Street
Currently home to the following:
Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club
Nick Carter Gallery
Susie’s Hair Salon
Carl Hoelzel bought his first property in the 3400 block of Main Street in the 1940s. His daughters recall a bustling street that was full of retail, street cars, and Christmastime decorations. These same daughters have had the chance to watch Main Street’s transformation over the years since then as they continued the family ownership of the 3400 block, calling the string of buildings “CFH Properties”.
Pam Hoelzel, a MainCor board member of 7 years and one of the founding Main Street CID board members, remembers an old diner called The Topper that was once located at the current Avis parking lot at 3412 Main. Jimmy and Mary’s Restaurant, one of the city’s best and beloved Italian restaurants with an iconic neon wrap sign and a long list of visiting celebrities, was at 3400 Main. In the 1950s, Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club opened at 3402 Main, and Davey Markowitz’s daughter, Michelle, still runs the business today.
Pam is an active member of the Main Street community, contributing for 8 long years as a MainCor member and currently serving as MainCor’s Treasurer and as President of the Valentine Neighborhood Association. She is also a volunteer docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and a textile/oriental carpet consultant. Formerly, she was Dean of Students at the Kansas City Art Institute.
St. Paul's Episcopal Day School
4041 Main Street
They first opened their doors in 1963 to 43 students, but grew so quickly that in the late 1970’s, they had to move into an old Kansas City, MO school district building. In 1992, a devastating fire relocated them again to a temporary home for two years. The school re-opened in September of 1994 and in 2009, the rebuilt school added a northern wing to their home at 4041 Main Street. Today, St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School holds more than 465 students, and is giving back to the community that once helped them by committing to a range of community services, including running a food pantry, the 2010 construction of Pocket Park, the support of a sister school in Ravine a’Lanse, Haiti, and the remarkable number of hours of individual community service by students and faculty.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School teaches students from early childhood through 8th grade, focusing on not only helping each student reach his or her highest academic, moral, social and creative potential by providing a comprehensive program of education in a loving, faith-based community, but also by striving to connect the school community to the broader world by providing service opportunities. The Day School has been a valuable part of the Midtown community for nearly 50 years now, but has also been a supporter of MainCor for 14 years.
The Unicorn Theatre
3828 Main Street
When the brick garage at 3828 Main Street was built, no one anticipated its eventual transformation into an award-winning theatre. Now in its 38th season, the Unicorn Theatre has a reputation for taking risks in the unknowns of new writers and plays. It has received a multitude of local and national awards, including the Pitch’s Best of 2011, and has held well over a dozen Tony and Pulitzer Prize Winning productions. The Unicorn’s Producing Artistic Director, Cynthia Levin, has led the theater through 33 years of success, winning herself awards such as the 2006 Pinnacle Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Johnson County Library Foundation and the 2007 Human Rights Campaign Equality Award.
The Unicorn Theatre has been a MainCor contributor for 13 years and has been a valuable member of Main Street for even longer. Recently they formed a partnership with UMKC’s graduate Theater program, giving students the opportunity to co-produce plays alongside the Unicorn. If you are interested in learning more about the Unicorn, this Thursday November 17th is the Peek at the Play Party, starting at 6pm.