Made in KC continues to brew growth

Made in KC cafe is now open at 1114 Baltimore on the 1st floor of The New Yorker!  Stop in and sample a wide variety of local coffee, cappuccinos, espresso and baked goods.  The cafe has a wonderful feel and blends the warmth of a modern cafe with the ambiance of this historic building (check out the original terrazzo floors!).  KCLoftCentral is proud to welcome Made In KC cafe to The New Yorker!  The New Yorker is KCLoftCentral’s newest apartment project and is scheduled to open in May 2018.  This lean building know as ‘KC’s Skinniest Skyscraper’ will be home to 29 loft apartments most of which will rented for less than $1,000 per month.  Contact KCLoftCentral today for more details: 816-842-6544. The Made in KC café concept was driven by the fact that the retailer started carrying products from 10 local coffee roasters, and Enders started thinking how fun it would be to serve their coffee in one place. When the landlord of 1114 Baltimore asked whether they’d consider opening a retail store there, the co-owners opted for the hybrid coffee shop and retail store due to the layout of the space. Made in KC also is adding a taproom and event space in the back, which will open in the spring. In true Made in KC fashion, the taproom will feature local beers, wines and spirits. “Part of the Kansas City arts and culture scene of the last couple years has been the growth of the breweries and the distilleries that have gotten lots of not only local love but national attention as well,” Bradley said. But as a retail shop without a liquor license, Made in KC hasn’t been able to work with the area breweries and distilleries in the capacity it would like. It’s been limited to T-shirts and themed glassware. “But this is going to allow us to also be more connected with that part of Kansas City and allow us to expand those relationships, give them another place to showcase their dream and encompass the whole Kansas City experience,” he said. Read entire article

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Made in KC Cafe opens downtown

Welcome to the Made in KC cafe!  Now open at 1114 Baltimore in The New Yorker,  Downtown Kansas City’s newest apartment project. The 2,300-square-foot space at 1114 Baltimore Ave. features a coffee bar in the front, a seating area surrounded by Kansas City-created retail, and room for event hosting. A taproom planned for the back of the store is expected to open in the spring, Enders said. Made in KC Cafe’s big draw on opening day: the coffee. “In our shops, we work with 10 different roasters,” Enders said, explaining the cafe’s plan for rotating featured brews. “Our espresso will be consistent; We’ll use Messenger. And then the cold brew, drip coffee and iced coffee will rotate. We’re going to try to match it up with our subscription service.” The retailer offers a coffee subscription wherein customers get three, six or 12 months deliveries featuring a different roaster each month, he said. “As part of an educational piece at the cafe, it’ll be like, ‘Oh, this month you’re drinking Oddly Correct. If you like this, you can order it. Or you can sign up for a subscription and try all of Kansas City’s great roasters,’” Enders said. Read Entire Article

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Kansas City renters have hard time finding place to live downtown and stay within budget

Just 10 years ago, downtown wasn’t yet home to the Kansas City Live! venue, the Sprint Center or new luxury apartments like One Light. Now, 3,900 more residential units are planned for this year. Still, people in the city are having a hard time finding a place to rent on a budget. “I probably looked at 20 different places before I ended up settling here,” said Tricia Zion. Zion recently moved back to Kansas City from Southern California, but her journey back to the metro was anything but smooth. It took weeks of searching before she settled on a two-bedroom in Midtown near Costco. “I’m not looking for something luxury,” she said. “I just need something that doesn’t have rats in it and will take my dog and is livable but it’s difficult to find that here.” The problem she found is there are not enough apartments for rent that young professionals can afford. Zion says she is paying more in student loans then she is in rent, and she’s already stretching her pockets. Let’s compare rent costs. For a studio in the luxury One Light building, you’ll get less than 600 square feet for $1350 a month. That comes with a pool, in-unit laundry and granite. A cheaper option we found is an apartment in the Board of Trade building. That’s downtown across the street from the Kansas City Public Library and by KC Loft Central, which has several units in the greater downtown area. It comes to $950 with free rent this month for about 700 square feet, but this apartment comes with no granite and no stainless steel. Jay says studios in the downtown district cost an average of $1,095 a month and developers can charge a $1.75 a square foot, if not more. What’s unique is Kansas City is actually one of the few places in the nation, Jay says, where its actually cheaper to live in the suburbs. That is because more people want to live in the city than there are rooms. Remember, just 10 years ago, there wasn’t a whole lot downtown. “There’s a big demand out there for people who want to live downtown, but for the longest time there has not been the supply, which is part of the reason why rent prices are high,” explained Jay.     Read Entire Article

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