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Downtown Parkville - new Popculture location coming soon!

March 29, 2021

Downtown Parkville - new Popculture location coming soon!

Downtown Parkville is about to load up with new bakery, barbecue, coffee bar and more

BY JOYCE SMITH  MARCH 26, 2021

Kansas City Star Cityscape

Downtown Parkville may soon be home to several new businesses, including family operations that will offer barbecue and baked goods, as well as a coffee bar. And that’s on top of a general store and flower shop that recently opened and a gourmet popcorn shop moving to a new location.

Whitney George and her mother, Janine Wilson, planned a March 27 opening for The Baker’s Table at 115 Main St. The menu will include pies, cinnamon rolls, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, chicken pot pies, quiche, coffee and tea. “It’s been me and my mother’s lifelong dream to work side by side, to carry on my grandmother’s recipe box,” George said. “Everything is made from scratch, fresh ingredients, just your hometown bakery feel.”

 Wilson had a bakery in New Mexico, where George and her four siblings grew up. George moved to the Kansas City area nearly a dozen years ago to be closer to family. A relative is married to Mike Garozzo of Garozzo’s Ristorante, and George has been a bartender at his Columbus Park restaurant. She still plans to work there once a week, while doing the bakery full-time.

Meanwhile, her father-in-law, Wardell Hooks, is in final negotiations to open his barbecue in the same building. Hooks started cooking when he was 10, adding barbecue to his lineup five years later. In 2015, when he was about 50, the UPS manager started catering Kansas City Chiefs tailgate parties. He soon expanded with a food truck. He now wants to open Off the Hook BBQ in a retail space. It would have a walk-up window serving sandwiches, baked beans and chips, along with some specials, but just Thursday through Saturday. If all goes as planned, Hooks hopes to open in May. Then he will gradually add more items such as ribs, beef nachos and chicken wings.

 In other Parkville updates:

  • Incahoots, 100 S. Main, is a coffee bar and lounge created by Parkville residents Ryan and Emily O’Laughlin. Menu items will include house-made doughnuts, along with cocktails, beer and wine. A late April or early May opening is scheduled.
  • Popculture Gourmet Popcorn and Ice Creami s relocating from another Parkville site and plans a May opening at 115 Main. The family-owned business serves a variety of flavored popcorn, including cherry vanilla Dr Pepper, cinnamon toast, puppy chow, loaded potato, sea salt caramel, and chocolate drizzle. Ice cream flavors include Kahlua almond fudge, non-dairy vanilla bean, toasted coconut, chocolate raspberry truffle, and mint chip.
  • Andrew Dessert opened The Exchange general store at 110 Main in late 2020. He sells taco kits with chile-braised brisket from Barham Family Farm, cookie and brownie mixes, beer from Brewery Emperial, raspberry chipotle jam from Kansas City Canning Co., agave ketchup and jalapeno mustard from BoysGrow, and prepared meals such as quinoa salad with artichoke hearts and marinated olives, breakfast burritos and more.
  • White Farmhouse Flowers & Gifts had a February opening at 113 Main. Owner Denise Glanzer sells fresh flowers and gifts such as home and garden products, T-shirts, soaps, and baby items. She has a 1961 Volkswagen Transporter that she fills with flowers on Saturdays and also takes to events such First Fridays in the West Bottoms. It also is available to rent for photo shoots.

 





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