February 2017 Around Town


In response to growing demand for private banking and wealth management services in the Northland, The Commerce Trust Company recently added a dedicated representative in its Parkville branch location.
“We are opening an office in Parkville because we want to be more accessible to our growing client base in Platte County to help service them where they live,” said Andrew Kaplan, director of private banking for The Commerce Trust Company. “This expansion allows us to be more engrained in the community, which is important to us.”

The office is located at the Commerce Bank branch at 9155 NW Tom Watson Parkway in Parkville. Leading the new private banking office is Tim Rice, Senior Vice President, with over 39 years of banking and financial service experience.
The new office is now open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or you can schedule an appointment with Tim Rice by calling 816.234.1865.


North Kansas City held a groundbreaking December 7 for the new Meierotto Jewelers’ headquarters. Attending were members of the Meierotto family and officials with McCown Gordon Construction and Davidson Architecture & Engineering.
The event was also the first element in North Kansas City’s 62-acre redevelopment. Just east of I-29/I-35, the project is converting a former industrial stretch of Armour Road into a mixed-use development likely to have regional impact.
The new Meierotto headquarters will be a two-story, 37,000-squarefoot building that will also include a retail store and is expected to open in the fall. Meierotto’s will employ 45 people at the new site. Meierotto’s will be one of two North Kansas City jewelry headquarters when Berkshire Hathaway’s Helzberg Diamonds completes its planned move from 4311 NE Vivion Road in Kansas City.
North Kansas City began acquiring the 62-acre site over 15 years ago. Previous businesses included Payless Cashways, the ADM flour mill and Habco Inc.
Other plans for the site include a hotel, a conference center, entertainment areas, restaurants, an apartment project, a grocery story and other retail locations.


The Clay County Economic Development Council and Mid-Continent Public Library will host their next Small Business Bootcamp on March 10 at 8:30 a.m. at the Woodneath Library Center, 8900 Flintlock Road, Kansas City.
The event will focus on helping local entrepreneurs start and grow their own business.
Presentations will begin at 9 a.m. with keynote speaker, Andrew Potter, owner of the newly opened RoKC climbing gym in North Kansas City. Expert-led breakout sessions, networking and a resource fair of organizations that aid small businesses will follow him.
Attendees will choose between breakout sessions on the topics of: How to Get Your Business License; Doing Business in the Cloud; Insuring Your New Company; Legalese for Small Business Owners; Social Media for Sales; and What the EDC Can Do for You The breakout sessions will be led by expert speakers such as Adrienne Haynes, a founding partner of SEED Law, Jason Crowley, owner of Indigex, Anne Cull, owner of ThinkViral, and a panel of local city representatives such as John Pajor, manager of BizCare.
This program is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Registration for this event is free and required. For more information or to register, visit mymcpl.org/squareone.


The American Jazz Museum launches 2017 with a new and innovative exhibition, Spectrum: Autism, Art, and Music. This exhibition will feature Denver digital artist Juliette Hemingway and her son Javari Eugene-Poet Chase, who will also present works in the exhibition.
Javari was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Deficit Disorder when he was 10 years old. As a parent to a child diagnosed with Autism, Juliette chose early on to use visual and musical art as vehicles for education. Using jazz as a focal point, she enhances her son’s ability to grow and function in a world that often isolates and marginalizes children and adults with special requirements.
The exhibit highlights over 70 extraordinary works of digital imagery that illuminate relationships between Autism and jazz music.
The exhibit is now open and closes April 30th. Complimentary programming for children, families, adult and artists will be presented throughout the exhibition. Programs range from artist talks, STEAM activities, virtual reality art lessons, music programs and Autism resources and events.


Kansas City-native Diallo Javonne French began his filmmaking and photography career nearly two decades ago with a pawn store purchase of an 8mm camera. In the 90’s, he relocated to the south to attend Clark
Atlanta University. While attending school he worked as a production assistant for a number of music video projects for TLC, Outkast, Goodie Mob, Xscape, Raven Symone, and with director Hype Williams. French has recently completed his short documentary titled Kansas City Dreamin’: Music In Shadows. The film spotlights the career of Kansas City area native Bobby Watson while celebrating KC’s rich musical heritage.
This 40-minute film features segments and photographs of Kansas City natives Charlie Parker, Marva Whitney, Janelle Monae, and Tech N9ne.
The film is free and available online through Vimeo.com.