August 2017 Around Town 1

Wilson Flooring Partners with 
Troy Green On Epic Walk

Wilson’s Floor Covering, Inc is excited to partner with Troy Green for his upcoming Ruck Between Rivers event!  Beginning on September 14th, Troy Green, along with several other veterans will walk across Missouri in order to raise money for the Cameron Veteran’s Home.  The Ruck will end in St. Joseph on September 17th and be celebrated with a free concert by local celebrity Matt Snook.  Funds raised will then be presented to the Veteran’s home.  Last year Green raised over $8,000 to provide daily living expenses and event funds.  It is an honor to help support such a great cause.  For more information, go to Ruck Between Rivers on Facebook.

The RINO opens in North Kansas City

Local coffee destination Colony Beer and Espresso has expanded to include The RINO. The goal with The RINO is to provide a place north of the river for up-and-coming bands & songwriters to play on a nightly basis. The venue boasts state-of-the-art sound initially geared for rock and rock sub-genres but other genres like hip-hop and jazz nights may come as well. Although Colony plans on primarily using this space for local and touring acts, The RINO will also be available to be rented for corporate events, parties, weddings, etc.

The addition of The RINO physically expands Colony’s space and allows them to build an even stronger community. The RINO opened in early July, but it will quickly be joined by a brewery expansion, called Colony Handcrafted Ales, and a fully operational kitchen.

If interested in scheduling an event or booking a show, please email at

A calendar of events can be found at

Gladstone Cuts Ribbon on Rock Creek Greenway Trail

Gladstone city officials cut the ribbon on Rock Creek Greenway Trail on July 13. Construction on the 10-foot-wide mixed use trail began last summer. The trail stretches .75 miles beginning at Northeast Brooktree Lane and ending at Hidden Hollow Park. The city plans to continue its trail expansion to NE 67th Terrace to meet up with the M-1 Highway Trail which connects to Happy Rock Park, 7600 NE Antioch Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Through Gladstone’s partnership with the Mid-American Regional Council, the city was awarded $450,000 from the MARC Transportation Enhancement/Transportation Alternatives Committee to construct this trail. The Missouri Department of Transportation helped facilitate the implementation of the project.

North Kansas City 
Welcomes Flow House

Plans for the new One North development in North Kansas City include a FlowRider wave generator at the Flow House restaurant and entertainment center.

Flow House Kansas City restaurant recently announced the addition as part of plans for an 8,000-square-foot flowboarding area. Flow House is one of four restaurants set to open next year in the $200-million, mixed-use One North Development. The 58-acre area is immediately southeast of I-35 and Armour Road in North Kansas City.

Destination Developers LLC, is the master developer of the site, which promises to be a notable addition to the Clay County business community. Flow House alone is dramatic, with tentative plans calling for a 40-foot-tall glass area to house the FlowRider.

The first project is likely to be a $35 million Driv Golf Lounge & Brewhouse, similar to a facility in Overland Park. Other plans include a 50,000-square-foot medical office building and a 200-unit apartment project. Two 100-room hotels are planned by North Kansas City-based KMG Hotels. A 15,000-square-foot conference center and a grocery store are also scheduled.

Infrastructure work is now underway and plans call for the completion of contracts this summer. Completion of the development is projected for late 2018.

North Kansas City began purchasing a 62-acre site that includes this development in the early 2000s. Four acres were sold to Meierotto Jewelers for the construction of a new headquarters.

Missouri American 
Water Presents Check to Park University for Plaster Center

Missouri American Water, which serves communities throughout Missouri, including Parkville, home of Park University’s flagship campus, presented a $50,000 check to Park President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D. and Associate Vice President for Advancement Nathan Marticke, to go toward the University’s new School of Business building, which will be known as the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. Missouri American Water’s commitment will help fund a named classroom space in the building, President Cheryl Norton and External Affairs Manager Christie Barnhart, represented Missouri American Water at the presentation on June 13.

The Plaster Center is planned to be built on the University’s flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., on the east side of the University’s main entrance. Fundraising and planning for the building continue with groundbreaking anticipated in 2018. For more information or to support the building project, contact Marticke at or 816.584.6844.