New York Bakery Sparkles!

The Southtown Environment and Public Works Committee selected the New York Bakery and Delicatessen, 7016 Troost Ave., for the March Sparkle Award. In business since 1905, the Bakery has been at this location since 1943. Current owners, James and Barbara Holzmark took over the family owned/operated business in 1981. Talk about a Kansas City tradition!

Special Recognitions

The Midwest Christian Counseling Center in conjunction with Baker University holds an annual Heart of America Ethics in Business Awards Banquet. This year, a number of people and organizations from our community and membership were nominated. These include Almar Printing, JE Dunn Construction, Marti Lee, and Speed Queen Fabric Care Center.

The event is April 17, 7pm at the Hyatt Regency. The recipients will be announced at the dinner. If you would like to more information, call 816-523-5553.

Quality of Life Information Series

You are invited to attend the upcoming information sessions provided by the Blue Hills Community Services. The sessions are free but reservations are required by the Friday prior to the session date. All sessions are held at the Blue Hills Resource Center, 5309 Woodland from 6-7pm. Refreshments and materials are provided.

March 20- Protect yourself from Identity Theft- Presenter- Brender Benson, M&I Bank
April 17- Strategies for Reducing Vacant and Abandoned Structures in your Neighborhood- Presenter- Renea Nash, KCMO Vacant Properties Operations

Willa’s Books Sparkles

Willa’s Books & Motif, 5535 Troost Ave. was selected for the February Southtown Council Sparkle Award. New to Troost Ave., Willa’s Books provides a wide variety of books including new, used, and rare one. They also offer one-of-a-kind jackets, purses, pillows, and other creative goods. This is a one-stop shop for unique items. According to owners Willa Robinson and Saundra Newsom, “our mission is to provide exposure to the black culture.”