KANSAS CITY SOON TO DEDICATE "LEON GOODHART WAY" IN BROOKSIDE!!!
Brookside will soon offer tribute to a legendary local businessman. In doing research for this post we found an inspiring obit and more dedication from the Southtown Council.
Now, check the important note about an upcoming honor to the memory of a person who made Kansas City history:
BROOKSIDE PLAZA TO BE DEDICATED AS “LEON GOODHART WAY”
Long-time Brookside business and property owner Leon Goodhart will be honored March 22 at a brief ceremony where Brookside Plaza will be renamed “Leon Goodhart Way.” The ceremony will be held at 5:00 pm at the street’s intersection with 63rd Street, in the heart of Brookside.
Goodhart had been a Brookside businessman since 1949, when he came to the United States from Poland to work for his great uncle, Jacob Hyman, at the Country Club Shoe Store. Goodhart went on to take over the business, and operated it until his retirement in the late 1990s. In addition, Goodhart owned and managed much of the property along Brookside Plaza, including the Brookside Plaza office building. He was a past president of the Brookside Business Association and a board member of the Brookside Community Improvement District. Goodhart passed away in June 2012.
Generations of Brooksiders grew up getting their shoes from the Country Club Shoe Store. “Leon was the type of merchant that’s hard to find anymore, the type that have made Brookside what it is. Leon treated each customer asif they were the best customer he had,” said Delena Stout, current President of the Brookside Business Association. “After sixty years of Leon’s dedication to Brookside, this is a fitting tribute.”
The official renaming is an honorary designation, made by the City of Kansas City, Missouri in January. The ceremony is open to the public, and is a chance for Brooksiders and friends of Leon Goodhart’s to celebrate his life and his many contributions to the community.