Sunday, August 03, 2014

Sunday And The End Of Kansas City Tradition



On this late and kinda chill Kansas City Sunday night, let's take a moment to contemplate the final day of Halls on The Country Club Plaza.

There are more than a few factors that could take the blame for the demise of this local department store institution.

- Violent Teen Flash Mobs haven't made it easy to turn a profit in an entertainment district.

- The Internets has made bricks and mortar retail a thing of the past and selling cheaply made Chinese goods to middle-class white people has now become a thing of the past.

- Moreover, The Country Club Plaza is no longer the hangout for the local elite . . . Kansas City movers and shakers spend most of their time in Leawood. The city has sprawled and spiraled out of control. Plaza shops are generic changes and a local retailer is nearly impossible to find in much the same way that "buying American" is an antiquated notion when most union manufactured cars are filled with Southeast Asian components from bumper to bumper.


But fear not . . . So many among our Kansas City intelligentsia claim that streetcars and high speed Internets lead to way to prosperity or at least will inspire the middle-class to return to the city and begin the long-awaited gentrification aimed at driving poor, mostly brown people to the outskirts of the city. Okay, maybe there really isn't an upside here but merely various opportunities to buy in to any given ideology or brand.

Still, the point of this final Sunday post is to acknowledge that Kansas City traditions often end but the game of SELLING THE PUBLIC remains the same. To that end, either online or in nicer boutique settings the denizens of this cowtown confront one sales call after the next with differing benefits but all aimed at separating people from their cash. And while capitalism is a fine thing and probably the wonderful reason why the KC Metro is home to so many chubby blondes, it's important to assure value for every purchase.

And so, as the high-end quality of Halls is now scaling back and soon to disappear, Kansas City is flooded with other unique selling propositions. The marketplace of ideas and merch is virtually limitless. Accordingly, our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY will do our best to bargain shop and haggle as politicos and all manner of sales people make their pitch.

Hopefully, more BREAKING/EXCLUSIVE NEWS, discussion, debate, discourse, our fair share of hateration and all kinds of good stuff for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!

13 Comments:

Your English Prof. said...

Maybe just a bit maudlin, but I see your point. I guess you're sad you missed the sale. Got a great deal on a dining room set.

Anonymous said...

Why would Hallmark pull those shitty Holiday Cards from an entire row at Walmart? Sounds like the brick and mortar moved to a sweatshop in China?

Anonymous said...

your violent teen flash mobs don't seem to be all that violent

Anonymous said...

More important... what the heck happened to that cool statue that used to be on that corner? That corner pretty much looks the same except the statue is missing.

Anonymous said...

The statue was removed so Highwoods could put 12 plastic PennySaver and Auto Trader boxes in its place.

Anonymous said...

See Prairiefire in Overland Park!

Anonymous said...

Maybe they can turn it into a K-Mart.

Seen the back to school commercials with wild little black kids talkin about their new threads my momma wisely had on layaway?

Anonymous said...

The store was kept open as long as Adele Hall was alive. With her passing came the start of the count-down to when it would close.

Godspeed Adele.

Anonymous said...

Nick Civella used to shop there. Yes sir, whatever you want, lol.

Anonymous said...

Lots of dead guys used to shop there. Now folks just don't want all the bullshit that goes on at the plaza, the traffic sucks, the service has gone to hell and the so called classy eaterys are a joke.

Anonymous said...

Why would rich white people have a store in Killer City anyway?

Anonymous said...

And the spokesman says that they want the store in the urban core where all the new action is.
Right. Hipster lumberjack hats for just $495.
Selling like hotcakes!
The place should be mobbed on First Fridays.

Anonymous said...

Highwoods is no friend to the Plaza or KC