Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Kansas City Brookside New Dime Store Closes For Good And Returns Donations

The aftermath of a fire and a series of unfortunate events permanently closes this beloved local Brookside shop. 

The owner writes . . .

After losing my husband and business partner in late October, I struggled with how I was going to maintain the store, as he was an integral part of The New Dime Store. He was not visible on a daily basis, but he was my support and my financial guide. The fire in late December wiped out our inventory and much of my personal reserve. Replacing the inventory could take several months due to the COVID-19 disruption of the supply chain. In December we were still awaiting some orders made in May. So, I have made the difficult decision to close the business.

A sign that owner Kimberly Harris is truly a thoughtful person:

"I have been deeply touched -- almost overwhelmed --­ by you and the others who so generously contributed to the Go Fund Me. You offered support to get through the accident and move forward . I am so grateful for the support: it is helping me move forward. However, given the decision to close the store, I will not be using any of those funds. I have asked Go Fund Me to return your donation(s) and those of all who rallied to my aid. If you made a contribution, you should receive 100% of your money back within 3 -­ 7 business days. A few people literally dropped envelopes of cash at the door. This was a staggering show of support, that could probably only happen in Brookside. Thank you. I am personally tracking down those individuals and returning their money. Thank you all for your kindness and support through the years. You may see me in the future in a new store. The future is not entirely clear right now."

Read her thoughtful post in full via social media.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow . . . that's rare. It's a little sad that her ethics are the exception, rather than the rule

Anonymous said...

Mayor Lucas needs to seek advice from this lady on how to do business.

Anonymous said...

^^Yawn.

Anonymous said...


Hate to see this store close, but given the fact Kansas City is not a good city to live in or visit makes it a little easier. I hope the owner goes on to prosper in her life.

Anonymous said...

They charged (and got) premium prices, had all types of crowdsourced help, were in a great location (Brookside wives are not at all price-sensitive), and still ran the thing into the ground. Some people are just better off working for others.

Anonymous said...

8:38! It's clear you don't pay mortgages or rent. Probably commenting with your Obama phone. This is what is wrong with our society. Brookside is an upscale neighborhood and I'm sure the rents for commercial are skyrocketed. The ability to stroll the neighborhood to enjoy the small town feel is worth the price. Lee's Summit is transitioning to do the same.so please do shop at Wal-Mart China. Hope the stitching breaks on your cheap made clothes.SMH..

Anonymous said...

Fun store, neat area, nice people, KC’s loss.

Anonymous said...

Brookside is where white liberals go to live in old, crummy houses from the 1920s...but get to walk to Dave's Lamp Shop and get all of the crime from the ghetto east of Troost.