Brookside Shopping District Kicks Off Holiday Season November 13th with Open Houses, Live Music, Coat and Sweater Drive

Neighborhood school choirs, Holiday Trombones and the St. Teresa’s Academy & Rockhurst Varsity Singers performing at the FREE evening outdoor event

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Kansas City, Mo., November 6, 2014 – Kansas City’s favorite neighborhood celebrates the beginning of the 2014 holiday season with open houses, outdoor music, and giveaways, Thursday, November 13th, 6-9PM. Brookside’s Holiday Season Opener kicks off an open house weekend. Participating retailers will be open extended hours November 13-16, Thursday evening until 9PM, Friday and Saturday 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, 12-5PM.

Stroll the tree lit sidewalks, sipping hot cocoa provided by Michael Forbes Bar & Grille or complimentary Roasterie coffee and get your first look at the shopping district’s festive window displays and holiday merchandise. Find great deals and the best selection of gifts and seasonal décor at your favorite Brookside merchants. Area restaurants will have food and drink specials available Thursday evening only.

The FREE event, sponsored by KC Magazine, 101 the Fox, JACK FM, 94.9KCMO, Magic 107.3, and 95.7 The Vibe, includes outdoor music performed by the Holiday Trombones, St. Teresa’s Academy & Rockhurst Varsity Singers, plus choirs from St. Peter’s School, St. Elizabeth’s School and Border Star Elementary.

Two Brookside merchants, United Studios of Self Defense on Brookside Plaza and World’s Window on 63rd Street are collecting new and gently used winter coats and sweaters for both women and children. World’s Window is partnering again for the fifth year with the Rose Brooks Center to help aid their mission to break the cycle of domestic violence.

At various locations around Brookside, there will be activities such as live jazz at World’s Window, a whiskey tasting event at The NEW Dime Store, “Forever Brookside” Instagram photo spot at a store named STUFF, plus Thursday Night Football at Charlie Hoopers Bar & Grille. Other participating merchants include: Fit Formula5B&Co CandlesBrookside JewelryBrookside Toy and Science, Fiddly Fig,Reading Reptile, plus many more.

Event attendees can register to win one of three packaged Brookside themed giveaways. Spend $250 and get a $10 BKS gift card FREE. Bring your receipts to Michael Forbes Bar & Grille by 11/16/14 to get your gift certificates. Multiple receipts can be combined to reach the qualifying amounts. Receipts must be dated November 13, 14, 15, 16, 2014 and from a Brookside shopping district merchant. Purchase $50 in Brookside gift cards and get a FREE $10 gift card. For more information, visit BrooksideKC.Org.

About Brookside Shops

The Brookside Shops have been fulfilling J.C. Nichols’ vision for the absolute best in neighborhood shopping, dining and services for nearly a century. Generations of Kansas Citians have turned to the Brookside Shopping District to meet their everyday needs along with the extraordinary, too. Located in the area of 63rd Street, between Main Street and Wornall Road, over 80 shops, restaurants, and service providers call this area home. Visit BrooksideKC.ORG, or follow us on Facebook/BrooksideKC, Twitter (@brooksideKCity), and Instagram (brooksidekansascity).

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