Blogging from Brookside in Kansas City: April Challenge Entry-Professionals Helping Others

April Challenge Entry-Professionals Helping Others


As I drive around my neighborhood of Brookside in Kansas City MO, I'm thinking....just how long will these small, locally owned businesses be shut down?  There are plenty of places to park in front of the boutiques, the toy store, the barber, the gift shop.  I see folks walking in and out of our local coffee shop and the grocer; and stopping by for curbside pick up at a few restaurants.  But I know cafes and restaurants can't survive indefinately on  orders.  Part of the pleasures of having a coffee or meal is enjoying the slower pace of conversation with a friend, sipping the glass of wine and being waited on!  I feel it's going to be a very long time before neighbors and friends can lounge in a restaurant with a good meal and cup of joe.


So how can I help?  Our family is ordering meals every so often from locally owned restaurants.  And I am keeping in touch by texting or calling them, just to say hello.  I especially feel for those home with young kids--there are several on my block.  Keeping the children occupied with school work, keeping them away from friends and inside is difficult!  I've hired the next door neighbor college kid to mow lawns on a couple of vacant properties.



Although I know my business is going to dramtically drop off over the next several months and I should be saving money, I decided to buy several gift certificates and give them to clients.  I'm buying them from the Brookside restaurant owners--$10 each--and I'm sending them off in the mail with a personal note to past customers.  I think they will appreciate that I'm thinking of them and will brighten the day.  


It feels odd to have virtually nothing on the calendar.  I'm just finishing up some pending business that was booked before the pandemic and have one out of town buyer moving to Kansas City.  No vacation planned, no Brookside Art Fair, no visit from my daughter who lives in the UK, no birthday celebration dinners with friends.  Several clients who planned to move this spring and summer are staying put for now.  Usually I'm very busy this time of year.  Perhaps business will be 'back to normal' a year from now.  Too hard to predict.  In the meantime, I'm grateful for healthy family and friends, the food we have, my beloved Brookside home...and the internet to keep in touch!

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Kansas City Homes

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Comment balloon 11 commentsMary Hutchison, SRES, ABR • April 22 2020 05:03PM


I was in Palo Alto, CA University Circle. It was an eerie feeling with virtually no one on the business streets. When you are in a highly educated neighborhood residents are law abiding following the new rules. All toddlers wore masks. I saw some dogs had their masks on.  Right now, I do not plan any events or even wanting to physcially near people. I was across the street from a client via cell phone waive at each other. Sending docu sign paperwork. Still too dangerous to venture outside. I feel sorry for the homeless standing there but just do not want to get infected.  

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) 4 months ago

Hello Mary,  I am trying to help some off my restaurants that are close and have curb side service.  I know how this could knock alot of small places out of business.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 4 months ago

Everything feels odd and slightly off-kilter right now. I think your idea helping your favourite restairantsd with gift cards for clients is a good idea and will be appreciated and remembered by both sides of that transaction.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 4 months ago


Like you we try to support some of the vendors.  We are still visiting the Farmers Market every week in appreciation of their coming every week.  I feel that they too are hurting because the restaurants are not buying at the moment.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR Thanks for entering the April challenge. Your entry is perfect, helping restaurants, sharing gift certificates with past clients, and hiring the college kids for your properties.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Hi Mary- we've been ordering from our local restaurants a few times a week too. We've been to Jack Stack Barbecue and love it. The burnt tips are our favorite. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 4 months ago

Hello Mary - providing a helping hand and offering a good word is a wise/beneficial everyday practice.   To both sides.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

Nice post Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR .  Helping local businesses is what it's all about.  Stay safe.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) 4 months ago

Good morning Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - this is are wonderful way to tell all of your clients and those restaurants that you care.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 4 months ago

Hey there,

Thank you for a thoughtful entry showing how you and your community care for each other during this time of COVID-19.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) 3 months ago

Mary, I too have been to my favorite restaurants with curbside delivery.  It is tough to look at the calendar, and only see Zoom meetings scheduled.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 3 months ago