Set in a suburb of Kansas City built in the 1930s and 1940s, Brookside was an outpost of shops for those who had moved south of town. It provided a full array of stores for clothing, drugs and sundries, furnishings, groceriies and banking. It was set up as a small town right across from an elementary school and churches with convenient walks throughout. Brookside suffered from the inevitable push of the suburbs further south and west with years of declining sales. However, the rediscovery of the residential area south ot the Country Club Plaza has led to a renaissance for Brookside. New boutique shops entice shoppers to move beyond the search for basics. One store that survived the up and downs is the Five and Dime that still offers a full stock of "stuff" that is inexpensive and interesting. Take some time to walk through the stores and imagine yourself a new resident of the Kansas City suburbs. Even more interesting is to drive through the area and pick out a dream house suited just for you.
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