Friday, November 23, 2012

Santa is Coming to Concordia Tonight!

Santa is coming to Concordia Tonight!
Santa will arrive at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 23 by horse & buggy and will be available to hear your "wish list" until 7:30 p.m. at his Concordia headquarters located in the Century 21 Conference Room, 201 W. 6th St., Concordia, KS  66901.

Loads of activities downtown including live music at Jitters, bake sale, hot cocoa and cider, popcorn, and horse & buggy rides.  Retail stores will be open late so come get in the Christmas spirit!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

We'll Give You the Shirt Off Our Back in Concordia!

Jackie Wants Susie's Shirt!
Have you ever heard the adage "He is so giving and helpful he would give you the shirt of his back?" That old saying is true about the Concordia Travel Information Center aka Cloud County Convention & Tourism. 

Cyclist Jackie Grabbert had spent the day cycling from Stockton, Kansas to Concordia, Kansas, stopping to visit sites like the largest ball of twine along the way.  Jackie, is a member of DetermiNation, a program of the American Cancer Society.  As part of the "Pedalling For More Birthdays" team,  Jackie hopes to raise $5,000 for the American Cancer Society by cycling her way from Colorado to Wisconsin to attend her high school reunion.  (which one is a secret!)

After setting up camp at the Concordia Airport Park, Jackie and her sister Jeri, who acts as her support team, stopped by to get a closer look at the Whole Wall Mural.  While chatting with co-director Susie Haver, Jackie noticed her shirt and asked where she could get one.  Susie explained that the Kansas Explorer shirt she was wearing was available only to members of the Kansas Explorers Club.  Not letting that deter her, she decided to just make a grab for it!  After a short scuffle they came to terms and switched shirts.  

If you would like to learn more about the American Cancer Society's DetermiNation program or donate click here.   Learn more and donate

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Marla's Joy Teahouse Opens Today!

Have you been craving a 'nice cup o' tea' or a glass of ice cold raspberry tea?  Or maybe you have been dreaming all summer long of a nice cup of  cold strawberry soup.  As of today, your dreams can come true!

Today marks the opening of Marla's Joy Teahouse at 512 State St., Concordia, Kansas.  Many of us remember this address as the former home of the Huckleberry Tea House, but once you walk in the door you'll know you are in a whole new place.   Delicate flowery china and the pastel linen and lace have been replaced with simple elegant linens adorned with bright white modern dishes.

If you choose to sit in the 'patio room' with its 'Tuscany' feel you can watch Chef G prepare your order through an opening into the kitchen. The trickling from the tall fountain at the entrance into the main dining room helps mute kitchen noise and adds that 'alfresco' feel.

Paninis, fruity chicken salad on croissant and BLT salad are very similar to the former Huckleberry fare.  Feeling a bit more daring?  Chef G has a few surprises in store with his "Special Creole Shrimp Hoagie" and sandwiches with his "Special Creole dressing'.  Proprietress Marla has added a few of her own favorites including "Panther Pride Hot Roast Beef Hoagie" and "Bohemian Farm Girl Ham and Swiss Panini"

Open Tuesday thru Saturday - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Come party at the Brown Grand Tonight!

Four talented local artists are set to entertain locals tonight at a Benefit Concert to help the Brown Grand.  
Angie LeDuc & Left of Center

Area country music sensation, Angie LeDuc and her band, Left of Center, will present a kick off concert for the Brown Grand Theatre’s Fund Raising Drive.  Friday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m., LeDuc and her band will perform IN the Brown Grand Theatre.  (not on stage)   Admission is a donation to the Brown Grand Theatre Restoration-Act II project- the stage reinforcement and rigging replacement.  Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for general seating.

Although all live performances have been suspended in the theatre since March, LeDuc and her band are going to set up in front of the stage on the steps that lead up to the stage, in the orchestra pit and in the box seats.  

Left of Center Band members include local favorites, Kenny Johnston, Ken Jones and Tim Halfhide. The band recently was selected to perform at the Country Stampede in Manhattan.  Don't miss this rockin' kick-off to the Brown Grand's SOS fundraising!

Look for Angie LeDuc & Left of Center t-shirts and CDs that will be on sale during the show.  

Friday, June 1, 2012

Grab your surfboard and old Levis and win!

Surfboards in Kansas are a bit unusual, but if you own one head down to Threads For Him, 117 W. 6th Street, Concordia, and you could win a pair of Hurley Shorts today.  Make sure you are wearing your most worn pair of Levi jeans.
Featuring Levis, Silver, Carhartt, Dockers, Cinch, Tony Lama Boots, and Red Wing, Threads has stylish men's clothing. Although high school and college students can get 10% off with a student ID, proprietress Kristina Edin emphasizes that Threads For Him has clothing for all men not just young men.

Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, Threads is celebrating its Grand Opening with free hot dogs, drawings and live remotes with 94.9 and KREP.  The first ten couples to book a wedding will be entered into a drawing to win tuxes for the whole wedding party.  Even if you don't have a reason to shop for the man in your life, (you can always think of one) stop by and check out the great decor.  With the help of friends, Kristina has decorated her store with old and re-purposed found items.
Congratulations and Welcome Threads For Him!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Concordia Glows at Night!

There is a new glow in town!

Tired, drab, out of date, and a bit run down used to be how we described downtown Concordia.  Then, over the past few years we have watched a transformation. A group of retailers began to lead the movement to revitalize the downtown not by forming a committee, but with paint brushes in hand and designer friends on speed dial. The result is a fresh new historical look.

While new and historical seem to be opposites, the combination works. Retailers are working with their buildings' unique architectural details and accenting them with new colors, techniques and 'vintage' signage.
One of the newest additions, Threads For Him, is adding a unique mix of color to the downtown city lights.  Take a cruise down main street, or in our case Sixth Street, at night and check out the emerging 'cityscape'.
I can hardly wait to see what's next.