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.