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Standees — The Entertaining Eatery™ will open this spring in The Village Shopping Center in Prairie Village, Kan. Developed by Kansas City-based Dineplex International

LLC, Standees is an adult-oriented, upscale-casual restaurant that will serve affordable, chef-inspired American classics in a refreshing fusion of dining and entertainment.

Standees creators say they recognized an unmet consumer need. By combining a restaurant with a movie theater, Standees will offer a place to dine, enjoy a drink and see a movie — all in one comfortable and convenient location.

“We are very proud to announce the future opening of our flagship Standees restaurant in Prairie Village,” says Frank Rash, Dineplex president. “Standees will have everything you need for the ultimate everyday escape. You’ll be able to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner, relax over drinks or immerse yourself in a movie — all in one magically designed space that seamlessly flows and entertains you.”

A digital “film strip” prominently placed above the bar will enliven the conversations of restaurant guests and the deep booths and tall bar seats are intended to emit a “club-like” feel. The three intimate theaters will play movies that appeal to mature audiences, including the best selections in independent film. Guests will be able to order select appetizers, desserts and drinks or indulge in their favorite movie treats from their theater seat.

Dineplex, which began construction on Standees in December, worked with LANE4 to lease the space.

“This fresh and innovative restaurant concept further enhances the dining options and adds an entertainment choice to this great neighborhood destination,” says Owen Buckley, LANE4 president. “We also feel that the demographics of the community surrounding the center dovetail nicely with the Standees concept.”


Zoo makes room for new polar bear

The Polar Bear Species Survival Program has recommended the move of a 23-year-old female named Berlin from Minnesota’s Lake Superior Zoo to the Kansas City Zoo’s Polar Bear Passage to meet Nikita, the zoo’s 6-year-old male.

Berlin became a celebrity in her Duluth, Minn., neighborhood when she escaped her enclosure during torrential rains at the Lake Superior Zoo last June. She didn’t wander far before zoo officials were able to tranquilize her and return her to the zoo’s Animal Care Center.

Upon her arrival this winter, she will be in quarantine for at least 30 days. Berlin’s story is important, not just for her survival, but for her role in polar bear conservation. While she is older, polar bears have been known to live into their 30s in captivity. The survival program believes that Berlin and Nikita match genetically, but zoo officials say “nature will need to take its course” and they are “hopeful for the possibilities that lie ahead.”



Martina Navratilova, one of the world’s most successful tennis players, delivered the keynote speech at the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City’s 20th Annual Grants Award Luncheon in December.

Navratilova is a compelling advocate for active living and aggressive goal setting. She won her first mixed doubles Grand Slam tournament in 1974 and became the most dominant player in women’s tennis. She’s won a total of 59 Grand Slam crowns and a record nine Wimbledon singles championships.

Off the court, she has been an advocate for equal rights and a supporter of many charities. In 2000, she was the recipient of the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

During the event, the Women’s Foundation, which is celebrating 20 years of investing in the success of women and girls, awarded grants to local organizations that focus on financial literacy, career development and support for working women.


Larry Moore Scales Back Schedule

KMBC 9 News anchor Larry Moore has scaled back his work schedule. Moore now anchors the 6 p.m. newscast exclusively with co-anchor Lara Moritz.

“After over 40 years behind the anchor desk, I have asked to scale back my schedule just a little bit,” Moore says. “I will continue to anchor the 6 p.m. weekday newscast and remain active in supporting our values and high standards for news excellence.

“This will allow me to spend more time with my wife, Ruth, and our family, while still pursuing my passion to serve Kansas City viewers.”

Sarah Smith, president and general manager of KMBC/KCWE, says it’s a rare honor to work with an anchor who has distinguished himself throughout his career in so many ways.

“I know I speak for News Director Sherrie Brown and myself in expressing our gratitude that Larry plans to continue his role as a valued member of the KMBC 9 News team,” says Smith.

Moore, 67, has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career for journalistic excellence, lifetime achievement and outstanding humanitarian service to the Kansas City community. He co-founded the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City, granting wishes to children in need. A scholarship program bearing his name was established in 2000 and awards three scholarships annually in the amount of $5,000 each to a college-bound student who has previously received a “dream.”


Call for Cutest Pet Entries

Do you have the cutest pet in KC? Enter 435 magazine’s Fourth Annual Cutest Pet Contest at Voting will take place through Jan. 31 on the 435 Facebook fan page and website. The pet with the most votes will  be featured on the cover of our March issue, and the top five “cutest pet” owners will win prizes from participating sponsors.


Child Protection Center presents An evening with Elizabeth smart

Elizabeth Smart, whose story of triumph over tragedy captured the nation, will share her story of how to overcome extreme adversity and not allow your past to dictate your life’s future. Smart’s presentation and Q-&-A session will take place Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Atkins Auditorium at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, followed by a reception in the Bloch Building lobby.

The event will benefit the Child Protection Center, the only nationally accredited child advocacy center providing forensic interview and supportive services to children alleged to have been abused in Jackson and Cass counties in Missouri. A limited number of tickets are available. For information, visit or call Diane Marty at (816) 778-8013.


“Disneyland” of sporting goods stores to open in OP

Scheels has announced that it will open its first store in the Kansas City area in summer 2015, with construction beginning this summer. Scheels will join Von Maur and JC Penney at Corbin Park, the destination shopping center located at Metcalf and 135th Street in Overland Park.

Unlike a typical sporting goods or department store, Scheels — which will occupy a 220,000-square-foot, two-story building and employ more than 400 associates — will offer a wide range of sporting goods, sportswear, footwear, women’s and men’s fashions, and will feature expert-staffed specialty shops including a golf shop, bike shop, ski shop, canoe and kayak shop, fishing shop, hunting and gun shops, and youth shop and play area.

Special attractions will include a 16,000-gallon aquarium with saltwater fish, a 65-foot operating Ferris wheel, outdoor adventure photo opportunities, a wildlife mountain with taxidermy animals, and a walk of U.S. presidents featuring two fully animated presidents.

Customers will be able to test their golf, soccer, hockey, baseball, football, basketball and bowling skills on the sports simulators, and try their hand at the shooting galleries and laser shot shooting simulators.

To top off the experience, Gramma Ginna’s, Scheels’ deli and fudge shop, will serve gourmet soups and sandwiches, Starbucks coffee, homemade fudge and gelato.