Thursday, November 25, 2010

Holiday Windows on Main - Indie Bar

Artist Luke Rocha created a window for the Indie Bar at 1228 Main as part of Holiday Windows on Main. Here are some details from the window.

Monday, November 22, 2010

In Remembrance

Our sympathies go to the families and friends of Mary Jo Spake, who worked for Harzfeld's and passed away recently.

Mary Jo Spake

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Newly Discovered Mural Sketches at Auction!

Today we received a postcard from Dirk Soulis Auctions in Lone Jack, Missouri. We've been to their great auctions in the past and they helped lead us to our Harzfeld's display cabinet.

The postcard announces their Winter Fine Arts Auction, which features eleven sketches for the Thomas Hart Benton mural commissioned by Harzfeld's in 1946, Achelous & Hercules! According to the auction site, the sketches are from the estate of our late friend and fashion illustrator for Harzfeld's, Patricia George.

Details on the December 4 auction can be found here. The sketches can be seen in lots 88 through 99 in the online auction catalog.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Holiday Windows on Main - Santa

We'll be posting images of the new window displays in downtown Kansas City. This one was done for Star 102 FM, one of the sponsors. Designer currently unknown. More on the locations and artists soon.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holiday Windows on Main

Tonight at 5 p.m. holiday windows designed by local artists will be unveiled one by one in the Power and Light District, downtown Kansas City. Learn more at and at MetroWireKc. Vote for your favorite. The windows will be on display through January 2, 2011.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

In Rememberance

Our sympathies go to the families and friends of Alice Birk Granger, who worked for Harzfeld's and passed away recently.

Alice Birk Granger

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Brookside Story

We're excited this new book by LaDene Morton is available. We met LaDene while at Urban Mining this past summer. I think she recognized Michele as she was carrying around her find of a green and white striped hat box. She was very enthusiastic about her project, which is now realized as The Brookside Story, Shops of Every Necessary Character, published by The History Press. Congratulations LaDene! We're looking forward to learning about the history of this Kansas City shopping district.

Today's Links

Wilbur Niewald
Niewald has three paintings on display as part of the group exhibition The Figure at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center through Feb 15, 2011.

Architecture A-Z: M is for McKecknie and more
Article from on architect of the Petticoat Lane Harzfeld's building

Rockhurst University Press
Rockhurst University: The First 100 Years is now available.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ball Gowns from Yesteryear

Discover classic ball gowns from yesteryear at the Kansas City Museum's Community Curator Lecture Tuesday, November 16 at Union Station. The Independent senior research editor Heather Paxton will explore past Kansas City Jewel Ball gowns in the Museum’s collection. The collection includes ball gowns worn by former chair women of the Jewel Ball, including high end dresses worn by notable chairwomen Enid Kemper and Clara Hockaday.

Tuesday, November 16, 6 p.m.
Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd.
(816) 483-8300

Friday, November 5, 2010

Paris of the Plains

Congratualations to fellow blogger and author John Simonson on the release of his book, Paris of the Plains, through The History Press. Check out the cover! That's Petticoat Lane and Harzfeld's on the right; how cool!

Visit John's blog at