News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Join us for an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast

clock November 18, 2008 15:21 by author Jeff Quibell

Chris Cakes® Fundraiser

proudly presented by

The Wendy Fitzgerel-Blue Foundation

Wendy's family and friends developed this foundation to continue her legacy by supporting causes that impact dental care for kids and create awareness for pancreatic cancer.
Please join us for the 'lift off' of this new local foundation in Wendy's honor.
*Balloon launch

*Silent auction 

*McGruff the Crime Dog


ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Breakfast


Pancakes, Sausage and Drinks
Saturday, November 22, 2008
8 am to 11 am
The Steamin' Bean

1875 NW 7 Hwy.
Blue Springs, MO 64014

(816) 220-BEAN
A suggested donation of $6 per plate is requested


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New businesses continue to locate in Blue Springs

clock November 13, 2008 15:49 by author Jeff Quibell

The next time you drive by the Adams Dairy Landing project, you will see the foundation and floor have been poured for the new Target store. It is great to see continued progress on our new shopping center!

On the north end of town, preparation has begun for the demolition of the old Food Barn building at Duncan and Missouri 7. It is great to see this long-vacant building will finally be removed, making room for new development at this important intersection. In addition, the old Interstate Inn at Woods Chapel and Interstate 70 has been demolished, paving the way for parking for the newly refurbished La Quinta Inn.

Please join me in welcoming several new businesses. Harley Hotrods Bar & Grill will fill a vacant building just north of Blue Springs Fitness on Missouri 7, across from Price Chopper. Two new locally owned jewelry stores have recently opened. Set N Stones, a full-service jewelry store owned by Tony & Kaci Barreto, recently opened next to Lamar Doughnuts on Missouri 7. Then & Now Jewelry, owned by Karl & Bridget Doescher, also opened in the shopping mall just south of Applebee’s and next to the Trouser Mouse. It offers jewelry repair, sterling silver, watch batteries, insurance appraisals, and custom design and remounts.

Even in these difficult economic times, business owners and entrepreneurs continue to choose to operate in our city. By shopping locally, you show our business owners that you appreciate their decision to locate in our wonderful city!

Even in down times, there's progress

clock October 30, 2008 01:01 by author Jeff Quibell

Turning on the television or radio these days and listening to political advertisements can be a frustrating experience, yet there are positive things happening in our town. The up-and-down news from Wall Street might be disheartening, but when you look around Blue Springs there are glimmers of hope to be seen almost everywhere.

Locally, we see evidence of a down housing market and housing developments moving forward more slowly than planned. But last week one of my employees reported finding a great deal on a new home and deciding to purchase it. In these challenging times there are still opportunities to be found.

Retail developments that were set in motion over the last couple of years continue to move forward. While there remain empty storefronts to fill, new businesses are interested in locating in our city. The latest list of tenants for Adams Dairy Landing includes Target, Lowe’s, Books-A-Million and Kohl’s. Those stores will provide us with additional shopping opportunities when they are completed next year, and road improvements surrounding Adams Dairy Landing continue to move forward. The shops at Coronado Place across from Wal-Mart and Home Depot are filling up rapidly. National Tire and Battery recently opened, and Panda Express is soon to follow.

For those of us who work in Blue Springs, our restaurants are busy at lunch time. More choices are giving us the opportunity to stay in town for lunch and add variety to our dining options. Our local workforce is growing, with much more to come.

Are these signs of a turnaround in our local economy? It is still too early to tell, but one thing is certain. When the economy turns around, our city is well positioned to meet the needs of new and existing businesses and support positive growth for our community.

I challenge our city leaders to continue to promote positive improvements for our city. Investing in our city while prices are low is a smart strategy. There is no better time to encourage the redevelopment of blighted properties, invest in our downtown and encourage appropriate commercial development.

Our leaders need your encouragement to know you want to see continued improvements. They need to know we support their efforts as they make hard decisions that will move our city forward.

Please join the public discussion by commenting on articles in The Examiner at and on my Web site at
Also, remember to go to the polls on Nov. 4 and vote!

Blue Springs shows steady progress

clock October 2, 2008 01:30 by author Jeff Quibell

Progress is sometimes harder to see when it happens right around you. It is interesting to talk to someone who has been away from Blue Spring for a few years. They are more likely to see the progress that has occurred in town than those of us who are here every day.

Work continues on the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center. With the opening of R.D. Mize road on the south side of the project, Coronado Drive was closed to allow it to be rebuilt to handle the traffic that will frequent the shopping center when it opens. This project is breathing new life into the long stagnant Adams Dairy Parkway. It is exciting to see what other opportunities will be encouraged by the revitalization of the neighborhood that once occupied this site.

On Highway Seven south of Forty Highway there are a number of projects underway. More...

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches coming to Blue Springs!

clock July 6, 2008 12:17 by author Jeff Quibell
  There is a new sandwich shop coming soon to Blue Springs.  The shop’s name is Jimmy John’s and will be located in the new addition south of the Parker Center strip mall on 7 Highway on the former location of Texas Tom’s in Blue Springs.  Information about the Jimmy John’s franchise can be found at: 

KMart Redevelopment Proposal

clock June 24, 2008 17:48 by author Jeff Quibell

Many of our residents would like to see the K-Mart building at 40 and 7 Highways redeveloped.  For many years nothing could be done because the building was tied up in K-Mart's bankruptcy proceedings.  A little over a year ago the K-Mart property was acquired by Tri-Land Properties.  They are in discussions with the city regarding redeveloping the K-Mart.  While not yet approved, it is exciting to see some activity beginning to happen with this long vacant property.  More information is available at the following link:

The proposal can be seen at

Parkway Place Center - New Offices on the Parkway

clock June 24, 2008 16:49 by author Jeff Quibell

The Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation issued a press release today regarding a new mixed use office development on Adams Dairy Parkway.  Click more to see the entire press release and a picture rendition of the development. More...

New Store and Restaurant in Coronado Place

clock June 8, 2008 20:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Vintage Stock Store Vintage Stock will soon open a new store in Coronado Place shopping center across from Wal-Mart on Coronado Drive in Blue Springs.  They buy/sell/trade music, movies, video games, and more!  View their corporate web site at

In addition, the Planning Commission recently approved a Panda Express restaurant for this same shopping center.  View their corporate web site at

It is exciting to see our shopping and dining options continue to grow in Blue Springs.  Check back to this web site frequently as more information becomes available.

Texas Roadhouse Review

clock June 6, 2008 20:30 by author Jeff Quibell

My wife Wanda and I and some friends had the pleasure this evening of dining at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Blue Springs.  The food was awesome!  The items we got to sample included, fall off the bone ribs, wonderful steaks, fried chicken, and fried catfish.  Their appetizer selection was also fresh and tasty.  We have all been waiting for more choices in dining for a long time and the waiting is over!  Texas Roadhouse is the first of many restaurants planned for the restaurant strip along I-70 at Adams Dairy Parkway.  It opens on Monday, June 9, 2008 and I highly recommend you give it a try.  Please be sure to thank these businesses for choosing our city to locate!  Please click on the comments link below to post your comments on my blogsite.

Shopping Center Progress Delayed

clock May 26, 2008 14:00 by author Jeff Quibell

Progress on approvals for the site plans for the new Target and Lowe’s stores at the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center were delayed for several weeks More...