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April Challenge Entry-Professionals Helping Others

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes


As I drive around my neighborhood of Brookside in Kansas City MO, I'm thinking....just how long will these small, locally owned businesses be shut down?  There are plenty of places to park in front of the boutiques, the toy store, the barber, the gift shop.  I see folks walking in and out of our local coffee shop and the grocer; and stopping by for curbside pick up at a few restaurants.  But I know cafes and restaurants can't survive indefinately on  orders.  Part of the pleasures of having a coffee or meal is enjoying the slower pace of conversation with a friend, sipping the glass of wine and being waited on!  I feel it's going to be a very long time before neighbors and friends can lounge in a restaurant with a good meal and cup of joe.


So how can I help?  Our family is ordering meals every so often from locally owned restaurants.  And I am keeping in touch by texting or calling them, just to say hello.  I especially feel for those home with young kids--there are several on my block.  Keeping the children occupied with school work, keeping them away from friends and inside is difficult!  I've hired the next door neighbor college kid to mow lawns on a couple of vacant properties.



Although I know my business is going to dramtically drop off over the next several months and I should be saving money, I decided to buy several gift certificates and give them to clients.  I'm buying them from the Brookside restaurant owners--$10 each--and I'm sending them off in the mail with a personal note to past customers.  I think they will appreciate that I'm thinking of them and will brighten the day.  


It feels odd to have virtually nothing on the calendar.  I'm just finishing up some pending business that was booked before the pandemic and have one out of town buyer moving to Kansas City.  No vacation planned, no Brookside Art Fair, no visit from my daughter who lives in the UK, no birthday celebration dinners with friends.  Several clients who planned to move this spring and summer are staying put for now.  Usually I'm very busy this time of year.  Perhaps business will be 'back to normal' a year from now.  Too hard to predict.  In the meantime, I'm grateful for healthy family and friends, the food we have, my beloved Brookside home...and the internet to keep in touch!

Posted by

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Kansas City Homes


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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I was in Palo Alto, CA University Circle. It was an eerie feeling with virtually no one on the business streets. When you are in a highly educated neighborhood residents are law abiding following the new rules. All toddlers wore masks. I saw some dogs had their masks on.  Right now, I do not plan any events or even wanting to physcially near people. I was across the street from a client via cell phone waive at each other. Sending docu sign paperwork. Still too dangerous to venture outside. I feel sorry for the homeless standing there but just do not want to get infected.  

Apr 25, 2020 08:42 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

Sam, that's good to hear about the residents there. stay inside!

Apr 26, 2020 12:16 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Mary,  I am trying to help some off my restaurants that are close and have curb side service.  I know how this could knock alot of small places out of business.

Apr 25, 2020 10:25 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

Yes I've read about three smaller restaurants here in KC that do not plan to open again.

Apr 26, 2020 12:17 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Everything feels odd and slightly off-kilter right now. I think your idea helping your favourite restairantsd with gift cards for clients is a good idea and will be appreciated and remembered by both sides of that transaction.

Apr 25, 2020 10:42 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

I know I always appreciate a gift card! Thanks for commenting

Apr 26, 2020 12:17 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Like you we try to support some of the vendors.  We are still visiting the Farmers Market every week in appreciation of their coming every week.  I feel that they too are hurting because the restaurants are not buying at the moment.  A

Apr 25, 2020 01:25 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

So sad to read about all the food going to waste!!!   When so many are in need. I so admire World Food Kitchen.

Apr 26, 2020 12:18 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR Thanks for entering the April challenge. Your entry is perfect, helping restaurants, sharing gift certificates with past clients, and hiring the college kids for your properties.

Apr 25, 2020 04:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Mary- we've been ordering from our local restaurants a few times a week too. We've been to Jack Stack Barbecue and love it. The burnt tips are our favorite. 

Apr 25, 2020 07:01 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

Kathy that is my favorite there as well!  Glad the blog triggered a good food memory!!

Apr 26, 2020 12:18 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Mary - providing a helping hand and offering a good word is a wise/beneficial everyday practice.   To both sides.  

Apr 26, 2020 06:45 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

We try to do some good every day!

Apr 26, 2020 12:19 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Nice post Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR .  Helping local businesses is what it's all about.  Stay safe.

Apr 26, 2020 12:32 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - this is are wonderful way to tell all of your clients and those restaurants that you care.

Apr 27, 2020 05:02 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Hey there,

Thank you for a thoughtful entry showing how you and your community care for each other during this time of COVID-19.

Apr 30, 2020 03:43 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mary, I too have been to my favorite restaurants with curbside delivery.  It is tough to look at the calendar, and only see Zoom meetings scheduled.

Apr 30, 2020 03:46 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I closed a very profitable transaction earlier this year. I gave the seller (my client) a $100 gift card to a nice Fremont, Ca. restaurant. I sure hope that he can use it.

Restaurants are struggling in today's environment.

Jun 16, 2020 06:00 PM