It’s not just a rumor…
Woodside owner Blair Tanner says the club is an inch away from its dream of becoming the "it" place to live near the Plaza and Johnson County. The city is poised to green light Tanner’s plan to expand the Woodside Health & Tennis Club and surrounding area into a beautiful new mix of apartments, shops, offices and a ‘living life healthy and fun" Mecca.
Tanner’s plan, which I have seen, has spectacular apartments and a new outdoor pool area that is second to none. It’ll be a tad pricey for some, but well worth it to those that can afford it. Residents will also become a member of Kansas City’s hippest and most popular health,tennis and glam club.
Tanner and local co-owner David Freeland – with the help of general manager Chris Bell – have almost completely redone Woodside over the last three years. They just finished its new EARTH BAR, is a first in KC.
Blair lives in LA, so he’s brought this total health concept with him to Kansas City. It’s a mix of good tasting organic health drinks, old fashioned smoothies and an expanded menu.
Woodside’s also added a Friday Happy Hour that begins at 3 PM and goes until 7PM with top name DJ’s. And Woodside has KC’s only busy everyday pools. Even weekdays now bring over 100 people during the summer. Weekends, including Fridays, bring in as many as 700 a shift.
"It’s nuts," says Jeff the Hawaiian bartender. "It’s so much fun and we have such great looking, new, young members."
Besides adding 1,000 new members the past two years, the average age has tumbled to the mid 20’s.
Yep, I’m one of the only old guard guys left at the pool anymore. Besdies Billy Whitaker and Ted McKnight at times. I went to First Friday there yesterday – got there at 3 – around the time most pools are dying down.
And all five parking lots were FULL. Babes everywhere. And yep more women then men. Yikes!
I almost always spot a local or national celebrity there. Saturdays are full from noon until 6 PM as well. Yesterday the Mermaid, Debbie was on hand – showing off her nice body. Also hung with Fox 4 Movie Critic, Sean Edwards.