What do out of towners say about Kansas Citians?
Having interviewed hundreds, what I’ve heard most is how polite we are. To which I’d like to add, on the surface. That’s one reason we see so few edgy stories in the local media. Because outside of outright murder or mayhem, few folks are willing to speak their peace…in public, that is.
It’s poor form.
Behind closed doors or "off the record" though, character assassination is alive and kicking.
Take the recent departure of Waldo institution McClain’s Bakery from its longtime home at 74th and Wornall. When the local news media came a calling to report on McClain’s move, they served up a watered down tale of how McClain’s merely wanting more parking and a larger space.
That well may be, but after speaking with McClain’s staffers, I got – as they say – the rest of the story…
That the moved was prompted in no small part by the sorry shape of its now former Waldo home. Especially in back where the magic was made. The ceiling was so old and in such poor shape it literally rained on the bakers, I was told.
One need but peer in the window of the old McCLain’s to see that how bad that back room looked.
And seems there was some bad blood re McClain’s leaving.
For some reason, somebody kept taking down the signs McClain’s says it posted in the front glass advising customers of its new location at 201 East Gregory. You can even see an outline still where McClain’s sign had been taped, then removed.
So much for fond farewells…
On a more upbeat note, the good folks at nearby Dave Smith the Lampmaker tell me the building has a new owner as of like four days ago, so things are bound to get better, right?
The former building owner could not be reached for this column.