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Aug 08, 2022

World’s Finest Frozen Custard Shop Adds 11th Kansas City Location and New Treat Worthy of a Big Bite

Andy’s Frozen Custard® Opens New Overland Park Store and Launches Hand-Spun Caramel Apples   *Mouthwatering images available by clicking here   Springfield, MO – August 8, 2022 – Kansas City’s favorite frozen custard and treat shop, Andy’s Frozen Custard, will be a-peeling to even more KC treat lovers when it opens its latest store in Overland Park on August 10. The much-anticipated BluHawk, a multi-faceted destination experience, will be home to the new store, located at 7781 W. 159th Street. It will be one of the first to open in the mixed-use development and will soon be joined by a sports park, community center and other attractions. In celebration of the opening, Andy’s is also inviting customers to take a bite out of a new kind of treat…no spoon required. The treat shop will be adding delectable and crunchy caramel apples to the menu. Available for a limited time, the caramel apples will be served at all Andy’s™ Kansas City locations. They’re the perfect pairing to the popular Fall Menu debuting this September. Expanding in Kansas City has special meaning to the Kuntz family. “Kansas City is my second home, and very near and dear to our family for many reasons, not the least of which is that I was born here,” said Andy Kuntz, owner, and CEO of Andy’s Frozen Custard. “BluHawk promises to be an exciting new community and has shown us the same support we have received in all Kansas City-area locations. We love growing with the city, and we will continue to invest here, as we take great pride in putting ‘grins above chins’ by serving the most delicious frozen custard and treats.” Andy’s Caramel Apples pair delightfully crisp and tart Granny Smith Apples with melt-in-your-mouth, hand-crafted crème caramel and a selection of toppings. Bursting with flavor, the caramel apples are hand dipped and spun in either Reese’s Pieces or Andy’s famous roasted pecans. For a treat that’s awesome to the core, a double caramel dip is also available. Whether customers are looking for a way to cool down after museum and art gallery hopping, a sweet ending to the perfect grass-fed steak dinner, or celebrating a Royals, Mavericks or Chiefs win, Andy’s menu offers a treat for every occasion. Customer favorite, the James Brownie Funky Jackhammer™, made with Andy’s vanilla frozen custard, peanut butter and baked in-store brownies, and then “drilled and filled” with hot fudge, is a popular post-BBQ dessert. Or try the Choc-O-Rocko Concrete, which blends chocolate frozen custard, roasted almonds, and marshmallow crème, and hits all the right notes while enjoying the sounds of smooth, local jazz. Known as the World’s Finest Frozen Custard, Andy’s has deep roots in Missouri, with its first store having opened in Osage Beach, and current headquarters in Springfield. Since then, the brand has carefully and deliberately grown into a family of 100+ locations, each becoming a hometown tradition boasting the freshest ingredients for an unmatched flavor experience. The Bluhawk location is unique as it is not a free-standing building, but still incorporates a small patio, lots of parking, and of course, Andy’s friendly and speedy drive thru. Andy’s is famous for its Made Fresh Hourly™ frozen custard, Baked Fresh Daily toppings, hand-rolled waffle cones, Concretes, Jackhammers™, sundaes, floats, and malts. Also available is Andy’s Anywhere™, hand-packed, hard-frozen pints, quarts, Quart Combos™ and specialty items available for those who want Andy’s Anytime at home, at work and at special events. Andy’s Frozen Custard is open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The friendly and welcoming staff – putting a grin above your chin with every order – are always focused on quickly serving the highest quality treats money can buy. Customers can download the Andy’s Frozen Custard app to join the Yum Squad loyalty club, recently named one of America’s Best Loyalty Programs 2022 by Newsweek magazine.  In addition to receiving a free Concrete after the first visit, Yum Squad members can stay up-to-date on the latest from Andy’s, including news about seasonal menu offerings loaded with fresh fruit and baked goods, on Instagram (@andys.kc) and Facebook (@AndysOverlandParkKSWest159thStreet/) or via Andy’s website.   About Andy’s Frozen Custard Founded in 1986 in Osage Beach, Missouri by Andy’s parents John and Carol Kuntz, Andy’s Frozen Custard has been providing the freshest frozen custard in the business for 35 years, giving ice cream the “cold shoulder” by scooping, mixing, and presenting handcrafted frozen custard treats with speed and a smile. Since the beginning, the family has had one dream: to share what makes them happiest with everyone else, and to warm hearts, one scoop of frozen custard at a time. With a focus on product quality, customer service and community involvement, Andy’s has grown into the nation’s largest frozen custard-only business, with more than 2,000 employees and 109 company-owned and franchised stores across fourteen states proudly serving the World’s Finest Frozen Custard.  Andy’s also offers the ‘Yum Squad Loyalty Club,’ designed to say “thank you” to loyal customers by earning points to redeem towards a free treat for every dollar spent. For more information or for details about franchising opportunities, visit #  #  # Media Contact: Hillary Reeser (443) 683-0922   Jordan Lusby (443) 844-0754

Nov 23, 2020

Bluhawk taps largest sports facilities advisory and management network to manage multi-sports complex

Sports Facilities Advisory and Management specializes in sports tourism development and operations OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Nov. 23, 2020 – The developer of Bluhawk today announced it has reached an agreement with Sports Facilities Management (SFM), the preeminent leader in the industry, to optimize, program and manage Bluhawk’s multi-sports complex in Overland Park. SFM’s mission is to improve the health and economic vitality of the communities it serves and sees a tremendous opportunity at Bluhawk. In addition to bringing its operational expertise, SFM will bring its programming power as the operator of the largest network of sports tourism, league and local sports venues in the United States, serving 2,000 communities. Sports Facilities Management will provide full-time management for the Bluhawk multi-sports complex and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the venue, including staffing, program development/management, event booking/management and sponsorship sales. The Bluhawk multi-sports complex will become a member of the SFM Network. The power of the SFM Network lies with its experienced team, as well as its size and position in the industry. The SFM Network’s managed venues work together and build relationships with many of the nation’s top events rights’ holders.  As part of the network, the SFM team will provide Bluhawk with innovative ways to generate revenue through compelling event offerings that forge relationships with the community and the region. “Becoming a member of the SFM Network – the largest sports event network in the country – not only brings on board an experienced management partner, but allows us to procure exciting opportunities with sporting events and partners we never would have had otherwise,” said Kent Price, president of Price Brothers.  “We’re thrilled to bring the Overland Park and Johnson County communities the benefit of SFM Network’s management expertise and deliver on our vision of offering health, fitness, wellness and sports entertainment to the Kansas City region. Price Brothers believes that Bluhawk’s ability to host national, regional and local sports events is greatly enhanced by its affiliation with SFM.” There were several reasons why SFM chose to work with Bluhawk. The community at large, especially, had a significant impact on the decision. Jason Clement, CEO and Co-founder of Sports Facilities Companies who started his professional career in Kansas City remarked, “Kansas City is a special place. We are thrilled to partner on the Bluhawk Development to bring a world-class sport and entertainment experience to Overland Park. We are looking forward to serving hundreds of thousands of guests annually comprised of local families and ‘sports tourists’ from around the country.” “Collaborating with our SFM Network communities is key to building a successful sporting and entertainment destination,” said Dev Pathik, co-founder of the Sports Facilities Companies.  “Our on-site general manager and staff will keep members of the community top of mind when pursuing sports and entertainment events. Having the Bluhawk multi-sport complex affiliated with the SFM Network will create jobs and bolster the economic growth for the region.” Sports recreation and entertainment is very much a destination in any community. In 2019, SFM-affiliated venues hosted more than 25 million visitors and generate $200+ million dollars in economic impact annually.  According to Evergreen Research, the youth sports marketplace is a $25B industry and growing. As COVID-19 impacts the youth sports landscape in thousands of communities across the U.S., SFM still sees the same consumer demand for youth sports.  Priorities have simply shifted to safety and vigilance to keep community and staff members healthy and help combat the virus for the foreseeable future. Price Brothers intends to break ground on the multi-sport complex next summer with tentative plans for completion in time for the fall 2022 indoor season. The Bluhawk development, a “mixed-use” destination, focuses on leisure, wellness and community. Recent announcements include the planned expansion of AdventHealth South Overland Park into a full-service hospital in 2021.  On the retail front, T.J. Maxx, the nation’s largest value retailer, plans to open its doors next Spring 2021.  In addition, AT&T; Cactus Grill; Panera Bread and Gyu-Kaku opened recently at Bluhawk and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is aiming to open before year end. About The Sports Facilities Advisory | The Sports Facilities Management Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA) and Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) are both headquartered in Clearwater, FL. Founded in 2003, SFA has served more than 2,000 communities, produced more than $15 Billion in planned and funded facilities and provided funding strategies and solutions for more than 70+ youth and amateur sports and recreation complexes worldwide. SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation, wellness and event venues nationwide. Since 2014, SFM-affiliated venues have hosted more than 100 million visitors and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. For more information, visit: and About Price Brothers Since 1922, Price Brothers has helped improve how people live and work. With residential and retail properties, planned communities, apartments and homes, Price Brothers builds, develops, and manages livable spaces with careful attention to quality, design and people. The company has nearly 100 years of successfully bringing large scale projects to life. Price Brothers is built from Isaac Price’s original commitment to family, quality, integrity and diligence. For more information, contact: Melinda Tiemeyer 816-721-1000

Nov 12, 2020

Fall Sweets and Treats to Enjoy in Overland Park

As the weather gets cooler in Overland Park, you may find yourself reaching for a bit of comfort in the form of fall-themed sweet treats, warm drinks and home cooking. Luckily, you don’t have to roam far to indulge your weather-induced cravings; the shops in Bluhawk’s Marketplace have just what you need. Holiday Recipes From Cosentino’s Market Consentino’s Market is a fine foods grocery store located at Bluhawk in the Marketplace. Cosentino’s Market aims to provide a wide variety of high-quality goods at competitive prices. Uniquely, Cosentino’s has options that will both satisfy your fall cravings and allow you to make healthy decisions. For those who’d rather create their fall sweets, treats and dishes at home, Cosentino’s Market provides recipes for you to perfect your fall and holiday meals. Our top fall recipes from Cosentino’s include: 1. White Chicken Chili This healthy recipe warms you from the inside out. Prep it in the morning in a Crock-Pot and come back to the inviting smell of chili that fills the whole house. 2. Crock-Pot Meatballs & Sauce This hearty recipe is easy to make and, of course, tasty. When the weather and wind start nipping at your nose, throw this in the Crock-Pot and, in a few hours, you’ll be ready to eat this hearty dish. 3. Decadent Brownies Chocolate lovers rejoice! This simple, yet rich, brownie recipe will have you saying “pumpkin spice what?” as the days grow shorter and colder. 4. Pumpkin Pie We all know that pumpkin is the king of the fall. Whether you’re carving them, enjoying the flavor in a Starbucks’ latte, or eating the homemade classic pie, pumpkin is everywhere. Cosentino’s Market has a great recipe that is sure to have you reaching for another slice. For those with lactose specific dietary restrictions, Cosentino’s Market also has a dairy-free pumpkin pie recipe available. Get Your Dose of Pumpkin Spice at Starbucks in Overland Park Whether you’re in a rush or just getting your daily dose of caffeine while you shop, there are quick, comforting options to eat and drink for all. The Starbucks in Overland Park, is conveniently located right off of Route 69 inside of the Cosentino’s Market. Try the classic dark roast coffee or a delectable pumpkin scone. The Starbucks in Overland Park even has the infamous pumpkin spice latte and soon-to-be released holiday specials. At the Starbucks in Overland Park, every sip and nibble is a reminder of the changing seasons. Fall Treats for Fido at Three Dog Bakery You can’t forget about tasty fall treats for your canine companions! Three Dog Bakery has ready-made, all-natural baked goodies for your pet. The bakery’s seasonal selections will have your beloved pet blending right in with the rest of the family. (Yes, they even have a pup-kin spice-latte for dogs). Fall Has Arrived in Overland Park There are plenty of options to indulge yourself this fall at Bluhawk, a mixed-used community in Overland Park. New stores, restaurants and entertainment are added continuously. In fact, Cactus Grill, AT&T, T.J. Maxx, Panera Bread, Saltgrass Steak House, Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ and Freddy’s Steak Burgers are all coming to Bluhawk. From shopping, dining and entertainment to residential options and a state-of-the-art Sports Park, Bluhawk is a place for you to thrive all year round.

Oct 16, 2020

Overland Park Restaurants: Dining for Every Occasion at Bluhawk

Part of what makes Bluhawk such a great space for businesses, residents and visitors alike is its collection of some of the top restaurants in Overland Park. Retail stores and other businesses benefit from the heavy traffic attracted by great food options, and vice versa. Residents enjoy the array of retail and restaurants just steps from their front doors. And visitors love that they can visit Bluhawk to make a day of shopping, relaxing and eating at their favorite Overland Park restaurants. Fortunately for all Kansas City residents, Bluhawk has great dining options for every occasion, no matter what cuisine you’re craving. And as we continue to search for the only the best tenants to lease at our innovative mixed-use development, the list is only growing. Gather with Family & Friends at Gyu-Kaku Japanese Barbecue Restaurant Whether you’re looking for the perfect setting for a group celebration or simply want to spend quality time with friends and family, Gyu-Kaku is the Overland Park restaurant you’ve been waiting for. This authentic Japanese yakiniku (Japanese barbecue) restaurant creates a dining experience like no other. Guests enjoy premium cooked meats, from harami skirt steak to angus kalbi short ribs, over a flaming charcoal grill. Almost anything you can order will pair well with sake, ice-cold beers or shōchū (a delicious distilled Japanese liquor). Although the restaurant is known for its high-quality Japanese cuisine, coming together to laugh and enjoy each other’s company is what Gyu-Kaku is truly all about. Cactus Grill and Costa Vida Have You Covered on Taco Tuesday—or Any Day For those who wish every day was Taco Tuesday, there’s Cactus Grill. This authentic Mexican eatery added its name to the strong list of tenants coming to Bluhawk last year. Now it’s open for business, serving Bluhawk residents and visitors classic dishes from south of the border. Ideal for group outings, it’s a great place to unwind with the famous Sangria Swirl Margarita or an ice-cold cerveza. The Cactus Grill menu includes all your Mexican cuisine favorites, and you can always expect a lively atmosphere, whether you stop by for lunch or dinner. When it comes to anything Tex-Mex, Cactus Grill is at the top of our Overland Park restaurants list. Looking for a quick escape to the coast? Costa Vida offers Bluhawk visitors burritos, salads, enchiladas, tacos and more, filled with fresh ingredients and packed with the smoky flavors of Baja California Sur. If fresh Mexican food is what you’re after, don’t miss it! Red Door Grill Overland Park: Your Upscale Neighborhood Joint Bluhawk’s Red Door Grill is the place where after-work happy hours turn into memorable dinners with friends. From their legendary Woodfired Wings to the mouthwatering Kansas City Strip, you can’t go wrong with this menu. And don’t forget to check the daily specials. Red Door Grill in Overland Park offers an inviting experience for every occasion from casual drinks to business lunches and romantic date nights. Enjoy Jersey Mike’s, Panera Bread & Tropical Smoothie Café in Overland Park There’s no shortage of options for sandwich lovers at Bluhawk. The same goes for toasted flatbreads, wraps and bowls when you factor in all the cafés and delis here. Jersey Mike’s in Overland Park, KS, delivers generous portions of your deli favorites in sub form. Our Panera Bread offers good food that makes you feel good in a warm, welcoming environment. And Tropical Smoothie Café boasts bold, flavorful smoothies to pair with your delightful lunches in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Ready to Lease Among the Top Restaurants in Overland Park? Bluhawk’s strength as a business location isn’t just the innovative concept. It’s also our high-quality tenants, and that’s something we have in spades when it comes to Overland Park restaurants. We’d love to add your business to our growing list of top-tier tenants to help us continue to achieve our vision for the property: to create an innovative mixed-use destination built to energize and excite. Contact us today if you’re interested in leasing at Bluhawk!

Sep 18, 2020

Location, Location, Location: Why it’s Ideal to Lease Retail Space in Kansas City

If you’re starting a retail business, the number one thing you need to become successful is a good product (or range of products). But the second-most important thing is probably your physical location. Before you decide where to lease, make sure you’ve done your research. Start with the population trends and demographics of a particular region that you believe will present plenty of opportunity for your store. Then see if the data is there to back up your investment. For example, the Kansas City region certainly fits the bill when it comes to retail opportunity. There are many reasons you might want to lease retail space in Kansas City today—especially in its popular suburbs like Overland Park. High-Quality Education is Attracting Families to Kansas City Every Kansas City retail owner should be jumping for joy about all the good press the city and its suburbs have been getting. For five years in a row (and six years overall), Overland Park, KS, has been named the #1 place to raise a family by personal finance site Each year, the site ranks the nation’s “Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family.” And Overland Park’s status as a consistent chart-topper bodes well for Kansas City retail businesses that stand to benefit from an influx of intergenerational customers. In 2019, Overland Park came in at #11 on WalletHub’s “Education & Child Care” metric. In the same year, 70 Kansas City-area public schools were ranked among the nation’s best according to a different set of metrics by U.S. News & World Report. And the fact that 52 of those schools were new to the list demonstrates a promising trend for parents seeking elite educational opportunity, as well as any entrepreneurs planning to lease retail space in Kansas City. Kansas City Retail is Benefiting from Development & Demographics The heart of Kansas City is undergoing an economic renaissance. A $6.5 billion investment in downtown development is revitalizing the city and creating a ripple effect throughout the region. Bluhawk, a mixed-use development situated in Overland Park, is poised to capitalize on the region’s recent growth and influx of families. Overland Park is located in Johnson County, the wealthiest county in Kansas. Within a three-mile radius of Bluhawk, the average household income is $155K. Nestled between two main thoroughfares just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City, Bluhawk provides easy access to the super regional population of 2.5 million. The average daily traffic along Highway 69 brings approximately 33.6K people by the doors of any Bluhawk retailer. That includes the high-income families who live nearby and seek convenience in shopping online and picking up in store quickly and effortlessly. Lease Retail Space in Kansas City to Capitalize on the Expected Influx of Visitors A final major factor primed to drive Kansas City retail success is Bluhawk’s Sports Park. Wellness is a big part of Bluhawk’s vision for the space, and this multi-sport complex—set to break ground in 2021—promises to attract a large annual influx of regional and national visitors for youth and amateur sports competitions, as well as community events. And with 277 acres of mixed-use space, you’ll likely find a spot on the property where you can count on a steady stream of foot traffic. Interested in Leasing at Bluhawk? Business owners and operators who have done their research will recognize the rich opportunity Kansas City retail offers. As families continue to plant their roots in wealthy suburbs like Overland Park (including future Bluhawk residents) in the coming years, the ceiling for potential retail growth should only get higher throughout the region. If your business is thinking about leasing at Bluhawk and serving this booming community, Contact us today!

Aug 12, 2020

Restaurant, Retail & Real Estate Trends: Mixed-Use Developments

Fortune 500 companies and new businesses alike are relocating to commercial business districts, spurring local governments to invest in these areas by making them more accessible and walkable. More and more new tenants of the resulting mixed-use developments, or mixed-use communities, are discovering the competitive advantages these locations offer.  Every day at Bluhawk, we watch our tenants benefit from being located in this diverse space for retail, dining, services and events that is changing the landscape of midwestern communities. Discover the opportunities available for your business. Gain Higher Exposure to Customers Whether you’re exploring restaurant real estate or retail opportunities, your goal is to get people to walk through your doors with their wallets at the ready. If your business relies on visitor volume, you can count on the residents who live in your mixed-use community. These developments are made to be walkable, so you can be sure your nearby consumers won’t have any trouble finding you. For example, our tenants will serve not only those consumers who live in the 70-acre residential district, including single-family homes and The Residences at Bluhawk, but also those who reside throughout the affluent Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. The annual household income within a three-mile radius of Bluhawk is $155,000, and Johnson County is the wealthiest county in the state. Learn more about Overland Park’s demographics. Strengthen Your Brand It’s important to consider the brand of a mixed-use development before choosing to locate your business there. Does it mesh with your brand? Is the property well regarded by locals? The same goes for the brands of the other retail businesses or restaurants in the space. Your brand will either get a boost or take a hit based on the perception of the mixed-use community’s overall brand. Make sure it’s the former. Our tenants will hitch their wagon to a brand built on health, wellness and a little friendly competition. Bluhawk’s image in Overland Park will pair perfectly with any business that can get behind an innovative community designed not just for living, but thriving. Superior Property Management Mixed-use developers aren’t just responsible for a couple of tenants. They have to support an entire community, making excellent property management an absolute necessity. In order to foster an exceptional leasing experience that will retain quality renters, developers understand that they can’t cut corners in this area. If a mixed-use development doesn’t have proactive, pleasant, accessible and insightful property management, they aren’t going to get very far. Ready to Open Your Business in a Mixed-Use Community? Lease at Bluhawk. These are just a few of the key benefits mixed-use spaces can provide businesses, from restaurant real estate to innovative retail opportunities. And Bluhawk is proud to be an exemplary model of what these properties can become. If you’re interested in leasing at Overland Park’s largest mixed-use development, contact our leasing team today.

Jul 13, 2020

Blue Valley School District Among Best School Districts in The U.S.

When deciding whether or not a community is a good place to raise a family, educational opportunities for children will always be a big factor for parents. Fortunately, Kansas City and its wealthiest suburb, Overland Park, have some of the best school districts in the U.S., including Blue Valley School District.  The region’s continuous influx of families has a lot to do with the region’s impressive record when it comes to education. At Bluhawk, that means we can thank these desirable districts for fostering an incredible sense of community and increasing the area’s potential for further economic investment. Elite Education Attracts Families From Across the U.S. Five. That’s how many consecutive years Overland Park has topped’s “Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family” list. It has actually been ranked #1 on that list (which compares 180 cities across 47 key metrics) a total of six times. And, this past year, Overland Park ranked #11 overall in the “Education & Child Care” metric. Last year, U.S. News & World Report ranked 70 Kansas City-area public schools among the country’s best, 52 of which were newcomers to the rankings. That indicates a clear upward trend that bodes well for local businesses, as well as current and future area families. Quick Facts About Blue Valley School District Blue Valley School District has received numerous accolades over the years for academic achievement. Recently, Niche released its 2020 “Best Schools in America” rankings, and Blue Valley holds the top spot in three categories: Best Places to Teach in Kansas, Districts with the Best Teachers in Kansas and Best School Districts in Kansas.  These quick facts, stats and accolades show how well-rounded the Blue Valley School District is, making it one of the best school districts in the U.S. Blue Valley was named to Forbes “Best-in-State Employers” list, ranking #8 overall and #1 among K–12 school districts in the Kansas City metro area. In 2019, 54 high school seniors from the district were named National Merit Semifinalists. The district’s graduation rate is 96.6 percent. Blue Valley’s ACT composite average for 2019 graduates was a 25.2 with approximately 90% of graduates taking the test. The state average was a 21.2.  The Blue Valley average SAT score was 1315 of a possible 1600. The Kansas average was 1241, and the national average was 1068. The only two Kansas schools identified as exemplars by The Partnership for 21st Century Learning are in Blue Valley School District: Wolf Springs Elementary (2019) and Blue Valley’s Center for Advanced Professional Studies (2016). The honor goes to schools that demonstrate exemplary 21st-century learning practices in preparing students for success in college, career and life. Lease at Bluhawk—in One of the Best School Districts in the U.S. The positive press that the Kansas City region, especially Blue Valley School District, has received in the last few years will only bring more families to the area. And it has certainly proved to recently relocated parents that they made the right decision.  Leasing at Bluhawk will put your business in position to serve this booming, family-oriented community for years to come. As the community’s potential for growth continues to increase, so will your company’s capacity for success. If you’re interested in securing your spot at Bluhawk, don’t hesitate to contact us today!