Whether it’s enjoying a scoop of Thou Mayest Coffee Ice Cream from Betty Rae’s, grabbing a bite to eat at Waldo Pizza, or taking a class at Pilates 1901, there’s a local Waldo business for just about all your needs—and the selection of services in the neighborhood keeps on growing.
The next time you’re in the neighborhood, you won’t want to miss out on getting to know some of Waldo’s newest business owners: Dr. Maran Tennis and Dr. Derek Garcia of Presence Chiropractic and Meghan Throckmorton of Create Space.
After a long day of shopping, you’ll want to stop by Presence Chiropractic for an appointment.
“Presence Chiropractic handles chiropractic care a bit differently,” say Tennis and Garcia. “Because at least one of our chiropractors specializes in neurology, we understand how the brain is wired and the information it receives plays a significant role in how your body moves, the pain levels it feels, and how it helps your body function day-to-day, especially while healing from an injury.”
After spending a few years practicing at Waldo’s Yoga Patch, Garcia quickly found his place helping members of the Waldo community and wanted to expand. Tennis graduated from chiropractic school in 2020, and the two teamed up to open Presence Chiropractic with a shared passion for the young, creative, and community-focused vibe Waldo offers.
New visitors to Presence Chiropractic can expect a thorough and comprehensive exam that helps individuals step out of daily routines and into the moment. The team at Presence Chiropractic facilitates a healing journey from the initial consultation to the examination and care.
“We believe movement is life and the quality of our movement heavily influences the quality of our life,” Garcia and Tennis share. “By improving the way we move through life, we can improve all other aspects of living—whether the goal of care is playing with your kids without pain, running a marathon, or making progress on your health journey, the same philosophy of movement applies to all.”
Create Space KC
Seasoned and novice creators and performers alike will find a home away from home at Create Space KC. An affordable place for artists to share their passion with the community, Create Space also offers a variety of classes in visual arts, dance, and music.
After Lorna’s School of Dance moved out of the location Create Space now occupies, Throckmorton felt a responsibility to keep arts alive in the space.
“I live in Waldo, and I’ve dreamed about opening a community arts classroom for years,” says Throckmorton. “I am an art teacher at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and since the museum is still not back to full capacity, now seemed like a good time to put my dreams into action.”
Create Space’s roster of classes includes multiple art forms for all ages. The course instructors are flexible and quick to come up with alternatives so everyone can enjoy their experience.
New classes and events are a constant happening at Create Space. Throckmorton loves collaborating on birthday parties and other events, too, with the goal to make Create Space an easygoing gathering place for friends and neighbors.
“When I opened in October, I imagined we’d offer some ballet classes and visual arts classes,” says Throckmorton. “I had no idea I’d end up meeting flamenco dancers, belly dancers, jugglers, and so many other friendly and passionate people. Sometimes, I get so excited about having these offerings in my neighborhood I forget it’s happening because of my hard work and vision. I love taking classes at Create Space KC, too!”
A neighborhood constantly growing
Presence Chiropractic and Create Space aren’t the only new storefronts you might notice on your next trip to Waldo. Other businesses new to the neighborhood include:
- It’s eleMental Healing Spa – Offers crystal healing, facials, skin-care services, and more.
- Green Utopia – An eco-friendly, zero-waste shop offering recycled, biodegradable, or all-natural products for the home.
- Front Range Coffee – Opening soon in Waldo, this coffee shop and bar from Made In KC will also offer a retail area with locally made goods.