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Floral, decor shop opens in Baldwin City; Beach House restaurant coming to Eudora; BC art walk Friday


Christy Carlisle is returning to her Baldwin City business roots.

Before she took a position as the Baldwin High School art instructor, Carlisle had the floral and gift shop at 215 N. Sixth St. Now retired from teaching, Carlisle opened July 5 the In Full Bloom at the Cranberry Market at 519 Ames St. The opening signaled Carlisle’s purchase with her husband, Paul, of the Cranberry Market from Kara Cole and moving the business across Sixth Street. In Full Bloom store manager Heather Courtney said the name also signifies that In Full Bloom will be just one of the businesses in the relocated Cranberry Market. Space will be available for other vendors, and there will be a beauty salon in the building, she said.

Those familiar with Carlisle’s former business should not be surprised that In Full Bloom is a floral shop offering arrangements for weddings, funerals, anniversaries, birthdays and other occasions. The store will also offer a variety of home decor. The store will soon have fudge for those with a sweet tooth, as well as coffee and cold drinks, and it will strive for a relaxing atmosphere, Courtney said.

“We are looking to be an ‘ah’ experience,” she said.

The business will make use of the building’s porch facing Sixth Street to display seasonal items, such as mums in the fall and Christmas trees in winter, Courtney said.

The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Hours on Saturday will be extended during busy seasons, Courtney said.

Eudora residents may have noticed the makeover that the restaurant at 2229 North 1400 Road is receiving. The building, which has been the home of a number of restaurants through the years, is being painted with an eye-popping mix of bright blue, yellow and mauve with white trim.

It’s all to create a festive atmosphere for the Aug. 1 opening of a restaurant called Beach House, said Rex White, who is partnering in the venture with the building’s owner, Larry Sinks.

The restaurant will have a dinner menu of steaks, pork cuts, seafood and chicken dishes and a lunch menu of burgers and sandwiches, plus appetizers. Sprinkled in both the lunch and dinner menus will be a number of Jamaican jerk dishes.

White said he has owned 14 restaurants in Missouri and owns T-Bones in Lake Lotawana. White anticipates many of those eating at Beach House will be from Johnson County and Lawrence, although he expects Eudora residents will also be customers.

One feature of Beach House does seem focused on Eudora customers.

“We’ll have breakfast,” White said. “My other restaurant doesn’t have breakfast. The reason we’ll do it here is there’s nowhere to get breakfast for at least 8 miles.”

The second of the Lumberyard Arts Center’s summer Third Friday Art Walks will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 21 at the art center, 718 High St. The event will include a reception and opening of the show “Just Pencil: Photorealism in Black and White” by Baldwin City artist Melinda Hipple from 6 to 8 p.m. The theme of the art walk is fabric art.

The Baldwin City Recreation Commission’s midsummer triathlon will be Saturday, July 22. The event’s name has been changed from the Maple Leaf City Sprint Triathlon to the Triple Tri. Its structure remains the same with a youth triathlon, short-course race and the featured triathlon of a 300-yard swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5K race. Online registration is available at https://enter2run.com/Search/event.aspx?id=39828. Events get underway at 7 a.m.


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