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IHOP restaurants nationwide are celebrating National Pancake Day by giving away free pancakes.

The restaurant will give away a free short stack of three buttermilk pancakes, and guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities. The goal is $3.5 million for charity.

This promotion continues until 10 p.m. today. IHOP has a participating restaurant at The Legends.

For more information see http://www.ihoppancakeday.com/.

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College is hosting a business luncheon next month featuring Gina Soleil, a speaker who focuses on helping businesses improve their profits and increase employee morale.

Soleil, author of “Fuel Your Business: How to Energize Your People, Ignite Action, and Drive Profits,” will present “The Character of Leadership: Courage, Character and Care” from noon to 1:30 a.m. March 12 at KCKCC, 7250 State Ave. The luncheon will be in the Deli Area of Lower Jewell. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $35 per person or a table of eight for $280 and include a copy of Soleil’s best-selling book. Those interested can purchase tickets through the Intercultural Center and the Workforce, Career and Entrepreneurship Center at KCKCC. The luncheon is sponsored by the Intercultural Center, the Workforce, Career and Entrepreneurship Center, KCKCC AAUW and the Women’s Resource Center.

Soleil’s career has been stellar. She began her sales career straight out of high school at a call center in Iowa. Three months later, she was leading the corporate training department. After working for Caribou Coffee Co., she became general manager for Best Buy Corp. at the age of 25 and consulted for some of the nation’s largest corporations before turning 30. She launched Booya!, a global joy movement that offers classes and events, in 2012 and continues to consult, write and work as a motivational speaker.

Soleil has been featured on Fox News and in CEO Magazine as well as numerous other publications.

For more information, contact Barbara Clark-Evans, director of the Intercultural Center at KCKCC, at 913-288-7505.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

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Stephen Graves, vice president of operations at Krispy Kreme, played the cymbals with the Schlagle marching band today to celebrate the opening of the 1,000th Krispy Kreme store worldwide in Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Stephen Graves, vice president of operations at Krispy Kreme, played the cymbals with the Schlagle marching band today to celebrate the opening of the 1,000th Krispy Kreme store worldwide in Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

The 1,000th Krispy Kreme store worldwide opened this morning at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue, in Kansas City, Kan. In this photo, some of the member of the Schlagle High School band are on the right. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The 1,000th Krispy Kreme store worldwide opened this morning at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue, in Kansas City, Kan. In this photo, some of the member of the Schlagle High School band are on the right. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert
With a performance by the Schlagle High School marching band and dancers, and a visit by Miss Kansas USA, the lieutenant governor and the Kansas secretary of state, Krispy Kreme opened its 1,000th store this morning in Kansas City, Kan.

The store gave away free doughnuts for a year to the first 100 people in line when the store opened at 6 a.m., according to store officials. Tim France, local marketing coordinator for the store, said there were about 120 people waiting in line when the store opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The first camper camped out all night, according to Krispy Kreme’s Stephen Graves, vice president of operations at Krispy Kreme.

Today Krispy Kreme is giving away one free doughnut to everyone who comes to the new store. Other participating Krispy Kreme stores around the world are also giving away one free doughnut to their first 1,000 customers today to celebrate the 1,000th Krispy Kreme store, according to company officials.

The new store is a 2,800 square-foot free-standing building located in Wyandotte Plaza at 78th and State in Kansas City, Kan.

“I’m so proud to be a part of what is a wonderful time at Krispy Kreme as Krispy Kreme continues to grow,” Graves said.

Cindy Bay, senior vice president of Krispy Kreme, said the store has been operating for 77 years and is in 23 countries.

Mike and Janet Parker are the franchise partner, Graves said.

Miss USA Kansas, Alexis Railsback, made an appearance at the event, as well as Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

“What an honor for the state of Kansas to have store No. 1,000,” Kobach said, promising that he would be going through the shop’s drive-in window in the future.

“This is an excellent bit of development for Kansas City, Kan.,” Kobach said, adding that it is part of a revitalization effort.

Wyandotte Plaza has been undergoing renovations during the past year, under the direction of RED Legacy, including the building of a new grocery store. A Marshalls store and PetSmart also are part of the future plans at Wyandotte Plaza. The Wyandotte Plaza redevelopment is a $28 million project in total.

To see an earlier story on the Krispy Kreme opening, see http://wyandottedaily.com/free-doughnuts-tuesday-to-celebrate-wyandotte-plaza-opening-of-1000th-krispy-kreme-store-worldwide/.

The ribbon was cut this morning to open the new Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The ribbon was cut this morning to open the new Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

The Schlagle High School marching band and dancers performed today at the grand opening for the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Schlagle High School marching band and dancers performed today at the grand opening for the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Cindy Bay, senior vice president of Krispy Kreme, noted that this is the company's 1,000th store and that it is in 23 countries. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Cindy Bay, senior vice president of Krispy Kreme, noted that this is the company’s 1,000th store and that it is in 23 countries. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer today welcomed Krispy Kreme to its new location in Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer today welcomed Krispy Kreme to its new location in Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach today welcomed Krispy Kreme to Kansas City, Kan., and added he would be using the drive-through there often. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach today welcomed Krispy Kreme to Kansas City, Kan., and added he would be using the drive-through there often. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


Several dignitaries attended the Krispy Kreme opening today at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Several dignitaries attended the Krispy Kreme opening today at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Miss Kansas USA, Alexis Railsback, also welcomed Krispy Kreme to Kansas City, Kan., today. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Miss Kansas USA, Alexis Railsback, also welcomed Krispy Kreme to Kansas City, Kan., today. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Inside the new Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Inside the new Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Inside the new Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Inside the new Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Inside the new Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Inside the new Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Inside the new Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Inside the new Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State Avenue. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Krispy Kreme vice president Stephen Graves played the cymbals today with the Schlagle High School band. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Krispy Kreme vice president Stephen Graves played the cymbals today with the Schlagle High School band. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Schlagle students performed today for the opening of the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Schlagle students performed today for the opening of the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Schlagle students performed today for the opening of the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Schlagle students performed today for the opening of the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Schlagle students performed today for the opening of the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Schlagle students performed today for the opening of the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Schlagle students performed today for the opening of the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Schlagle students performed today for the opening of the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Schlagle students performed today for the opening of the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Schlagle students performed today for the opening of the Krispy Kreme store at Wyandotte Plaza, 78th and State, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

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