Cup on the Hill in downtown Kansas City, Kan., opens

At this morning’s ribbon-cutting for Cup on the Hill coffee shop at 730 Minnesota, Ave., Kansas City, Kan., were, left to right, Chuck Schlittler, Downtown Shareholders executive director (at the far left); former Mayor Joe Reardon; Jamina Bone, assistant café manager; Jessica Johnson, café manager; Steve Curtis, CHWC community director; U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran. (Photo by William Crum)
At this morning’s ribbon-cutting for Cup on the Hill coffee shop at 730 Minnesota, Ave., Kansas City, Kan., were, left to right, Chuck Schlittler, Downtown Shareholders executive director (at the far left); former Mayor Joe Reardon; Jamina Bone, assistant café manager; Jessica Johnson, café manager; Steve Curtis, CHWC community director; U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Today marked a hallmark for downtown Kansas City, Kan.

There is a new coffee shop in the downtown area of Kansas City, Kan., called Cup on the Hill. Its opening at 730 Minnesota Ave. represents a new revitalization effort in downtown Kansas City, Kan.

A lot of residents will remember the days when Minnesota Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kan., was the busiest shopping area in the state of Kansas. There were clothing stores for men, women and children. There were theaters and a number of pharmacies and grocery stores as well.

Today there was a ribbon-cutting for Cup on the Hill, a coffee shop in the former Katz building downtown.

“For a long time Minnesota Avenue was an eyesore in our community, plagued with empty shops. With the help of CHWC and other civic leaders a new coffee shop emerged,” said Steve Curtis of CHWC. “This coffee shop is unlike anything else in the Kansas City metropolitan area, a place where you can go downtown and have a great cup of coffee and good conversation as well. This coffee shop is part of the revitalization of the downtown Kansas City, Kan., area. What we did is we partnered up with Jamina Bone, who had a dream; a dream that is truly dedicated to the community.”

“I always had a dream to create a coffee shop in the community by which I live, to employ young people who could not normally get a job because of their disadvantages,” Bone said. “Soon we will start a new program. A program that would teach those youth with disadvantages how to write a resume, how to go our interview, and it also teaches them good work ethics, which is needed in today’s ever-changing global economy.”

It’s not just a coffee shop, but also an opportunity for area youth, according to Bone.

“We are really proud to be a part of the community,” Bone said.

Also on hand at the ribbon-cutting was U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.

“Kansas City, Kan., is really making things happen. I’m really pleased to see this is going to be good for the community and Wyandotte County as well. This coffee shop is definitely going to be a big asset to the community as well,” Sen. Moran said.

Because of the efforts of CHWC, a new resurgence of development in downtown Kansas City, Kan., may soon be a possibility, according to officials.

The new coffee shop is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

It was all smiles at Friday morning’s ribbon cutting for the Cup on the Hill coffee shop at 730 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.  Handling the scissors were Jamina Bone, assistant café manager and (partly hidden) Jessica Johnson, café manager.  Television crews and more than 100 guests were present, including, from right, ribbon holder CHWC CEO and Executive Director Donny Smith, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, CHWC Community Director Steve Curtis, the café managers, former KCK Mayor Joe Reardon and Downtown Shareholders Executive Director Chuck Schlittler, who held one end of the ribbon. (Staff photo)
It was all smiles at Friday morning’s ribbon cutting for the Cup on the Hill coffee shop at 730 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Handling the scissors were Jamina Bone, assistant café manager and (partly hidden) Jessica Johnson, café manager. Television crews and more than 100 guests were present, including, from right, ribbon holder CHWC CEO and Executive Director Donny Smith, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, CHWC Community Director Steve Curtis, the café managers, former KCK Mayor Joe Reardon and Downtown Shareholders Executive Director Chuck Schlittler, who held one end of the ribbon. (Staff photo)

The new Cup on the Hill coffee shop at 730 Minnesota Ave. is located on the first floor of the former Katz building in downtown Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
The new Cup on the Hill coffee shop at 730 Minnesota Ave. is located on the first floor of the former Katz building in downtown Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

The detail from the Cup on the Hill coffee shop sign at the new shop open at 730 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
The detail from the Cup on the Hill coffee shop sign at the new shop open at 730 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)

The new Cup on the Hill coffee shop includes seating for patrons. (Photo by William Crum)
The new Cup on the Hill coffee shop includes seating for patrons. (Photo by William Crum)

Artwork inside the Cup on the Hill coffee shop showed some Kansas City, Kan., buildings. (Photo by William Crum)
Artwork inside the Cup on the Hill coffee shop showed some Kansas City, Kan., buildings. The painting is by Elaine Grisnik, from Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

Minnesota Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kan., in its heyday included the former Katz building, on the left. (Photo courtesy of Wyandotte County Museum)
Minnesota Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kan., in its heyday included the former Katz building, on the left. (Photo courtesy of Wyandotte County Museum)

Minnesota Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kan., in its heyday included the former Katz building, on the left. (Photo courtesy of Wyandotte County Museum)
Minnesota Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kan., in its heyday included the former Katz building, on the left. (Photo courtesy of Wyandotte County Museum)

Minnesota Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kan., in its heyday included the former Katz building, on the left. (Photo courtesy of Wyandotte County Museum)
Minnesota Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kan., in its heyday included the former Katz building, on the left. (Photo courtesy of Wyandotte County Museum)

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