The Waffle Bar’s S’Mores with chocolate icing, graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate drizzle. The Waffle Bar |

The Country Club Plaza has a new waffle shop and three other new locally owned businesses

This spring Lucia Shnyra-Slaston opened a bridal shop, Ricca Sposa Bridal Boutique at 320 Ward Parkway, which sells wedding dresses from European designers with prices starting at $1,200. Tammy Ljungblad |
In June, Maggie Fisher opened a wedding ceremony venue, the Plaza Wedding Chapel at 415 Ward Parkway on the Country Club Plaza. Couples can get engaged, renew vows or get married in the elegantly appointed space. Tammy Ljungblad |
Ellie Ruby (left) and her mother, Carolyn Richmond, have opened Fortuity on the Plaza. Riesling is the store greeter and named after Richmond’s favorite wine. Joyce Smith |
Fortuity is known for its its “Kansas City I’m so in love” line. Joyce Smith |
Fortuity offers women’s clothing and accessories, including “fun, trendy” items, at low prices. Joyce Smith |
Marwa Noaman, a partner in The Waffle Bar, tops off a customer’s bubble waffle. Joyce Smith |

Savannah LaMunyon dropped into the Waffle Bar after it opened earlier this month and was back again the next day, this time to introduce a friend to the new concept.

“It’s unique and different. The owners are here working and they have a friendly staff,” she said. “And they make the waffles fresh in front of you.”

Rayan Awad and his wife, Marwa Noaman, softly opened the Waffle Bar at 4745 Central St. on the Country Club Plaza on Sept. 1, and they plan a grand opening Friday.

“We love waffles and there was nothing here like it,” Noaman said. “They have these fun, trendy dessert places in California, Texas, where some of our friends and family live, so we wanted to have one here.”

The Waffle Bar offers bubble waffles which are rolled into a cone and filled with ice cream, a choice of three toppings and a choice of drizzle for $6.95; and waffle pops including the Toasty with cinnamon sugar, cinnamon toast cereal and white chocolate drizzle for $5.95. It also has a waffle doughnut using a Krispy Kreme doughnut that it heats up on the waffle grill and customers then choose the ice cream, a topping and drizzle for $4.95.

It has a choice of 18 toppings, including cookie dough and chocolate sprinkles, and five different drizzles. It also will soon add some savory waffle selections.

The Plaza’s new wedding chapel

Maggie Fisher has been a lawyer for nearly three decades, mostly in the areas of estate planning and taxes.

“Not necessarily dealing with people in their happiest moments,” she said.

With her youngest child heading off to college this year, she wanted to open another business, but one that would be a bit more fun. She was in Las Vegas celebrating her mother’s 75th birthday when she took note of the many wedding chapels and festive bridal parties. After researching the Kansas City market she saw a need for a small, intimate wedding venue for couples not wanting to spend a lot.

So in late June, she opened The Plaza Wedding Chapel at 314 Ward Parkway.

The design, by Nell Hill’s, is in cream, pink and brown to resemble an elegant living area. It has a grand piano, benches for wedding guests, a dining room table where couples can set up their cake and champagne, and Fisher’s family silver. Her 1989 pink and ivory wedding dress hangs in the dressing area and her wedding shoes and headpiece decorate the dressing table.

“The bride can change clothes while the men can go down the street and have a drink,” Fisher said. “The first four weddings I had less than 50 guests and they weren’t planning far in advance. Then they go out and take photos at the fountains or go to one of the restaurants for the reception, or they take a carriage ride.”

One bridal party plans to stay at the Raphael Hotel, just across Brush Creek, and walk over to the chapel.

The Plaza Wedding Chapel also can be rented for vow renewals or as a place to get engaged in front of family and friends. Fisher also is now licensed to the perform the wedding.

A 30-minute ceremony with up to 15 guests costs $199. An hour event for up to 15 guests is $499 and includes set up for a champagne toast.

It also is near the new Ricca Sposa Bridal Boutique at 320 Ward Parkway. Owner Lucia Shnyra-Slaston sells wedding dresses from European designers with prices starting at $1,200. The shop also has cocktail and evening dresses by European designers.

Mother/daughter duo open Plaza shop

New Plaza women’s boutique Fortuity gets new shipments several times a week, which keeps customers coming in often.

It sells dresses, tops, pants, rompers, shorts, and unisex T-shirts and hats, including its “Kansas City I’m so in love” line.

“Fun, trendy things,” said Ellie Ruby, who owns the shop with her mother, Carolyn Richmond. “And shoes are big. There are not a lot of places on the Plaza selling low-priced shoes, $20 to $50.”

They first opened a shop in Lawrence in 2011 and added a Manhattan location in 2012. They opened a warehouse location in the Crossroads a year ago for online orders and to supply the two stores, and opened it for retail on First Fridays and Saturdays.

In June the women relocated the warehouse operation to their new retail store in the former BCBG Max Azria space at 422 Nichols Road.

So how is it being a business partner with your mom?

“Most days it’s good,” Ruby said with a laugh. “We’re native Kansas Citians and we’re excited to be a local Kansas City shop on the Plaza and we’re in there working all the time.”

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

The Country Club Plaza has a new waffle shop and three other new locally owned businesses