There's a kind of delicious irony when a venue devoted to fresh, healthy meals is replaced by a store that specializes in handmade chocolates, caramel apples and glazed cinnamon rolls.
Earlier this year, cook, Pilates instructor and writer Kathy Hale moved out of her combination kitchen and retail space at 8011 Wornall and began looking for new quarters for her healthy-eating catering and carryout business, Can I Have a Bite.
She still hasn't found the perfect location (although Hale says she's doing just as well without a physical retail space), but her former venue is currently being prepared for a new culinary tenant, Garza's Goodies: Chocolates and Confections, slated to open to the public in mid-November. The owners of that confectionery business, Heather and Richard Garza, moved out of their previous shop
, in the shopping strip at 85th Street and Wornall that is anchored by the Corner Cocktail lounge and Chelly's Cafe. The original Garza's Goodies was over three years old and had built a steady following, but the Garzas were never happy with either the size or the visibility of the candy shop.
Now, even before Heather and Richard have put the first truffle in their refrigerated candy cases, people keep stopping by and asking if they're open.
"We're not open yet," Heather Garza says, "and we're thrilled."