Commercial Development Update by Greg Walters
Many in Raytown are wondering just what is planned for the city’s future in the area of economic development. A quick call to Mr. Tom Cole, Economic Development Administrator for the City of Raytown, brought the following information.
ALDI’S: The proposed Aldi’s Grocery Store would be located at the former Holiday Chrysler Dealership at 350 Highway and Gregory Boulevard. The plan calls for the city to make a sizeable “loan” to the developer. The loan would be paid back through a Community Improvement District (CID). That translates into an additional 1% sales tax on all goods within the store.
The developer’s plans also call for a restaurant to be built at the location. The restaurant would also be part of the CID 1% sales tax increase. There has been no commitment from any restaurant to open at the location as of this writing.
Aldi’s would make four grocery stores on 350 Highway. The addition of another tax favored grocery store could squeeze the Apple Market (which does not receive tax incentives) located at Raytown Road and 350 Highway out of business.
This proposal is one in which the developer is asking too much. The real possibility of creating a vacancy just half a mile down the road with a new store that will cost consumers more in taxes simply does not make sense.
The City Council is to consider the proposal at Tuesday night’s meeting.
HOUSE OF PANCAKES: This plan calls for a House of Pancakes Restaurant to be built at the former Dodge Dealership located at 350 Highway and Raytown Road. It falls within the special tax district created for Walmart. Therefore, the taxes collected at that location are subject by prior agreement of the tax district.
One may wonder why the House of Pancakes needs tax incentives to open when not half a mile away Applebee’s is doing just fine without any tax incentives.
SUTHERLAND LUMBER: Sutherland’s is taking a serious look at the old Walmart property located at 67th and Blue Ridge Boulevard. They are currently doing their “due diligence” on the property. The project does not have any tax incentives attached to it.
Of the three possible retail outlets, Sutherlands is, by far, the best for the city. There are not any special tax incentives involved. That is also good news for Raytown consumers because in the long run, all tax incentives are paid for by those who shop at the store.
Rock That Body Confidence by Jenn Walters
Imagine yourself at the outdoor hotel pool after a long day of tiring meetings and stressful encounters with clients. You want to do nothing but relax, soak in the pool and not work. However, despite your best attempts at vegging out, your mind keeps creeping into your “me” time with thoughts like “Is my stomach pooching out?” or “Wow, her thighs look better than mine. Mine are really jiggly. I should run more,” or my personal fave, “If I just lie here and suck it in, no one will know I had a cheeseburger for lunch.”
Been there? Done that? Sound familiar? From time to time, we all have negative thoughts about our bodies. With the myriad of advertising and marketing we receive every day on TV and in magazines of the perfect man or woman, it’s no wonder we have issues with body confidence. Most of us—especially women—are terrible about comparing ourselves to the girl on the cover or even down the street. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Below are some tips to improving your body confidence and turning your negative speak into words of self-love. Whether you need to feel better in that power suit for the big presentation later this week or in that swimsuit while lounging at the pool, these tips are guaranteed to turn your body self-esteem from zero to hero.
Hit the hotel gym for some weights and cardio. Even if you just have 15 to 20 minutes, after a quick sweat session of lunges, push-ups, sit-ups and a short jog on the treadmill, you will feel more accomplished—and therefore better—about yourself. Getting those endorphins pumping can quiet the little negative body-talk devil on your shoulder and make your nice little angel on the other shoulder sing proudly. And, if you are at the pool or the beach, you can find an activity to take your mind off of your body, such as reading a book or listening to music. Bonus points if you choose an active distraction like swimming some laps or challenging your co-worker to a game of pick-up basketball. Listen to your thoughts. I know it sounds a little crazy, but most of us don’t actually listen to what our minds are saying. Whenever you are feeling down on yourself, listen to what you are saying internally. If it’s not nice or keeps comparing your somewhat-soft abs to the new hire’s six-pack, ask yourself, “What does it matter?” And then kindly tell yourself to hush up. You wouldn’t let your best friend talk to you like that, so why would you let yourself talk smack on your body?
Focus on your strengths. Sure, this is a little Stuart Smalley, but daily affirmations can do wonders. Every morning, after you get dressed and ready for your workday, look in the mirror and find one feature you love about yourself. For the ladies, it can be a pair of earrings that play off your hair color or a skirt that hugs your hips just right. For the fellas, it can be a perfectly fitting blazer that shows off your broad shoulders or a tie that picks up the subtle green in your hazel eyes. Remember that it doesn’t have to be about your body though. In fact, choosing something that you always have with you—like a smile or your sparkling eyes—is best because even on your worst body-confidence days, you still have your best trait. And, if your abs or arms or calves look particularly awesome that day, then that’s just a bonus to your already beautiful and confident self.
Relax. For those super-tough days, just breathe. A couple of deep, cleansing breaths can really help you to focus on what’s important and leave the rest behind. Take a quick five-minute walk around the hotel or convention center, and just look and listen. Pay attention to the sound of the chirping birds, do some people watching and just get out of your head. If you can’t get outside for a break, take a few deep breaths. Deep breathing is like a mini-vacation, and you can do it anywhere!
Dress for success. The right outfit can really make you feel better about yourself. Always pack your most flattering and comfortable (no one feels good in all Spandex) work outfit and swimsuit (if swimming). That way, if you’re not feeling so hot about your body, you can put on your go-to ensemble and leave your suite feeling like the hot stuff you are.
Put yourself in their shoes. On the whole, most people are more worried about themselves than what you look like. So stop worrying about what others are thinking of you—they’re probably too concerned with what you think of them to even notice!
Chow down wisely. When we’re not feeling good about ourselves, we tend to skimp on the calories. While a reduced-calorie diet can be a means to lose weight, sometimes we do this so drastically that we can create an unhealthy cycle of on-again, off-again dieting that can lead to sabotaging weight-loss efforts and a lack of self control and self-esteem. Commit to yourself that you’ll choose healthy foods and drinks most of the time. If you fall off the healthy-eating wagon and eat one too many mini-cheesecakes at that networking function, get right back on track the next day. Your health and body confidence will thank you. Give up on perfection. Setting big audacious goals is great, but if you can never be happy with yourself until you hit them, then you’re spending a lot of your life not being happy. And that’s no good. Accept your body as it is right now. Make a list of the all the great things your body can do. Sure, you may not be featured on the cover of Men’s Fitness or Shape, but your imperfect physique can sure do a lot of other impressive activities: biking, running, walking, lifting, sports…the list goes on and on.
Ask for help. If you’re really having a hard time feeling good about yourself and what you look like no matter how many of these tips you try, consider seeing a therapist. Certain types of counseling can help you to change your thoughts and behavior patterns to better recognize how awesome you truly are.
Even the most body-confident ladies and gents have their off-days, but hopefully these tips will help you to have less of them. No matter if you’re in the boardroom or poolside, life is too short to feel self-conscious. Get out there, get moving and enjoy!
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