Downtown Overland Park sees business turnover — See what’s new and what’s coming soon

The Snack Shack on Santa Fe

Snack Shack has left its original location along Santa Fe Drive for another spot in Mission. It's unclear what will happen to that storefront, but at least 8 new businesses are opening soon around ClockTower Plaza. File photo.

Coming off the heels of COVID-19, a lot has changed in Johnson County. That’s true for one of the county’s most frequented retail and social spots: downtown Overland Park.

As beloved businesses close for a variety of reasons, new ones are coming in to take their place.

Overland Park’s downtown core around ClockTower Plaza and Santa Fe Drive has seen a slew of new businesses and restaurants open up in recent months.

Here’s a rundown of some of these changes you may have noticed and what you can expect in coming weeks.

What’s left: Most burger lovers know by now — The Snack Shack on Santa Fe left downtown Overland Park this spring.

Now, the beloved burger joint finds itself in downtown Mission in the former Town Topic space.

Snack Shack previously told the Post the Santa Fe location “is not the last we’ll see of the Snack Shack in Overland Park” but the burger joint’s plans in Overland Park remain undefined for now.

Meawnhile, CommuniTea, 7921 Santa Fe Drive, closed in November 2020, according to its Facebook page.

The coffee shop intended to serve as a community-focused space where neighbors could connect.

What’s new? Here’s a list of the new businesses headed to downtown Overland Park, as confirmed by Angie Mutti, executive director of Downtown Overland Park Partnership:

  • Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop is moving into the former CommuniTea space.

    Above from left to right: Hotwox trainer Kelsie Smith Peter, co-owner Matt Jones and sales associate Kyra West. Photo credit Juliana Garcia.
  • Hotworx opened at 7308 W. 80th Street Street in June 2020.
  • The Old Mango, a home goods store, opened at 7230 W. 79th Street.
  • Vintage ‘78 Wine Bar is moving in at 80th and Marty this fall.
  • The Paleta Bar will occupy a space at 80th and Metcalf.
  • Very Well KC moved in next door to Buffalo State Pizza at 7905 Santa Fe Drive.
  • Cosmo Artistry Salon opened at 8100 Marty Street, suite 100.
  • Hummu Pita, a Mediterranean restaurant, is moving into the former Snack Shack space.

Key quote: “I love [downtown Overland Park],” Hotworx co-owner Matt Jones said. “With all the developments and new restaurants, we get a lot of traffic from there and word of mouth.”