Faces Of Northeast: Shawn Arcidino

For this week’s Face of Northeast, we spoke to Shawn Arcidino, owner of Atomic Collision Body Shop, located at 2712 E. Truman Rd. While Arcidino currently lives in the Lake City area with his teenage son, he’s fascinated by the historic buildings around Historic Northeast.


“I’ve always been interested in the historic spots in Kansas City, the buildings, architecture, history,” Arcidino said. “I was just driving down Truman Road and saw this building, and could picture its potential.”


So, he purchased the building in 2017 and had his business up and running in the spring of 2018. He had artist Steven R. Bohall paint a portrait of Harry Truman on the highly-visible east side of the building and named his shop Atomic Collision, due to the fact that Truman ordered the dropping of atomic bombs during World War II.


“But some people don’t get the connection,” he admits.


Another fun exterior decoration is on the roof, an art piece that looks like an atomic bomb has hit the roof, which was crafted from the tail section of a vintage plane.


The cavernous space gives him plenty of room to repair and restore vehicles, from removing dents and other collision damage to customizing vintage cars. It also allows him room to store his expanding collection of signs, vending machines, and other vintage items that catch his eye.


“I’ve always been a packrat, just attracted to older stuff, signs and advertising,” he explained.


Currently, Arcidino is working to recreate a 23-foot-tall fiberglass “muffler man” like those that were placed outside service stations and repair shops back in the 1960’s. Once complete, he hopes to install it on the roof of his building as a landmark visible from a good distance and a fun addition to the community.

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Faces of Northeast – Jason Nickles

    May 25th, 2022
    by

    Jason Nickles is interning this summer with the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce to gain experience in his field […]


    Community Calendar

    March 16th, 2022
    by

    Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day parade will begin at 11 am at Linwood and Broadway and proceed to […]


    International Marketplace: Essig Family McDonalds (Help Wanted)

    February 16th, 2022
    by

    Essig Family McDonald’s is proud to be a part of the Historic Northeast Northeast community. Our mission is to provide […]


    Faces of Northeast: Kayley Hudlemeyer

    December 29th, 2021
    by

    Meet Kayley Hudlemeyer, a Titan Security Avenue Angel working for the Independence Avenue Community Improvement District (CID). Hudlemeyer comes to […]


    Jackson County Executive announces $500k Emergency Funding Proposal for Homeless Assistance Fund

    December 1st, 2021
    by

    By: Autumn Garrett Due to the serious housing crisis growing throughout Kansas City, Mo., and Jackson County, County Executive Frank […]


    Community Calendar

    December 1st, 2021
    by

    12/5: Independence Boulevard Christian Church at 606 Gladstone Blvd. invites you to tour nativities of the world from 135 different […]


    Sporting KC players visit Ryogoku Soccer Academy in Northeast

    November 17th, 2021
    by

    By Abby Hoover Sporting Kansas City (SKC) players and the Victory Project delivered nearly 200 soccer balls to Ryogoku Soccer […]


    Faces of Northeast: Autumn Garrett

    October 13th, 2021
    by

    Autumn Garrett is the newest addition to the Northeast News Editorial team, serving as an Editorial Assistant. She is a […]


  • Book Of The Week: “Girls Resist!” by Kaelyn Rich

    September 8th, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation is from Deborah Gamm, Senior Library Technical Assistant at the North-East Branch of the Kansas City […]


    Book of the week: “Rise Up! The Art of Protest” by Jo Rippon

    August 18th, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation was chosen by Samantha Edwards, Youth and Family Engagement Librarian for the North-East Branch. Samantha chose […]


    Book of the Week: “Day at the Beach” by Tom Booth

    July 28th, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation was chosen by Lilia Sandoval, Summer Associate at the North-East Branch of the Kansas City Public […]


    Book Of The Week: “Plant, Cook, Eat! A Children’s Cookbook” by Joe Archer and Caroline Craig

    July 21st, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation comes from a recent addition to the North-East Branch’s team. Zoe Marinovich started working at the […]


    Book Of The Week: Lilo & Stitch

    July 14th, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation comes from Karla Soto, Summer Associate with the North-East Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. […]


    Book of the Week: “But Where Do I Put the Couch?” by Melissa Michaels and KariAnne Wood

    June 30th, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation comes from the North-East Branch’s newest team member, Library Assistant Batula Hussein. She is a graduate […]


    Book Of The Week: “Martha Stewart’s Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines”

    June 23rd, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation comes from Sher Mirador, Library Associate at the North-East Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. […]


    Book Of The Week: “Grandma’s Gardens” by Hillary & Chelsea Clinton

    June 16th, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation was chosen by Cheryl Fonville, Library Aide at the North-East Branch of the Kansas City Public […]


    Intern Introduction: Lexi Garcia

    June 11th, 2021
    by

    Our summer interns are diving into investigative journalism, creating the annual Back To School issue, and covering breaking news. Their […]


    Intern Introduction: Tatum Goetting

    June 9th, 2021
    by

    Our summer interns are excited to learn more about community journalism and the Northeast. Their hard work is generously funded […]


    Intern Introduction: Corbin Smith

    June 9th, 2021
    by

    Our summer interns have been hard at work already, thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Press Association. We’re […]


    Book Of The Week: “Martha Stewart’s Cake Perfection (100+ Recipes for the Sweet Classic, from Simple to Stunning)”

    June 9th, 2021
    by

    This week’s book recommendation comes from Diana Ash, Senior Library Assistant at the North-East Branch of the Kansas City Public […]


  • Faces Of Northeast


  • Remember This?

    Remember This?

    May 25th, 2022
    by

  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.