HEDC set to establish physical presence in Historic Northeast

An HEDC rendering of planned facade improvements along Independence Avenue.

An HEDC rendering of planned facade improvements along the 3200 block of Independence Avenue.

By Paul Thompson

Northeast News

November 18, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Missouri –  For 23 years, Victoria Rodriguez Tamayo has owned and operated Victoria’s Barber Shop on Independence Avenue.

Tamayo is a master barber, and proud of it. Proof of that pride can be found on her calf, where she has a tattoo featuring a red, white, and blue barber’s pole laid over an open pair of scissors.

Victoria Rodriguez Tamayo in her element.

Victoria Rodriguez Tamayo gives a haircut to a long-term customer on Thursday, November 17.

Still, after more than two decades in the industry, Tamayo has decided to hang up her shears. She’s closing up her shop for good on Sunday, November 20, and will be moving to Sarasota, Florida shortly thereafter to live closer to family. Tamayo’s departure opens up an opportunity for the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC), which actually purchased the property in March of 2016. HEDC is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Latinos in the Kansas City area; they’ll now be continuing that work from Tamayo’s former barber shop in the Historic Northeast.

“With her retirement, we’re going to move part of our HEDC curriculum into this facility,” said HEDC Executive Director Pedro Zamora. “We do a lot of bilingual business development and financial literacy training. We also run a computer literacy lab.”

A new computer literacy lab is expected to be moved into the space where Victoria’s Barber Shop stands now. The structure HEDC purchased includes two other businesses in addition to the barber shop: Salud y Bienstar to the east and Huda Foods & Bakery to the west. Both businesses will remain in operation moving forward, as HEDC has established an aggressive timeline for major facade upgrades to all three storefronts. HEDC has already put resources into repairing the roof and handling some light clean-up at the property, and Zamora indicated on Thursday, November 17 that the facade improvements could be completed as soon as the beginning of January.

“Our plan is to take the new Independence Avenue overlay plan that’s been adopted and put that into play into at least these north-facing walls that need an upgrade,” said Zamora.

Upon seeing the designs for the three buildings, an emotional Tamayo could hardly contain her joy.

“I love it, I really do,” said Tamayo through tears. “I’m so glad you get it, Pedro. You’re going to do so good here; I’m so proud of you.”

HEDC’s move to Independence Avenue is just the beginning of the organization’s plans for Latino-owned businesses in the Northeast, where Zamora indicated as much as 40% of HEDC’s clients are based. Zamora noted that HEDC has recently announced a new Individual Development Account (IDA) program designed to help get small businesses off the ground by creating matching funds for savings accounts.

“That will allow us to create a four-to-one match for a young entrepreneur or an existing business that needs capital,” said Zamora. “If they save $1,000 over a six-month period of time, we’ll match them with $4,000. Our model is to help our clients stack their capital.”

To learn more about HEDC’s services, visit kchedc.org.

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

One response to “HEDC set to establish physical presence in Historic Northeast”

  1. […] to regain sense of security//cdn.embedly.com/widgets/platform.jsUrban Core Development StorefrontHEDC set to establish physical presence in Historic Northeast//cdn.embedly.com/widgets/platform.jsHard Time For Shopping Mall Bad HombreMan who invaded […]

  • RideKC and Mahomes foundation to transport voters to polls

    7 hours ago
    by

    Do you have a plan to vote in the Nov. 3 election? Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ 15 and […]


    Area public schools push for tax incentive reforms

    12 hours ago
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor This week, Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) shared a report of the staggering impact tax abatements […]


    Homicide suspect fatally shot by police at Admiral and The Paseo

    October 23rd, 2020
    by

    Around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) officers shot one person, believed to be a […]


    November 3, 2020 Voting Guide

    October 21st, 2020
    by

    Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!Enter your email address and click on the […]


    Day of the Dead lives on at Kansas City Museum

    October 21st, 2020
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Like many events this year, the Kansas City Museum’s 7th Annual Día de los Muertos, or […]


    Book inspires paper route in Northeast

    October 21st, 2020
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Some readers may remember having a paper route as their first job, maybe with a canvas […]


    Local effort seeks to end prostitution ‘from all angles’

    October 21st, 2020
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor For those familiar with the fight to end prosititution on Independence Avenue in Northeast Kansas City, […]


    Library transitions to bookmobile during renovation, adds notary service

    October 20th, 2020
    by

    Those picking up holds from the North-East Branch of the Kansas City Public Library will have the opportunity to visit […]


  • Local Foods, Local Places: a Virtual Community Workshop

    October 19th, 2020
    by

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have selected 16 communities under the “Local […]


    Ground broken for 2600 Independence Avenue development

    October 19th, 2020
    by

    Ground was officially broken this morning on a new mixed use development at 2600 Independence Avenue. The new development stands […]


    Moving Day, Week 2

    October 16th, 2020
    by

    Acting on citizen complaints, officials from the city’s Solid Waste Department and rangers from the Parks Department cleared out a […]


    Police search for suspect in Norledge murder

    October 16th, 2020
    by

    Police are asking for the community’s help in the search for the suspect in a Thursday night shooting in Northeast. […]


    N. Lawndale house fire leaves two dead.

    October 16th, 2020
    by

    An early morning 2-alarm house fire in the 400 block of North Lawndale has claimed the lives of two Northeast […]


    Day of the Dead lives on at Kansas City Museum

    October 15th, 2020
    by

    Like many events this year, the Kansas City Museum’s 7th Annual Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, […]


    Throwback Thursday time

    October 15th, 2020
    by

    We go back to the week of October 15, 1981. Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each […]


    Mattie Rhodes, partners host Latinx-focused web development course

    October 14th, 2020
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor The Mattie Rhodes Center is partnering with the Full Employment Council (FEC) and the University of […]


  • Northeast Newscast


  • Faces Of Northeast


  • Remember This?


  • retorts illustrated by bryan stalder


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