Inspirational Women

These women enrich the lives of others through their unique passions and efforts and encourage people to do the same. We sat down with them to find out a little bit about what inspires them and keeps them going. 

Building a unique home experience

Over the last two decades, Matt Adam has earned a name for himself as a developer of quality upscale neighborhoods in Johnson County who looks to meet the needs of his customers. 

Giving to Grow

Amid the intensity of a Kansas City winter, complete with icy roads and (too many) inches of snow, one can only imagine an evening spent outside enjoying their green, lush surroundings. On June 22, Stems: A Garden Soirée is the (perhaps long-awaited) opportunity to not only savor warm weather and explore beautiful gardens but to also participate in a fundraiser.…

Hometown roots and values make Robert Brogden

The team at Robert Brogden Buick GMC in Olathe treats each customer as if a family member were making a purchase or needing service. Managers, sales staff and service technicians have lived and worked in the same community as their customers for more than a quarter century.

Letter from the Editor

This month we are celebrating women, and I am very fortunate to have so many wonderful women in my life who have left their mark on me. However, sometimes people come into our lives who inspire us so greatly that it changes who we are and who we strive to be. For me, that person is … Continued

Mother’s Day Gift Finds

Mother's Day is day to honor the women in our life. When selecting the perfect Mother's Day gift, bigger isn't always better.Thoughtfulness can go a long way, and we are sharing some of our favorite gift ideas. If you are buying for a busy mom who could use a break, there are some great meal delivery services available. Hello Fresh,…

100 + Women Who Care

There is no shortage of organizations in the Kansas City Metro area doing great work in the community. However, one group, known as 100+Women Who Care Southland KC, stands out with its unique approach to giving back.

Design with Zing

Bright, bold color is making a comeback, and Melissa Rodgers is up-and-coming for her punchy, eclectic styling.

Crudité anyone?

Not to be confused with its not-too-distant cousin, charcuterie, crudité highlights fresh produce--it is a French term that translates to “raw things.” The produce featured in crudité can be sliced or whole, typically assembled on a board or platter, served with complementary dips.  

“Refillable, Love Mom”

Respect the fact that back in the ‘70s when good coffee liqueurs were still a gleam in the eye of bean mixologists, Judy Nelson was brewing her small batches on her stovetop and bottling it for loved ones with handmade labels marked, “Refillable, Love Mom.”

Sweet Streams

Farming lavender would most likely not be a consideration for most entrepreneurs thinking of starting a business in Kansas. For one local family that was not only a consideration but a dream, they have now watched become a reality.

Botany and Bliss

There is joy in every Midwest season: bourgeoning blossoms of spring; plentiful sunshine of summer; impressive foliage of fall; and the serene snow of winter. But with each season comes moments of monotony where days are strewn together in endless repetition. So, what is there to do when the clouds are infinitely looming, and moods begin to mimic this same…

Red Door Grill

Since 2013, Red Door Grill has been known to welcome their guests with the freshest, most flavorful food and excellent service, all while feeling right at home.  

Eco- Friendly Must Haves

1. Allbirds Wool Runners: By wearing a pair of Allbirds wool shoes you can wear a pair of comfortable shoes from a company that found a new use for naturally existing materials, rather than relying on cheaper synthetics. Allbirds.com

Nature’s Art

Flower arrangements are the perfect way to freshen up your space and add a pop of color to the room. Learning to arrange flowers is a fun way to add personality and artistic vision to your home. Here's a simple step-by-step guide for how to arrange flowers. 

Letter from the Editor

Spring is finally here! I think I can speak for most of us and say that warmer temperatures, budding trees, green grass and the sunshine is a welcome friend after the long winter we all just endured. I can’t remember a year where I yearned for spring to come quite like I did this year. … Continued

Dish Beautiful

Leawood Native. Creator. Culinary Storyteller. Home Entertainer. Recipe Developer. Lover. Friend.

Porch 2 ways

Erica Krzykowski and design assistant, Angela Wedekind are the masterminds and the creative forces behind Prairie Home Designs. With their attention to detail, eye for innovative design and limitless creativity, this duo packs a powerful punch to transform any space. Principal designer Krzykowski makes it her personal mission to make each client’s space feel beautiful and reflect their unique and personal style.

Theatre in the Park Offers incredible 2019 season of entertainment

Theatre is an art that allows us to tell the stories of our world, real or imagined. When you put theatre in an outdoor setting with sparkling stars and moonlight, that’s when something magical happens.

Refurbished History

As owners of Bella Patina, Johnson County natives Nick and Megan Allen have always been drawn to old homes and vintage items. Not surprisingly, their home was originally built in 1898, and it and has been one of their biggest projects to date.

Letter from the Editor

I love a good home project. There is something invigorating about freshening up a room with new paint or bringing in a splash of color with throw pillows or updating a room with a total transformation.  I am a DIY’er by nature and always have something I am working on, but my latest project has … Continued

Stiff Competition

Does trying to buy a house feel like a full-time job? If you’ve been frequently outbid or struggling to find something in your price range, it’s not just bad luck. Inventory levels are low across the country, including in St. Louis and Kansas City, where the average time to sell all houses on the market has been hovering at around two…

Natural Accents for the Home

Cozy neutrals and a variety of textures add warmth to any space

RAW Beginnings

When Zech Johnson was a child living in Shawnee, KS, he felt happiest when he was climbing trees. He embraced them limb and trunk, looking skyward as he let his mind roam free. Then he grew up, became practical, went to college and chose a respectable profession.

The Marina Grog and Galley Bring Coastal Flavor to Lake Lotawana

Although it's still too chilly to go swimming or sailing, seafood and steak in Kansas City's only waterfront restaurant never go out of season. Diners from across the region have made Marina Grog & Galley a popular destination since owner Jack Schwindler first turned an old boathouse into an upscale restaurant.

One for the Records

The fire that destroyed the home of Andy and Kristen Kasselman was no match for the resilience in their souls. This young family endured the loss of all of their possessions, except for their prized record collection which survived to set the rhythm for their new home. Their love of music brought resounding hope, and it provided the colorful design…

Intentional Design

Kevin and Molly Jarvis are the owners of Brasstacks, an interior design and construction business located in Kansas City. Just like the namesake of their business, which means “details of immediate practical importance,” their beautiful home is also full of detail and clean, intentional design.  

Fixer Upper

We moved into our 1972 Leawood fixer upper in 2015 and have spent the last few years remodeling and updating nearly every room in the house. It has character galore, which is what drew us to the house. Some unique features include a finished attic with an observatory and “secret passageway” bookshelf door, built-in Murphy beds, and more. If you’re…

STATES

Soccer (or football everywhere else in the world) is known as 'the beautiful game.' The finesse, the speed, the agility necessary to move the ball continually for 90 minutes creates a ballet of athletic ability. No one knows this better than the members of Sporting KC, Kansas City's MLS team. Two of these players, defenders Matt Besler (Leawood resident) and Seth…

Whole-Hearted Care

It can be overwhelming to learn your child or unborn child has a heart condition. That’s why Kansas City’s own Children’s Mercy has developed a full-service cardiology and cardiac surgery program to help families throughout their journey.

From Core to Fringe

Risk-taker Jennifer Tierney made the leap from the ballet stage to the fashion runway look effortless. A classically trained ballerina who has performed all over North America, Tierney took her dance experience and flung herself body and soul into a fashion label that’s causing ovation within the regional design world. KC has taken notice, inviting her back again this year…

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Letter from the Editor

Creativity can be expressed in various forms beyond just what we can see and hear. It is ironic that we tend to sometimes put a box around what art is, but creativity shouldn’t be boxed in. That’s what makes it so beautiful.  The individuality in our talents, thoughts and style is what makes us unique. … Continued

Ampersand Design Studio

Ampersand Design Studio is where color and pattern come to play. Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer are not only founders of this fun Kansas City-based art and design partnership but are also best friends.

Gift Locally

Show local love this Valentine's Day and shop local. Here are a few of our favorite local products. 

Handmade Soap by Angi Hockett

The art of soap making has come a long way since our grandmothers’ day. All the nourishing oils, beautiful colors, scents and exfoliants would have been a dream to her. Today, it is easy to custom make soap for any skin type. Adding oils such as avocado, olive, jojoba, and argon are just a few ingredients to make a rich…

Drum Safari

In 2009, a team of archeologists discovered a 35,000-year-old treasure while digging in the southwest region of present-day Germany. While its age alone was enough to make it a significant anthropological find, age was not the only remarkable aspect about it. In a time when survival was the primary concern, it was surprising to find our ancestors took time to…

David Couch

David Couch is the local artist behind Snowball 7449 Studios creating photorealistic paintings of famous athletes, animals and entertainers found in Kansas City and beyond. His earliest memories and love of art go all the way back to age 5.

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Kilometers for Kicks

The world of sports has a competitive drive that has been known to cause athletes to seek the extreme in efforts to come out on top. Playing on opponents’ weaknesses and focusing only on the win is common, so it may seem a rarity to find competitors who truly believe in the greater good of the game. Those rare players…

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar in Kansas City is known for bringing the coasts to the coastless by mindfully sourcing and artfully preparing the finest and freshest seafood. Executive Chef Sheila Lucero is an avid cook and food connoisseur whose values align with the core beliefs of sustainability at Jax.

DIY Kombucha

 Ingredients:  Eight tea bags or two tablespoons (8 grams) of loose-leaf green, black, white or oolong tea, or a combination of teas.  One SCOBY. If a SCOBY isn't available, purchase online. If you're feeling zesty, try making one with some raw apple cider vinegar or unflavored kombucha.

Letter from the Editor Reflection

It’s a new year, and with that it signifies new beginnings and a fresh start.  With how busy life becomes, it is a nice reprieve to be still for a moment and reflect on where we have been, what the past year has taught us, what we want to grow and learn from, and where … Continued

Portion Size Matters

While what you eat is important, the amount you consume plays a greater role in your quest for good health. Average portion sizes have grown so much over the past 20 years that sometimes when eating out, the plate arrives, and there's enough food for two or even three people on it. Food manufacturers increasingly package foods and drinks in…

The Benefits of Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is an infusion or blend of leaves, fruits, bark, roots, or flowers of an edible plant. Drinking herbal tea allows you to reap all of the plant’s benefits in a form that is easy to digest.

Artisan Kombucha

Artisan Kombucha is Kansas City’s craft kombucha brewing company with a passion for healthy holistic living. Using organic and local ingredients for the highest quality kombucha, it is proudly brewed in small batches using organic loose-leaf teas, herbs, spices and real fruits and vegetables without any juices, concentrates or chemical additives. The result is a satisfying raw unfiltered beverage full…

The 19th Annual Holiday Luminary Walk

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens hosted the 19th Annual Holiday Luminary Walk for six evenings. Visitors enjoyed twinkling light from more than 2,800 candles lining the walkways and tens of thousands of holiday lights adorning the trees and illuminating the paths to live music, lighted displays, horse-drawn wagon rides, and hot apple cider.     

Snow Flake

More than 150 of Kansas City's up and comers gathered on the Rooftop of the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza for the Snowflake Happy Hour on December 6th. The fundraiser benefits the 45th Annual Snow Ball. The 45th Annual Snow Ball is January 19, 2019. For more information, visit catholiccharitieskssnowball.org.