Like Mother Like Daughter: Fashion through the Ages

 Article Angela Broockerd | Photography Paul Versluis  It all begins with those three little words, “It’s a girl!” Visions of dressing a little girl can be a mother's dream (or nightmare), and what used to be all frills and lace has now turned into a variety of options for mothers today. The styles are endless, and even infant outfits are…

Artful Design

 Article Natalie Fieleke  An Overland Park couple possessed gallery-worthy modern art pieces, but not yet the showcase for them. So they turned to Arlene Ladegaard, principal designer at Design Connection, Inc., to transform their newly-purchased contemporary home into an art-collector’s dream space.  Ladegaard drew design inspiration from their collection – settling on a color palette of corals, oranges, and blues…

Personal Service and Top Expertise Set Lima’s Flooring Apart

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Janie Jones  When it comes to your floors, there are many options to consider, and with the right services, you will be sure to get the results of your dreams. Lima’s Flooring is a completely family-owned business, and owner, Lucas Lima, has more than 10 years of experience in the flooring industry.  “I started doing…

Connected World

 Article and Photography  A common question asked when one goes into garment design is "What is your target market?" So when faced with that question, Earl Brown wanted to have a brand that included everyone, hence the name Connected World.  Earl's take on fashion is clothing with a conscience. 

September 2018 Around Town

Grand Opening: Vive Culture We are all about life! We believe church should be an enjoyable experience. So we have created a casual and comfortable environment where you and your family can belong. During service, we offer creative and exciting kids programs for children from infants to 5th grade. They will have a blast! Join us for … Continued

Local denim manufacturer believes Kansas City is poised for revival of once-thriving garment industry

 Article Alan Goforth | Photography Paul Versluis  The bustle of workers and hum of sewing machines have long since left the old Kansas City Garment District.  At one time, however, garment manufacturing was the city's No. 2 industry, employing more than 4,000 people. An estimated one in seven American women wore a garment that was manufactured in Kansas City.

Letter from the Editor

Our September issue is dedicated to Fashion and Style. While working on this issue, I couldn’t help reflect on my own love of fashion and clothing and how much it has morphed over the years. I love looking back at old photos and seeing the fashion trends of the day so heavily reflected. It brings back … Continued

Meet the Maker: Anna Vogel of GoldyBelle

 Article Angela Broockerd | Photography Christina Hilliard  One of Anna’s earliest memories is embroidering a heart with her mom and then moving on to attempting to make doll clothes. Sewing has always been a part of her life. With fabric, she always felt like there were endless possibilities.  “I’ll always be grateful to my mother and grandmother for giving me…

Ethan Maddox Clothing

 Photography Janie Jones  I’m originally from Central Missouri and have lived in Kansas City for the past seven years. My wife, Heather, and I currently reside in Olathe. My background is in engineering and power marketing, but I’ve been a lifelong lover of golf, and I still enjoy playing regularly with friends, along with a few competitive events throughout the year.  Growing…

Cornerstone Bank

 Article Lisa Moyer  At Cornerstone Bank, every employee knows that the Golden Rule is the gold standard.  “We treat every customer the way we want to be treated as a customer,” says Michelle Guthrie, Senior Vice-President at Cornerstone Bank. Guthrie says this motto includes a first-name basis relationship with clients, 24/7 banker access, and a commitment to always having the…

Going on a Safari

 Article and Photography  The goal for this nursery was to infuse the vintage safari theme without making it feel too much like a typical themed kids space. The textural and moody finishes incorporate a sophisticated element yet still have a fun, youthful feel to the space.  The inspiration for this room came from a photo of the homeowner's aunt pictured with an elephant. It gave…

Providing for Pets

 Article Natalie Fieleke  Ways to help nurture kids’ hearts for animals in need  It seemed like a simple enough plan: Go to the pet store. Purchase fish tank water neutralizer. Go home. But our five-minute visit soon turned into a longer, more emotional trip as my son began naming mice to bring home, and my daughter fell in love with…

Meet the Artist: Joe Hatzfeld

 Photography Janie Jones  Joe Hatzfeld, a ceramic artist in Johnson County, began his journey as an artist during his junior year of high school initially to simply fulfill a graduation requirement. As an avid football player, he had been labeled a “jock” his entire life and never considered himself to be a creative person.   “I never thought of myself as…

Birthday Bash

 Article Leawood blogger, Becky Hillyard of the Cella Jane Blog  A big thanks to all the wonderful vendors!  Party and Invitation Design: Lovestruck Events: @lovestruckevent //

On the Bookshelf

 Article Kathryn Leo  On the Bookshelf  By Kathryn Leo, Johnson County Library Media Specialist

Prepare to be Floored:

 Article Lisa Moyer | Photography Provided  Carpet Direct takes the stress out of choosing flooring from a myriad of ever-evolving options. As one of the nation’s largest dealers in premium flooring, Carpet Direct Kansas City provides free in-home consultation for the largest selection of flooring available at price points to meet every budget. Whether carpet, ceramic tile, genuine hardwoods, engineered…

Line. Light. Beauty. 

 Photography Paul Versluis  Distilling emotion from a shadow, a gesture, a turn of the wrist has intrigued Susan P. Wilson for as long as she can remember. Pencil and sketch pad in hand, she loves to capture simple moments. If “art is not what you see, but what you make others see,” as Impressionist Edgar Degas said, then Susan wants…

Dog Friendly spots in Johnson County

 Article Ruth Baum Bigus  Johnson County is friendly place for canine “kids”. Here are just a few of the places that welcome your pooch:   

August 2018 Around Town

InvestmentNews recognized Marc Shaffer as 2018 40 Under 40 Honoree  Marc was chosen from a pool of almost 1,000 nominees by a panel of reporters, editors and other representatives of InvestmentNews, to make a list of 40 talented individuals. InvestmentNews’ 40 Under 40 project strives to award the young talent that is rarely recognized in … Continued

Letter from the Editor

I have always been a person who adores kids. Growing up the second oldest of ten children, taking care of younger siblings sort of came with the territory, and I loved every part of it. That love of children continued in college as I chose a profession where I could work with kids daily and … Continued

Stems: A Garden Soiree

More than 2,000 guests attended the 11th year of Stems: A Garden Soiree. Proceeds from the event allow the Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park to support Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, The Arboretum  and city art installations. 

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

Making It Count for Our Veterans

 Article Tammy Richards | Photography Provided  For Dale and Megan Duncan, summer 2011 began as it had many times before. They were living with their three sons in a comfortable suburban neighborhood among families like their own. However, on Aug. 6, the doorbell rang and brought news that would change their lives forever. Their oldest son, Spencer, an Army Specialist with…

Patio Roundup

 Article and Photography  If you are looking for a patio with a fun atmosphere, delicious food and a variety of local beers on tap, Kansas City has no shortage of spots to enjoy. We picked a sampling of a few of our favorite patios around town to enjoy on a summer night.   Taco Republic

Luxury Living at Riverview

 Article Allison Swan | Photography Paul Versluis  The Bluffs at Riverview in Shawnee is the third and final phase of the Riverview Community. Spectacular sites are available now, with the new phase offering an outstanding selection of quality builders and award-winning plans. Spanning 80 acres, this Don Julian and Mike Gipple community has more than 60 new home sites on…

Elevate Kindness Challenge

 Photography Paul Versluis and Janie Jones  The Lifestyle Publications Elevate Kindness Challenge, our yearlong initiative that encouraged local middle school students to brainstorm ways to cultivate kindness in their buildings, finished its final round at the close of the school year. Our last round was a challenge for the teachers and administrators in each building to come up with an…

Letter from the Editor

Every summer my family comes up with a bucket list of activities that we want to do over our three-month break from school. The kids each add their favorite activities, and invariably we always have several camps to work around. An all-time favorite to add to the list every year is visiting cousins that live out … Continued

Pacheco’s Cleaning Service

 Article Adriane Taylor | Photography Nina Skaggs  "It’s not just my business; it’s my ministry." -Danielle Pacheco, co-owner  A glimpse inside Danielle Pacheco’s life would reflect a loving family, a beautiful home, a successful business and a welcoming spirit. While all these things are true, there is also much more lingering below the surface: a tumultuous past, a turbulent love…

July 2018 Around Town

Bliss Plaza Event Venue Undergoes Renovations Bliss Plaza Event Venue, under new ownership, has just completed a major renovation and update of its beautiful space. “Brides who booked last year have been thrilled with the new bride’s and groom’s dressing rooms,” says Carla Griffin, event director. The renovations also included opening up the main space … Continued

Meet the Artist: Kermit Dyer

 Article and Photography  When Kermit Dyer retired from engineering management, he decided to take up watercolor painting and guitar to keep his mind active and engaged. Even though he now owns several guitars, the guitar seems to be a “bridge too far” for him to master. The watercolors—well, he will leave that up to you to decide.    His passion is painting military aircraft with…

Life by Design

 Article Judy Goppert  Sometimes the elements of living merge together in harmonious design from all angles. Such is the case with the home of Bob Steer and Cindy Johnson. Each space is intricately planned with the goal of comfort, being one with nature and family.  Their home in Mission Farms Estates is a shining example. Situated on approximately two acres, this 11-year-old 7,700-square-foot…

Cordial Craft

 Article Allison Swan | Photography Paul Versluis  Cordial Craft is Kansas City’s newest craft cocktail catering service specializing in fresh, made-to-order seasonal drinks using locally sourced produce. Brandon and Alyssa Burke, the bar-savvy couple behind the beverage business, traded their belongings for a motorhome and made the journey from California to the Midwest seeking adventure.   “Cordial Craft was started almost by…

Dude Food

 Article Kasim Hardaway | Photography Nam Cu  My name is Kasim, pronounced like Awesome but with a K. At first introductions, I describe myself as part marketing guru, part social influencer and full on fatty with an insatiable appetite—emphasis on insatiable.  

Maps Coffee Roasters

 Article Allison Swan | Photography Janie Jones  Vincent Rodriguez worked for Starbucks for 18 years before leaving to open Velo +, a bicycle shop in downtown Lenexa. Combining his passions, he started roasting coffee in the back of his bike shop for customers to enjoy while shopping, but they wanted more. They couldn’t get enough and wanted to enjoy the…

Sponsorship from Audi Shawnee Mission

 Article Alan Goforth | Photography Travis Carroll and Paul Versluis  John Coats admits he is more of a spectator than a competitor when it comes to cycling.  

Sparking Relationships, Igniting Dreams

 Article Adriane Taylor | Photography Janie Jones  In asking Ignite owner Lars Hanson about where he is today and the events that have brought him there, a warm smile emerges, and he candidly says, “I don’t know if I can take credit for the growth of our training program. I feel like God had this whole plan orchestrated long before…

Elevate Kindness Challenge

 Article and Photography    The winners of our final student round of Elevate came from Prairie Trail Middle School. These four girls created a Positivity Wall in their school that the entire student body could choose to participate in to create a more positive environment.

Crossing Borders to Mend Lives

 Article Jenny Wolffe | Photography Provided    A committed group of Kansas Citians is making a world of difference for people half a world away. They are part of Medical Aid for Children of Latin America (MACLA), a nonprofit organization. Some of the members who make up MACLA are also on the talented team of professionals at Quinn Plastic Surgery Center…

Letter from the Editor

A coach has the incredible power and privilege of shaping and mentoring young people to develop, mature and grow in all areas of their life. They are not only fine-tuning skills and training athletes to excel, but they are investing in shaping character and lifelong skills that can be applied in all areas of life.  … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Now Open: The Sjokolade Bar The Sjokolade Bar – Fine Artisan Chocolates and Dessert Bar is now open in Oak Park Mall. Nadine Smith is a graduate of the Ecole chocolatier program. Sjokolade offers cakes, pies, ice cream, crepes, specialty items and caters special events.  The 11th Annual Stems: A Garden Soirée The 11th Annual … Continued

Parade of Homes Sneak Preview Mixer

Lettiann & Associates Real Estate Services LLC partnered with Lifestyle Publications to host a Spring Parade of Homes sneak preview mixer at the Communities of River Ridge – Final Phase. Food and drink were generously provided by Consentinos and First American Title, and there was an abundance of door prizes donated by many fantastic vendors!

A Peek Inside the Kansas City Automotive Museum

 Photography Travis Carroll  In 2011, a group of automotive enthusiasts set out to open a world-class automobile museum in Kansas City. Two years of grassroots marketing and four awards later, the Kansas City Automotive Museum received its first major donation, making the long-awaited Museum possible for our community.     

Inspirational Women of Johnson County

 Article Angela Broockerd | Photography Paul Versluis  The Judge  Rhonda Mason

Wine Awaits Just a Short Jaunt Away in Paola, Kansas

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Provided  Who knew that the state of Kansas grew more grapes than California before Prohibition? That is a little-known fact around our parts, but you will soon discover there are still grapes being grown by wineries in nearby Paola, Kansas. Miami County Trolley LLC owner Brian Roberts is on call to transport you and your…

Reinventing Your Kitchen

 Article Natalie Fieleke  A plethora of reasons draws clients to Arlene Ladegaard for their kitchen reinventions. Some homeowners seek improved function for their kitchens, others want to freshen up the style of their home on a budget, while some clients pursue a completely new kitchen within their existing space which allows for endless possibilities.  

A Mother’s Love: Fighting for Rocco

 Article Adriane Taylor | Photography Janie Jones  "To me, as a mother, you have to do everything in your power for your children. Every child should feel like their mother will do whatever they can for them. I feel as a mother I have a major obligation to the children I brought into this world." —Jennifer Lewis, mother  

The Aspens: Luxury within Reach for 55+ Adults

 Article Jenny Wolff  Aspens at Ridgeview Falls, Olathe’s newest, resort-style 55+ apartment home neighborhood, offers brand-new maintenance-free living, planned activities that center around residents and a built-in sense of community.  

A Spring Table

 Photography Paul Versluis  Almond Pistachio Tartlets with Apricots  Ingredients

Letter from the Editor

Who I am as a woman is a compilation of my life experiences, my faith, what I have overcome and largely the family that has come before me, laying the foundation of what it means to be a good person, to follow God, to serve, to be humble and to treat others with love and … Continued

Elevate

 Photography Janie Jones  Our newest Elevate Kindness Challenge winner, Mikey’s Meals, comes from Indian Trail Middle School. Mikey’s Meals started as just a discussion between Mikey and his mom. After noticing that several kids at his school were not able to pay for a school lunch, he wanted to do something to help. He did his research and discovered that…