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

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.

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…

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.

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…

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

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.

Vintage Integrity with an L.A. Vibe

Nest Interiors Overhill Road remodel is a victory for Midwest vintage lovers who crave California sunshine. It’s a merging of the Hills -- Beverly and Mission.

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…

Traveling Trainers

If you are like many Americans, you have made getting fit and losing weight your New Year’s resolution to kick off 2019. Unfortunately, despite good intentions, most give up after a few months, and that is where Traveling Trainers can help. 

Gift Giving Guide

Enjoy some of our favorite gift picks to inspire you this gift giving season. 

Gifts for the Home

Get the perfect home accent piece for your loved one this holiday season at Seville Home. 

Holiday Bunch Bowls

The holidays grant us with a unique opportunity to bring friends and family together. If your family is anything like mine, gathering around the dinner table to share a meal and a few cocktails is a revered tradition. Being the only person in my family with a cocktail background, I am constantly playing barkeeper when I would much rather be relaxing…

Steps of Faith

For Billy Brimblecom music has been an essential piece of his existence. It has become a melody played on a continuous loop -- giving him comfort during personal storms, opening doors that seemed perilous, and providing him with an irreplaceable tool that has helped him to live out his wildest dreams.   

Toner Jewelers

Kansas City native, Mike Toner was just 18 years old in 1980 when he started in the jewelry business. Thirty-eight years, six children and three grandchildren later, Toner Jewelers is still Johnson County’s iconic locally owned and operated family jewelry store.

Holiday Decor Trends

Megan Mosier is the designer behind Megan Gensky Interiors. After working for Magnolia in Waco, Texas and winning awards while working for a local builder, she decided it was finally her time to start her own design company. She stays busy during the holiday months setting up clients’ homes and offices for the holiday season. Besides holiday decorating services, she…

December 2018 Around Town

Annual Holiday Open House at Toner Jewelers Celebrate the holiday season with Toner Jewelers at their annual Holiday Open House. There is so much to celebrate this year and Toner Jewelers has you to thank.  Don’t miss out on special holiday deals and don’t forget to take advantage of Toner Jewelers’ no interest financing. Refreshments and small … Continued

Letter from the Editor

The holidays are upon us, and as the festivities approach, all of the warm feelings and memories that I hold dear from Christmas’s past come rushing to mind. This is most definitely my favorite time of year, and for many reasons. I love the traditions and the beauty of the season and watching my kids … Continued

Botanical Brewfest 2018

October 13th was the fifth annual Botanical Brewfest at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. It was a fun filled evening with over 100 craft beers, delicious food, games, bands, and good times. The Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser to support the Train Garden at the Arboretum.

Suited for the Job

HoHoHo, my service is a joy!  Yes, I’m getting busy, but the elves take excellent care of things at the North Pole, allowing me to be here.  Well, in Kansas City, like most places, I disappear after Christmas which I refer to as “empty sleigh syndrome.”  However, as the air turns crisp, people think of me again, and my jolly…

The Rub Bar-B-Que

The Rub Bar-B-Que in Olathe strives to give every customer 100% tastebud satisfaction with its award-winning recipes. It’s barbecue heaven, with tender meats smoked to perfection, tangy original sauce and traditional barbecue sides. What started out as just a group of neighbors making barbecue turned into a serious barbecue business for founder Dan Janssen, who was encouraged by those neighbors…

Not Home for the Holidays

While the rest of us are gathering around the Thanksgiving table and decking our halls, some of our fellow community members are leaving behind their own families to work long shifts where they will care, protect and serve. This holiday season, we give thanks for their service and sacrifice. 

Golden & Pine

Ethical production is a must at Golden & Pine.  Their designs come from all around the world, handcrafted by indigenous artisans or produced ethically in factories that pay a living wage, have good working conditions and guarantee no child labor.  Armadillo and Co., a rug line they carry, is the perfect example.  They are Australian designed and ethically handmade in India.  Armadillo and Co.…

Autumn Arugula Salad

 INGREDIENTS:  2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 acorn squash, sliced in 1/2-inch thick rounds and seeds removed 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepped 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1/2 cup whole pecans, chopped 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 6 cups baby arugula 1 avocado, sliced 1 pomegranate, arils removed 1 seedless cucumber, sliced  pomegranate ginger vinaigrette 1/3 cup pomegranate juice 1/4 cup apple…

Gifts that Give Back

In the season of giving, why not take the extra step to find a gift that will benefit more than just the recipient?  So many products and companies here in the Kansas City area have the mission to pay it forward with gifts that give back. Your gift will not only give happiness and joy to your loved one, it…

November 2018 Around Town

Crown Center Ice Terrace Kicks off 46th Season Kansas City’s favorite winter activity and holiday tradition, the Crown Center Ice Terrace, will kick off its 46th season on Friday, November 2 with free skating for all. From 6:00 AM-9:00 AM on Opening Day, locals and visitors can skate into winter with complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and a spin on the rink’s fresh ice.    Through … Continued

Giving of Life, Giving of Self

In life there are ways to show kindness -- a thoughtful gift, a genuine smile, a complimenting expression. In life there are ways to show gratitude -- a heartfelt thank-you, a soothing presence, an exchange of caring deeds. Then, sometimes, in life there is a divine exemplification that illustrates how the unselfish gesture of one can transform the life of…

Letter from the Editor

I am frequently asked what my favorite part of my job is as the editor of the Kansas City Lifestyle magazines, and the answer is always the same. In a world where there is so much divisiveness and negativity, I have the great privilege of being a part of sharing truly remarkable stories of people … Continued

Braden’s Hope Gala

Braden's Hope For Childhood Cancer held their seventh annual Hope Gala on September 29. The event was attended by over 1200 guests and $706,525! Braden's Hope funds $1,000,000 research study grants in Kansas City through Children's Mercy Hospital and KU Cancer Cancer. Photo Credit: David Strickland

This group of volunteers is going to the dogs!

When Danielle Reno, CEO and owner of Unleashed Pet Rescue, began rescuing dogs in her garage in 2011, she knew she had found her calling. At that time, she was fostering multiple dogs and saw the need for another rescue team in the area. She decided to lease the space in Mission to further her dream of saving as many…

Resilient Splendor

It is interesting. When I reflect on my life, I would have never seen myself as this person.

KC Oktoberfest

 The KC Oktoberfest is the city’s largest traditional Oktoberfest, and is presented by KC Bier Co. at Crown Center. This was a two-day festival celebrating authentic Bavarian-style bier, food, entertainment, and family-friendly activities.   Photos by Brian Rice, KC Oktoberfest.

For the Love of Art

Dennis Broockerd of Rio Lobo Studios has always loved art. He enjoys looking at art, he enjoys learning about art, and most of all he loves creating art.

Foodtruck Roundup

Take the passion of a chef. Add an extra dash of ingenuity. Incorporate carefully sourced high-quality ingredients. Stir together in a tight space. Then take it all out on the road. The result? Food truck fare that surprises and delights our taste buds.

JASPER’S PUMPKIN BISQUE en CAPPUCCINO

Chef Jasper Mirabile loves the bounty of fall … especially Kansas City’s own Louisburg Apple Cider, which lends this pumpkin bisque a wonderful seasonal twist.

Reddened Shrimp and Green Grits

Local influencer, Kasim Hardaway, shares a recipe that he created with his southern roots in mind. Enjoy!

Letter from the Editor

Fall is synonymous with food for me.  Once the air becomes crisp and sweater weather is upon us, my crockpot starts to work in overtime and baking accelerates by a thousand.  Some of my favorite fall recipes are ones that have been passed down to me from my mother and grandmother. Food has a way … Continued

Food with Style

Trina Kahl gives a behind-the-scenes view of the art of food styling.

Food in the Firehouse

There is a long-standing tradition in the fire service where crews gather to share meals while on duty. This in turn has given firefighters themselves the reputation of being excellent cooks. Both of these statements hold true for many members of the Olathe Fire Department, but particularly for Rescue 51 and its in-house chef, Captain Michael Rutten.

Cooking from the Heart

Food is intended to be nourishment for the body -- providing the vitamins, nutrients, and sustenance needed to complement a productive lifestyle. But it can also be nourishment for the heart -- providing connectedness, warmth, and a sense of comfort in a hectic world.

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…

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. 

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…

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

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

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.

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…