Letter from the Creative Director

Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to “enflame” or to “breathe life into.” Doing things that inspire us energizes us and makes us feel more alive. Inspiration doesn’t always have to stem from natural talents and abilities but instead is something that motivates us and is about connecting with what we are passionate about deep within.

Stems: A Garden Soirée

Guests enjoyed Stems: A Garden Soirée on June 24 at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. More than 2,000 guests attended the 10-year celebration. Proceeds allow The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park to support Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, the Arboretum and city art installations.

Brody Buster

When Brody Buster was 7 years old, his mother, Jan, placed a harmonica in his young hands. He soon taught himself to play and discovered a talent and passion that has blossomed into an amazing musical career. Brody brings the harmonica to life. Listening to him sing and play the blues is pure joy, and his love of performing reaches…

Rhythm Kingz

The Rhythm Kingz have revamped the art of street dancing in Kansas City by putting their own spin on traditional dance styles, offering a glimpse into our city's rich history in the hip-hop community through competitive dance battles. The group consists of Joshie G. Falcon, Stephen "Phamish" Pham, Zen Nguyen, Tyrell "Konfident" Griffin, Michael "Phenom" Smith, Manual "Lukky" Harvey, Donn…

David Beal

David Beal's contemporary and classic oil portraits not only convey a likeness of the sitter, but it’s said his work captures the spirit and character of the individual subject. Beal began his professional painting career while in his teenage years in upstate Ohio. At the age of 16, he was recognized by President Gerald Ford for his large-scale murals, depictions…

The Greeting Committee

If you've never heard of 
The Greeting Committee, 
you're about to. The 
local powerhouse indie pop group based in Kansas City, Missouri, has 
recently been busy on tour selling out venues across the country, 
recording and releasing new music, and graduating from high school.

@CellaJaneBlog

Welcome to Cella Jane, a personal life and personal style blog written by Becky Hillyard. Founded in 2012 as an outlet for Becky’s love for fashion and beauty, Cella Jane became a place to showcase and document her personal style on a daily basis. Cella Jane, named after Becky’s grandmother, has allowed her to connect with the everyday gal and…

Back-to-School Must-Haves

Back-to-school essentials for a successful and stylish year!

Children International

Children International is a global humanitarian organization whose vision is to connect lives, creating a poverty-free world for children, where their dreams are unleashed and their hope radiates into their communities. We invest in children, respect their unique beauty and potential, and compel others to join us.

Letter from the Creative Director

With summer in full swing, my house has become a revolving door of neighbor kids and friends coming and going, continual trips to the grocery store, campouts in the backyard (by the way, birds start chirping at 4:00 a.m.) and baseball, baseball and more baseball. It seems like no matter how hard I try to keep our summers from filling…

Exploring Bike Trails in Johnson County

If you are looking for outdoor adventure this summer, biking is a terrific option, and Johnson County has endless opportunities for all types of biking. Whether you are interested in exploring rough trails or blacktop, here is some basic information so you can get out and enjoy the long Kansas summer days.

The Day After Amaro

Old Overholt Rye, 
Dolin Rouge Sweet Vermouth, 
J. Rieger Caffé Amaro, 
Fernet-Branca, 
Cinnamon tonic syrup, 
Cold-brew coffee, 
Angostura Bitters, 
Grapefruit Bitters

Kindest Kansas Citian Awards Gala

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 enjoyed a heartwarming evening filled with food, fun and inspiring stories of kindness. The gala celebrates the ripple effect of kindness and benefits Synergy Services' work to stop bullying and overcome violence in our community.

Summer Eats and Treats

Instructions: Thinly slice meat, and layer remaining ingredients on corn tortilla. Drizzle with avocado sour cream dressing and serve.

Homes That Cook Offers Recipes for Heart and Home

Lettiann Southerland has always known the important difference between a house and a home. As part of a large Italian clan, life revolved around meals shared by generations of family at her grandparents’ sprawling home in Pennsylvania. Yet when she relocated to Kansas City to start her own family, Lettiann found herself desperately homesick. So she set about accomplishing two…

THE SUMMER PUNCH LIST

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The Historic Elms Hotel

For more than 100 years, The Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs has welcomed guests seeking its healing waters. Back in the early 1900s, The Elms offered its soaking pools’ curative powers to guests who drove their Model T's from Kansas City, Leavenworth, St. Louis and Hannibal for rest and reprieve.

Staycation in KC

No need to pack a suitcase—just pack this short list. Be a fan. Be one with nature—or not. Learn the backstory of your favorite summer brew. Be transported to an ancient culture. Meet some cool cats. Indulge in amazing eats—not just barbecue. Kansas City is where it’s at for amazing summer adventures.

Where To Eat Now

At Brobecks, they do barbecue a little differently. From their smoked meats and special rub recipe to their custom sauces, everything is made in-house and served dry to ensure each bite is customized to perfection. Barbecue has been a family tradition for father and son owners Doug and Dean Brobeck, who have been making their life-changing barbecue for over 25…

Men’s Fashion

ULAH located at 4707 Rainbow Blvd., Westwood

Comcast Cares

More than 150 Comcast and Accenture employees and their families beautified Nova Center for Comcast Cares Day on April 22. Independence Mayor Eileen Weir and Missouri Reps. John Rizzo, Donna Pfautsch, Bill E. Kidd, Mike Cierpiot and Gary Cross also joined. Maeson Moananu, a Comcast employee and Independence resident, brought 49 family members to volunteer.

Audi 
2018 Q5

Redesigned and reimagined from the outside in, the Audi Q5 exudes style and refinement everywhere you look. From the flowing exterior shoulder line to the luxurious amenities within, you’ll see Audi is redefining how an SUV looks—and feels.

Letter from the Creative Director

With June being our men’s issue, coinciding with Father’s Day, I wanted to pay tribute to a phenomenal man in my life: my dad. My father is a man of few words, but when he speaks, people want to listen because he is full of wisdom and love. He listens to understand first and doesn’t always have to be understood.…

THE RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY

Riverview is a growing community set in a beautifully wooded area in Shawnee with access to trails and parks nearby. This neighborhood is host to Riverview Elementary, which is nestled within the community for easy walking access to school and is a part of the award-winning De Soto School District. These spacious, treed walkout lots have unique topography and tranquil,…

Eric 
Driskell

It all happened in almost an instant. Blue Valley head football and track coach, Eric Driskell, was attending a meeting of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association on Feb. 12, when he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. He was rushed to a hospital and transferred to Research Medical Center where doctors said he had irreversible neurological damage.

Garth Brooks in KC

After being away for ten years, Garth Brooks returned to Kansas City to perform seven sold out shows at the Sprint Center on his world tour. When asked why Kansas city, Brooks response was "It feels like coming home, and ten years is way too long to be away." Brooks is not only the top selling solo artist of the…

Purple Label BARBERSHOP

There is a reason DeJuan Bonds is coined Picasso. Picasso is known for creating masterpieces, works of timeless art that have influenced followers and whose creations have been mimicked many times over. This is much like the artistry Bonds creates in every haircut he precisely crafts, each a personal statement and a reflection of the collaborative effort between client and…

Mundo Nouvo

Kansas may be hundreds of miles away from the Caribbean but, for guitarist Sean Mawhirter and flutist Guy Montes, the sounds emanating from that region are ever-present in their sprawling, multifaceted band: Mundo Nouvo (pronounced moon-doe, new-voe).

Local Mother’s Day Gift Finds

Celebrate the amazing mothers in your life with something she will love this Mother's Day!

Simple Elegance

Kindra Browne, founder of SimpIe Elegance, began her career in the wedding industry in 1996 when the need to find something she could do on her own while balancing the demands of raising a family was her reality. “I have loved weddings since I was a little girl and used to play wedding with my dad as he would pretend…

Travel Edit/ Checkmate

Head to the desert in style with Steps of Style blogger Amy Dreyer for a girls trip filled with sun, fun and mid-century magic.

Introducing Ashley Rodden

Ashley Maurin Rodden’s roots are right here in Kansas City, but her wings have taken her east to New York and Paris, chasing her fashion and beauty dreams. She founded LOVER® Cosmetics LLC in Kansas City in 2005 and moved to Paris a few years later to study makeup artistry at the Christian Chauveau school of makeup artistry. Returning to…

From the Creative Director

I have had the privilege of having so many inspirational women in my life as role models, mentors and friends- women who build each other up and strengthen each other. As I reflect on the many amazing women who have touched my life and impacted me in so many ways over the years, I see the beautiful faces of so…

Johnson County Entrepreneur Arlene Ladegaard

When you first meet Arlene Ladegaard, principal designer and owner of Design Connection Inc., if you sense an upbeat, energetic, spirited, generous, fun-loving and engaging personality, then please don’t waver from that initial conclusion. Blessed with a keen eye for design and an innate ability to understand her clients, Ladegaard presents as a winning combination of experience and passion for…

Inspirational Women of Johnson County

You may know her as your sister, your mom, your friend. She is the woman who thinks of others first and strives to make a difference in the world around them, a woman who knows her true purpose with such confidence that she will influence generations to come by the example set forth. There are many inspirational women in our…

Owl + Mouse

Owl + Mouse Textile Designs creates handcrafted accessories for men, women, babies and the home. Owners Alice Youngblood and Cristin Llewellyn are the local artists behind the company making the eco-friendly organic fabrics located in the historic West Bottoms.

Letter from the Creative Director

Spring is here! I am so excited about what this season brings to our city with the amazing weather and the opening of so many outdoor venues. There really is so much to do in our community and surrounding areas as the weather starts to warm up, and best of all, the warmer weather means my kids are constantly outside…

Slow Food, Unplugged

Kansas City is a thriving food scene, a culinary landscape that boasts chefs, artisans, enthusiasts, growers, producers, restaurateurs and consumers eager to embrace the region’s bounty. After all, we live in the heartland and America’s breadbasket—a rich and plentiful area that provides the rest of the nation with premium corn, grain, beef and pork.

ecafé Serves Up the Perfect Blend of Business and Community

Located at 10650 Roe Avenue is a most ingenious hybrid—a coffee shop and coworking center all delightfully wrapped into one. As its name implies, ecafé offers an ideal blend of social and professional opportunities for mobile and home-based workers.

April 2017 Around Town

Pour for More, a signature cocktail event benefiting KidsTLC, will be held April 28. The Nantucket-inspired evening will be held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and funds will be raised for residential psychiatric treatment, outpatient behavioral health, homeless outreach to teens, children with autism and parent support services. Guests will explore the museum’s unique galleries, indulge in farm-fresh…

Flowers

Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. 

Top Picks

A&M Home Furnishings Designer, Georgia Jones, Shares Her Favorite Design Pieces

Farm-to-Table

Combine all ingredients except oil and blend for 10 seconds. Slowly drizzle oil into the running blender to emulsify. Season to taste with salt and pepper A couple of years ago, I found myself in an argument with my father about the local and “organic” meat I had purchased. In his defense, he uttered “but all food is organic!” Unfortunately,…

Tea-biotics

If you have ever been to the farmer's market in Overland Park, you might have noticed the long lines at the Tea-Biotics stand where Lisa Bledsoe sells fresh, locally made kombucha on tap. Kombucha has been brewed for centuries in Asia and Eastern Europe. It is known as “elixir of life” and is becoming popular in the United States where…

Renee Kelly’s

At Renee Kelly's Harvest, you'll find an upscale yet approachable farm-to-table dining experience like no other, all in a historic castle. Passionate about supporting local farmers in the community with sustainable practices, their menu changes with the seasons to offer guests the freshest local fare.

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar

It is no secret that geographical location affects food choices. Being in the Midwest that choice is often comfort foods, brimming with satisfying starches and savory traditions. There's nothing wrong with these treats, but what if seafood is the mission? Particularly authentic, fresh and superb seafood? This may seem like a culinary fantasy best left for a visit to a…

Get the Look

This midcentury modern dining room is inviting and fresh. You can obtain the same look with these pieces.

MODERN 
MEETS 
GRAVEL

When a local couple decided to move to the country, they knew they wanted to build a home that tested the limits of Midwest style and design. With a desire for modern edge in their rural setting, the homeowners enlisted the help of local designer Kerri Frazier, of Studio Blue Designs, to bring their vision to life. 
Throughout the custom-build…

Letter from the Creative Director

This month we are featuring beautiful homes in the area that reflect different styles of design. Whether it be modern, contemporary, farmhouse, vintage or traditional, interior design is multifaceted and can change the feel and mood of a space. The clean, sleek lines of modern feels fresh and professional, whereas a vintage or farmhouse style gives a feeling of warmth,…

Modern Farmhouse in the City

This fixer-upper was purchased six years ago and completely renovated from top to bottom by the homeowners. The home sits on five acres, so they call it their farmette and wanted to incorporate a little farm style into the home. The homeowners are also drawn to modern so hints of modern décor and finishes can be seen throughout.