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

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…

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…

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.     

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.  

Inspirational Women of Johnson County

 Article Angela Broockerd | Photography Paul Versluis  The Judge  Rhonda Mason

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…

Junior Design Challenge and Home Show

The Greater Kansas City Home Show held the first-ever Junior Design Challenge. The finalists and winners got to meet Jeff Lewis from Bravo’s “Flipping Out,” who was a headliner at the event held at Bartle Hall.

Letter from the Editor

Spring is here, and I am more than ready to get out and enjoy the outdoors. I openly embrace the upcoming season of shuffling kids to soccer, baseball and track which lends itself to spending a great deal of time outside in the fresh air. Aside from the early morning spring soccer games that can be painfully cold at times, I love…

Wabash CannonBall Kansas City

Nearly 800 guests gathered on February 23 at the Overland Park Convention Center to celebrate Kansas State University at the 12th annual Wabash CannonBall black-tie event hosted by the K-State Alumni Association. The event raises money to provide scholarships for future K-State students from the Kansas City area.

Let the Adventure Begin

Brenda and Steve Wrischnik, longtime Overland Park residents, fell in love with the idea of moving into a big old house in an itty-bitty town. Steve spotted a wild bit of land outside of Paola in which the house on it had been abandoned for a few years. They came out to walk around on a beautiful fall day and…

April 2018 Around Town

Salinity believes the most effective therapy is focused on the body and mind. That is why its main treatment room incorporates a large projector and sound system to transport you to the most exotic beaches around the world. The only thing missing will be the sand between your toes. Salt mist halotherapy is the inhalation of salt-infused air in a controlled…

Regarding Kitchens Celebrates 20 Years

In 1998, Overland Park resident Bev Gilbert and her then-fiancé, Bruce, launched Regarding Kitchens, a full-
service design-build firm specializing in kitchens and bathrooms. 

Room to Grow

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to…

Elevate 
Winner

Elevate, Lifestyle Publications' monthly 
kindness challenge in the Blue Valley and Olathe school district middle schools is intended to encourage and motivate students to find creative ways to spread positivity and kindness in their school. Students in both districts are invited on a monthly basis to come up with an idea that spreads positivity. They can create a video showing their project in action.

Beekeeping in Johnson County

Sean Wheeler, M.D. became a backyard beekeeper almost by accident. Three years ago, a swarm of bees found the tetherball in his backyard, and, for a day or two considered it as a potential home, but unfortunately, they left after a short time. That was when Wheeler decided he wanted his own hive and has had bees ever since. During this time,…

Scraps KC: 
repurposing the community

Kansas City is a community with an essence of giving, a populace that acts when presented with a need, and a sodality that embodies lifting others up when they are down. Pair this with people willing to take a progressive approach in developing creative ways that honor the environment through the reuse of everyday materials, the repurposing of supplies, and…

Eco-Chic

Ethical, responsible, green, fair-trade. You hear these words all the time and maybe don’t think much of them. But with climate change moving at such an alarming speed, maybe it’s time to learn a little about the clothes on your back—and in your online bag.

A Home Away From Home

Room to roam and spaces to connect are integral to Red Rock Ranch, a multihome estate situated on 1,000 acres of rolling foothills in Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley. While cabin rentals and dude ranches abound, this rustic yet luxurious ranch estate sleeps up to 50 guests across three spacious homes and falls in a lodging category with few others.

Get the Look

Our dining room is the first thing guests see when entering our home, so we put a lot of thought into creating the look we wanted for this room. We spent a great deal of time looking for a dining room table that we thought reflected our contemporary style but was also unique. We fell in love with this table,…

Letter from the Editor

We are finally in the homestretch of this long winter, and spring is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some nice days to open my windows, freshen things up and let the outside in (if my allergies can survive that). The shift in weather gets me in the mood for spring-cleaning and…

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

Diced Pork Sauce with Polenta

We were always delighted when our grandmother and aunties made point with pork for Sunday dinner. We have such great memories of sharing this and other delicious meals around the dinner table as we grew up in our Italian family. This is one of my all-time favorites as this dish brings back so many fond memories for me, my brothers and our childhood…

Tamara Day

Tamara Day is the host of DIY Network’s “Bargain Mansions.” As a Kansas City native, Tamara specializes in restoring large, neglected homes with small price tags that even experienced renovators shy away from. Tamara sees these old mansions as beautiful homes that just need a little extra love. Buying them for a fraction of what they’re worth, Tamara and her…

Show Me Your Shelfie!

What's in a shelf? With a blank canvas, the sky is the limit, or at least that's what Nell Hills designer Bruce Douglas believes. In his example shelf, he blends elements from the kitchen with candles that are as beautiful as they are aromatic. The result is a mixed use tableau that catches that eye with both beauty and functionality,…

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS | 
KANSAS CITY HOMES | LEAWOOD

 BETTER HOMES & GARDENS | KANSAS CITY HOMES | LEAWOOD  Suzy Goldstein and partner Erich don’t just SELL Leawood—they live here. Standing at the helm of The Goldstein Team, their names are synonymous with setting the gold standard in the metro real estate market. They list and sell the most beautiful homes in our community, and they are revving up…

Creating a Magical Birthday Setting

Creating and hosting a party is quite an undertaking, but there are many fun and inexpensive ways to make an atmosphere feel magical. From finding local vendors to scouring Pinterest for DIY hacks, the options are limitless. 

Letter from the Editor

Our February issue is dedicated to makers and entrepreneurs, which is always a favorite theme of mine. It is so interesting to me to hear about what inspires people to go after a dream or to create something that is unique that they have put a piece of their heart and soul into—something that is their own that they share…

Kicks 4 Kids KC

The Kicks 4 Kids event, held November 30, generated more than $66,000 in net proceeds to benefit underserved children. Patrick Sallee, CEO, announced the merger of Turner House Children’s Clinic, Silver City Health Center and the Children’s Campus Kansas City clinic into one organization: Vibrant Health – Wyandotte Neighborhood Clinics.