Best of Johnson County

The Gents Place is the next level in men's grooming and lifestyle club that helps gentlemen look and feel their most confident best. The Gents Place provides luxury men's grooming services in addition to straight razor shaves, shoe shines and hand and foot repairs in a refined and timeless environment.

Letter from the Editor


My oldest child started his freshman year of high school this fall and is running cross-country. I have always enjoyed cheering him on and watching him run, but I have such a deeper appreciation and love for this sport after experiencing what it means to be part of a high school cross-
country team. The sportsmanship, camaraderie, encouragement from upperclassmen and…

The Best Apple Crumb Muffins

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease muffin pan. 
In a small bowl, make the crumb topping. Combine both sugars, cinnamon and melted butter. Fold in the flour until it’s all coated. The mixture will be thick. Set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Q39

National barbecue champion Rob Magee serves his award-winning wood-fire grilled fare at Q39. Named after its first location off of 39th Street in Midtown that opened in 2014, they recently expanded with their second location in southern Overland Park in August.

Johnson County Designer and Builder Share Their Own Custom Home

This breathtaking Johnson County home is packed with charm and functional style. Built in February 2017, the owners, Scott and Molly Koenigsdorf, chose this 1-acre location because it sits on the same street as Molly's childhood home. Brimming with nostalgia, this home feels welcoming and ready to make a lifetime of memories in.

September 2017 Around Town

Restoration Emporium, a curated boutique of farmhouse, urban chic, vintage-inspired gifts and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines furniture and accessories line opened their new location at 4704 Wyandotte St. on the Country Club Plaza.

Where Function Meets Aesthetics

What began with a desire to update a family room turned into an entire first-floor remodeling project. After Arlene Ladegaarrd, owner and principal designer of Design Connection Inc., met with the owners of this Leawood home to discuss the project, she assessed the family’s needs were not being effectively met with the current first floor plan and came up with…

Let’s Get Jazzed!

An evening of live jazz, chef-selected buffet dinner and unique auction offerings at Arrowhead North Club. Event sponsors enjoyed a 
VIP party with KC sports legends. Event hosts Cramer Capital Management and Mid-America Contractors graciously donate all proceeds 
to Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter in Kansas City.

Letter From the Creative Director

Now that fall is upon us, the city is bustling with festivals galore, schools are back in session and hopes for a Royals postseason are high. Some of my favorite parts about this time of year besides the amazing weather include enjoying a bonfire on a crisp night, pulling out my fall sweaters, all desserts related to apples and cinnamon…

Nickel & Suede

Nickel & Suede creates lightweight leather earrings and accessories designed with the active woman in mind. These handmade, modern and casual statement pieces were founded on the belief that jewelry should be both comfortable and stylish.

Baked Stuffed Apples

Enjoy a healthy breakfast in the morning or a delicious treat later in the day. Slow cooker stuffed apples will give you all the fall feels.

Cella Jane

Leawood resident Becky Hillyard is Lifestyle Publications' newest monthly fashion contributor and the woman behind Cella Jane, a lifestyle and fashion blog which showcases her personal style on a daily basis. Thousands of followers both local and global go to Hillyard for fashion, beauty, motherhood and fitness advice; she offers inspiration to the everyday woman on the latest trends.

Strayboots

There is a new, innovative way for your company or group to bond and learn to problem-solve with one another. It involves going on a scavenger hunt together to explore, discover and enjoy a city. “Strayboots is a leading provider of mobile scavenger hunts and team-building activities that bring happiness and collaboration to groups and organizations,” Ido Rabiner, founder, CEO…

DEBRA SMITH

Growing up in Hannibal, Missouri, Debra Smith was surrounded by creativity. Both her grandmother and mother provided material inspiration that would ultimately lead Debra to her career as a textile artist. Smith's grandmother wove rag rugs and her mother wove textiles using a traditional Navajo loom. It was no surprise that when it came time to go to college that…

Easton Koch-Brand Designer

Easton Koch believes in individuality, embraces distinctive style and promotes personal truth. Strongly influenced by artists such as A$AP Rocky, Jimi Hendrix and Anthony Kiedis, Koch pulls fashion inspiration from their ability to represent themselves with 100 percent honesty. Simply because they are not wearing clothes for the masses, but rather dress based on whatever style they have developed, this…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

Back-to-School Must-Haves

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

@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…

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.

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…

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.

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

THE SUMMER PUNCH LIST

To see more fashion picks from Cella Jane, visit CellaJane.com or Instagram.com/CellaJaneBlog.

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.

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.

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.

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.…

Men’s Fashion

ULAH located at 4707 Rainbow Blvd., Westwood

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…

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).

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.

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…

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…

Local Mother’s Day Gift Finds

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

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…