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. 

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…

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.…

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

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…

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

Resilient Splendor

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

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…

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.

Reddened Shrimp and Green Grits

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

Food with Style

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

On the Bookshelf

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

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 //

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…