Take the Hassle out of Summer Travel

When choosing a vacation there are so many options out there, and the choice can be overwhelming. By using a professional vacation advisor, you will learn about the often overlooked vacation option that truly has something for everyone: the All-Inclusive Luxury Resort Experience. Found all over Mexico and the Caribbean, all-inclusive luxury resorts provide the most value, no matter your budget,…

Farm-to-Table Entertaining Al Fresco

Spending time outdoors and enjoying friends and family over good food and drinks is a great way to usher in summer. This gorgeous farm-to-table dinner is set in the breathtaking Timber Barn space at Weston Red Barn Farm. From the fresh flower arrangements to the locally sourced produce and herbs, this earthy spread is brimming with character and flavor. The earthy ceramic and clay vases give the perfect…

The Battle Within

Local U.S. Army veteran Justin Hoover enjoyed playing soccer and running cross country while growing up in Olathe, Kansas. After graduating from Olathe South High School in 2002 he began studying marketing at Kansas State University.

Dish Beautiful

Lindsey Bishop of Dish Beautiful is sharing some of her favorite easy recipes to break out on those hot summer nights. Both colorful and flavorful, these are sure to be a hit. 

July 2019 Around Town

The Audi E-Tron is available now at Audi Shawnee Mission What’s it like to drive? Take ours home and find out for yourself. Schedule your 24 hour test drive with Audi Shawnee Mission.   Get all of your questions answered. Feel how it preforms and see how it fits in your life.   Call now to … Continued

Letter from the Editor

With summer in full swing and four kids at home, it feels as if I have spent most of my time in the car chauffeuring the kids to and from activities. Baseball fields, swimming pools, summer training programs and camps have consumed our days, and as constant and busy as it is, I know that … Continued

DIY Your Way to a Bug-Free Summer

Adult- and Kid-Friendly Natural Bug Repellents from A Beautiful Mess Photos and Article by A Beautiful Mess Adult Blend What you need + 10 drops lemon essential oil + 10 drops lemongrass essential oil + 8 drops lavender essential oil + 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil + 1 ½ ounces distilled water (minus 1 teaspoon to … Continued

Big Slick

More than $2.5 Million was raised for Children's Mercy hospital at this year's Big Slick event.  Celebrities gathered to play games and visit with the true heroes, the patients at Children's Mercy Hospital. Proceeds from the Big Slick benefit the Cancer Center.

Blood Orange Aperol Spritz

Refresh your palette this summer with this signature drink from Brandon of Cordial Craft. Enjoy a playful twist on an Italian classic.  Blood orange juice adds a nice touch of acidity and sweetness. 

Out of Office

Kansas City Bone & Joint is one of 240 companies to participate in Kansas City Corporate Challenge this year. The event provides an opportunity for co-workers, alongside employees from other local companies, to get to know each other through friendly competition.

KC Guitar Trio

For many, music is a part of their identity. It illustrates who they are, adds meaning to what they do, and personifies everyday monotony. Music is the whimsy of the piccolo, the urgency of the trumpet, and the serenity of the violin. For Lucas Bingham, the versatility of the guitar is as central a part of his life as instruments…

A Journey to Forgiveness

There is a calm and gentle spirit about Darryl Burton. He is both self-assured and reassuring, confident and unassuming. He wears the smile of a man who is steadfast in his faith, and the gleam in his eyes hints of an awe-inspiring future. He tells a story so awesome its weight is too heavy for him not to share with…

Explore the Great Alaskan Outdoors

Doctors, retired NFL players, commercial airline pilots —you never know who you will be sitting next to at the Salmon Venture Cabins evening campfire. It’s hard to believe that with all Alaska has to offer recreationally that the evening campfire always gets mentioned as a highlight.

Lessons in Life

It has been 30 years since he ran his first marathon, 15 years since he added trail running, then ultramarathons distances of 31, 50, 60 and 100 miles were added to his physical repertoire. Add to this skate skiing and most recently gravel bike riding, and it is clear that Dan believes in writing his own prescription for good health.…

Hit the Sauce

A good Barbeque sauce is comprised of a variety of the same six components. The key is to discover what style you enjoy most, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Oh, and taste often during the preparation process to adjust if so desired.

Garage space has climbed the ladder of importance when buying or upgrading your home.

A popular trend is converting the garage into an added living space, showcasing personality and passions. Banner Garage began in 2011 when owner, Ed Jenkins, decided to upgrade his own house and make the garage more like part of his home.

Letter from the Editor: Lessons from a Father

The lessons that I have learned from my dad throughout my lifetime are endless and invaluable and have shaped me at the core of who I am.  At an early age, I knew I had a very special father who stood out among men.  I remember thinking the entire city knew who he was because of … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Stems: A Garden Soiree Enjoy this year’s Stems: A Garden Soiree at the party of the year. Sip wine, taste delicious food from 24 top restaurants and caterers and enjoy art, music, fireworks, beautiful surroundings and more. Proceeds from Stems: A Garden Soirée ensure that The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park can continue to … Continued

Nick Shigouri’s woodworking skills are the product of his life’s journey

Wood creations built by Nick Shigouri, Shigouri Woodworking, are pieces of art holding personality and individuality in each nail, screw, hinge or slab of wood.

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant and Bar

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant and Bar believes traditions are just as important as trends. From hand-cut steaks, street tacos, craft burgers, salads, pastas, award-winning wings and 100+ whiskeys, there’s something for everyone.

A Family Affair

Local distillery Union Horse began in 2009 as an idea the four siblings in the Garcia family discussed around their parent’s kitchen table. Initially, they considered starting a brewery. But later, while touring a craft distillery—their business plan changed.  

Hometown roots and values make Robert Brogden

The team at Robert Brogden Buick GMC in Olathe treats each customer as if a family member were making a purchase or needing service. Managers, sales staff and service technicians have lived and worked in the same community as their customers for more than a quarter century.

Inspirational Women

These women enrich the lives of others through their unique passions and efforts and encourage people to do the same. We sat down with them to find out a little bit about what inspires them and keeps them going. 

Building a unique home experience

Over the last two decades, Matt Adam has earned a name for himself as a developer of quality upscale neighborhoods in Johnson County who looks to meet the needs of his customers. 

Giving to Grow

Amid the intensity of a Kansas City winter, complete with icy roads and (too many) inches of snow, one can only imagine an evening spent outside enjoying their green, lush surroundings. On June 22, Stems: A Garden Soirée is the (perhaps long-awaited) opportunity to not only savor warm weather and explore beautiful gardens but to also participate in a fundraiser.…

Letter from the Editor

This month we are celebrating women, and I am very fortunate to have so many wonderful women in my life who have left their mark on me. However, sometimes people come into our lives who inspire us so greatly that it changes who we are and who we strive to be. For me, that person is … Continued

Mother’s Day Gift Finds

Mother's Day is day to honor the women in our life. When selecting the perfect Mother's Day gift, bigger isn't always better.Thoughtfulness can go a long way, and we are sharing some of our favorite gift ideas. If you are buying for a busy mom who could use a break, there are some great meal delivery services available. Hello Fresh,…

Crudité anyone?

Not to be confused with its not-too-distant cousin, charcuterie, crudité highlights fresh produce--it is a French term that translates to “raw things.” The produce featured in crudité can be sliced or whole, typically assembled on a board or platter, served with complementary dips.  

100 + Women Who Care

There is no shortage of organizations in the Kansas City Metro area doing great work in the community. However, one group, known as 100+Women Who Care Southland KC, stands out with its unique approach to giving back.

Design with Zing

Bright, bold color is making a comeback, and Melissa Rodgers is up-and-coming for her punchy, eclectic styling.

“Refillable, Love Mom”

Respect the fact that back in the ‘70s when good coffee liqueurs were still a gleam in the eye of bean mixologists, Judy Nelson was brewing her small batches on her stovetop and bottling it for loved ones with handmade labels marked, “Refillable, Love Mom.”

Sweet Streams

Farming lavender would most likely not be a consideration for most entrepreneurs thinking of starting a business in Kansas. For one local family that was not only a consideration but a dream, they have now watched become a reality.

Botany and Bliss

There is joy in every Midwest season: bourgeoning blossoms of spring; plentiful sunshine of summer; impressive foliage of fall; and the serene snow of winter. But with each season comes moments of monotony where days are strewn together in endless repetition. So, what is there to do when the clouds are infinitely looming, and moods begin to mimic this same…

Eco- Friendly Must Haves

1. Allbirds Wool Runners: By wearing a pair of Allbirds wool shoes you can wear a pair of comfortable shoes from a company that found a new use for naturally existing materials, rather than relying on cheaper synthetics. Allbirds.com

Red Door Grill

Since 2013, Red Door Grill has been known to welcome their guests with the freshest, most flavorful food and excellent service, all while feeling right at home.  

Nature’s Art

Flower arrangements are the perfect way to freshen up your space and add a pop of color to the room. Learning to arrange flowers is a fun way to add personality and artistic vision to your home. Here's a simple step-by-step guide for how to arrange flowers. 

Letter from the Editor

Spring is finally here! I think I can speak for most of us and say that warmer temperatures, budding trees, green grass and the sunshine is a welcome friend after the long winter we all just endured. I can’t remember a year where I yearned for spring to come quite like I did this year. … Continued

Dish Beautiful

Leawood Native. Creator. Culinary Storyteller. Home Entertainer. Recipe Developer. Lover. Friend.

Porch 2 ways

Erica Krzykowski and design assistant, Angela Wedekind are the masterminds and the creative forces behind Prairie Home Designs. With their attention to detail, eye for innovative design and limitless creativity, this duo packs a powerful punch to transform any space. Principal designer Krzykowski makes it her personal mission to make each client’s space feel beautiful and reflect their unique and personal style.

Theatre in the Park Offers incredible 2019 season of entertainment

Theatre is an art that allows us to tell the stories of our world, real or imagined. When you put theatre in an outdoor setting with sparkling stars and moonlight, that’s when something magical happens.

Refurbished History

As owners of Bella Patina, Johnson County natives Nick and Megan Allen have always been drawn to old homes and vintage items. Not surprisingly, their home was originally built in 1898, and it and has been one of their biggest projects to date.

Stiff Competition

Does trying to buy a house feel like a full-time job? If you’ve been frequently outbid or struggling to find something in your price range, it’s not just bad luck. Inventory levels are low across the country, including in St. Louis and Kansas City, where the average time to sell all houses on the market has been hovering at around two…

Letter from the Editor

I love a good home project. There is something invigorating about freshening up a room with new paint or bringing in a splash of color with throw pillows or updating a room with a total transformation.  I am a DIY’er by nature and always have something I am working on, but my latest project has … Continued

Natural Accents for the Home

Cozy neutrals and a variety of textures add warmth to any space

The Marina Grog and Galley Bring Coastal Flavor to Lake Lotawana

Although it's still too chilly to go swimming or sailing, seafood and steak in Kansas City's only waterfront restaurant never go out of season. Diners from across the region have made Marina Grog & Galley a popular destination since owner Jack Schwindler first turned an old boathouse into an upscale restaurant.

RAW Beginnings

When Zech Johnson was a child living in Shawnee, KS, he felt happiest when he was climbing trees. He embraced them limb and trunk, looking skyward as he let his mind roam free. Then he grew up, became practical, went to college and chose a respectable profession.

One for the Records

The fire that destroyed the home of Andy and Kristen Kasselman was no match for the resilience in their souls. This young family endured the loss of all of their possessions, except for their prized record collection which survived to set the rhythm for their new home. Their love of music brought resounding hope, and it provided the colorful design…

Intentional Design

Kevin and Molly Jarvis are the owners of Brasstacks, an interior design and construction business located in Kansas City. Just like the namesake of their business, which means “details of immediate practical importance,” their beautiful home is also full of detail and clean, intentional design.  

Fixer Upper

We moved into our 1972 Leawood fixer upper in 2015 and have spent the last few years remodeling and updating nearly every room in the house. It has character galore, which is what drew us to the house. Some unique features include a finished attic with an observatory and “secret passageway” bookshelf door, built-in Murphy beds, and more. If you’re…

STATES

Soccer (or football everywhere else in the world) is known as 'the beautiful game.' The finesse, the speed, the agility necessary to move the ball continually for 90 minutes creates a ballet of athletic ability. No one knows this better than the members of Sporting KC, Kansas City's MLS team. Two of these players, defenders Matt Besler (Leawood resident) and Seth…