Goat Hill Coffee & Soda

Kansas City is full of great dates spots, unique shopping, amazing restaurants and, thank goodness, a plethora of coffee shops. Whether you are going downtown for a day at Crown Center or to meet friends for a bite out, a stop at Goat Hill Coffee & Soda is a must. Located in the Westside, local co-owners Tanner Stevens and Levi…

Music that Transcends

For nearly everyone, music seems to have an emotional power in our lives that can take us to deeper places than other art forms. This is the passion that lives within Calvin Arsenia Scott. Music is the art that lives inside Calvin, and it moves him, it inspires him; it challenges him, and he works tirelessly in hopes that his…

Introducing Amina Marie Millinery

Amina Hood, a local designer and owner of Amina Marie Millinery, creates couture and one-of-kind headwear for clients and events around the world. Her designs have been featured in magazines, museum exhibits and on the runways.

Introducing 
D.E. Uhlig

D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks red cup illustrations have been featured on the…

My Favorite Things

Kianna Alarid, Singer for KC's Alternative Rock Band, "Yes You Are", Their song HGX was in the summer blockbuster movie Bad Moms, Top 3 items you can't live without:

Now is your time. Get healthy

January is my favorite time of year for health & fitness. This is the time of year that I most commonly get to work with clients that are fresh, raw & usually extremely nervous. These are people that have unwillingly found themselves in a place where they are simply unhealthy, out of shape & overweight. They are apprehensive, intimidated &…

Urban Table

Urban Table, a Bread and Butter Concepts restaurant located in Prairie Village, has an appealing atmosphere that is a welcome backdrop for a wide variety of gatherings. It is designed to be a casual space for sophisticated tastes that serves brunch on the weekends, lunch during the week, and dinner every night. In addition, customers can expect to dine in…

Just Let ‘Em Play

For coaches, parents and athletes, navigating the complexities of youth sports can be a challenge. As a parent of two baseball players, one of which plays at the college level, I know this first hand. For some, youth sports are no longer an activity taking place in our neighborhood parks and school yards with the primary purpose being physical fitness…

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Here are some of our top picks from local shops to inspire you this gift-giving season.

A Trip to Ecuador with Children International Changes Two Lives

Matt Staub, founder of marketing agency Proxima, snapped hundreds of photographs and recorded video once he and members of Children International set foot in Ecuador. Staub and the Children International (CI) team made their way to the nonprofit’s community center in Guayquil, Quito, as part of a nine-day trip. Located high in the foothills of the Andean mountains, the center…

Cookies & Cocktails

A fun holiday tradition amongst friends is a good ol' cookie exchange. It's a great excuse to get together and then return home with a plethora of sweet treats and festive goodies. I often want a big selection of baked goods around the house in December for family and guests, but often run out of time to make a huge…

American Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker

Jump-start your holidays with The Nutcracker, the must-see production by the American Youth Ballet. Experience the magic surrounded by snowflakes, sword fights, dancing dolls, a 40ft growing tree, and Tchaikovsky's music performed by the Overland Park Orchestra. Talented dancers, beautiful festive costumes, elaborate sets, and a live orchestra bring this iconic classic to life at the Johnson County Community College's…

A Lifetime of Gramercy

Darol Rodrock is a great autobiography in the making. In hearing his story, one would experience all the sentiments expected from an extraordinarily written, emotionally charged novel doused with deep feelings of love and compassion. It would speak of a troubled past and moments of disappointment, but it would also illustrate remarkable people and rewarding capstones. But Darol Rodrock is…

David Pittman: An adoption story of Love and Promise

It’s ironic to think that young David Pittman, while growing up in extreme poverty in Uganda, Africa, had so little in his life to look up to, that he often found himself searching the skies for any sight or sound of an airplane. As a boy, the dream of flying in a plane wasn’t big enough for David. His dream…

Alex Talbott’s Journey

A popular question asked to young college graduates is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” For Alex Talbott this question seemed simple enough: happily married, studying dentistry, and a continued life of physical health and wellness, and for the most part all of these aspirations rang true. But along the way a pretty significant obstruction halted Talbott and…

Where the Wild Things Are Romp

The enjoyment of dressing up in a costume goes beyond just Halloween. They can turn parties in to a magical experience of fantasy and make-believe. Themed Parties, such as this literature-based “Wild Things” celebration can easily create a charming atmosphere for guests with just a few simple props, costumes and a creative food spread.

Meet the Maker: Chad Hickman

Chad Hickman grew up right here in the Heartland, in Olathe to be exact. As a kid, he dreamed of Royals baseball and one day hitting the ball over the wall in the bottom of the ninth to win the World Series. Baseball was one of his greatest passions. That is why he, like so many other kids growing up…

Interior Transformations Before and After

As is often the case in remodeling and updating a home, this Leawood homeowner thought the kitchen was the only part of the home that needed to be addressed. However, this one area was just the beginning of a complete makeover of the kitchen and master bathroom.

The GRID – A Collaborative Workspace

Johnson County’s first collaborative workspace – The GRID – will amaze you. Promise. It is tucked into a retail strip at 12022 Blue Valley Parkway in Overland Park. When you drive up, bold GRID signage states that you have arrived. Potted palms along the walk signal that you’re entering a different style of space. Open the door and be prepared…

The 
Communal 
Loaf

Ibises, a group of dark, long-legged wading birds, are known to eat in community. So it’s no surprise that when you walk into bustling Ibis Bakery -- the bird’s namesake -- on a Sunday morning, you’re greeted with tables full of patrons chatting, carefully-crafted pastries lining the counter, rustic hand-baked loaves filling the shelves, and busy bakers creating the hands-on,…

More than Baseball

Baseball is often referred to as a game of failure. Because of this, it is important for players to develop perseverance and a positive mind set. They depend on teammates for encouragement and support. Statements like ”You’ve got this” or “Let’s pick him up” can be heard coming from dugouts at every level of the sport. The degree of adversity…

Healthy Lifestyle by Shawna Wright

Fall is one of my favorite seasons in Kansas City...the crisp air & colorful trees provide a beautiful backdrop for hours, upon hours of...youth sports. True story, fall is crazy busy for this (sorta) soccer mom and I struggle to find the time the time to make my own workouts a priority. This year, I called in a professional for…

LOCAL AUTHOR 
Making a difference

Harry S. Campbell, CEO of Durrie Vision and author of Get-Real Leadership, just finished his second book called Get-Real Culture: A Practical Approach to Creating a Wildly Successful Workplace, and it goes on sale this week. Get-Real Culture focuses on the culture, or in other words, the character and personality of the workplace, and he claims “no company can be…

Thou Mayest

A journey of the senses, Thou Mayest is a place that will tap into every part of the soul. This coffee house is unlike any other offering a mood that will stir intelligence, promote good vibes, and provide a rich experience of complex concoctions brimful of coffee beans from the finest of crops. Nestled cozily at 419 E. 18th St.…

Big Slick

Once in a great while, maybe even once in a lifetime, we can have the sense that we are touching something truly remarkable and truly good. Many in the Metro Area know that Big Slick is a fundraiser for Children’s Mercy Hospital and that celebrities, David Koechner, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet and Jason Sudeikis who call KC home,…

Katy Guillen and the Girls

Music often changes its sound from decade-to-decade, but when Rock and Roll came onto the scene in the 1950’s, it would make its way into our hearts forever. Rock and Roll wasn’t just a genre of music. It was an outlet with lyrics more suggestive and politically charged than other genres, and people couldn’t get enough of it. It became…

Exploring Costa Rica: A Kansas City Family’s Relocation

Lindsey Wade, part owner of RW2 Productions and The Guild in the Crossroads, and his wife, Jennifer, a 25-year apparel industry veteran, did what many of us only dream of doing and moved to their favorite vacation destination—Costa Rica. They have always had a passion for travel and adventure, and their love of surfing is what originally drew them to…

Navy Captain Jeffrey Wagoner

Retired Navy Captain, Jeffrey Wagoner, was born in Oregon but spent most of his childhood in what he considers his home town, Clinton, Missouri. His parents were the adventurous type and moved to Oregon shortly after they were married, kind of a “grass is greener” thing. His father raced cars, but he always kept his day job driving logging trucks.…

Military Doctor Serving our Country

Dr. Michelle Olson, originally from Stoughton, Wisconsin, wanted to serve her country as a way to give back for all of the opportunities she had been given in her life. She applied to the health professions scholarship program while in dental school at the University of Minnesota, and after being accepted, she was immediately commissioned into the Army. Upon completion…

DESIGN 
JUNKIE

Hello there! I’m Angi, renovator, design lover and incurable DIYer. I’m excited (and honored!) to share my do-it-yourself adventures with you!

Pendergast’s Spirits Live on at Tom’s Town

Good friends don’t always make great business partners. But Steve Revare and David Epstein have broken that code. The owners of Tom’s Town, a craft distillery in the Crossroads District, grew up in Prairie Village, met in kindergarten and remained friends through high school at Shawnee Mission East and beyond. Early in their careers, they built a successful media company…

Sheepdogs and Whisky

I’ve long wished to visit Scotland, to experience the culture and to see up close the ruggedly beautiful countryside and volcanic mountains such as Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Oh yes, and to sample the whisky. Last fall my wife and I took a weeklong group tour of Scotland, and it was a low-stress, easy way to get acquainted with…

Batter Up! 90 Years and Counting

In May, the Ban Johnson League opened its 90th season of baseball in Kansas City for amateur baseball players under the age of 23.

A Room That Nourishes The Mind & Soul

When Meggan Newland and Jon Henry moved into their home in Old Leawood, they faced a unique challenge in a narrow room—with quite a storied history. “The room was originally the office of the late scholar Rabbi Morris Margolies,” Newland recalls. “It was wall-to-wall books; a vast private collection of texts in eight different languages, which was renowned in his…

My Secret Weapon for a Happier Home

A little background: I’ve lived in the same townhome for 12 years. We moved in when my kids were little. Now my oldest is away at college and I have two teenagers at home. There’s enough space for us all to peacefully coexist, but, as so many built-about-30-years-ago homes are, the layout is outdated and choppy.

Exceptional Homes of Johnson County

As we celebrate our homes in this issue, it seemed the perfect time to spotlight just a few exceptional area homes that are currently on the market. We reached out to a few of our neighbors and thank them for allowing us a glimpse of their homes, all of which are currently on the market.

Cool Shades, Kind Hearts

Fairway Eye Center has four Kansas City locations: Fairway, Leawood, Liberty and Raytown. At each location the doctors and staff provide comprehensive vision care and offer eyewear, contact lenses, and laboratory services with a focus on eye health, disease management, and family optometric care. But the doctors and staff have their sights set on making a difference globally as well…

ClutterFree Revolution

Evan Zislis had to live simply because the salary of a seventh-grade teacher in Aspen, Colorado didn’t provide for many housing options. After a frustrated search, Zislis was able to rent a 250-square-foot mining cabin without running water or electricity for $50 a month. The historic cabin was discordantly sandwiched in between two contemporary houses in a neighborhood where the…

A Garden Party

​An outdoor setting offers a beautiful backdrop for any kind of spring get-togethers. White linens, tables and chairs create a light, airy canvas for beautifully understated elegance. Notice the hand-made details that set this gorgeous garden bridal shower apart: The simple styling from the hearts and hands of talented long-time friends of the bride to be and her parents. Hand-lettered…

A Sweet & Bright Spring Tea Party

April is often the time when people look forward to the coming of spring. For the little girls who are eager to get back in those colorful sundresses and play, now is a great time to have a tea party!

The Art of Noelle Stoffel

Everyday objects and nature looked at through new light, move me to produce something new. Inspiration can hit me at any moment. I can be walking down the street and see a puddle of water with the way the light bounces off it, and suddenly and I want grab a canvas and create my interpretation of what I see. I…

ICON Artworks

There are those works of art that are one-in-million, and then there are those that are once-in-a-lifetime. ICON Artworks, a locally-owned company specializing in cast bronze sculptures that not only delight the eye but intoxicate the senses, is creating one-of-a-kind works of art using the ancient “lost-wax” method of casting bronze, a timeless, classic medium. “Cast bronze dates back thousands…

A Perfect Weekender: Art-full Bentonville

Founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a charitable organization for all ages and walks of life to enjoy, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers many different points of access for visitors in user-friendly galleries and the outdoors. Just like Kansas City’s venerable institution, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, engages guests with s a sprawling expanse of…

Not Even One is Okay

Last spring, Sherrie Balmer thought she had a great idea. Marillac, a psychiatric residential treatment facility in Overland Park, received a $2,000 grant from The Kansas Suicide Prevention Center to develop a program to reach young people. The concept was to promote awareness about suicide, to provide support for people struggling with suicidal thoughts and tools for those whose friends…

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that there’s the pizza you tolerate and there’s pizza that you’re willing to wait 45 minutes or more just to sit down so you can order. As I approach my 50th year, I’m beginning to think that life may be too short to eat the kind of pizza that shows…

Seeing Spain Our Way

When my husband and I traveled to Italy several years ago for two weeks, we did it the easy way and booked a tour with a luxury operator. It was a great choice and we had a terrific tour guide. To see Spain, though, we decided to go a different route. We did it ourselves—from planning the itinerary to booking…

Treating The Whole Person, One Individual at a Time

For Jim Leach, it was a battle with bipolar disease. For Aaron Price, it was a devastating car crash that led to being paralyzed. Each man had a very different challenge that lay before him, but each was able to turn to the same place for help: The Whole Person. This incredible local nonprofit aids people with disabilities so they…

Make New Friends…

Get acquainted with the people and activities of the 300-member strong New Friends of Kansas City with a monthly coffee for guests, new members or members who want to make new friends. It’s offered in the homey atmosphere of an existing member’s residence. Check out their website for how to connect with them: 
NewFriendsOfKansasCity29.WildApricot.org. I stepped outside the door of…

Even Birding is Bigger in Texas!

GETTING THERE By air: From Kansas City, fly into McAllen/Miller International Airport. By car: If you’re in the mood for an extended 15-hour road trip, pack the car and head south on I-35.

Following a Different Kind 
of Basketball Dream

Johnny Carver’s dream of following in his father and brother’s footsteps in basketball came to a halt in high school. But that didn’t stop this University of Arkansas sophomore from living his basketball dream in another way. His father, Brad, and older brother, Steve, both excelled on the high school level at Shawnee Mission Northwest and played on the collegiate…