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. 

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.”

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…

Dish Beautiful

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

From Core to Fringe

Risk-taker Jennifer Tierney made the leap from the ballet stage to the fashion runway look effortless. A classically trained ballerina who has performed all over North America, Tierney took her dance experience and flung herself body and soul into a fashion label that’s causing ovation within the regional design world. KC has taken notice, inviting her back again this year…

Ampersand Design Studio

Ampersand Design Studio is where color and pattern come to play. Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer are not only founders of this fun Kansas City-based art and design partnership but are also best friends.

Drum Safari

In 2009, a team of archeologists discovered a 35,000-year-old treasure while digging in the southwest region of present-day Germany. While its age alone was enough to make it a significant anthropological find, age was not the only remarkable aspect about it. In a time when survival was the primary concern, it was surprising to find our ancestors took time to…

David Couch

David Couch is the local artist behind Snowball 7449 Studios creating photorealistic paintings of famous athletes, animals and entertainers found in Kansas City and beyond. His earliest memories and love of art go all the way back to age 5.

Kilometers for Kicks

The world of sports has a competitive drive that has been known to cause athletes to seek the extreme in efforts to come out on top. Playing on opponents’ weaknesses and focusing only on the win is common, so it may seem a rarity to find competitors who truly believe in the greater good of the game. Those rare players…

Vintage Integrity with an L.A. Vibe

Nest Interiors Overhill Road remodel is a victory for Midwest vintage lovers who crave California sunshine. It’s a merging of the Hills -- Beverly and Mission.

Artisan Kombucha

Artisan Kombucha is Kansas City’s craft kombucha brewing company with a passion for healthy holistic living. Using organic and local ingredients for the highest quality kombucha, it is proudly brewed in small batches using organic loose-leaf teas, herbs, spices and real fruits and vegetables without any juices, concentrates or chemical additives. The result is a satisfying raw unfiltered beverage full…

Traveling Trainers

If you are like many Americans, you have made getting fit and losing weight your New Year’s resolution to kick off 2019. Unfortunately, despite good intentions, most give up after a few months, and that is where Traveling Trainers can help. 

Gift Giving Guide

Enjoy some of our favorite gift picks to inspire you this gift giving season. 

Holiday Bunch Bowls

The holidays grant us with a unique opportunity to bring friends and family together. If your family is anything like mine, gathering around the dinner table to share a meal and a few cocktails is a revered tradition. Being the only person in my family with a cocktail background, I am constantly playing barkeeper when I would much rather be relaxing…

Suited for the Job

HoHoHo, my service is a joy!  Yes, I’m getting busy, but the elves take excellent care of things at the North Pole, allowing me to be here.  Well, in Kansas City, like most places, I disappear after Christmas which I refer to as “empty sleigh syndrome.”  However, as the air turns crisp, people think of me again, and my jolly…

The Rub Bar-B-Que

The Rub Bar-B-Que in Olathe strives to give every customer 100% tastebud satisfaction with its award-winning recipes. It’s barbecue heaven, with tender meats smoked to perfection, tangy original sauce and traditional barbecue sides. What started out as just a group of neighbors making barbecue turned into a serious barbecue business for founder Dan Janssen, who was encouraged by those neighbors…

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. 

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.…

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…

Resilient Splendor

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

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.

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.

Food with Style

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

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…