Spring Sprang Early!

Since my crocuses poked their golden and purple blooms through the soil on February 29 and my daffodils were blooming on March 6, I feel like we’ve enjoyed the earliest spring on record and the (very limited) color in my gardens peaked far too early. But either way, it’s got me in the mood for gardening. And by that, I…

Students Present “We Share a Language”

Students from Westridge Middle School and Kansas School for the Deaf recently presented “We Share a Language,” 
a play performed in spoken word and in American Sign Language so hearing as well as deaf and hard-of-hearing 
audience members could experience the play in its entirety.

Searcy Financial Services Celebrates 40 Years

During their 40th anniversary event, Searcy Financial announced John Fales’ promotion to partner, the addition 
of David Bush as VP of business development, and their acceptance into The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), a fee-only association. SearcyFinancial.com.

Brain Injury Association Fundraiser

To mark Brain Injury Awareness Month, Halls hosted the launch party for Frances Valentine, a new line of shoes and 
handbags by acclaimed designer Kate Valentine. Guests met Kate, a Kansas City-native and founder of kate spade, whose friend Amy Thompson passed away in 1989 from a traumatic brain injury.

Around Town

Encouraging, supportive, creative and inspiring are just a few words to describe Adriane Falco, music teacher at Stanley Elementary. These are also a few of the many reasons Falco was recently selected as a 2016 Emporia State University Kansas Master teacher. Established in 1953, the annual Master Teacher award is presented to teachers who have served the profession long and…

Skincare That Turns Back Time

Soft music plays in the small facial room as the soothing scent of essential oils fills the air. The client is cozy and warm under a soft blanket on a heated table. An hour later, the customer emerges relaxed with glowing, healthy skin. Reverse Medical Spa, in Lenexa, offers a variety of facials and other traditional services like waxing and…

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…

A Dramatic Nottingham Forest Remodel

When John and Debra Burgess were looking for a slightly larger residence for their young family, they found the perfect home in Nottingham Forest. The location was ideal for John’s commute to work at Saint Thomas Aquinas, and the Blue Valley schools offered just what they wanted for their two young children. The cul-de-sac location was another bonus. It came…

How One Local Businessman Turned an Empty Bottle into a Bright Idea

Did you know that recycling one glass bottle saves enough electricity to power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours? Hunt Magee, owner of KC Curbside Glass, understands this and is now shedding a lot of light on the glass recycling industry.

Dementia & Finances

The World Health Organization notes that an estimated 47.5 million people currently live with dementia, a syndrome that affects memory, thinking, behavior and ability to perform everyday activities. It can severely impact the ability to make financial decisions, and finding ways to help those with dementia manage their finances is critical to their health and well-being. These 5 tips can…

Meet Frances Valentine

Kate Valentine grew up in Kansas City. She met Andy Spade in 1983 at college and they moved to New York in 1986, when Kate started her career as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle. She saw a need for practical, stylish handbags and decided to create a smart, well-edited collection. She and her husband, Andy, began the company kate spade.…

Ten Talents Art

Trish Reed doesn’t hold back when it comes to expressing her enthusiasm for painting, and when you admire her work, you can’t help but wonder if perhaps she was a child prodigy in this regard. However, as she reveals her story, her professional background in education and technology was on the opposite end of the spectrum, and transitioning into the…

Wornall and Majors House Museums Host Kansas City’s Premier Garden Tour

The Tom Corbin Sculpture Garden is located behind Corbin’s studio: an historic firehouse located in Rosedale, Kansas. The garden is as meticulously sculpted as Corbin’s statues that also grace the garden. Corbin, whose bronze sculptures can be found in public installations at the United Nations, the Kauffman Foundation, the Firefighter’s Memorial, and more, will also open his studio to visitors.

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!

Gardening Success 
is a Fluid Situation

All along I considered hostas the lazy gardener’s hero. These attractive, leafy plants thrive in the shade where many other pretty things will not. They sprout flowers now and then, and best of all, they come back every year. Plant once, kick back forever, I thought. I was so buzzed by the idea this elegant ground cover would reappear every…