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Those who know me well know that I am a Midwestern suburban girl, through and through. When I visit other parts of the country and get a whiff of the eccentricities that make for regional differences, I’m only reminded that I crave the Midwestern values on which I was raised. And when I visit friends or family who live in…

Leopold Gallery Unveils Royal Art

Leopold Gallery recently debuted a painting by local artist William Rose that captures the essence of the Royals’ World Series championship. The 6’ by 8’ canvas combines the player celebration after the final win and the city's parade. The piece hangs in the lobby at Kaufman Stadium. Photography Susan Motley

Shawanoe Elementary Building Dedication

Students and staff at Shawanoe Elementary recently invited members of the community to an official grand opening event. Students and staff members officially began their first week of learning in the new building in March and includes an expanded cafeteria, music classrooms, a Maker Space and more.

Rotary Celebrates Centennial at Lake Quivira

The Kansas City, Kansas, Rotary Club recently held its Centennial Celebration at Lake Quivira Country Club. The Club celebrated with a social hour, dinner and program. The evening included proclamations of congratulations from Mayor Mark Holland and John Donovan, Rotary District Governor, as well as a special presentation.

CASA’s Promise of Hope Event

A record-breaking crowd of over 900 attended the Promise of Hope luncheon, a benefit for CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties. The event raised funds to help recruit and train more volunteers desperately needed to advocate on behalf of abused/neglected children under court protection. Photography by DigitalPhotoJoe

Around Town

Carlye Hemphill and Patrick Stone, an up and coming amateur couple, recently competed in the USA Dance Nationals representing Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club. The competition took place in Baltimore, Maryland, where 1,200 athletes competed in six styles of DanceSport and in all proficiency levels. Competitors, ranging from age 5-70, showcased their best athletic and artistic talents to win…

The Generous Hearts of The Rob Ellerman Team Make Anyone Feel Right at Home

The late Anne Frank once noted, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” The Rob Ellerman Team with Reece Nichols has embraced that statement tenfold and through its accomplishments in giving, great success has been realized. However, success for this team does not just equate to its bottom line or the countless awards that adorn walls. This team’s success…

School is Like family to BVNW’s Jackson

Darien Jackson played his freshman year at Blue Valley Northwest making it to the junior varsity team. Just prior to his sophomore year, he learned that the Kansas State High School Activities Association had ruled under the transfer rule that he had to play on the sub-varsity level during the 2014-15 season. He could have gone to another school, but…

Savers: Finding New Homes for Quality Castoffs

That might sound like a bold statement; unrealistic, even, given the odds. But Savers has the stats to back it up: every day, each store sorts through approximately two tons of donated products and puts between five and six thousand new items on store shelves. Every year, it recycles 650 million tons of products and is the largest recycler of…

Ask the Designer

Question: We have lived in our home for 30 years and the kitchen cabinets are worn and dated. I love the look of white cabinets that are popular now, but will they date my kitchen in a few years? Answer: We are asked this question frequently. White cabinets are like a breath of fresh air, but many older homes will…

The Pool is Calling and I Must Go

With bursts of color worthy of a tropical painting, this outdoor living space is bright, luxurious and inviting. Once you grab a cocktail and take a seat, you may never want to leave. The Pavilions of Leawood sits right along the edge of southern Leawood and Overland Park and homeowners enjoy the benefits of being in the Blue Valley School…

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…

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.

Light Fixture Regret is Real

If you have trouble making decisions, and you need a new light fixture in your house, dark times might be ahead. The sheer number of choices you’ll have to muddle through will make you wish you could just throw a dart and not care. But that’s not an option, is it?

Personalized Patio Dining & More

Started by a Johnson County mom, La Plates is an online boutique of customizable pieces, the perfect place to add style to your summer entertaining. From melamine to acrylic, you can pick designs, colors, monogram or customize text. La Plates makes the perfect personalized twist to any event. Clients can design a single item as a hostess gift or personalize…

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.