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…

Sponsorship from Audi Shawnee Mission

 Article Alan Goforth | Photography Travis Carroll and Paul Versluis  John Coats admits he is more of a spectator than a competitor when it comes to cycling.  

Sparking Relationships, Igniting Dreams

 Article Adriane Taylor | Photography Janie Jones  In asking Ignite owner Lars Hanson about where he is today and the events that have brought him there, a warm smile emerges, and he candidly says, “I don’t know if I can take credit for the growth of our training program. I feel like God had this whole plan orchestrated long before…

Elevate Kindness Challenge

 Article and Photography    The winners of our final student round of Elevate came from Prairie Trail Middle School. These four girls created a Positivity Wall in their school that the entire student body could choose to participate in to create a more positive environment.

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…

Letter from the Editor

A coach has the incredible power and privilege of shaping and mentoring young people to develop, mature and grow in all areas of their life. They are not only fine-tuning skills and training athletes to excel, but they are investing in shaping character and lifelong skills that can be applied in all areas of life.  … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Now Open: The Sjokolade Bar The Sjokolade Bar – Fine Artisan Chocolates and Dessert Bar is now open in Oak Park Mall. Nadine Smith is a graduate of the Ecole chocolatier program. Sjokolade offers cakes, pies, ice cream, crepes, specialty items and caters special events.  The 11th Annual Stems: A Garden Soirée The 11th Annual … Continued

Parade of Homes Sneak Preview Mixer

Lettiann & Associates Real Estate Services LLC partnered with Lifestyle Publications to host a Spring Parade of Homes sneak preview mixer at the Communities of River Ridge – Final Phase. Food and drink were generously provided by Consentinos and First American Title, and there was an abundance of door prizes donated by many fantastic vendors!

A Peek Inside the Kansas City Automotive Museum

 Photography Travis Carroll  In 2011, a group of automotive enthusiasts set out to open a world-class automobile museum in Kansas City. Two years of grassroots marketing and four awards later, the Kansas City Automotive Museum received its first major donation, making the long-awaited Museum possible for our community.