Making It Count for Our Veterans

 Article Tammy Richards | Photography Provided  For Dale and Megan Duncan, summer 2011 began as it had many times before. They were living with their three sons in a comfortable suburban neighborhood among families like their own. However, on Aug. 6, the doorbell rang and brought news that would change their lives forever. Their oldest son, Spencer, an Army Specialist with…

Patio Roundup

 Article and Photography  If you are looking for a patio with a fun atmosphere, delicious food and a variety of local beers on tap, Kansas City has no shortage of spots to enjoy. We picked a sampling of a few of our favorite patios around town to enjoy on a summer night.   Taco Republic

Elevate Kindness Challenge

 Photography Paul Versluis and Janie Jones  The Lifestyle Publications Elevate Kindness Challenge, our yearlong initiative that encouraged local middle school students to brainstorm ways to cultivate kindness in their buildings, finished its final round at the close of the school year. Our last round was a challenge for the teachers and administrators in each building to come up with an…

Luxury Living at Riverview

 Article Allison Swan | Photography Paul Versluis  The Bluffs at Riverview in Shawnee is the third and final phase of the Riverview Community. Spectacular sites are available now, with the new phase offering an outstanding selection of quality builders and award-winning plans. Spanning 80 acres, this Don Julian and Mike Gipple community has more than 60 new home sites on…

Letter from the Editor

Every summer my family comes up with a bucket list of activities that we want to do over our three-month break from school. The kids each add their favorite activities, and invariably we always have several camps to work around. An all-time favorite to add to the list every year is visiting cousins that live out … Continued

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…

Pacheco’s Cleaning Service

 Article Adriane Taylor | Photography Nina Skaggs  "It’s not just my business; it’s my ministry." -Danielle Pacheco, co-owner  A glimpse inside Danielle Pacheco’s life would reflect a loving family, a beautiful home, a successful business and a welcoming spirit. While all these things are true, there is also much more lingering below the surface: a tumultuous past, a turbulent love…

July 2018 Around Town

Bliss Plaza Event Venue Undergoes Renovations Bliss Plaza Event Venue, under new ownership, has just completed a major renovation and update of its beautiful space. “Brides who booked last year have been thrilled with the new bride’s and groom’s dressing rooms,” says Carla Griffin, event director. The renovations also included opening up the main space … Continued

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…