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.

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…

Artful Design

 Article Natalie Fieleke  An Overland Park couple possessed gallery-worthy modern art pieces, but not yet the showcase for them. So they turned to Arlene Ladegaard, principal designer at Design Connection, Inc., to transform their newly-purchased contemporary home into an art-collector’s dream space.  Ladegaard drew design inspiration from their collection – settling on a color palette of corals, oranges, and blues…

September 2018 Around Town

Botanical Brewfest Join us for the 2018 Botanical Brewfest  on October 13th for the most beautiful beer tasting event in the metro. VIP Party starts at 3 p.m., General Admission at 4 p.m. for an all-inclusive ticket. Taste more than 90 craft beers from 40 breweries, and enjoy Food Music and dancing Botanical Brewfest Souvenir tasting glass Games and … Continued

Letter from the Editor

 Our September issue is dedicated to Fashion and Style. While working on this issue, I couldn’t help reflect on my own love of fashion and clothing and how much it has morphed over the years. I love looking back at old photos and seeing the fashion trends of the day so heavily reflected. It brings … Continued

Meet the Stylist: Amani Skalacki

 Article Allison Swan  Amani Skalacki is the local stylist and artist taking over the fashion scene in Kansas City and beyond. She turned her interest in fashion and knowledge of accessories into a successful career in fashion, editorial and advertising in local and national magazines and advertising campaigns. Her portfolio includes jewelry and accessories design, wardrobe, prop and set styling,…

Houndstooth

 Photography Paul Versluis  Tell us a little bit about how Houndstooth got its start.  I am a third generation tailor. My grandfather owned a tailor shop in Brookside, and my father's shop was located in Overland Park. While running my father's business, I always would keep an eye on downtown real estate for what I thought was the perfect spot…

Thoroughly Mentionable MADI

 Article Lisa Moyer  It has all the makings of the latest Netflix series set in the heart of KC – a city with an emerging reputation as a hub for socially conscious urban startups.  The main character is Hayley Besheer Santell -- a gorgeous, loveable, hardworking millennial entrepreneur with a wide smile and even wider heart. She embraces challenges, takes…

Connected World

 Article and Photography  A common question asked when one goes into garment design is "What is your target market?" So when faced with that question, Earl Brown wanted to have a brand that included everyone, hence the name Connected World.  Earl's take on fashion is clothing with a conscience. 

Out of this World

 Article and Photography  Q&A with Nest Interiors Design  Tell us a little bit about this space and what the goals were from the homeowners when starting the project.

Providing for Pets

 Article Natalie Fieleke  Ways to help nurture kids’ hearts for animals in need  It seemed like a simple enough plan: Go to the pet store. Purchase fish tank water neutralizer. Go home. But our five-minute visit soon turned into a longer, more emotional trip as my son began naming mice to bring home, and my daughter fell in love with…

LEAWOOF-Leawood’s dog oasis

 Article Ruth Baum Bigus | Photography Paul Versluis     (Editor’s note: Ruth Baum Bigus is the proud owner of Maya, a Catahoula she and her husband Larry rescued four years ago. They are frequent visitors to Leawoof.)

Fashion Trends for the Family

 Article and Photography  If there's anyone who know what it's like to be a busy, working mom, it's Cella Jane Blogger, Becky Hillyard. Sure, her life may look perfectly primped on Instagram, but underneath it all she's a mom, just trying to get by and look good doing it. That's why we enlisted her style expertise.   

The Roasterie: Celebrating 25 Years

 Article Allison Swan | Photography Paul Versluis  For the past 25 years, The Roasterie has been sourcing the world’s best coffee beans from countries around the globe, building personal relationships with farmers who operate small, local coffee farms. Those beans are then air-roasted to perfection in Kansas City and sold to coffee lovers here and beyond.   

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…

Senior Star at Villa Ventura

 Article Alan Goforth | Photography Provided  The term "rest home" has become as outdated as eight-track tapes, bell-bottom pants and lava lamps. With a jam-packed social calendar, challenging workouts and meals to rival fine restaurants, who has time to rest?  "This is not your grandparents' nursing home," said Peter Crane, executive director of Senior Star at Villa Ventura in south…

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…

Creating an Adventurous Space

 Article Vanessa Johnson | Photography Paul Versluis  I wanted to design a space for my son that would allow his curiosity and his imagination to grow.  I didn’t want bulky furniture taking up most of the room, so I choose this fun open bed frame to begin my inspiration.   The main elements were the black and white, natural wood elements, and…

Letter from the Editor

I have always been a person who adores kids. Growing up the second oldest of ten children, taking care of younger siblings sort of came with the territory, and I loved every part of it. That love of children continued in college as I chose a profession where I could work with kids daily and … Continued

Stems: A Garden Soiree

More than 2,000 guests attended the 11th year of Stems: A Garden Soiree. Proceeds from the event allow the Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park to support Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, The Arboretum  and city art installations. 

Marine Murphy

 Article Alan Goforth | Photography Provided  Losing a piece of luggage is a nuisance for most people. For Martin "Murph" Murphy of Leawood, it triggered a sequence of events that landed him in some of the fiercest battles of World War II.  "I did Marine boot camp in San Diego," says Martin, now 93. "After we graduated, trucks pulled up…

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…

Backyard Oasis

 Photography Paul Versluis  When this Leawood family moved into their gorgeous home eight years ago, they knew they wanted to create a backyard space that would be the ideal backdrop to create family memories for years to come. With a very large extended family and two teenaged daughters, they wanted a space that was welcoming and enjoyable to host get-togethers for…

Elevate Kindness Challenge

 Article Angela Broockerd | 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…

Summer Living at Seville Home

 Article and Photography  Find your favorite outdoor pieces to match any style at Seville Home.    

July 2018 Around Town

Cocherl Family Marks 10th Year of Providing Graduates Life-Changing Scholarships Sixteen Blue Valley School District students received the opportunity of a lifetime today thanks to the Cocherl family of Leawood. Ten years ago, the family set up a scholarship fund to help Blue Valley students continue their education after leaving high school. To date, the … Continued

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

Gridiron Grunts

 Article Ruth Baum Bigus | Photography Provided  When first meeting John Selman, what strikes you is his friendly manner, pleasant smile and soft Kentucky drawl. A father of five and husband of Overland Park police officer Betsy Selman, John is a program specialist/employment development for Region 7 for FEMA, spending his time training and teaching government employees.  However, it wasn’t long…

Kindest Kansas Citian Awards

Over 400 guests enjoyed a beautiful evening at the Kansas City Zoo, as they gathered to celebrate kindness at Synergy Services’ 28th annual Kindest Kansas Citian Awards. More than $180,000 was raised to support community education programs Synergy provides to teach healthy relationship skills and prevent family violence.

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Keeping It Real:

 Article Lisa Moyer | Photography Paul Versluis  VanBrock respects that a fine jewelry collection doesn’t happen overnight. It’s the culmination of a lifetime of celebrating life’s happiest moments.  “Not every occasion is a jewelry occasion, but when it is, we hope you will think of us,” says VanBrock associate Kristina Klug.

Darryl Burton

 Article Adriane Taylor | Photography Paul Versluis  There is a calm and gentle spirit about Darryl Burton. He is both self-assured and reassuring, confident and unassuming. He wears the smile of a man who is steadfast in his faith and the gleam in his eyes hint of an awe-inspiring future. And he tells a story so awesome its weight is…

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

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.

June 2018 Around Town

The 11th Annual Stems: A Garden Soirée The 11th Annual Stems: A Garden Soirée on Saturday, June 23, 2018! Come savor an evening of art, music, food and wine. Sip wine. Taste delicious food from 25 top restaurants and caterers. Enjoy art, music, fireworks, beautiful surroundings and more. Proceeds support a vision of recreational and cultural enrichment and … Continued

The Leawood Woman’s Club celebrated 58 years

The Leawood Woman’s Club celebrated 58 years of friendship through social opportunities, enriching lives through educational, cultural, charitable and philanthropic endeavors. They offered special interest departments to entertain members, but also raised and gifted nearly $400,000.00 to local charities. This final luncheon featured a photographic history of the club.

Blue River Cycling Club

 Article Alan Goforth | Photography Paul Versluis  The world's top cyclists will compete in the prestigious Tour de France early next month. Leawood residents, however, can check out skilled road racers, mountain bikers and cyclocross competitors, and gravel grinders without ever leaving Kansas.  

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.  

Jim Wood

 Article Provided | Photography Paul Versluis    Jim Wood graduated from Rockhurst high school in 1973 and went on to earn an accounting degree from the University of Missouri.

Pacheco

 Article Adriane Taylor | Photography Provided    "It’s not just my business; it’s my ministry." -Danielle Pacheco, co-owner

Don’t Skip Leg Day

 Photography Joel Schneider  David Bromberg knows that half the battle is making it to the mat. As a wellness coach and team lead at Cerner and a personal trainer and fitness coach at David Bromberg Fitness, he creates customized workouts for his clients that focus on their personal goals and fit into their lifestyles. While everyone can agree that Chris…

Movers and Shakers

 Article Angela Broockerd | Photography Paul Versluis  The Mayor  Peggy Dunn

Hermann, Missouri, is Flowing with Every Ingredient Necessary for a Memory-Making Girls Trip

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Provided  Hermann, Missouri, is a lush piece of Missouri history, just a short drive or Amtrak trip away. Originally settled in 1837, this community of wineries maintains its quaint, unique feel with a never-ending array of activities to enjoy—namely, wine tasting! Wineries are all in close range of walking or the trolley or shuttle. There…

Reinventing Your Kitchen

 Article Natalie Fieleke  A plethora of reasons draws clients to Arlene Ladegaard for their kitchen reinventions. Some homeowners seek improved function for their kitchens, others want to freshen up the style of their home on a budget, while some clients pursue a completely new kitchen within their existing space which allows for endless possibilities.  

Regarding Kitchens Celebrates 20 Years

 Article Natalie Fieleke | Photography Paul Versluis  In 1998, Overland Park resident Bev Gilbert and her then-fiancé, Bruce, launched Regarding Kitchens, a full-
service design-build firm specializing in kitchens and bathrooms.   

A Spring Table

 Photography Paul Versluis  Yields one layer cake or 24 mini cakes  

Mindy Corporon

 Article and Photography  Mindy Corporon had it all—a successful career as the CEO of a wealth management firm who, as a wife, mother and daughter was leading a happy life living suburban Johnson County. A former Kansas City Chiefs and University of Oklahoma cheerleader, Mindy enjoyed spending time with her family and a vast network of friends she and husband,…

Letter from the Editor

Who I am as a woman is a compilation of my life experiences, my faith, what I have overcome and largely the family that has come before me, laying the foundation of what it means to be a good person, to follow God, to serve, to be humble and to treat others with love and … Continued

Baldwin’s Private Grand Opening Party

Baldwin opened up its new store concept, creating an unparalleled shopping experience for KC at Baldwin Market, located on the Country Club Plaza at 422 Nichols Road. The store’s private grand opening event was a celebration of the new space and spring collection. Guests enjoyed locally sourced cocktails, light bites and music by DJ Fat Sal.  

Elevate

 Photography Janie Jones    Our newest Elevate Kindness Challenge winner, Mikey’s Meals, comes from Indian Trail Middle School. Mikey’s Meals started as just a discussion between Mikey and his mom. After noticing that several kids at his school were not able to pay for a school lunch, he wanted to do something to help. He did his research and discovered…