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…

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…

Summer Living at Seville Home

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

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…

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…

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…

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

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.  

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,…

A Spring Table

 Photography Paul Versluis  Yields one layer cake or 24 mini cakes  

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.   

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.  

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

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…

Letter from the Editor

Spring is here, and I am more than ready to get out and enjoy the outdoors. I openly embrace the upcoming season of shuffling kids to soccer, baseball and track which lends itself to spending a great deal of time outside in the fresh air. Aside from the early morning spring soccer games that can be painfully cold at times, I love…

Let the Adventure Begin

We didn’t set out to be campers. In fact, after a crazy remote Colorado experience, my husband knows sleeping in a tent isn’t an option for our family—mostly me. We enjoy city dwelling and artisan coffee and spend much of our weekends watching our kids thrive in their activities. Even though we like our comforts, we don’t want them to…

Leawood’s Lunar New Year Celebration

A celebratory evening was held on February 18 at Ironhorse Golf Club to usher in the 2018 Lunar Year of the Dog. Hosted by Mayor Peggy Dunn, the Leawood City Council and the I-Lan Sister City Committee, the event celebrated the 30th anniversary of the sisterhood of Leawood and I-Lan, Taiwan.

April 2018 Around Town

Kansas City-based luxury watchmaker Niall relocated their flagship retail store from the Country Club Plaza to Park Place in Leawood in January. While The Plaza was the right place for Niall to start, it wasn’t necessarily the right place for Niall to grow. About 80 percent of Niall's customers reside in Leawood, so the Park Place space adds convenience and…

Pink Bee Lady

If you ever stop to wonder where the food you eat comes from, it might surprise you that a significant proportion is provided by bees in one way or another. Unfortunately, honeybees are disappearing in record numbers, but people like Kristin Simeroth, of Leawood, are avid beekeepers, and their efforts help save these pollinators.

Elevate 
Winner

Elevate, Lifestyle Publications' monthly 
kindness challenge in the Blue Valley and Olathe school district middle schools is intended to encourage and motivate students to find creative ways to spread positivity and kindness in their school. Students in both districts are invited on a monthly basis to come up with an idea that spreads positivity. They can create a video showing their project in action.

Granite Garage Floors

Now that the long winter finally has given way to spring, many homeowners are cleaning their houses from the basement to the attic. Greg Slicker reminds them also to pay attention to a part of the home that many people overlook: the garage floor.

Vegan Spring Street Tacos

Shane Wilson came to be a vegan slowly—he started by cutting meat occasionally from his diet, then transitioned into full-time vegetarianism. Then he met his wife, Tara, a vegan with a knack for baking. Now, this vegan household finds tasty ways to eschew animal byproducts while celebrating the best of the season, as he does with these spring vegetable street…

Scraps KC: 
repurposing the community

Kansas City is a community with an essence of giving, a populace that acts when presented with a need, and a sodality that embodies lifting others up when they are down. Pair this with people willing to take a progressive approach in developing creative ways that honor the environment through the reuse of everyday materials, the repurposing of supplies, and…

Leawood 
Garden 
Club

The mission of the Leawood Garden Club is to beautify our homes, gardens and surroundings; exchange ideas in gardening; stimulate and encourage the love of gardening; and encourage civic beautification. We are a fun-loving group, and the club is a wonderful place to learn about gardening with our excellent garden program speakers and our Horticultural Hints. In addition, we have the Show of the Month that covers many eclectic topics.  

The 44th Annual Snow Ball

The 44th Annual Snow Ball benefiting Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas was record-breaking, raising $3,147,910. This year's event was sold-out, with an all-time high of 2,000 supporters attending the black-tie gala on Saturday, January 20, at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Letter from the Editor

I love decorating and remodeling, and, as I have shared before, having a contractor as a father has definitely influenced my love of transforming spaces. He taught us all how to do it ourselves, and, to this day, my dad will come over in a heartbeat to help with a project that needs an extra hand or is out of…

March 2018 Around Town

This full-scale restaurant, known for its high-end lounge and acclaimed mac & cheese burger, includes a fully renovated 4,300-square-foot space in Leawood’s Park Place. The space will seat 118 indoors and 76 with an additional 1,200 square feet of outdoor seating. The Ainsworth will serve lunch and dinner daily, as well as weekend brunch offered on both Saturday and Sunday. The mac &…

A Home Away From Home

Room to roam and spaces to connect are integral to Red Rock Ranch, a multihome estate situated on 1,000 acres of rolling foothills in Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley. While cabin rentals and dude ranches abound, this rustic yet luxurious ranch estate sleeps up to 50 guests across three spacious homes and falls in a lodging category with few others.

Get the Look

 the nursery  Venturing into boy territory is a whole new world, and the nursery was kind of my first run at it.  It took me awhile to finish, but well worth the wait.  I fell in love with the dresser from The Land of Nod, and it was the first piece I found, so I started to pick pieces to match…

Rooted KC

It all began when my husband and I started to establish who we were in our own home by experimenting with design. It didn’t take long to realize that we had found our passion of revitalizing homes and that we wanted to share it with others. Long story short, we began to receive phone calls asking for advice and if…

Kitchen
 Design
 Gallery

Shawn McCune of Kitchen Design Gallery has used his masterful skills to earn a reputation in the metro as a designer who digs deeper, scales higher and throws in a dash of genius.

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS | 
KANSAS CITY HOMES | LEAWOOD

 BETTER HOMES & GARDENS | KANSAS CITY HOMES | LEAWOOD  Suzy Goldstein and partner Erich don’t just SELL Leawood—they live here. Standing at the helm of The Goldstein Team, their names are synonymous with setting the gold standard in the metro real estate market. They list and sell the most beautiful homes in our community, and they are revving up…

Letter from the Editor

Our February issue is dedicated to makers and entrepreneurs, which is always a favorite theme of mine. It is so interesting to me to hear about what inspires people to go after a dream or to create something that is unique that they have put a piece of their heart and soul into—something that is their own that they share…

Stand Up for Synergy

Synergy Services furthers its mission of being a safe haven to those who have survived abuse, neglect and violence with its hilarious benefit, Stand Up for Synergy. St. Louis native and NBC's Last Comic Standing, Kathleen Madigan, headlined the event, which also included a cocktail reception, dinner and auction.