Not Home for the Holidays

While the rest of us are gathering around the Thanksgiving table and decking our halls, some of our fellow community members are leaving behind their own families to work long shifts where they will care, protect and serve. This holiday season, we give thanks for their service and sacrifice. 

Four ways to Give Back

There are countless opportunities to give in our surrounding communities this holiday season and beyond, and here are just a few we wanted to share with you. 

Red Door Woodfired Grill

Since 2013, Red Door Grill has been known to welcome their guests with the freshest, most flavorful food and excellent service, all while feeling right at home.  

Golden & Pine

Ethical production is a must at Golden & Pine.  Their designs come from all around the world, handcrafted by indigenous artisans or produced ethically in factories that pay a living wage, have good working conditions and guarantee no child labor.  Armadillo and Co., a rug line they carry, is the perfect example.  They are Australian designed and ethically handmade in India.  Armadillo and Co.…

Leawood Rotary Club members serve others – and have a good time doing it

Although Nancy Truitt has a special-needs son, she says that he never expects special treatment. All he asks is to be able to enjoy many of the same activities that other kids his age experience.

November 2018 Around Town

Most Wanted Auction Annually a class of dynamic, charismatic, charitable, passionate, hard-working professionals are chosen to be honored as KC’s Most Wanted.  Most Wanted Honorees are asked to tap into their talent, creativity and personal and professional resources to create a unique auction experience package to benefit BBBSKC. Most Wanted Auction packages are typically exciting, … Continued

Taste of Leawood

A Taste of Leawood at Town Center Plaza was the place to be, and it was a delicious success! Everything from fast-casual and fine dining options to delicious drinks and desserts were on display.  Crowd-favorite cover band Souled Out added to the festival vibe. Guests enjoyed The Photo Bus, and having their caricature drawings sketched by Marietta … Continued

Letter from the Editor

I am frequently asked what my favorite part of my job is as the editor of the Kansas City Lifestyle magazines, and the answer is always the same. In a world where there is so much divisiveness and negativity, I have the great privilege of being a part of sharing truly remarkable stories of people … Continued

Braden’s Hope Gala

Braden's Hope For Childhood Cancer held their seventh annual Hope Gala on September 29. The event was attended by over 1200 guests and $706,525! Braden's Hope funds $1,000,000 research study grants in Kansas City through Children's Mercy Hospital and KU Cancer Cancer.

KC Oktoberfest

 The KC Oktoberfest is the city’s largest traditional Oktoberfest, and is presented by KC Bier Co. at Crown Center. This was a two-day festival celebrating authentic Bavarian-style bier, food, entertainment, and family-friendly activities.   Photos by Brian Rice, KC Oktoberfest.

Kickball Tournament

The 3rd annual kickball tournament benefiting Save, Inc. was a success.  All funds raised went directly to SAVE, Inc. which supports Kansas City’s most vulnerable individuals and families. SAVE, Inc. provides comprehensive housing solutions to empower socially and medically disadvantaged people to improve their health and lead stable lives with personal dignity.

Leawood Officers Inspire Hope

 Leawood Officers Inspire Hope  To be a cop, you need to pass a physical ability test. You must be fast, agile and ready to run. That means muscle endurance and upper body and core strength. You must also have the emotional and intellectual capabilities required to deal with heated situations.  Leawood police officers meet all of those qualifications. They possess…

Home Sweet Home

Four years ago when this Leawood family was house hunting, they were originally looking for a traditional Colonial-style house, but instead found a Cape Cod style house where they pictured their daughters playing basketball in the driveway and swinging on an old-fashioned rope swing in one of the enormous trees in the backyard. Today those dreams have come to fruition…

Stylish Food

Trina Kahl gives a behind-the-scenes view of the art of food styling.

Foodtruck Roundup

Take the passion of a chef. Add an extra dash of ingenuity. Incorporate carefully sourced high-quality ingredients. Stir together in a tight space. Then take it all out on the road. The result? Food truck fare that surprises and delights our taste buds.

SISTERCHEFS:

Sisters Olga and Carolina Belmonte have a 12-year age gap, but the separation melts away when they get together to cook. These Leawood kitchen masters have been serving up Spanish culinary creations to their families and friends for years, and sometimes their guests have no words.  

STATES

Soccer (or football everywhere else in the world) is known as 'the beautiful game'. The finesse, the speed, the agility necessary to move the ball continuously for 90 minutes creates a ballet of athletic ability. No one knows this better than the members of Sporting KC, Kansas City's MLS team. Two of these players, defenders Matt Besler (Leawood resident) and Seth…

Letter from the Editor

Fall is synonymous with food for me.  Once the air becomes crisp and sweater weather is upon us, my crockpot starts to work in overtime and baking accelerates by a thousand.  Some of my favorite fall recipes are ones that have been passed down to me from my mother and grandmother. Food has a way … Continued

Roasted Hatch Chile Shrimp Sauté and Coconut Quinoa

Tamara Wise’s kitchen emits delicious, tantalizing, inviting aromas every hour of the day. Depending on the event or occasion, she is preparing food to serve. Whether grating garlic, sautéing shrimp, roasting peppers, drizzling salad dressing, or creating magic on a cake plate, she performs each step effortlessly. Cooking to her is almost like breathing. She is quite humble, and everyone who…

October 2018 Around Town

Now Open: Brow Bar Imagine looking in the mirror every morning and loving how your brows look before you even reach for your makeup bag! Here at BROW BAR, we believe every woman should have perfect brows. Our artist creates natural looking, beautifully architected brows that are unique to each of our clients. BROW BAR microblading can improve or create eyebrow … Continued

Joy(ce)

Most people’s first words are “Dada,” “Mommy,” “Mama” or one of the other variants of Mother and Daddy. My first word was “Nani.”

Truckin’ It In The Park

A Leawood food truck fest was held August 25th from 5-9 pm at Leawood City Park. The event featured live music by Cherry Bomb, as food trucks dished out customer favorites, and BRGR Kitchen + Bar served up adult beverages! Great weather and fun for all who participated.

Jasper’s Applecello Cake 

Chef Jasper shares his famous Applecello Cake recipe … a great fall treat using Louisburg Apple Cider, one of Kansas City’s best-known fall treats.

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.

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.   

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…

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. 

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…

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