Letter from the Creative Director

Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to “enflame” or to “breathe life into.” Doing things that inspire us energizes us and makes us feel more alive. Inspiration doesn’t always have to stem from natural talents and abilities but instead is something that motivates us and is about connecting with what we are passionate about deep within.

Stems: A Garden Soirée

Guests enjoyed Stems: A Garden Soirée on June 24 at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. More than 2,000 guests attended the 10-year celebration. Proceeds allow The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park to support Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, the Arboretum and city art installations.

Building Beauty from Fallen Forests

When Adrian Vogel looks at a tree, he envisions timeless beauty. He studies its gnarly trunk and its disorderly branches. He understands its life cycle—as a seed, a sapling and, finally, a mature tree. When a tree enters its elderly stage, Vogel’s instincts propel him to memorialize and celebrate the giant’s life.

James “SugEasy” Singleton

“God did not just create us for one thing; he created us for everything. My journey has taken me to dance.” According to James “SugEasy” Singleton, everyone is born knowing how to dance. It is an argument that he has often successfully debated, but it is also this belief that is a driving force within a profession that seems to…

Nate Trotter

Nate Trotter, contemporary artist, musician and father was born in Kansas City in 1975. As a young boy, he developed a keen interest in art and a love of drawing. This led him toward furthering his education in visual art. After his graduation from the Art Center of College and Design in Pasadena, California, he began his career in Los…

Get That in Writing

It wasn’t the cringeworthy bunny hop commercial auditions that enticed Joe Boothe to move from Leawood to Hollywood. He considers that his worst day ever in the biz. But it led him to his best day—last Christmas in Italy when Joe glanced up at Alexa, his wife of eight years, and realized he was living in it.

@CellaJaneBlog

Welcome to Cella Jane, a personal life and personal style blog written by Becky Hillyard. Founded in 2012 as an outlet for Becky’s love for fashion and beauty, Cella Jane became a place to showcase and document her personal style on a daily basis. Cella Jane, named after Becky’s grandmother, has allowed her to connect with the everyday gal and…

Brew with a View

A sold-out crowd joined came to Tacos & Beer on the Boulevard for cold beer on a hot night. Proceeds from the event benefit Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care, a safety net clinic which provides more than $1 million of charity care annually to residents of both Kansas and Missouri.

Children International

Children International is a global humanitarian organization whose vision is to connect lives, creating a poverty-free world for children, where their dreams are unleashed and their hope radiates into their communities. We invest in children, respect their unique beauty and potential, and compel others to join us.

Martial ‘Art’ in Motion

Troost Avenue is widely regarded as one of Kansas City’s most prominent dividing boundaries. Since the 1800s, the road has divided ethnic and racial communities between its western and eastern sides. It’s fitting, then, that an organization seeking to bring unity and community to the forefront of their cause has taken up residence along that same road.

Wild Whims

Ariel Thompson is a ceramic artist and jewelry designer based in Kansas City. Inspired by functional beauty, she creates timeless pieces to make any woman feel confident as her best self. Her small run jewelry line and hand-picked elements create unique styles for the modern woman building a whimsical life.

Lester Estelle Sr.

Many fans of music may believe that all guitar players are basically the same. Those who sit in the audience when local musician Lester Estelle Sr. plays know otherwise. With unorthodox tuning, unconventional technique and undeniable passion, it is evident to even the most casual listener that his style is one of a kind. His ability and talent transcends genre…

Letter from the Creative Director

With summer in full swing, my house has become a revolving door of neighbor kids and friends coming and going, continual trips to the grocery store, campouts in the backyard (by the way, birds start chirping at 4:00 a.m.) and baseball, baseball and more baseball. It seems like no matter how hard I try to keep our summers from filling…

I-lan Delegation Visit

The city of Leawood welcomed I-lan, Taiwan Mayor Tsung-Yuan Chiang and delegates with a whirlwind tour throughout the Kansas City metro and the countryside as they celebrated their Sister City relationship. The group participated in several activities, visited many 
landmarks and dined at local restaurants.

Marian Hope’s Trivia Night

Smarties from across Kansas City came together for a night of trivia, costumes and fun at Marian Hope's Trivia Night with the real winners being the children benefiting from Marian Hope's services and support.

Summer Eats and Treats

Instructions: Thinly slice meat, and layer remaining ingredients on corn tortilla. Drizzle with avocado sour cream dressing and serve.

Floral Flourish

In 2014, Leslie Brett embarked on a path of floral creativity with longtime friend Chuck Matney and today their business, The Little Flower Shop at the Westwood Hills Shops, is in full bloom. Enter through one front door of the cozy shop, and you’ll see floral designers at work fashioning everything from single stems or a $25 grab-and-go bouquet to…

THE SUMMER PUNCH LIST

To see more fashion picks from Cella Jane, visit CellaJane.com or Instagram.com/CellaJaneBlog.

The Swimwear Edit

The Swimwear Edit—as summertime heats up, stay cool in this season's hottest swimwear.

Kindest Kansas Citian Awards Gala

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 enjoyed a heartwarming evening filled with food, fun and inspiring stories of kindness. The gala celebrates the ripple effect of kindness and benefits Synergy Services' work to stop bullying and overcome violence in our community.

Kansas City Royals Honorary First Pitch

Leawood Kansas Mayor Peggy Dunn and I-Lan, Taiwan Mayor Tsung-Yuan Chiang threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Kansas City Royals game to celebrate their sister city relationship at Kauffman Stadium. Special thanks to Jonathan Rosa of the Royals for his assistance and to Jason Hanna of Jason Hanna Photography for these amazing photos.

Veterans Community Project

Veterans Community Project was founded on the belief that one homeless veteran is one too many, which is why the nonprofit is on a mission to eliminate veteran homelessness by providing transitional housing and access to exceptional social services. Founders Chris Stout, CEO; Kevin Jamison, chief operations officer; Bryan Meyer, chief legal officer; and Brandonn Mixon, facilities director, are all…

Tavern at Mission Farms

Tavern at Mission Farms is an American-style restaurant located in Mission Farms. It features a diverse menu with an elevated twist on American classics. Great salads, sandwiches and seafood including a fresh catch of the day, as well as the hand-cut steaks, pastas and brunch dishes are all prepared fresh and tweaked in such a way that makes them unique…

Staycation in KC

No need to pack a suitcase—just pack this short list. Be a fan. Be one with nature—or not. Learn the backstory of your favorite summer brew. Be transported to an ancient culture. Meet some cool cats. Indulge in amazing eats—not just barbecue. Kansas City is where it’s at for amazing summer adventures.

Choose Your Brew

Mix-and-Match the Perfect Six Pack for Summer

Letter From The Creative Director

With June being our men’s issue, coinciding with Father’s Day, I wanted to pay tribute to a phenomenal man in my life: my dad. My father is a man of few words, but when he speaks, people want to listen because he is full of wisdom and love. He listens to understand first and doesn’t always have to be understood.…

Our SEVILLE OUTDOOR LIVING Top Picks

Seville's outdoor living collection is beautifully classic and elegant. Shop their outdoor sale to customize your patio this summer.

K.C. Beard Balms

Quality, craftsmanship and originality are the guiding principles at K.C. Beard Balms. These beard balms are all natural, all-in-one, handcrafted, individually batched and made with love in Kansas City. Corey Quinonez, owner and founder and his partner, Jennifer Karns, are the duo behind the brand.

Men’s Fashion

ULAH located at 4707 Rainbow Blvd., Westwood

SoTempting

In taking a brisk walk on Grand Boulevard near downtown Kansas City, it would be easy to stroll right past this inconspicuous establishment. But, by engaging in a more leisurely pace, a glance up would reveal a golden key which seems to direct the way to a vast black door with flattering accents. The air of mystery and intrigue will…

David Beal

David Beal's contemporary and classic oil portraits not only convey a likeness of the sitter, but it’s said his work captures the spirit and character of the individual subject. Beal began his professional painting career while in his teenage years in upstate Ohio. At the age of 16, he was recognized by President Gerald Ford for his large-scale murals, depictions…

Calling for Causes

George Nigro has been announcing at auctions and chanting for charity since his teens. Still going strong nearly 40 years later, he and his band of brothers spend several nights a week calling for cash in a city full of philanthropists.

Letter from the Creative Director

I have had the privilege of having so many inspirational women in my life as role models, mentors and friends- women who build each other up and strengthen each other. As I reflect on the many amazing women who have touched my life and impacted me in so many ways over the years, I see the beautiful faces of so…

May 2017 Around Town

On December 3, Erica Vlasic, of Leawood, married Matthew Zarse, of Lawrence, at The Church of the Nativity in Leawood. Almost everyone involved in making their wedding a wonderful day had a Leawood connection. The reception was held at The Venue in Leawood. Leawood resident Mario Brancato catered the event and his band, Flashback, kept guests dancing on a packed…

Leawood Entrepreneur Arlene Ladegaard

When you first meet Arlene Ladegaard, principal designer and owner of Design Connection Inc., if you sense an upbeat, energetic, spirited, generous, fun-loving and engaging personality, then please don’t waver from that initial conclusion. Blessed with a keen eye for design and an innate ability to understand her clients, Ladegaard presents as a winning combination of experience and passion for…

Local Mother’s Day Gift Finds

Celebrate the amazing mothers in your life with something she will love this Mother's Day!

Simple Elegance

Kindra Browne, founder of SimpIe Elegance, began her career in the wedding industry in 1996 when the need to find something she could do on her own while balancing the demands of raising a family was her reality.

A Mother’s Love

There are stories of motherhood that sit deep in the soul, grapple with emotions and send waves of inspiration that challenge everything known about a mother’s love. For Julie Chamberlin and Jenise Miller, their story encompasses this but is also one wrapped in faith, hope and sacrifice. It is a story worthy of praise and a tale of motherhood that…

Travel Edit/ Checkmate

Head to the desert in style with Steps of Style blogger Amy Dreyer for a girls trip filled with sun, fun and mid-century magic.

The Single Mom KC

The Single MOM KC (TSMKC) is a nonprofit organization that uses the gift of hospitality to create a welcoming and safe environment for single mothers in the Kansas City metro area. They offer love, support and guidance through the following:

DIY Vanilla Orange Sugar Scrub

Create your own DIY sugar scrub for a perfect Mother's Day gift for the women in your life.

Inspirational Women of Leawood

You may know her as your sister, your mom, your friend, your daughter. She is the woman who thinks of others first and strives to make a difference in the world around them, a woman who knows her true purpose with such confidence that she will influence generations to come by the example set forth. There are many inspirational women…

Flowers

Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. 

Letter from the Creative Director

Spring is here! I am so excited about what this season brings to our city with the amazing weather and the opening of so many outdoor venues. There really is so much to do in our community and surrounding areas as the weather starts to warm up, and best of all, the warmer weather means my kids are constantly outside…

NCL Senior Recogniton

The Kansas City Chapter of National Charity League held its senior recognition on March 5 at Grand Street Café, celebrating 20 high school seniors from across the metro. NCL is dedicated to improving communities through volunteerism. This 2017 class logged more than 9,000 community service hours over the last six years.

April 2017 Around Town

Pour for More, a signature cocktail event benefiting KidsTLC will be held April 28. The Nantucket-inspired evening will be held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and funds will be raised for residential psychiatric treatment, outpatient behavioral health, homeless outreach to teens, children with autism and parent support services. Guests will explore the museum’s unique galleries, indulge in farm-fresh…

Arti Gras

A juried art show featuring over 100 artists held its opening night reception on February 17 at the Lodge at Ironwoods Park. Patrons enjoyed viewing and voting for their favorite art, great themed food, beverages and music. Arti Gras is presented by the Leawood Arts Council and the Leawood Foundation.

From Broadway With Love

A musical revue of Broadway songs about romance by outstanding vocalists was dedicated to Valentine’s Day. All performances featured complimentary desserts provided by Corner Bakery Café and beverages. The musical revue was held February 10-12 in the Oak Room of Leawood City Hall.

ecafé Serves Up the Perfect Blend of Business and Community

Located at 10650 Roe Avenue is a most ingenious hybrid—a coffee shop and coworking center all delightfully wrapped into one. As its name implies, ecafé offers an ideal blend of social and professional opportunities for mobile and home-based workers.

Jax Fishhouse & Oyster Bar

It is no secret that geographical location affects food choices. Being in the Midwest that choice is often comfort foods, brimming with satisfying starches and savory traditions. There's nothing wrong with these treats, but what if seafood is the mission? Particularly authentic, fresh and superb seafood? This may seem like a culinary fantasy best left for a visit to a…