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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.  

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…

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 &…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

Kicks 4 Kids KC

The Kicks 4 Kids event, held November 30, generated more than $66,000 in net proceeds to benefit underserved children. Patrick Sallee, CEO, announced the merger of Turner House Children’s Clinic, Silver City Health Center and the Children’s Campus Kansas City clinic into one organization: Vibrant Health – Wyandotte Neighborhood Clinics.

Breakfast with Santa

Kids of all ages ate a delicious Leawood Lions' pancake and sausage breakfast and had their photo taken with Santa on December 2. They also participated in many activities at the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse's Holiday Traditions on the Prairie and at the Nature Center's Holiday Open House.

Crooked Branch Studio

Paul Kaster is the founder of Crooked Branch Studio, a local company creating unique handmade wooden bow ties that combine craftsmanship and style. With similar qualities of a classic, fabric bow tie, these wooden ties are smooth to the touch, rich in color and adjustable, making comfort a standard of every piece. Kaster was inspired to start his own business…

Persaud Creative

Persaud Creative works with churches and nonprofits to build their brands. Michael Persaud, a native of Guyana, started Persaud Creative in 2011. Before that, he was instrumental in growing his church.

Behind the Brush

Joseph Lorusso was born in Chicago in 1966 and received his formal training at the American Academy of Art. He went on to receive his bachelor's in fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. Born of Italian descent, Lorusso was exposed to art at an early age. Through several early trips to Italy, his parents introduced him to the…

Elevate

This month’s winner of our kindness challenge comes from Chisholm Trail Middle School. This young man created an area in his middle school lunchroom called The Buddy Table for students who may be having a bad day, need a friend or someone to talk to. All you have to do is sit at the table and, when others notice, they will…

Grünauer

Authentic Germanic cuisine is served at Grünauer in Kansas City, offering locals the chance to experience European fare without ever leaving the heart of America.

Transforming Interiors

Any home renovation takes a heaping helping of know-how coupled with ambitious inspiration to effortlessly partner form and function with express aesthetics and elegance. Arlene Ladegaard, principal designer of Design Connection Inc., helped this active family of six transform the home in which they had been living for 15 years, taking it from its late 20th-century look and beautifully ushering in…

DIY Pom Earrings

Colorful yarn
+ Scissors
+ Necklace chain
+ Clover Pom Pom Maker—
available on Amazon
+ Pliers
+ Jump rings
+ Earring hooks

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Nutcracker Tea Party

Friends and families celebrated the Nutcracker Tea Party on December 2 and 3 at the Ritz Charles. This annual holiday tradition delights young and old as guests enjoy a tea party and ballet performance by Crescendo Conservatory. Look for tickets sales for the next event in July. All four performances sell out early!

Hope Uncorked

More than 200 people joined Marian Hope for the second annual Hope Uncorked. Guests enjoyed a wine-tasting reception, auction and inspiring program while making a difference for children.

The OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K Run/Walk & 1-Mile Teal Trail Walk

The sixth annual OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K took place this past October. As usual, the day did not disappoint. The OVERRUN is a day of fun, support and hope for those touched by ovarian cancer, as well as those just learning about it. Save the date for October 21, 2018!

Letter from the Editor

Happy 2018! It’s the start of a new year, which, for me, always means considering what changes or goals I have for myself. I usually have several house projects on my list (which unfortunately tends to carry over sometimes from the previous year’s list), and I always have a few personal goals as well.

January 2018 Around Town

The Leawood Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood. At about noon, Dennis Patton, horticulture agent at the Johnson County Extension office, will present "Can we really answer all your hydrangea questions?" The meeting and club membership are open to everyone, and guests are welcome. Bring a sack…

Holiday Luminary Walk

Record-breaking crowds attended the annual Holiday Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. More than 2,800 hand-lit candles lined the paths and tens of thousands of holiday lights adorn the gardens. Guests visited with Santa, sang Christmas carols, listened to entertainment and enjoyed refreshments.

Tips to Help Achieve your 2018 Health & Fitness Goals

Make 2018 the year of doing better. Skip the extreme diet programs and do the best you can. Make small steps. Be aware of how you feel. Connect your mood and energy levels to what you choose to fuel your body with. What makes you feel good? What makes you feel bad? What works for you? Make it happen. Here…

Relentless Endurance

There is a large number of adult men and women running marathons, and the list keeps getting bigger every year.

t.Loft

t.Loft is a growing community of health cafes focusing on fresh ingredients with gluten-free eats and drinks designed to nourish and power the body. t.Loft believes that food is fuel and living clean can be balanced with a healthy dose of fun and flavor.

Will Shields and Inclusion

Will Shields is a member of one of the most exclusive clubs: he is one of only 310 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A guard for the Kansas City Chiefs for all of his 14 seasons in the NFL, Shields has left his mark in this profession known for its athletic prowess. One of the top guards…

The Leawood Firefighters

F itness is a top priority for the entire Leawood Fire Department. Station 32 at 127th and Mission Road is home to three paramedics, eight firefighters and Capt. Mike Hoffine.