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  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…


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…


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…


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 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…


We at Lifestyle Publications are excited to unveil a project that we have been working on called Elevate that promotes kindness, thoughtfulness and positivity in our area middle schools. 

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.  

Introducing Lauren Korte| Lauren”s Fitness Finds

Hi there! I'm Lauren, a lover of all things fashion, beauty, fitness, travel and freakishly cute dogs. I am a wife to my best friend, Zack, and a mother (or teacher) to 17 first graders. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and am currently pursuing a masters degree. 

Letter from the Editor

The holiday season is upon us, and the spirit of giving and serving is in full swing. This time of year can carry so many wonderful memories and is often a time to celebrate long-time family traditions and make new ones. For some, however, this time of year can be hard to get through for a variety of reasons. There…

The Gift of Sight

Fairway Eye Center cares deeply about the visual needs of the community and those who do not have access to eye care both locally and globally. They offer a complete range of optometric care services, with missionary eye care being an integral part of their business.  

Your New Favorite Cookie

If you think the classic 
chocolate chip cookie can’t be 
beat, just try these. ‘Nuf said!

Fashion for the Holidays

 Style Edit - All that Glitters  Shine bright this holiday season in gold, silver or just about anything that glitters. Metallics are all the rage at the moment, so electrify your look with these flashy statement pieces. 

Five Steps to a Successful Family Photo Session

It’s that time of year again ... 
the dreaded family photos sessions. And while family photo shoots are kind of the norm in this family, they haven’t gotten easier. However, I have learned many tricks and tips for keeping the kiddos and the husband happy—and on point–to capture that “moneymaker shot” that makes the holiday card each year. Follow these…

Snow Globes

Take the Christmas songs you know and love. Mix in lilting vocals and folksy instrumental stylings of the banjo, ukulele, glockenspiel and harmonium. Make giving the goal. And each holiday season, you have the 
Kansas City-based trio, The Snow Globes.

Dental Care Center of South KC and a Family of FISH

Traveling through life is often compared to swimming through unpredictable waters. Sometimes this journey is easy-flowing, complementary to a relaxed state of mind, and reminiscent of stress-free waves of comfort. But other times this expedition is treacherous, indicative of violent seas, and weathering the torrential tides can seem like an unwavering storm. For many veterans, this is their reality and…

Letter from the Editor

So many moments happen around a kitchen. It is a gathering place for families and friends to eat, drink and talk about life. For my family, it’s the spot we always seem to congregate in, and food is the central part of almost every get-together. Food was important to both sides of my family growing up, and the gourmet dishes…

November 2017 Around Town

This past October, two James Beard Award-winning chefs helped to raise funds for the Child Protection Center (CPC) through a delicious partnership.

Leawood Resident Shares Her Secrets to Creating a Beautiful and Functional Space

I love timeless kitchens. It's like Jackie Kennedy—
I never get tired of her look. We came from Brookside before we lived here; it was the most gorgeous, simple colonial. But that house taught me to let the structure guide me in design. Colonial styles like a classic vibe and when we found this Cape Cod colonial in Leawood, I was smitten.…

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes Raises Money for VCP Tiny Home

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes exceeded their $15,000 goal to build a tiny home for Veteran’s Community Project. To celebrate, eight offices—College Boulevard, Prairie Village/State Line, Blue Valley, Leawood, Plaza, Liberty, Northland and Lee’s Summit—
held a community event September 13 to unveil a tiny home.

Colby and Megan Garrelts

Colby and Megan Garrelts are the husband-and-wife chefs and owners of Rye and Bluestem restaurants. Both chefs are proud to be from the Midwest, with savory and sweet recipes reminiscent of generations around the kitchen table.

Crossing Borders to Mend Lives

A committed group of Kansas Citians is making a world of difference for people half a world away. They are part of Medical Aid for Children of Latin America (MACLA), a nonprofit organization. Some of the members who make up MACLA are also on the talented team of professionals at Quinn Plastic Surgery Center of Overland Park.

Cool Guy Foods

Handmade caramelized energy. These are the words used to describe the harmonious flavors Cool Guy Foods infuse to create the most unimaginable and distinctively gourmet food, reminiscent of the smorgasbord equivalent of Billy Joel and Elton John. What makes these culinary mechanics stand out is that they truly understand what it means to provide a hands-free, comprehensive complement to an…

The Decadent Movement

Imagine a warm and inviting, relaxed yet indulgent, aromatically pleasing and taste bud teasing minivacation of pure delicious euphoria. A place that is as sensory tempting as it is abundantly satisfying and as aesthetically lovely as the carefully crafted treats are delightful. A place where anybody can come and enjoy a scrumptious experience, unwind in a comfortable space, and engage…

Letter from the Editor

My oldest child started his freshman year of high school this fall and is running cross-country. I have always enjoyed cheering him on and watching him run, but I have such a deeper appreciation and love for this sport after experiencing what it means to be part of a high school cross-country team. The sportsmanship, camaraderie, encouragement from upperclassmen and…