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…

Farm-to-Table

Combine all ingredients except oil and blend for 10 seconds. Slowly drizzle oil into the running blender to emulsify. Season to taste with salt and pepper A couple of years ago, I found myself in an argument with my father about the local and “organic” meat I had purchased. In his defense, he uttered “but all food is organic!” Unfortunately,…

Slow Food, Unplugged

Kansas City is a thriving food scene, a culinary landscape that boasts chefs, artisans, enthusiasts, growers, producers, restaurateurs and consumers eager to embrace the region’s bounty. After all, we live in the heartland and America’s breadbasket—a rich and plentiful area that provides the rest of the nation with premium corn, grain, beef and pork.

Kansas City’s Porter Teleo Has High Design Covered

Hand-painted, color-driven art free from the boundary of a canvas edge—this is Porter Teleo, a wallcovering line crafted in Kansas City and displayed in luxe locations worldwide. The wallcoverings unbound by scale are also free from geographic constraint. Porter Teleo can be found in high-end designers’ offices and showrooms from New York to LA. Designs are frequently featured in Elle…

Inside the Home of a Designer

My husband knew when I was repainting the living room of our previous home for the fourth time in four years that I needed a new challenge. He stumbled on this home, and one month later I had a new, very large project. As this is our fifth home, experience has taught us to bite the bullet and get the…

Barb Cosgrove Lamps

When visual artist and local resident Barbara Cosgrove sought to expand her audience beyond a limited number of patrons purchasing her original paintings, she decided to transition to designing lamps which she viewed as sculpture – art that could be designed, manufactured and readily accessible to anyone.

Rain Boot Media

Rain Boot Media creates interactive storybook apps for kids. Their mission is to inspire creativity and push technology to its limits on digital platforms while combining fine art, original stories and innovative games that are not only educational and wholesome, but also fun. They believe that when it's raining and pouring, a child's mind is never boring.

Welcome Home

When a condo-dwelling Chicago couple decided to build on a quiet street in Leawood Hills West, they sought green space, great schools and a firm with whom they could completely entrust the building process as they tied up loose ends in the windy city. They selected KOENIG Building + Restoration, to begin building their home in May 2015.

Wornall Home Family Memories Stirred by PBS Mini-Series 

Sunday evenings this winter, when James Wornall and his family gather to watch the PBS Civil War miniseries Mercy Street, it feels as if they are watching part of their own family’s history. James is the great-grandson of John Wornall, a prosperous farmer and one of Kansas City’s earliest residents. Now in its second season, the television drama tells the…

A Healing Heart, 
Connected Spirit, 
and Strengthened Body

“There is reason why I am still alive.” Jody Matthews speaks eloquently about her life, her successes, and her challenges with a sparkle in her eye symbolizing both gaiety but also a touch of sorrow. Her enthusiasm radiates throughout the room, as she is genuinely joyful to be sharing her story with the world. It is a story that is…

Now is your time. Get healthy

January is my favorite time of year for health & fitness. This is the time of year that I most commonly get to work with clients that are fresh, raw & usually extremely nervous. These are people that have unwillingly found themselves in a place where they are simply unhealthy, out of shape & overweight. They are apprehensive, intimidated &…

A New Life For An Old Home

Arlene Ladegaard, an award-winning interior designer and her design team at Design Connection, Inc. brought this 1970s-Overland Park home up to date with an open floor plan and transitional furnishings that capitalized the existing features of the home such as large windows and the beautiful scenery of 
the backyard.

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Here are some of our top picks from local shops to inspire you this gift-giving season.

The Nutcracker

Jump-start your holidays with The Nutcracker, the must-see production by the American Youth Ballet. Experience the magic surrounded by snowflakes, sword fights, dancing dolls, a 40ft growing tree, and Tchaikovsky's music performed by the Overland Park Orchestra. Talented dancers, beautiful festive costumes, elaborate sets, and a live orchestra bring this iconic classic to life at the Johnson County Community College's…

The History of the Plaza Lights

For many of us, the holiday season would not be complete without a trip to the Country Club Plaza to see the lights. Rising in vertical and horizontal precision, the multi-colored lights trace the contour of the city’s Plaza shopping district in a dramatic blend of tradition, celebration and electric festivity.

A Lifetime of Gramercy

Darol Rodrock is a great autobiography in the making. In hearing his story, one would experience all the sentiments expected from an extraordinarily written, emotionally charged novel doused with deep feelings of love and compassion. It would speak of a troubled past and moments of disappointment, but it would also illustrate remarkable people and rewarding capstones. But Darol Rodrock is…

A Trip to Ecuador with Children International Changes Two Lives

Matt Staub, founder of marketing agency Proxima, snapped hundreds of photographs and recorded video once he and members of Children International set foot in Ecuador. Staub and the Children International (CI) team made their way to the nonprofit’s community center in Guayquil, Quito, as part of a nine-day trip. Located high in the foothills of the Andean mountains, the center…

Alex Talbott’s Journey

A popular question asked to young college graduates is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” For Alex Talbott this question seemed simple enough: happily married, studying dentistry, and a continued life of physical health and wellness, and for the most part all of these aspirations rang true. But along the way a pretty significant obstruction halted Talbott and…

Costumes by Sarah Lodge

Many of my favorite childhood memories revolve around Halloween. Not so much the candy (I was a saver, not a binger) but the costumes. If we ever had a store bought costume, it was not one I remember. Growing up, my parents encouraged creativity in all things, and Halloween was no exception. There were wigs, face paint, paper mache heads…

Meet the Maker: Chad Hickman

Chad Hickman grew up right here in the Heartland, in Olathe to be exact. As a kid, he dreamed of Royals baseball and one day hitting the ball over the wall in the bottom of the ninth to win the World Series. Baseball was one of his greatest passions. That is why he, like so many other kids growing up…

Where the Wild Things Are Romp

The enjoyment of dressing up in a costume goes beyond just Halloween. They can turn parties in to a magical experience of fantasy and make-believe. Themed Parties, such as this literature-based “Wild Things” celebration can easily create a charming atmosphere for guests with just a few simple props, costumes and a creative food spread.

Martin City Brewery

Another project of Moore and Adams is the renovation of a church at 13440 Holmes to transform it into The Martin, a 4,000 square-foot event space. The space holds up to 250 guests and houses a complete on-site catering kitchen. For booking: themartineventspace.com/

Bella Patina

It’s 8:00am on a First Friday Weekend in the West Bottoms and a crowd gathers in front of a hundred year old building. What are they doing here? Why get up early on a Friday morning to drive down to this area of the city? They are committed to be the first people through three floors of vintage, antique and…

Local film-maker showcases KC on the big screen

In their first feature film, Trust Fund, co-producers and husband and wife team, Sandra Martin and Isaac Alongi, felt passionate about filming most of the movie right here in KC. Sandra, a Lee’s Summit native, and Isaac, who grew up in Prairie Village, both believed that KC was perfect for showcasing their first film. In the movie, Kansas City successfully…

More Starts Here

One hundred and fifty years ago, St. Teresa’s Academy (STA) was founded at 11th and Washington in Kansas City, Missouri. Since 1866, STA has educated young women as the first school in KC. What makes this all-girls Catholic high school so special is that they “educate the whole woman.” In addition to basic core curriculum, STA helps students grow in…

Big Slick

Once in a great while, maybe even once in a lifetime, we can have the sense that we are touching something truly remarkable and truly good. Many in the Metro Area know that Big Slick is a fundraiser for Children’s Mercy Hospital and that celebrities, David Koechner, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet and Jason Sudeikis who call KC home,…

PATIO EATS 
& TREATS

In conjunction with a newly redone patio seating area and recently revamped menu, Red Door Woodfired Grill -- the Leawood restaurant that opened in 2013 and is described by General Manager Neal Edwards as upscale-casual with a comfortable, welcoming, cool, fun environment -- offers a variety of “comfort food done really, really well,” says Edwards.

Interior Transformations 
BEFORE AND AFTER

As is often the case in remodeling and updating a home, this Leawood homeowner thought the kitchen was the only part of the home that needed to be addressed. However, this one area was just the beginning of a complete makeover of the kitchen and master bathroom.

Vietnam War Hero, Wilburn Meador

Wilburn “Bud” Meador was born in 1946 into a hard working farming family who hailed from rural north central Tennessee. It was from those roots that Bud would learn many of the traits that helped shape him into the man he is today.

Exploring Costa Rica: A Kansas City Family’s Relocation

Lindsey Wade, part owner of RW2 Productions and The Guild in the Crossroads, and his wife, Jennifer, a 25-year apparel industry veteran, did what many of us only dream of doing and moved to their favorite vacation destination—Costa Rica. They have always had a passion for travel and adventure, and their love of surfing is what originally drew them to…

DESIGN 
JUNKIE

Hello there! I’m Angi, renovator, design lover and incurable DIYer. I’m excited (and honored!) to share my do-it-yourself adventures with you!

Cori Jo Hawkins

Between the sounds of the fiddle and the amazing stacking layers of four part harmonies, bluegrass music has been winning hearts around the world since the 1940’s. The sound of bluegrass music has been growing exponentially over the past 25 years, and there is a whole generation of young musicians coming up because of this musical movement. Bluegrass music is…

Sheepdogs and Whisky

I’ve long wished to visit Scotland, to experience the culture and to see up close the ruggedly beautiful countryside and volcanic mountains such as Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Oh yes, and to sample the whisky.

Pendergast’s Spirits Live on at Tom’s Town

Good friends don’t always make great business partners. But Steve Revare and David Epstein have broken that code. The owners of Tom’s Town, a craft distillery in the Crossroads District, grew up in Prairie Village, met in kindergarten and remained friends through high school at Shawnee Mission East and beyond. Early in their careers, they built a successful media company…

From A Ho-Hum House to an Amazing Abode

When Katie and Brandon Oakes first laid eyes on their Leawood South house back in the summer of 2007, what they saw was pure untapped potential—“a diamond in the rough.” And in the ensuing years, this brave twosome transformed a ho-hum house into an absolutely amazing abode. While their family has grown, so has their home, and it’s the talk…

The Leader In Me

This is the premise that The Leader in Me schools are built on. The Leader in Me, a FranklinCovey program, is a self-described transformation process that teaches leadership and life skills to students in more than 2,500 elementary and middle schools throughout the world. There are several The Leader in Me schools in the Metro area, including Olathe, Parkville, Independence,…

My Secret Weapon for a Happier Home

A little background: I’ve lived in the same townhome for 12 years. We moved in when my kids were little. Now my oldest is away at college and I have two teenagers at home. There’s enough space for us all to peacefully coexist, but, as so many built-about-30-years-ago homes are, the layout is outdated and choppy.

Exceptional Homes of Johnson County

As we celebrate our homes in this issue, it seemed the perfect time to spotlight just a few exceptional area homes that are currently on the market. We reached out to a few of our neighbors and thank them for allowing us a glimpse of their homes, all of which are currently on the market.

The Splendor of Spring

Lynn Fairbanks’ passion for gardening started at an early age. She loved her grandmother’s garden and the many house plants her mother kept around their home. As an adult, Fairbanks first settled for a “postage stamp” garden at her condo and later a house with a small yard. In 2000, she moved to her current home in south Leawood, where…

A Garden Party

An outdoor setting offers a beautiful backdrop for any kind of spring get-togethers. White linens, tables and chairs create a light, airy canvas for beautifully understated elegance. Notice the hand-made details that set this gorgeous garden bridal shower apart: The simple styling from the hearts and hands of talented long-time friends of the bride to be and her parents. Hand-lettered…

A Perfect Spring Weekender: Art-full Bentonville

Founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a charitable organization for all ages and walks of life to enjoy, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers many different points of access for visitors in user-friendly galleries and the outdoors. Just like Kansas City’s venerable institution, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, engages guests with s a sprawling expanse of…

Good Food and Cold Brew for Those Who Rock

It started with the thought that nothing beats great music and a cold beer shared with friends. The conversation between rock stars Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS fame and some restaurateur friends quickly grew into a concept for a restaurant. In just a few years, Rock & Brew has grown to 13 locations across the country, including Overland…

Spring Tea and Treats

March is often the time when people look forward to the coming of spring. However, in this part of the Midwest, winter can still pack a punch even in March. So for the little girls who are eager to get back in those colorful sundresses and play, what is the best solution? Have a tea party! Go ahead and put…

ICON Artworks

There are those works of art that are one-in-million, and then there are those that are once-in-a-lifetime. ICON Artworks, a locally-owned company specializing in cast bronze sculptures that not only delight the eye but intoxicate the senses, is creating one-of-a-kind works of art using the ancient “lost-wax” method of casting bronze, a timeless, classic medium. “Cast bronze dates back thousands…

Happy To Be Home

You could say Krista and Scott Klaus love living in Leawood. When they first lived here, from 2001 to 2007, they realized it was a special community. But a three-year stint in Florida gave them a new appreciation for this town. Moving back to the area in 2010, there was no question Leawood was the only place for them. “We’ve…

A Room That Nourishes The Mind & Soul

“The room was originally the office of the late scholar Rabbi Morris Margolies,” Newland recalls. “It was wall-to-wall books; a vast private collection of texts in eight different languages; the collection was renowned in his family and congregation. His daughter, Malka, wrote a great article about the library and the hidden gems there, such as a dinner pamphlet from an…

Seeing Spain Our Way

When my husband and I traveled to Italy several years ago for two weeks, we did it the easy way and booked a tour with a luxury operator. It was a great choice and we had a terrific tour guide. To see Spain, though, we decided to go a different route. We did it ourselves—from planning the itinerary to booking…

Summiting the Hill

In many ways, Amelia Cooper is a normal teenager. A sophomore at Pembroke Hill High School, she runs cross country and sings in the choir. Her hobbies include snow skiing, hanging out with friends, and testifying to the Senate on behalf of medical research. You know, normal teenager stuff… Cooper’s journey to the Senate began three years ago. When she…

Following Life’s Path Wherever It May Lead

Sometimes the journey we began in life evolves in ways we could never imagine. Such is the case for KSHB’s Frank Boal. Boal is well known to Johnson County sports fans because of his almost continuous presence on TV news since April 1981, but many likely don’t know about the path that led him to sports broadcasting. He was a…

Even Birding is Bigger in Texas!

GETTING THERE By air: From Kansas City, fly into McAllen/Miller International Airport. By car: If you’re in the mood for an extended 15-hour road trip, pack the car and head south on I-35.