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. 

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.  

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…

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.  

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.”

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…

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…

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.   

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…

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…

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…

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…

Keeping It Real:

 Article Lisa Moyer | Photography Paul Versluis  VanBrock respects that a fine jewelry collection doesn’t happen overnight. It’s the culmination of a lifetime of celebrating life’s happiest moments.  “Not every occasion is a jewelry occasion, but when it is, we hope you will think of us,” says VanBrock associate Kristina Klug.

Darryl Burton

 Article Adriane Taylor | Photography Paul Versluis  There is a calm and gentle spirit about Darryl Burton. He is both self-assured and reassuring, confident and unassuming. He wears the smile of a man who is steadfast in his faith and the gleam in his eyes hint of an awe-inspiring future. And he tells a story so awesome its weight is…

Blue River Cycling Club

 Article Alan Goforth | Photography Paul Versluis  The world's top cyclists will compete in the prestigious Tour de France early next month. Leawood residents, however, can check out skilled road racers, mountain bikers and cyclocross competitors, and gravel grinders without ever leaving Kansas.  

Dude Food

 Article Kasim Hardaway | Photography Nam Cu  My name is Kasim, pronounced like Awesome but with a K. At first introductions, I describe myself as part marketing guru, part social influencer and full on fatty with an insatiable appetite—emphasis on insatiable.  

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.  

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…

A Spring Table

 Photography Paul Versluis  Yields one layer cake or 24 mini cakes  

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…

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.

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…

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.  

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…

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.  

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.

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.…