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.…

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.

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…

The Best of Leawood

Bowles Dental Center practices family, implant and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Bowles is devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long-lasting smiles. Practicing with Dr. Bowles is Dr. Anne Atha who has been an invaluable addition to the practice. The office would not be what it is today…

Caitlyn Donahue, Blue Valley West Volleyball Legend

It started at the tender age of 7 for Caitlyn Donahue. The road led to volleyball success at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, and now she is giving back to the community as a teacher/coach at Blue Valley Southwest High School. “My dad, David, played the sport for most of his adult life, and I vividly remember tagging…

Q39

National barbecue champion Rob Magee serves his award-winning wood-fire grilled fare at Q39. Named after its first location off of 39th Street in Midtown that opened in 2014, they recently expanded with their second location in southern Overland Park in August.

Jet Couture

I am Mary Burger, and I am the designer for Jet Couture Jewels. Jewelry designing is a creative process that involves imagination and visual artistry, the product of which can tell a story, evoke an emotion or offer a glimpse into the past that words cannot express.

Dolyn Bags: Ami Beck

I started Dolyn Bags in January of 2014, after graduating from Stephens College with a bachelor's in apparel studies. I bought a large industrial machine and a bunch of scrap hides and began designing my first pieces out of my grandmother’s basement. Since my education was in apparel, there were many failed attempts at the perfect bag! I obsessed over…

Cella Jane

Leawood resident Becky Hillyard is Lifestyle Publications' newest monthly fashion contributor and the woman behind Cella Jane, a lifestyle and fashion blog which showcases her personal style on a daily basis. Thousands of followers both local and global go to Hillyard for fashion, beauty, motherhood and fitness advice; she offers inspiration to the everyday woman on the latest trends.

Where Function Meets Aesthetics

What began with a desire to update a family room turned into an entire first-floor remodeling project. After Arlene Ladegaarrd, owner and principal designer of Design Connection Inc., met with the owners of this Leawood home to discuss the project, she assessed the family’s needs were not being effectively met with the current first floor plan and came up with…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…