The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Healthy Dinner Party

January. It definitely has its unique vibe. Part of it feels like the month of repentance - ate too much, drank too much, spent too much. And part of it feels like the beginning of the new and improved you - resolutions, abstinence and a clean slate.

St. Joseph Medical Center

When St. Joseph Medical Center sold in 2015 to Prime Healthcare, it was not the easiest of times. Misconceptions abounded regarding its financial future and whether its Catholic heritage that existed for well over a century would be abandoned. Fast-forward three years, and St. Joseph Medical Center is not only winning awards for its world-class commitment to high-quality healthcare, it…

Evergreen

Somewhere along the way, I started to forget her. I don’t know exactly how or why, but as I look back on it now, she began slipping away a long time ago. If I close my eyes tightly and really focus, I can see her on her childhood bed, books and papers strewn out around her, bent forward and filling…

It’s a New Year

 Natalie Fieleke, Writer  As someone who struggles with insomnia, my goal for 2019 is to get more, better-quality sleep! When I'm well-rested, I'm more able to be a joyful mom to my two kids and to energetically pursue my goals as a writer and small-business owner.   Allison Swan, Writer

The Benefits of Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is an infusion or blend of leaves, fruits, bark, roots, or flowers of an edible plant. Drinking herbal tea allows you to reap all of the plant’s benefits in a form that is easy to digest.

Another Look at LASIK

If you’ve considered getting LASIK in the past but have talked yourself out of it because you think you’re not a candidate, or it’s too expensive, or too risky, or won’t give you long-term results, it’s time to open your eyes to the state-of-the-art technology provided at Grin Eye Care in Leawood.

Letter from the Publisher Bring on the New Year!

So here we are: 2019. In the spirit of new beginnings, I’m grateful to introduce myself as the new owner/publisher of Leawood Lifestyle! This past April I was chatting on the sideline of a soccer game when I learned the publication was looking for someone to take the reins. I had represented large corporations as … Continued

Save Homecoming

On November 10th SAVE, Inc.'s annual HomeComing event was held at Dan Meiners Studio in the Crossroads.  Proceeds from the event will benefit a housing development that will provide supportive housing for LGBT youth who have a medical diagnosis and are aging out of foster care.

Most Wanted Auction

Big Brothers Big Sisters held its annual "KC's Most Wanted" event on December 1st, honoring a class of passionate professionals.  The event was a high-energy party at The Midland with a lively emcee, great music, and amazing food and drink.  A record $735,478 was raised to help Big Brothers Big Sisters obtain life-changing friendships in the … Continued

Bringing the love of the sea home

 When these homeowners decided to build their new home, they knew they wanted it to be inviting, unique and coastal.

Stand Up for Synergy

Norm Macdonald headlined this stand-up comedy benefit, raising over $425,000 to help Synergy Services in its mission to overcome family violence in our community. His stand-out performance was complemented with a cocktail reception, dinner and auction.

Artisan Kombucha

Artisan Kombucha is Kansas City’s craft kombucha brewing company with a passion for healthy holistic living. Using organic and local ingredients for the highest quality kombucha, it is proudly brewed in small batches using organic loose-leaf teas, herbs, spices and real fruits and vegetables without any juices, concentrates or chemical additives. The result is a satisfying raw unfiltered beverage full…

Cold Winter Weather Blues

 Keep your skin hydrated with these DIY skin products  Audrey Kuether is a creative director, designer, DIYer, KCTV5 DIY contributor, photographer, interior stylist, and blogger. Her work has been featured on Houzz, Apartment Therapy, Better Homes and Gardens, Buzzfeed, Brit+Co, Marie Claire, Disney Baby, Zillow Blog, and more.   She lives in Leawood in a fixer upper home with her…

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Enjoy some of our favorite gift picks to inspire you this gift giving season. 

Gather

I love the holiday season—the sound of bells ringing, the scent of fir trees, the sight of holiday lights strewn in trees, and the taste of that special meal shared with close friends.  But above all, my favorite holiday tradition is the fact we gather in revelry to celebrate family and friendships old and new, and to express our gratitude towards…

Holiday Bunch Bowls

The holidays grant us with a unique opportunity to bring friends and family together. If your family is anything like mine, gathering around the dinner table to share a meal and a few cocktails is a revered tradition. Being the only person in my family with a cocktail background, I am constantly playing barkeeper when I would much rather be relaxing…

Go Beyond Just Browsing

Your next outing to the Country Club Plaza just got more relaxing with a visit to BROW BAR. This luxurious studio provides the latest technology in microblading and microshading (along with other services) in an upscale, modern, relaxing and private spa setting.

Accessorize your Gift

Leawood is home to Paper Source, a paperie and gift retailer offering a curated selection of fine papers. Their unique and exclusive artwork for their paper are masterfully designed by a team of five women. This year to commemorate their 35th anniversary, the brought back two prints from their archives, the Candy Cane and Polar Bear designs. They suggest topping…

Music: A reflection of Life

Dr. Reena Berger Natenberg is a concert pianist and professor of piano at Pittsburg State University who is known both locally and around the world for her musical talent. She knew from a very early age that music would be her life, with her successful career starting at the age of 4.

Toddies and Tomes

With winter's early onset this year, there's nothing to do but curl up in a cozy corner and get lost in a book. Here are a few recent releases that will hopefully get you through until spring. And what make a solo session with a book even better? A cocktail. Whip up a Louisburg Toddy and enjoy the cold.

Letter from the Editor

The holidays are upon us, and as the festivities approach, all of the warm feelings and memories that I hold dear from Christmas’s past come rushing to mind. This is most definitely my favorite time of year, and for many reasons. I love the traditions and the beauty of the season and watching my kids … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Granite Garage Floors Celebrates Milestone Granite Garage Floors celebrated a milestone of installing One Million square feet of professionally installed epoxy coating systems recently.  The locally-owned, Prairie Village-based business was founded nine years ago with a goal to provide a dependable, permanent & industrial-strength coating that protects and beautifies residential garage, basement and commercial flooring.  For more information, visit GraniteGarageFloors.com or … Continued

Holiday Decor Trends

Megan Mosier is the designer behind Megan Gensky Interiors. After working for Magnolia in Waco, Texas and winning awards while working for a local builder, she decided it was finally her time to start her own design company. She stays busy during the holiday months setting up clients’ homes and offices for the holiday season. Besides holiday decorating services, she…

The Pathway To Hope Gala

The Pathway To Hope Gala held their NIght of Hope, Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center. Friends from Johnson County and the whole Metro area came together to Ignite a Passion for Mental Health and raise funds for Pathway To Hope, who is closing the holes in … Continued

Botanical Brewfest 2018

October 13th was the fifth annual Botanical Brewfest at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. It was a fun filled evening with over 100 craft beers, delicious food, games, bands, and good times. The Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser to support the Train Garden at the Arboretum.

Steps of Faith

For Billy Brimblecom music has been an essential piece of his existence. It has become a melody played on a continuous loop -- giving him comfort during personal storms, opening doors that seemed perilous, and providing him with an irreplaceable tool that has helped him to live out his wildest dreams.   

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. 

Four ways to Give Back

There are countless opportunities to give in our surrounding communities this holiday season and beyond, and here are just a few we wanted to share with you. 

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.  

Golden & Pine

Ethical production is a must at Golden & Pine.  Their designs come from all around the world, handcrafted by indigenous artisans or produced ethically in factories that pay a living wage, have good working conditions and guarantee no child labor.  Armadillo and Co., a rug line they carry, is the perfect example.  They are Australian designed and ethically handmade in India.  Armadillo and Co.…

Leawood Rotary Club members serve others – and have a good time doing it

Although Nancy Truitt has a special-needs son, she says that he never expects special treatment. All he asks is to be able to enjoy many of the same activities that other kids his age experience.

Letter from the Editor

I am frequently asked what my favorite part of my job is as the editor of the Kansas City Lifestyle magazines, and the answer is always the same. In a world where there is so much divisiveness and negativity, I have the great privilege of being a part of sharing truly remarkable stories of people … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Most Wanted Auction Annually a class of dynamic, charismatic, charitable, passionate, hard-working professionals are chosen to be honored as KC’s Most Wanted.  Most Wanted Honorees are asked to tap into their talent, creativity and personal and professional resources to create a unique auction experience package to benefit BBBSKC. Most Wanted Auction packages are typically exciting, … Continued

Taste of Leawood

A Taste of Leawood at Town Center Plaza was the place to be, and it was a delicious success! Everything from fast-casual and fine dining options to delicious drinks and desserts were on display.  Crowd-favorite cover band Souled Out added to the festival vibe. Guests enjoyed The Photo Bus, and having their caricature drawings sketched by Marietta … Continued

Braden’s Hope Gala

Braden's Hope For Childhood Cancer held their seventh annual Hope Gala on September 29. The event was attended by over 1200 guests and $706,525! Braden's Hope funds $1,000,000 research study grants in Kansas City through Children's Mercy Hospital and KU Cancer Cancer.

KC Oktoberfest

 The KC Oktoberfest is the city’s largest traditional Oktoberfest, and is presented by KC Bier Co. at Crown Center. This was a two-day festival celebrating authentic Bavarian-style bier, food, entertainment, and family-friendly activities.   Photos by Brian Rice, KC Oktoberfest.

Kickball Tournament

The 3rd annual kickball tournament benefiting Save, Inc. was a success.  All funds raised went directly to SAVE, Inc. which supports Kansas City’s most vulnerable individuals and families. SAVE, Inc. provides comprehensive housing solutions to empower socially and medically disadvantaged people to improve their health and lead stable lives with personal dignity.

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.

Stylish Food

Trina Kahl gives a behind-the-scenes view of the art of food styling.

STATES

Soccer (or football everywhere else in the world) is known as 'the beautiful game'. The finesse, the speed, the agility necessary to move the ball continuously for 90 minutes creates a ballet of athletic ability. No one knows this better than the members of Sporting KC, Kansas City's MLS team. Two of these players, defenders Matt Besler (Leawood resident) and Seth…

Letter from the Editor

Fall is synonymous with food for me.  Once the air becomes crisp and sweater weather is upon us, my crockpot starts to work in overtime and baking accelerates by a thousand.  Some of my favorite fall recipes are ones that have been passed down to me from my mother and grandmother. Food has a way … Continued

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.  

Roasted Hatch Chile Shrimp Sauté and Coconut Quinoa

Tamara Wise’s kitchen emits delicious, tantalizing, inviting aromas every hour of the day. Depending on the event or occasion, she is preparing food to serve. Whether grating garlic, sautéing shrimp, roasting peppers, drizzling salad dressing, or creating magic on a cake plate, she performs each step effortlessly. Cooking to her is almost like breathing. She is quite humble, and everyone who…

October 2018 Around Town

Now Open: Brow Bar Imagine looking in the mirror every morning and loving how your brows look before you even reach for your makeup bag! Here at BROW BAR, we believe every woman should have perfect brows. Our artist creates natural looking, beautifully architected brows that are unique to each of our clients. BROW BAR microblading can improve or create eyebrow … Continued

Truckin’ It In The Park

A Leawood food truck fest was held August 25th from 5-9 pm at Leawood City Park. The event featured live music by Cherry Bomb, as food trucks dished out customer favorites, and BRGR Kitchen + Bar served up adult beverages! Great weather and fun for all who participated.

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.