Around Town

Food Equality Initiative, Inc. (FEI) is the nation’s leading non-profit focused solely on increasing access to gluten free and allergy friendly food for those who are food insecure, but have a medical need for these foods. The organization is best known for opening the ReNewed Health food pantry. It is the only pantry in the nation that offers allergy friendly…

BVN Marching Mustangs Take on London

Members of the Blue Valley North marching band were guests of the city of London and relished the opportunity to play in their New Year’s Day parade and perform in Trafalgar Square. Photography Elizabeth Hanson and Carolyn Baruch

The Healing Chair

The Healing Chair’s mission is to loan reclining lift chairs to breast cancer patients who have recently undergone mastectomy surgeries. They recently partnered with Tequila Harry’s to raise awareness and funds for their cause.

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…

Not Even One is Okay

Last spring, Sherrie Balmer thought she had a great idea. Marillac, a psychiatric residential treatment facility in Overland Park, received a $2,000 grant from The Kansas Suicide Prevention Center to develop a program to reach young people. The concept was to promote awareness about suicide, to provide support for people struggling with suicidal thoughts and tools for those whose friends…

Let’s Crépe!

At the heart of Town Center Plaza, tucked in the center of the development between the north and south sides, is the newly opened Let's Crepe. This will quickly become a favorite with ladies who lunch and folks who want a light but tasty treat before or after a movie or while they wait for their shopping partner to finish…

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…

Food Ruts Can Happen Anywhere

Imagine an early evening in the 1970s, somewhere in Provence, France. The late Julia Child is at her vacation home, taking inventory in her kitchen. Fresh, hand-picked ingredients, ever so abundant in the local markets, are heaped on her counters. Culinary confidence emanates from her heart and mind, straight to her fingertips. Alas, it’s close to dinner time. But Julia…

Preparing for Prom

Modeling these lovely dresses are freshman Meah Wilburn, junior Sydney Belt, Salem Dagne, a junior exchange student from Ethiopia staying with the Belts, all students at Lee's Summit High School; and Hannah Motley, a junior at Blue Valley North. You can’t help but smile when you walk into this brightly lit 
corner store.

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…