A Performing Arts Bucket List

On occasion I like to challenge myself to see more of this great city of ours. I plan field trips and insist that we leave “the bubble” for a dinner out. In honor of our arts themed issue, I create this handy dandy check-off list. Go ahead and cut it out. Use it as a bucket list of sorts...a list…

Readers’ Choice Awards Event

Lifestyle Publications friends, staff and advertising partners gathered at Rock & Brews to celebrate another great year. Emcee Mark Alford from KC's Fox morning team helped honor our first Readers' Choice Award winners, voted by our readers online. Photography Janie Jones

Catholic Charities Snow Ball

The 42nd annual event raised $2,154,000+ for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Attended by more than 1,600 guests at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, the elegant black-tie gala supports programs and services which help the poor and most vulnerable.

Sunflower Bank Grand Opening

More than 200 people in our community offered a warm welcome to the bank's new branch locations in Leawood and Overland Park. The festivities included live jazz, prizes, hors d’oeuvres, libations, and a grand prize. Welcome, Sunflower Bank!

Around Town

iFLY, the new experiential entertainment venue in Overland Park, is now open and offers the thrill of indoor skydiving to folks of all ages. They make the dream of flight a reality by giving customers “wings” in a safe and reliable environment. Located at I-435 and Metcalf, the unique building uses a wind tunnel to simulate the skydiving experience. After…

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…

The Volland Store in the Flint Hills is alive once again

It’s somehow fitting that the 103-year-old Kratzer Bros. Mercantile store that was home to Otto Kratzer and his camera is once again a community focal point that is used to display art and serve as an event space in Volland, Kan., a tiny hamlet about 8 miles southwest of Alma. Alma is about 100 miles west of Kansas City, just…

Dogs and Cats in Lap of Luxury at New Pet Club

We haven’t had any pets in our house for a few years now. But that changed a week before Christmas when an adorable German Shepard puppy joined the family. Now I’m focused on all things dog related and trying to remember what’s involved in caring for a four-legged friend. There have been trips to the vet, research abut the best…

The Best of Johnson County

Thank you, readers! We invited you to go online and vote for the best our community has to offer in our first-ever Readers’ Choice survey and you rose to the occasion. Though there were some close calls, most of the results were quite clear. You’ve got your favorites and you let us know! We counted the votes, held a party…

Treating The Whole Person, One Individual at a Time

For Jim Leach, it was a battle with bipolar disease. For Aaron Price, it was a devastating car crash that led to being paralyzed. Each man had a very different challenge that lay before him, but each was able to turn to the same place for help: The Whole Person. This incredible local nonprofit aids people with disabilities so they…

The Art of Michael Duane

As a lifelong Kansan, I live and work in a state where the weather can quickly change from sunshine and cool breezes to ominous black clouds and howling winds. It is the perfect place for me and my art because of my lifelong fascination with the forces of nature, which began after witnessing a tornado at the tender age of…

Skipping Away From Adult Coloring Books?

While hunting down a birthday gift for a creative friend, an enthusiastic boutique clerk introduced me to coloring books for grown-ups. “People love these,” he told me. “We’ve sold out quite a few versions!” I thumbed through what was left and thought: no. I wondered. How did this happen? Adult coloring books? Did the late Georgia O’Keefe once have a…

The American Songbook

The Kansas City performing arts scene is a thriving, vibrant cosmos of stars – large and small. There are big names in our midst such as the Symphony, the Lyric, KC Rep, the Ballet, The Kauffman Center and many more. But there are also lesser-known gems such as Quality Hill Playhouse, located in the heart of downtown at 10th and…

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…