Spring Sprang Early!

Since my crocuses poked their golden and purple blooms through the soil on February 29 and my daffodils were blooming on March 6, I feel like we’ve enjoyed the earliest spring on record and the (very limited) color in my gardens peaked far too early. But either way, it’s got me in the mood for gardening. And by that, I…

Searcy Financial Services Celebrates 40 Years

During their 40th anniversary event, Searcy Financial announced John Fales’ promotion to partner, the addition 
of David Bush as VP of business development, and their acceptance into The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), a fee-only association. SearcyFinancial.com.

District Patrons Welcome New Superintendent

The Blue Valley Board of Education and Blue Valley Schools recently hosted a reception at Hilltop Conference Center. 
It was a great opportunity to meet and learn more about Blue Valley Schools’ incoming superintendent, Dr. Todd White. 
Photography Ryan Barrett

Around Town

The Leawood Fire Department (LFD) recently received a unanimous vote for accreditation by members of the Commission on Fire International (CFAI). The LFD had been working towards this goal for approximately three years. This accreditation not only reflects well on the Fire Department since it took hard work at all levels but on the City as a whole since the…

Cool Shades, Kind Hearts

Fairway Eye Center has four Kansas City locations: Fairway, Leawood, Liberty and Raytown. At each location the doctors and staff provide comprehensive vision care and offer eyewear, contact lenses, and laboratory services with a focus on eye health, disease management, and family optometric care. But the doctors and staff have their sights set on making a difference globally as well…

Father-Son Team Paves the Way to Retirement Dreams

Want to make someone uncomfortable? Ask them if they’re ready for retirement. Because the truth is, a great percentage of those who cross the threshold into the offices of Cy Financial aren’t prepared. Thankfully, there’s much this father-son duo can do to change all that. This one-of-a-kind team has helped countless plan for their later years, and more importantly, enjoy…

ClutterFree Revolution

Evan Zislis had to live simply because the salary of a seventh-grade teacher in Aspen, Colorado didn’t provide for many housing options. After a frustrated search, Zislis was able to rent a 250-square-foot mining cabin without running water or electricity for $50 a month. The historic cabin was discordantly sandwiched in between two contemporary houses in a neighborhood where the…

Redcoats, That British Store

They say that you can't go home again, but for Kansas City metro expatriates, you can now bring a bit of it home to you. David Abrey, owner of Redcoats-That British Store, knows how you feel and is excited to welcome anglophiles and expats alike into his emporium of all things British. The store, located at 5309 W. 151st Street…

Leawood Book Club and Area Businesses Help Lead the Way to Literacy

At midday on any given Wednesday at King Elementary in Kansas City the parking lot begins to fill. But the people arriving at the school are not children. These people, ranging in age from 25-70, are readers with Lead to Read KC, and they are coming to school not to learn, but to read with students. Waiting inside is Lead…

Russo’s Magic Number is Six

Blue Valley North senior Maggie Russo seems to like some form of the number six. The Mustangs pitcher/outfielder started playing softball at the age of six. “I started playing softball in kindergarten,” says Russo. “I was six and I’ve been number six ever since then.” She achieved something that very few high school seniors achieve: a perfect score on the…

Meet Frances Valentine

Kate Valentine grew up in Kansas City. She met Andy Spade in 1983 at college and they moved to New York in 1986, when Kate started her career as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle. She saw a need for practical, stylish handbags and decided to create a smart, well-edited collection. She and her husband, Andy, began the company kate spade.…

The Splendor of Spring

Lynn Fairbanks’ passion for gardening started at an early age. She loved her grandmother’s garden and the many house plants her mother kept around their home. As an adult, Fairbanks first settled for a “postage stamp” garden at her condo and later a house with a small yard. In 2000, she moved to her current home in south Leawood, where…

A Garden Party

An outdoor setting offers a beautiful backdrop for any kind of spring get-togethers. White linens, tables and chairs create a light, airy canvas for beautifully understated elegance. Notice the hand-made details that set this gorgeous garden bridal shower apart: The simple styling from the hearts and hands of talented long-time friends of the bride to be and her parents. Hand-lettered…

A Perfect Spring Weekender: Art-full Bentonville

Founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a charitable organization for all ages and walks of life to enjoy, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers many different points of access for visitors in user-friendly galleries and the outdoors. Just like Kansas City’s venerable institution, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, engages guests with s a sprawling expanse of…

Gardening Success 
is a Fluid Situation

All along I considered hostas the lazy gardener’s hero. These attractive, leafy plants thrive in the shade where many other pretty things will not. They sprout flowers now and then, and best of all, they come back every year. Plant once, kick back forever, I thought. I was so buzzed by the idea this elegant ground cover would reappear every…