Read the entire May 2013 issue of Lee’s Summit Lifestyle.
Enjoy Happy Hour Seven Days a Week | Summit Grill and Bar Offers an Approachable Menu and Classic Atmosphere
Article Sharmin Meadows Photography McKenna Mathewson Summit Grill and Bar co-owners Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy opened the American-style restaurant in October 2012 in the space that formerly housed Rumors Steakhouse. Lock and Molloy bring more than 40 years of combined restaurant experience to the eatery. On any given day, you will likely find Lee’s …View full post
Article and Photography Elizabeth Rosenberger The first thing you notice when walking down historic main street in Saint Charles is the 19th century ambiance wrapped around the modern boutiques and cafes nestled inside. And chances are, if you were to ask anyone who was ambling by laden with boutique shopping bags or savoring a mile-high ice …View full post
Lee’s Summit’s Very Own Belle Toffee Not Only the Perfect Gift, But the Sweetest Year-Round Indulgence
Article Ann E. Butenas Photography Christina Sandberg & Courtesy of Belle Toffee Warning! reading this article may cause excessive drooling. However, don’t blame the writer. Blame the toffee-making experts of Belle Toffee. These are the folks who make original, mouth-watering toffee more than just a winter holiday treat. When owner Larry Marak began his toffee-making …View full post
Article Tracy Sullivan | Photography Bob Compton To commemorate their 10th anniversary season, the Lee’s Summit Symphony (LSS) will be performing a grand concert at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The “Celebration at the Kauffman” will take place on June 15, 2013 at 8 p.m. Russell E. Berlin, Jr., the …View full post
Kristen Merrell Featured on Pearson Foundation’s ‘Five Things I’ve Learned’ | State Teacher Of The Year From Lee’s Summit Elementary Shares Insight On Education And Teaching Excellence
Article and Photography Janice Phelan Kristen Merrell, a Lee’s Summit elementary Kindergarten teacher, is being featured on the Pearson Foundation’s digital project, “Five Things I’ve Learned.” She is the 2011-12 Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Teacher of the Year and the 2012 Missouri Teacher of the Year. Her contributions and insights are included among other leaders …View full post
LSL Who and what lives in your house? AR My husband Jake, and kids Elizabeth (5), and Zachary (2). LSL Do you work outside the home? If so, where? AR Cameron’s Home Furnishings in Downtown Lee’s Summit. LSL Are you a native Kansas Citian or were you transplanted to the area? AR My family moved …View full post
Article Kathy Smith | Photography Courtesy of UMC The roots of the local United Methodist Church go back into the early history of our city. The early beginnings of the church are humble and charming. An arbor was created by the early members after the founder of our city donated land for a church. Not having …View full post
Article Elizabeth Rosenberger | Photography Courtesy of CBC What if you Were given the opportunity to be a hero? The power to save someone’s life? And all it would cost you was one hour every 56 days? When you partner or commit–whether you’re a business or a single donor—to the Community Blood Center of Kansas …View full post
Article Judy Harper Spaar | Photography Christina Sandberg When most people think of Lee’s Summit, family and schools and community come to mind. James McKenna is Community Brand Manager for Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce. He is shaping the persona of the city, propelling it into the public consciousness with the Yours Truly brand campaign. …View full post
Article Kendra Mathewson | Photography Provided by Luke Minx Luke Minx started life singing with his family from the time he learned to talk, spent his youth entertaining residents of Lee’s Summit in talent shows and school musicals, and now continues to make music for a national and international audience through television and the internet. …View full post
For months we’ve been planning and sampling and surveying, all in the name of sharing a small bit of our research. As a twenty-five year resident of the greater Kansas City area,
(I’m including the KU years here) it’s always been bar-b-que that comes to mind when I think about gifting a taste of Kansas City.
I’ve had a ball getting to know a bit about the companies behind so many amazing, locally-made creations. And we’re not just talking about food. While Lauren Claflin researched and wrote about the Kansas City Food Artisans, Judy Spaar was checking out daytrip venues that allow us to watch products being made. Our staff even got in on the action and we created a new department you’ll see on occasion called Staff Picks. It really was a lot of fun and it introduced me to some fabulous products I look forward to using regularly. And to the vendors who didn’t get a nod this year, please know it was all about space limitations. We plan to make this an annual event so let us know about products we should consider spotlighting next time.
The month of May is a busy one around town. But I hope you’ll take the time to enjoy this issue, share it with a friend or take it to the office and try out a new product or two from our pages. And when gift-giving season comes around in a few months, keep these local vendors in mind for some of your holiday shopping. I know I plan to ship some of their tasty goodies around the country and share a different taste of Kansas City with family and friends this year.
Have a spectacular spring and I’ll see you around town!
Lisa Harrison, Managing Editor | Lisa@LifestylePubs.com
Cargo Largo will host the 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Cargo for Kids (CFK) at Drumm Farm Golf Course on June 21. Check–in and registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a shot-gun start at 9 a.m. A continental breakfast will be provided by the Independence Hy-Vee and the Awards Luncheon will be provided by Outback Steakhouse.
Cargo Largo Owner Dee Pack noticed the startling number of homeless children in our community and formed CFK, which is in its fourth year of helping the homeless children of Independence. By partnering with the Independence School District, CFK has supplied backpacks filled with school supplies and essential personal items to hundreds of children.
The need within the district has continued to grow over the years. In 2010, CFK supplied backpacks for 700 homeless students. The district estimates that there will be a need for 1,000 backpacks in the upcoming school year. By providing these basic essentials, the hope is that the students can start the school year off on the right foot with a sense of dignity and pride.
“CFK is four years into the journey to assist school children in our community who find themselves without a place to call home,” said Pack. “It is gratifying to witness the benefit local students are receiving through the efforts of the Independence School District and numerous community partners.”
There is an early bird discount if you register by May 15 and sponsorship opportunities are available. All of the profits will go to CFK to help stuff the 1,000 backpacks needed for the upcoming school year.
For information contact Chris Goff at 816.695.8206 or email at email@example.com.
Enjoy a fun-filled stroll through the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Stems: A Garden Soiree event coming up June 22 from 7-11 p.m. On a lovely June evening you can enjoy sipping wine; tasting delicious food from 20 top restaurants and caterers; appreciate art, music, fireworks, beautiful surroundings; meet friends at the party of the summer; and support the Gardens’ vision of recreational, cultural and artistic enrichment education for present and future generations. VisitStemsSoiree.org.
A beautiful 10-year old female Amur leopard is on exhibit for the first time in the Zoo’s African Congo area. There are only 38 out of 230 accredited AZA facilities in the United States that exhibit these rare and elusive cats.
Amur leopards are from Asia and are one of the rarest felines in the world with only an estimated 45 individuals in the wild. The Kansas City Zoo is honored to become a part of its conservation efforts.
Her new digs in Africa host new logs for climbing and scratching, a new sand area for digging and a hollowed log for resting. She is adapted to cooler climates with her thick fur that grows longer during the winter months. The leopard’s rosettes are more widely spaced than those on other leopards. She is a carnivore and her tongue is specially adapted with tiny hooks called “denticles” that are used to scrape meat off the bones of their prey.
Lee’s Summit West High School broadcasting students recently captured awards at the Student Television Network’s (STN) national convention in March in Los Angeles, Calif. A total of 2,500 students from across the nation attended the event.
At the convention, LSWHS Titan TV was presented the STN Excellence Award. This award honors the top broadcasting programs in the nation with only five schools recognized. LSWHS students receiving honorable mention for a film they created in 16 hours are Logan Triplett, Estevan Mota, Zach Rynard, Cliff Martin, Jessalyn Doss, Riley Unruh, Kalie Emma, Conor Tierney and Candace Bruce. Students winning third place for a feature story produced in just five hours are Mason Fender, Ashlyn Oswald, Rachel Schultz and Jade Thomas. In all, 25 LSWHS broadcasting students attended the convention.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Emi volunteers at Harvester’s Food Pantry packing backpacks and sorting food, volunteers at a consignment shop sorting clothes and also volunteers at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the Ronald McDonald House.
“I like volunteering because we get to help other people, and it’s fun,” Emi said. “My favorite place to volunteer is the Ronald McDonald House because we get to make food and desserts.”
Emi received a certificate recognizing her for the award from SLMS Principal David Carlson, Ed.D.