The Pathway Home

For Debbie White, senior sales executive at Reece Nichols in Lee’s Summit, a quiet evening spent around the firepit at her home is one of life’s simple pleasures. Her home is where she loves to cook, listen to music, and enjoy the company of her husband of 40 years, Kevin, along with their children, grandchildren and rescue dogs.

Clothed in Confidence

The Foundation4 Domestic Violence Prevention is holding its third annual event on April 7, themed Hats & Heels.

Namely Marly

Marly McMillen is an unlikely vegan food blogger and cookbook author. In her 20s, spending time in the kitchen felt overly domestic. Giving up M&Ms and mozzarella was a struggle. And she wasn’t trying to make a moral statement with her diet.

Paiche with Pickled Watermelon Salad

Lindsey Bishop Clark is a local creator, writer, home entertainer, recipe developer, and culinary storyteller. Her motto is “Make it beautiful.” She tends to live and breathe that motto in everything that she does but especially in the kitchen and on a plate. Her food is mostly healthy; however, she is never afraid to throw a little butter, cream or sugar in.

Lake Jacomo

Warm spring days can leave us dreaming of the sandy shores of a lake or ocean getaway. Fortunately, right here in the Kansas City area, Lake Jacomo, a gorgeous 970-acre lake nestled in the heart of Jackson County’s Fleming Park, offers a plethora of activities to satisfy the tastes of any outdoor enthusiast. 

April 2019 Around Town

Coldwater, Lee’s Summit’s Nonprofit of the year for 2018, announces growth. In late summer 2019, Coldwater will move onto the campus of New Springs Community Church located at 1800 NE Independence Ave., Lee’s Summit, MO. New Springs will continue to grow its existing free medical clinic and continue to offer all its existing services. Coldwater … Continued

Letter from the Editor

Spring is finally here! I think I can speak for most of us and say that warmer temperatures, budding trees, green grass and the sunshine is a welcome friend after the long winter we all just endured. I can’t remember a year where I yearned for spring to come quite like I did this year. … Continued

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

Natures Art

Flower arrangements are the perfect way to freshen up your space and add a pop of color to the room. Learning to arrange flowers is a fun way to add personality and artistic vision to your home. Here's a simple step-by-step guide for how to arrange flowers. 

Outdoor Living 2 Ways

Erica Krzykowski and design assistant, Angela Wedekind are the masterminds and the creative forces behind Prairie Home Designs. With their attention to detail, eye for innovative design and limitless creativity, this duo packs a powerful punch to transform any space. Principal designer Krzykowski makes it her personal mission to make each client’s space feel beautiful and reflect their unique and personal style.

Refurbishing History

As owners of Bella Patina, Nick and Megan Allen have always been drawn to old homes and vintage items. Not surprisingly, their home was originally built in 1898, and it and has been one of their biggest projects to date.

Craft Beer Buzz

Boulevard may have paved the way for craft beer in Kansas City, but now small, independent breweries are popping up all over the metro, bringing an entrepreneurial spirit, convivial environment and full-flavored pours to the city and suburbs.

The Midwest Heritage Homes Team

For Realtors Ann and Jon Pye, the transition from public education to serving the public’s real estate needs was a natural shift. This couple started serving in real estate two years ago but joined the Midwest Heritage Homes Team two months ago, after enjoying multiple years as elementary school principals in Independence, Missouri.

Designer Top Picks

 For your design needs, contact Karin Ross at karinrossdesigns.com

Going on a Safari

The goal for this nursery was to infuse the vintage safari theme without making it feel too much like a typical themed kids space. The textural and moody finishes incorporate a sophisticated element yet still have a fun, youthful feel to the space.

The 16th Annual Mayor’s Character Breakfast

The 16th annual Mayor's Character Breakfast celebrated twelve Reflection of Character recipients, one Business of Ethics, and one Lifetime Achievement recipient . The keynote speaker was an 11 year old social media super star, Olivia Van Ledtje, who encourages kids to use social media to be ambassadors for the change they want to see in the world.  

Letter from the Editor

I love a good home project. There is something invigorating about freshening up a room with new paint or bringing in a splash of color with throw pillows or updating a room with a total transformation.  I am a DIY’er by nature and always have something I am working on, but my latest project has … Continued

The Lee’ Summit Chamber Annual Gala

The Lee’s Summit Chamber’s nautical-themed Annual Gala was held January 26 at The Pavilion at John Knox Village. Nearly 500 Chamber members and guests enjoyed a plated dinner, member awards, casino games, live and silent auctions and much more.

Grand Opening of FLOC5 & Co

FLOC5 & Co Clothing Boutique held its Grand Opening Event located on Southwest Blvd., Kansas City.  Custom mixing was provided by DJ Cameron Birdsall, the fresh and beautiful bites prepared by Boardmoms KC, cocktails from Kyle Bennett of Lark A Fare, and live mannequins in the storefront windows was performed by the dancers from Dance.Fit.Flow.  … Continued

Concentrating on detail can refresh any home.

Megan Mosier is the talent behind Megan Gensky Interiors, and she lends her personal touch to each new project she works on. This featured home sits on a beautiful lake lot, which lent itself to some exciting changes.

Good Deeds

If you expect your realtor to keep up with the fast-changing, ever-challenging world of real estate while still delivering old-fashioned values with timeless class, you’ve just come home.

At Home with Becky Hillyard

Creative Becky Hillyard showcases her love of a neutral color palette, rich textures and workhorse statement pieces that will grow with her family on her lifestyle site, Cella Jane Blog. Named after her grandmother, the internationally popular blog is a place where Hillyard finds connection and shares inspiration on topics of fashion, beauty, fitness, baby, motherhood and more.

Drenon Jewelry has a new 8,000 square foot location!

As WWII was coming to an end in 1945, Mike Drenon and his, wife, Pansy, opened their first jewelry store. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and a broken watch he could not afford to fix inspired him to teach himself the craft. He went on to learn everything there was to know about watchmaking and decided…

What I am working on

With the start of the New Year I always love to take a pause and come up with a list of dreams and goals to help guide me in the months to follow. 2019 is no exception, and this year is going to be great! Later in the year we are adding a daughter-in-law to the family which is so…

Whole-hearted Care

It can be overwhelming to learn your child or unborn child has a heart condition. That’s why Kansas City’s own Children’s Mercy has developed a full-service cardiology and cardiac surgery program to help families throughout their journey.

Letter from the Editor

Creativity can be expressed in various forms beyond just what we can see and hear. It is ironic that we tend to sometimes put a box around what art is, but creativity shouldn’t be boxed in. That’s what makes it so beautiful.  The individuality in our talents, thoughts and style is what makes us unique. … Continued

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

KC Guitar Trio

For many, music is a part of their identity. It illustrates who they are, adds meaning to what they are doing, and personifies everyday monotony. Music is the whimsy of the piccolo, the urgency of the trumpet, and the serenity of the violin. For Lucas Bingham, the versatility of the guitar is as central a part of his life as…

Introducing Gary Wilkes

Artist Gary Wilkes has his personal favorites. In his Lakewood home studio, an easel faces personal portraits of Bruce Springsteen and Keith Urban. But Lady Gaga holds a special place in his heart, too.

Handmade Soaps

The art of soap making has come a long way since our grandmothers’ day. All the nourishing oils, beautiful colors, scents and exfoliants would have been a dream to her. Today, it is easy to custom make soap for any skin type. Adding oils such as avocado, olive, jojoba, and argon are just a few ingredients to make a rich…

Art Around Lee’s Summit

Glenda Masters, the city’s first Cultural Arts manager, is charged with developing new cultural engagement and enrichment strategies benefiting Lee’s Summit residents and visitors. Glenda oversees the Lee’s Summit Arts Council, a citizen volunteer board. With support of the Cultural Arts Division, an initial goal for the Arts Council is to increase awareness of public art currently located within Lee’s Summit and…

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

Dermatologist Takes Patients from Cancer to Cure

When Dustin Steller made an appointment for a full-body skin check, the 38-year-old father of two wasn’t anticipating the diagnosis of skin cancer. But when David Fieleke, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Cornerstone Dermatology & Surgery Group spotted the nickel-sized pink spot above Steller’s left eyebrow, the patient was glad he’d made an appointment.

Want a better body?

Who doesn’t? A great place to start is Better Bodies Pilates.

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.

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…

Letter from the Editor Reflection

It’s a new year, and with that it signifies new beginnings and a fresh start.  With how busy life becomes, it is a nice reprieve to be still for a moment and reflect on where we have been, what the past year has taught us, what we want to grow and learn from, and where … Continued

Lee’s Summit North orchestra students understand the incredible healing power of music.

 Sometimes, out of tragedy arises hope, love and healing. The night may be dark, but there is always a dawn. This is the message members of the Lee’s Summit North orchestra hope to share through their music.

DIY Kombucha

 Ingredients:  Eight tea bags or two tablespoons (8 grams) of loose-leaf green, black, white or oolong tea, or a combination of teas.  One SCOBY. If a SCOBY isn't available, purchase online. If you're feeling zesty, try making one with some raw apple cider vinegar or unflavored kombucha.

Donovan Metoyer: Staying the Course

When Donovan Metoyer was a high school athlete, his basketball coach told him he wasn’t good enough to make the team. Discouragement from an authority figure weighed heavily, and Metoyer switched his focus to track-and-field. But today, seemingly impassible obstacles make the ninja warrior athlete even more driven.

Gather

The holiday season is such a wonderful time to reflect on the gifts that we carry with us all year long and not just the gifts that we hope to find under the tree. Some of the most valued gifts are given to us unconditionally, and many times it is in the least suspecting places.  As the year comes to…

Deck the Mantel

 Cedar Garland  Frosted pinecones  Snowball ornaments

Gift Giving Guide

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

Lake Living

Whether by coincidence or by namesake, Doctors of Optometry Susan and Jason Lake are Lake People.  Six years ago, this husband and wife team took the plunge and moved to Lake Winnebago, an idyllic community seven miles outside Lee’s Summit.

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

Holiday Punch 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…

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…

Lee’s Summit’s Santa Brings Holiday Cheer to Children in Need

Twenty-two years ago, Kriss Kringle donned a red velvet suit with plush white trim for the very first time. Back then, it was personal -- a fun way to commemorate his daughter’s first Christmas with his family. But as time has passed, the Lee’s Summit man has become one of Santa’s most special Kansas City-area helpers. He’s motivated by a…