Letter from the Editor

So many moments happen around a kitchen. It is a gathering place for families and friends to eat, drink and talk about life. For my family, it’s the spot we always seem to congregate in, and food is the central part of almost every get-together. Food was important to both sides of my family growing up, and the gourmet dishes…

November 2017 Around Town

Massage Envy, a national massage and skin care service provider has opened a new location in the popular Summit Woods Crossing Shopping Center off of Chipman Road between Justice and Lane Bryant. The locally-owned franchise will offer customized massage, total body stretch, facials, chemical peels and microderm infusion by licensed therapists and estheticians. The owner, Jennifer Meents, is grateful to be…

Sunset Valley Elementary 
Second-Graders Focus on Spreading Kindness

Second-graders at Sunset Valley Elementary are focusing on spreading kindness. Over several weeks in late September and early October, students in Krista Hall’s classroom donated items to the residents of Summit Grove Senior Living Apartments in Lee’s Summit. They delivered gift bags, visited with residents and read them Halloween books.

Get Your Curve On Bridal Fashion Show

All My Heart Bridal hosted Kansas City's first ever Get Your Curve On Bridal Fashion Show, an event specifically for the curvy bride. Showcasing the latest trends in bridal, bridesmaids and accessories while promoting women with curves on the runway, it was the perfect event for inspiration and meeting the best professionals in the industry. 

Chef Roundup

Colby and Megan Garrelts are the husband-and-wife chefs and owners of Rye and Bluestem restaurants. Both chefs are proud to be from the Midwest, with savory and sweet recipes reminiscent of generations around the kitchen table.

Burnt Finger BBQ’s Bourbon Brie 

Prepare a medium-hot smoker or grill with coals pushed to one side. Tip: Want to add smoke flavor using your grill? Make a tinfoil pouch filled with a few small piece of smoking wood. Poke a few holes in the pouch and place pouch directly on the hot coals.

MEGAN DAY: ON FIRE

On the professional barbecue stage, Lee’s Summit’s Megan Day is reigning queen, bringing Kansas City-style barbecue to national TV audiences. Together, she and her husband, Jason Day, comprise the husband-wife competition team Burnt Finger BBQ, whose barbecue and business savvy have propelled the couple to the forefront of the industry and Megan to Food Network stardom.

How to Pick a Good Wine at different Price Points

There are so many different wines, how do you know what to choose? Depending on how much you want to spend, follow these tips to find the perfect wine that fits your budget and satisifes your taste buds.

Summit Christian Academy Gives Back

While most high school students were filling their summer with jobs, sports, vacations and social activities, the senior class at Summit Christian Academy in Lee’s Summit was reserving a week in July for something different. Together with faculty and staff, these students were preparing to travel to Camp Blessing for a mission trip.

Drink in the Ambiance of Stonehaus Farms Winery

There is a popular gem in Lee’s Summit where plump, flavorful grapes are lovingly grown, harvested, pressed and filtered into luscious wines to tempt even the most discerning palate. Brett Euritt is the second generation in his family to own Stonehaus Farms Winery, which was a lifelong dream of his father.

Letter from the Editor

My oldest child started his freshman year of high school this fall and is running cross-country. I have always enjoyed cheering him on and watching him run, but I have such a deeper appreciation and love for this sport after experiencing what it means to be part of a high school cross-country team. The sportsmanship, camaraderie, encouragement from upperclassmen and…

Lee’s Summit Symphony Crystal Reflections

The Lee’s Summit Symphony, in partnership with John Knox Village, celebrated the beginning of its 15th season, Crystal Reflections, with a special concert event. More than 600 patrons attended the special performance where the symphony reprised many of their favorite pieces over the years.

Students Witness Solar Eclipse

Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic School took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the eclipse on August 21. 
The teachers added extra safety measures for the students which included face covers made from paper plates.

Lemonade Stand

Cruz Ruoff, age 10, wanted to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. He was able to raise close to $200 at a lemonade stand with the help of Lee's Summit's finest.

Lee’s Summit’s Newest High School Now Open

Three hundred and two ambitious high school students walked down the blue carpet for the first day of school at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School. Students are empowered to discover and discern in a 21st-century learning environment rooted in the Catholic faith's culture and values. Photography by Carlos Moreno

October 2017 Around Town

The Lee's Summit community has diligently supported the fight against cancer, and this year, the Lee’s Summit West Titan volleyball team will host its 10th Annual Dig For The Cure event October 9 to continue the battle against all cancers. Together with Lee’s Summit North and Lee's Summit West high schools and community sponsors, the event will benefit Turning Point:…

Apple Cider Autumn Sangria

Mix up a classic fall favorite, apple cider, with a delicious sangria recipe that is sure to bring on the taste of autumn.

Lake Living Inspires Serenity

For many area residents, living on a lake provides the tranquility of home combined with nature. Whether the house is at Lake Quivira, Smithville or Lake Lotawana, these residences often offer a slice of splendor. Over the decades, structures originally built for weekend getaways have been remodeled. Or, owners raze their homes to make room for more permanent living. In…

Reader’s Choice

Kansas City-based designer Megan Gensky has a huge passion for people and love for beautiful interiors. Her desire to help clients create the space that speaks to them is what eventually pushed her to start her own business. After having the honor of working for Magnolia Market, she returned home to Kansas City to work for a local builder. During…

The Summit Church Grand Opening

The Summit Church celebrated the grand opening of their new, flagship main campus the weekend of June 10-11. The new campus provides updated space to meet the needs of a growing community. The Summit Church is located at 3381 NW Chipman Road. 
Visit ReachingTheSummit.com to learn more.

September 2017 Around Town

All My Heart Bridal, the boutique with curves, celebrated one year in business on August 1! Owner Sarah Bronso, created Kansas City's first bridal salon for curvy brides sizes 14+, and has helped more than 100 brides find their dream gown since opening. A proud member of the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce, All My Heart Bridal is excited for…

Stephanie Vest Foundation

Stephanie Vest was the quintessential stay-at-home mom who took pride in caring for her children and husband. She was a woman who embraced life with zeal and passion and loved her family more than could be measured. An authentic, stylish and vivacious woman, she found joy even when completing seemingly mundane tasks such as laundry, which she made more pleasant…

Letter from the Creative Director

Now that fall is upon us, the city is bustling with festivals galore, schools are back in session and hopes for a Royals postseason are high. Some of my favorite parts about this time of year besides the amazing weather include enjoying a bonfire on a crisp night, pulling out my fall sweaters, all desserts related to apples and cinnamon…

Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

If your dog has a wheat sensitivity, you can switch out the flour to an oat, rice or coconut flour. The consistency may just be a little different.

Jet Couture

I am Mary Burger, and I am the designer for Jet Couture Jewels. Jewelry designing is a creative process that involves imagination and visual artistry, the product of which can tell a story, evoke an emotion or offer a glimpse into the past that words cannot express.

Cella Jane

Leawood resident Becky Hillyard is Lifestyle Publications' newest monthly fashion contributor and the woman behind Cella Jane, a lifestyle and fashion blog which showcases her personal style on a daily basis. Thousands of followers both local and global go to Hillyard for fashion, beauty, motherhood and fitness advice; she offers inspiration to the everyday woman on the latest trends.

Jungmeyer and Suresh Dental Enterprises LLC

Growing up in Eldon, Missouri, Shelia Jungmeyer, D.D.S, worked alongside her father in his heating and air conditioning business all throughout high school and watched her mother manage her own real estate brokerage. When it came time for her to branch out on her own, Jungmeyer knew from her early experiences that she had the business acumen as well as…

Nickel & Suede

Nickel & Suede creates lightweight leather earrings and accessories designed with the active woman in mind. These handmade, modern and casual statement pieces were founded on the belief that jewelry should be both comfortable and stylish.

August 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to “enflame” or to “breathe life into.” Doing things that inspire us energizes us and makes us feel more alive. Inspiration doesn’t always have to stem from natural talents and abilities but instead is something that motivates us and is about connecting with what we are passionate about deep within.

August 2017 Around Town

Restoration EmporiumTM, a curated boutique of farmhouse, urban chic, vintage-in-spired gifts and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines furniture and accessories line will opened their new location at 4704 Wyandotte st. on the Country Club Plaza.

The Seventh Annual Edward Jones Day at The K 

Edward Jones financial advisors from Lee’s Summit and their clients attended the seventh annual Edward Jones Day at The K this June. More than 8,000 Edward Jones clients representing 146 Kansas City area branch offices enjoyed a private picnic featuring Jack Stack Barbecue and a thrilling game against the Houston Astros.

Brody Buster

When Brody Buster was 7 years old, his mother, Jan, placed a harmonica in his young hands. He soon taught himself to play and discovered a talent and passion that has blossomed into an amazing musical career. Brody brings the harmonica to life. Listening to him sing and play the blues is pure joy, and his love of performing reaches…

JOYRIDE

From your seat, or the dance floor or the table! It takes quite an effort to stay still or seated when the three local men and one woman who comprise Joyride hit the stage. Lead vocalist Robin Siemens belts out her renditions of some of Heart’s best, along with new and old country songs that stir the soul, alternative tunes…

Introducing Marissa Richardson

Marissa Richardson, born and raised in Missouri, has lived in the Lee’s Summit area for the past 18 years, most currently residing in Lake Winnebago.

Downtown Lee’s Summit Gets Social

Historic meets modern, and traditional with a twist—both are phrases that can be used to describe the ambiance and cuisine at Third Street Social, an American restaurant that infuses fresh life and flavor into the downtown Lee’s Summit dining scene.

@CellaJaneBlog

Welcome to Cella Jane, a personal life and personal style blog written by Becky Hillyard. Founded in 2012 as an outlet for Becky’s love for fashion and beauty, Cella Jane became a place to showcase and document her personal style on a daily basis. Cella Jane, named after Becky’s grandmother, has allowed her to connect with the everyday gal and…

Back-to-School Must-Haves

Back-to-school essentials for a successful and stylish year!

Children International

Children International is a global humanitarian organization whose vision is to connect lives, creating a poverty-free world for children, where their dreams are unleashed and their hope radiates into their communities. We invest in children, respect their unique beauty and potential, and compel others to join us.

Destination Home Team and Pfeifer Homes

In 1987, Troy Pfeifer began building custom homes in Lee’s Summit. Today, Pfeifer’s original business, Pfeifer King Building Corporation, has evolved into a next-generation family enterprise that provides customers with a one-stop shop to both sell their current home and build the home of their dreams.

Letter from the Creative Director

With summer in full swing, my house has become a revolving door of neighbor kids and friends coming and going, continual trips to the grocery store, campouts in the backyard (by the way, birds start chirping at 4:00 a.m.) and baseball, baseball and more baseball. It seems like no matter how hard I try to keep our summers from filling…

July 2017 Around Town

The Evans family knows what it is to love a child who struggles. They found lasting change when they discovered the Brain Balance program for one of their four sons, and that is the reason they have opened Brain Balance of Lee’s Summit at 413 NW Murray Road. Brain Balance is a nonmedical approach that addresses a variety of behavioral,…

Summer Eats and Treats

Instructions: Thinly slice meat, and layer remaining ingredients on corn tortilla. Drizzle with avocado sour cream dressing and serve.

The Wooden 
Boat Club

That emotion that permeates your being as you untie the mooring, as the sunlight gleams across the polished wood planks. You ease out into the water and hear the hum of the engine. This is what a group of like-minded men crave and seek. That is the aura of a wood boat.

Local Firefighters Serving in Middle East Together

Unselfish acts. Pride. Service to humankind. These are just a scattering of what two Lee’s Summit firefighters exhibit daily as they serve overseas. Ben Hicks joined the fire department in 2004 as a specialist/paramedic. “My friend, Wes Blanscet, who is here with me, actually works in the same fire company (crew) as I do, so we work very closely together,”…

Staycation in KC

No need to pack a suitcase—just pack this short list. Be a fan. Be one with nature—or not. Learn the backstory of your favorite summer brew. Be transported to an ancient culture. Meet some cool cats. Indulge in amazing eats—not just barbecue. Kansas City is where it’s at for amazing summer adventures.

Marian Hope’s Trivia Night

Smarties from across Kansas City came together for a night of trivia, costumes and fun at Marian Hope's Trivia Night with the real winners being the children benefiting from Marian Hope's services and support.

THE SUMMER PUNCH LIST

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DIY Wood Canvas

Displaying photos in a creative way is always so exciting, and transferring a photo to wood really makes a unique keepsake.

HILL WORKOUT

We don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when we have to overcome challenges. This alone is reason enough to exercise. Forget about the crop tops and short shorts. Most of us have moved past the “bikini as my goal” motivation, thank goodness. By all means, rock it if you got it, but also, show off that incredible resting…

Smoke Barbecue Brings a Culinary Twist to a KC Favorite

Josh and Lanni Edwards are beer tourists. When they travel, they seek out the convivial environment of local brew pubs that feature great local beer and food, but that aren’t too formal to enjoy a meal with their three children, ages 5 through 9. Wanting to create a place in Lee’s Summit like those they enjoy during their travels helped…