Lesson In Life

Trevor Hawkins, a life-long resident of Lake Lotawana, has been filmmaking professionally for 13 years. His short film Lotawana On Ice was published in National Geographic, and a few years ago he was hired by the President of Rwanda to rebrand Rwanda’s image and make a tourism video. He just completed his first feature film, Lotawana, along side producers Nathan Kincaid and…

30 Years of Lifting Spirits:

Our beloved Chiefs football mascot KC Wolf turns 30 this year, but his back story belongs to Dan Meers. It’s a back that includes titanium rods.

With deep roots in the community, Granite Garage Floors treats customers like family

There is a good reason why Greg Slicker approaches each garage floor treatment as if it were for his own home. The customers he serves often are friends, neighbors or members of his community.

Testing into college with confidence

When it came time for Arianna Harris to take the ACT, she needed a boost of test-taking confidence.

Letter from the Editor : Lessons from a Father

The lessons that I have learned from my dad throughout my lifetime are endless and invaluable and have shaped me at the core of who I am.  At an early age, I knew I had a very special father who stood out among men.  I remember thinking the entire city knew who he was because of … Continued

Hit the Sauce

A good Barbeque sauce is comprised of a variety of the same six components. The key is to discover what style you enjoy most, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Oh, and taste often during the preparation process to adjust if so desired.

First-time car that didn’t run revs up lifelong passion for Lake Lotawana collector

 Howard Chamberlin had one small problem with his first car.  “It was a 1951 two-door Chevrolet coupe that didn’t run,” Chamberlin says, who lives at Lake Lotawana. “I had to get it running, and from then on, I always wanted a nicer car. I have always had an interest in cars for the simple reason that I never had much…

Up Close and Personal

From designing the space to intentional selection of furniture, brand director, Lucy Rieger, considered no detail too small while her team planned for the company’s expansion.

Growing a blooming business

When Barbara Keller bought All A’ Bloom Floral Design about a year and a half ago, it was already a well-known and successful floral business in historic downtown Lee’s Summit. Since taking the helm, Keller has grown the business to a new level and has plans to continue that growth in the future.

Celebrating Women

From the time I was a little girl, I dreamed about having baby girls. Never once did I push a baby boy doll around in the stroller. Although my prayer while pregnant was to have a healthy and happy child, my heart longed and prayed for little girls.. My prayers were answered, and I quickly realized that my vision of…

Whiskey in a Teacup

There's a modern misconception that there's such a thing as 'girly' drinks and 'manly' drinks. The world of spirits is inhabited and enjoyed by both genders. Of course, those making spirits are still predominately men, which the exception of Benay Shannon, the head distiller at Restless Spirits in Kansas City. Shannon is the only female distiller in Missouri, and she showed…

Letter from the Editor

This month we are celebrating women, and I am very fortunate to have so many wonderful women in my life who have left their mark on me. However, sometimes people come into our lives who inspire us so greatly that it changes who we are and who we strive to be. For me, that person is … Continued

The 64th Annual Bacchus Ball

The 64th Annual Bacchus Ball was held at InterContinental Hotel in honor of Community LINC. A Night on Mount Olympus theme set the foundation for an evening filled with entertainment, dinner, drinks, and a live auction. The foundation selects a different charity as it's beneficiary and has raised over $2 million during the past 60+ years. bacchuskc.org … Continued

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued

Home Design with Zing

Bright, bold color is making a comeback, and Lee’s Summit’s Melissa Rodgers is up-and-coming for her punchy, eclectic styling.

A Female Legacy

Matriarch: a mother who is head and ruler of her family

Crudite, anyone?

Not to be confused with its not-too-distant cousin, charcuterie, crudité highlights fresh produce--it is a French term that translates to “raw things.” The produce featured in crudité can be sliced or whole, typically assembled on a board or platter, served with complementary dips.  

From a nursery to an agritourism destination

Agritourism opportunities in the suburbs aren’t always plentiful, but Colonial Gardens is expanding and providing Jackson County with various opportunities to connect with nature.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Designer Top Picks

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

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

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.  

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

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.

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…

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…