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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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.

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.

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.

Gift Giving Guide

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

Deck the Mantel

 Cedar Garland  Frosted pinecones  Snowball ornaments

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…

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…

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

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

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.

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…

Not Home for the Holidays

While the rest of us are gathering around the Thanksgiving table and decking our halls, some of our fellow community members are leaving behind their own families to work long shifts where they will care, protect and serve. This holiday season, we give thanks for their service and sacrifice. 

Resilient Splendor

It is interesting. When I reflect on my life, I would have never seen myself as this person.

Flexible Giving Strategy

Now is the time of year to think about your giving, especially for those wage earners who will receive year-end bonuses.  But what if you want to take advantage of the tax deduction but aren’t sure what charities you want to give to yet? Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) are a simple solution.  Though not a new product, DAFs have received renewed…

The Creative Light Within You

If you find yourself looking for inspiration, hope, and creativity all in the same place, you might want to experience Lights On Mason located at Bella Patina in the West Bottoms on the first weekend of every month. Here you will also find Lee’s Summit resident, Larry Jones, the creator behind these incredibly unique and amazing light fixtures that have…

Lee’s Summit Firefighters Really Know How to Heat Things Up.

Firefighters at the Lee’s Summit Fire House usually spend their days cooling things down, but they know the value of sharing a meal together at their table and have amped up their cooking skills to tempt every palate.

From Their History To Your History:

First-time visitors to the Longview Mansion will be overwhelmed by the breathtaking views of this magnificent estate with its ten acres of wooded grounds, gorgeous sunken garden and fountain, and massive 22,000 square-foot mansion situated on this historic farm in Lee’s Summit.  Repeat visitors won’t be disappointed either.

Personal Service and Top Expertise Set Lima’s Flooring Apart

When it comes to your floors, there are many options to consider, and with the right services, you will be sure to get the results of your dreams. Lima’s Flooring is a completely family-owned business, and owner, Lucas Lima, has more than 10 years of experience in the flooring industry.

Letter from the Editor

Fall is synonymous with food for me.  Once the air becomes crisp and sweater weather is upon us, my crockpot starts to work in overtime and baking accelerates by a thousand.  Some of my favorite fall recipes are ones that have been passed down to me from my mother and grandmother. Food has a way … Continued

Marina Grog & Galley brings coastal flavor to Lake Lotawana

Although fall weather makes it too chilly to go swimming or sailing, seafood and steak in Kansas City's only waterfront restaurant never go out of season. Diners from across the region have made Marina Grog & Galley a popular destination since owner Jack Schwindler first turned an old boathouse into an upscale restaurant.

Maintaining Memories

When Perry and Kathy Atha gather with family and friends at their Lake Lotawana home, they meet with memories around the dining room table that belonged to Perry’s grandparents, Russel Sr. and Helen. Perry remembers his grandmother always kept a lollipop box and Eskimo Pies to treat her 16 grandchildren when they visited. Today, the Athas treasure the history that…

For the Love of Food!

Tamara Wise’s kitchen emits delicious, tantalizing, inviting aromas every hour of the day. Depending on the event or occasion, she is preparing food to serve. Whether grating garlic, sautéing shrimp, roasting peppers, drizzling salad dressing, or creating magic on a cake plate or stand or cookie sheet, she performs each step effortlessly. Cooking to her is almost like breathing.

A Lifetime of Lotawana Memories

Jack Schwinder, lifelong Lotawana resident and owner of the Marina Grog and Galley, has had a full life of adventure with a keen entrepreneurial spirit. We recently took a walk down memory lane with Schwinder about some of his time spent at Lotawana.

A Labor of Love

 Article Adriane Taylor | Photography Janie Jones  In 2017, Summer Youngkin’s life was at a crossroads. Her mother, Claudia’s Alzheimer's disease had progressed, and her family knew she needed a full-time caregiver. At the time, Youngkin was in the midst of her career, but she wanted to do something more to help -- something that would enable her to soak up as much…

Summit Christian Academy Soars Brightly in Our Community

 Article Judy Goppert  Summit Christian Academy possesses a legacy of stellar education.   It was born in 1989 at the kitchen table of two caring moms with a dream of a community Christian school welcoming to all families from Christian denominations. That year, they started an independent, non-denominational Christian school in a local church. Each year, families looking for stellar biblically-integrated…

Local denim manufacturer believes Kansas City is poised for revival of once-thriving garment industry

 Article Alan Goforth | Photography Paul Versluis  The bustle of workers and hum of sewing machines have long since left the old Kansas City Garment District.  At one time, however, garment manufacturing was the city's No. 2 industry, employing more than 4,000 people. An estimated one in seven American women wore a garment that was manufactured in Kansas City.

Meet the Maker: Anna Vogel

 Article Angela Broockerd | Photography Christina Hilliard   One of Anna’s earliest memories is embroidering a heart with her mom and then moving on to attempting to make doll clothes. Sewing has always been a part of her life. With fabric, she always felt like there were endless possibilities.  “I’ll always be grateful to my mother and grandmother for giving me the…

25 Years of Developing Potential

 Article Lisa Moyer  After 25 years of service, it’s time the unsung hero called Developing Potential, Inc. becomes a household name.  “DPI is a hidden gem,” says Amy Cox, director of Development, “but I LOVE LOVE LOVE sharing DPI’s story with the community.”

Letter from the Editor

 Our September issue is dedicated to Fashion and Style. While working on this issue, I couldn’t help reflect on my own love of fashion and clothing and how much it has morphed over the years.  I love looking back at old photos and seeing the fashion trends of the day so heavily reflected. It brings … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Custom Eyes Grand Opening CustomEyes has opened a new Lee’s Summit, MO location at 3660 NE Ralph Powell Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO. CustomEyes has four doctors to serve all of their patient’s vision needs – Dr. Scott Drake, Dr. Linda Drake, Dr. Jeffrey Enevoldsen and Dr. Jennifer Luebbe. Established in 2003, CustomEyes handles everything from eye … Continued

States

 Article Rachel Murphy | Photography Stephen Shireman  Soccer (or football everywhere else in the world) is known as 'the beautiful game'. The finesse, the speed, the agility necessary to move the ball continuously for 90 minutes creates a ballet of athletic ability. No one knows this better than the members of Sporting KC, Kansas City's MLS team. Two of these…

Exploring the Great Outdoors

 Photography Janie Jones  Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a seasoned adventurer on an extended expedition, there’s clothing designed for any camping, hiking, hunting or fishing trip at Osage River Clothing Company.  Owner Bob Marsh founded the local company to bring others closer to nature.   “I grew up hunting and fishing, and over the past decades have helped several outdoor…

It’s in the Bag

 Article Natalie Fieleke | Photography Janie Jones  Six years ago, Emily Border went searching for a modern handmade leather tote that would go the distance. This was before the mass-marketing of simple, high-quality leather bags from Madewell, ABLE and Cuyana. What Bordner found was a market full of loud, logo-emblazoned purses that weren’t the style or the quality she wanted.…