Finding potential through health and wellness

For many people, enjoying parks and recreational opportunities is quite easy, but it’s more difficult for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. That’s why Developing Potential, Inc. is working to ensure everyone is able to boost their health and wellness through community participation.

The Ellerman Team at ReeceNichols

The Kansas City region is home to some of the most attractive and affordable housing in the nation. However, as in any city, it also is home to victims of abuse who need help to put their lives back together.

A Last Summer Hurrah

Looking for a last minute summer get-away? Sedalia is a short jaunt away and boasts a quant town with plenty to do. Here is our favorite must-do's. 

August 2019 Around Town

Lee’s Summit Medical Center breaks ground on new building Lee’s Summit Medical Center recently marked another milestone of continued growth in the Lee’s Summit community by breaking ground on a new 52,000 square foot, two story, medical office building. The new building will be located on the Lee’s Summit Medical Center campus off Blue Parkway … Continued

Letter from the Editor

Before having kids of my own, I thought parenting was going to be a piece of cake. As the second oldest of ten kids, a classroom teacher, and former nanny, I had years of experience with children—and I knew I was good with kids. I was sure that my “expertise” was going to make parenting … Continued

The Taste of France Popup

The Taste of France, by Savor & Swirl. A food + wine pairing popup that creates intimate dining experiences in temporary locations across KC. Follow on Instagram @savorandswirl to learn about upcoming events.

A favorite experience

Many teenagers dream of appearing in a movie, but for 15-year-old Hudson Harris of Lee’s Summit, it’s becoming a reality with next month’s nationwide release of “The Favorite,” featuring well-known actor John Schneider.

Mr. Henry shines as a 4-legged backstage star!

This adorable Shiffon, a hybrid of a Shih-tzu and Brussels Griffon, is at home on Broadway, has traveled with his “mom,” Jennifer Balagna, to two countries (Canada twice and Mexico) in addition to 17 states. He has been to the Hamptons, up and down the east coast, Florida, California and Colorado 10 times, just to name a few.

Family Photo Session Tips

Photos are a great way to document stages of life—family milestones, growing up, having babies, getting married and growing older. Janie Jones, our Lifestyle photographer, has a gift with capturing personality in her portraits. Jones emphasizes, "Time goes fast, so it is important to capture life as you’re going through it.” 

Welcome Home, Baby

Nurseries are undoubtedly one of the sweetest spaces to dream up.  They are also such an important part of the nesting process for expecting parents.  Lanie and Brent Draper of Rooted KC were thrilled when their client let them surprise them with this sweet space as they focused on other ways to prepare for their baby boys arrival. With almost unlimited creative freedom, their client’s only…

Home Health Care With Heart

For Brooke and Andrew Winfrey, owners of Redeemed In-Home Care, the story of how they founded their business is a tapestry woven by a God who has blessed their family so they, in turn, can minister to others.

Dish Beautiful

Lindsey Bishop of Dish Beautiful is sharing some of her favorite easy recipes to break out on those hot summer nights. Both colorful and flavorful, these are sure to be a hit. 

Selling life on the lake

After owning homes in three local lake communities and spending the last six years of her real estate business focusing on waterfront property, Renee Amey has become an expert in what these communities have to offer.

Farm- to- table Entertaining Al Fresco

Spending time outdoors and enjoying friends and family over good food and drinks is a great way to usher in summer. This gorgeous farm-to-table dinner is set in the breathtaking Timber Barn space at Weston Red Barn Farm. From the fresh flower arrangements to the locally sourced produce and herbs, this earthy spread is brimming with character and flavor. The earthy ceramic and clay vases give the perfect…

Explore the Great Outdoors

Lee's Summit and the surrounding Jackson County area is home to some of the best outdoor trails, lakes and parks. Here are some of our favorite spots to explore:

Letter from the Editor

With summer in full swing and four kids at home, it feels as if I have spent most of my time in the car chauffeuring the kids to and from activities. Baseball fields, swimming pools, summer training programs and camps have consumed our days, and as constant and busy as it is, I know that … Continued

Behind the Brush: Phil Schmidt

Phil Schmidt, a local artist whose work can be seen around Lee’s Summit as well as the greater Kansas City area and beyond, first found his love of art as a young child doodling in class. That love of art continued to grow, as his mother fostered it by supplying him with drawing pads, oil paints and a canvas. 

Local Nonprofit making difference for veterans

“In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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.

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…

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.

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. … 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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. 

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

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.

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