Shredd with Ryan Waters

 Article and Photography Provided  Quit with the excuses, make a decision and follow through.  Consume a diet of mainly whole, unprocessed foods.

Backstage with Ryan Pinkston

 Article Nicole LaVine  Ryan Pinkson is a picture of the modern midwest artist. He sports a mustache, skateboards at 31 years old, and frequents the West Bottoms. His unassuming demeanor would never give away his musical success.   

Bringing the outside in

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Paul Versluis  Nature.      Healer of spirit, inspiration for the soul and gathering place for generations. John Bunch and his family embrace all this implies throughout their living space at Lake Lotawana. They bring the outside in with amazingly creative embellishments.

Taormina Provides Rapid Relief for GI Symptoms

 Article Natalie Fieleke | Photography Janie Jones  Heartburn, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome – all health concerns that make us squirm uncomfortably. But these conditions, which patients sometimes needlessly suffer through, can be conveniently diagnosed and treated in a new office setting in Lee’s Summit.  

Outdoor Oasis

 Photography Paul Versluis  Jeff and Kristen Graham have lived in their current home for eleven years. Living on the golf course in a growing community was fabulous, except that the late afternoon and evening sun and a small patio made their outdoor space hot and unusable. After deciding on a pool, they knew there were two essential elements that would…

Roast and Brew

 Photography Janie Jones    What's better than a fresh cup of roasted coffee to get your day started? Home roasting ensures that your coffee is as fresh as possible, and the roast is as light or dark as you prefer.

Letter from the Editor

A coach has the incredible power and privilege of shaping and mentoring young people to develop, mature and grow in all areas of their life. They are not only fine-tuning skills and training athletes to excel, but they are investing in shaping character and lifelong skills that can be applied in all areas of life.  … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Door Systems of Lee’s Summit Donates to Lee’s Summit West High School Inclusion Program A locally owned and family-based door and window company, Door Systems Inc. of Lee’s Summit, believes in community involvement and stands behind the hard work of students at Lee’s Summit West High School. With a donation of $5,000 to Challenge Day, … Continued

Hope House Hero Luncheon

Hope House held its annual Everyday Hero Luncheon on Thursday, April 5, at the Hilton President Hotel Downtown Kansas City to a sold-out crowd of 300. Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore served as the keynote speaker. Mike Talboy of Burns & McDonnell, the event’s title sponsor, was the honorary chair for the luncheon.

Movers and Shakers

 Article Natalie Fieleke | Photography Janie Jones  Scott Lamaster is the founder of Taking it to the Streets, a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to bringing about change and impacting lives through community outreach programs, providing aid to first responders and through disaster relief. He is well-known nationally for his passion to serve, bringing hope and encouragement to those in…

Movers & Shakers

 Photography Janie Jones  Cynthia Wright  Cynthia Wright is a wife and a mother of three who juggles a writing and media career while homeschooling her girls and earning her degree in marriage and family counseling. She volunteers at Mother’s Refuge, a shelter that houses at-risk pregnant and teenage mothers, as well as Suburban Balance of Lee’s Summit, which provides opportunities…

Hermann, Missouri, is Flowing with Every Ingredient Necessary for a Memory-Making Girls Trip

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Provided  Hermann, Missouri, is a lush piece of Missouri history, just a short drive or Amtrak trip away. Originally settled in 1837, this community of wineries maintains its quaint, unique feel with a never-ending array of activities to enjoy—namely, wine tasting! Wineries are all in close range of walking or the trolley or shuttle. There…

Simplistic Beauty

 Article Dana Lapinel | Photography Ladd Forde  The homeowners were able to combine textile inspiration from all over the world to create this cozy and eclectic space. Warm red kilim and Persian rugs ground the space and add warmth and texture while the traditional patterns impart a sense of familiarity and timelessness. Indigo-dyed throw pillows add a bohemian flair inspired…

I Am Noticed

 Article Kathryn Leo | Photography Janie Jones  Amy Johnson and Jaime Lyon from Lee Summit have always had a heart and passion for helping individuals and organizations be more positive. Once they began working together, they created I Am Noticed, a school program that is all about helping students, staff and families create and sustain a more positive culture.  

Groom’s Appliance: A Family, a Business, and a Community

 Article Adriane Taylor  When it comes to a community approach to doing business, Groom’s Appliance has exemplified this standard of quality. Having earned the distinction of the best heating and cooling business in Lee’s Summit, Groom’s strives to extend services that have a close family feel within a professional business setting. It is this approach that has weathered the test…

Laura + Her Mom

 Article and Photography    

A Spring Table

 Photography Paul Versluis  Almond Pistachio Tartlets with Apricots  Ingredients

Jeanne Rau-Flattery

 Photography Janie Jones  I love the quote by Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't—you're right.”  

Erin Bell:

 Article and Photography    In describing her family, Erin Bell is quick to say they are adventurous. They are a military family that has traveled all over the world, but the one place they have loved more than any other is their current home in Lee’s Summit. Together, with her pilot husband, two awesome sons and a fulfilling occupation, Erin…

Letter from the Editor

Who I am as a woman is a compilation of my life experiences, my faith, what I have overcome and largely the family that has come before me, laying the foundation of what it means to be a good person, to follow God, to serve, to be humble and to treat others with love and … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Lee’s Summit Firm Picked For KCI Airport Project When the $1 billion renovation of Kansas City International Airport is completed, there will be a little bit of Lee’s Summit influence in that massive project. That’s because small-but-mighty Land3 Studio, located in downtown Lee’s Summit, has been designated the lead and only landscape architecture firm selected … Continued

Letter from the Editor

Spring is here, and I am more than ready to get out and enjoy the outdoors. I openly embrace the upcoming season of shuffling kids to soccer, baseball and track which lends itself to spending a great deal of time outside in the fresh air. Aside from the early morning spring soccer games that can be painfully cold at times, I love…

Developing Potential Golf Par-Tee

Developing Potential's Golf Par-Tee on February 11 at Top Golf included a silent auction of sports items and Valentine’s Day gifts, raffles, food, drink and golf. Funds raised go to DPI, serving individuals with special needs in Lee’s Summit, to complete their capital campaign to expand capacity and build an additional location in Lee’s Summit.

April 2018 Around Town

Karin Ross Design Center, where you can purchase services a la carte or utilize the design-build team from start to finish, has opened its showroom in Lee's Summit. It carries exclusive cabinet lines, countertops, tile, large selection of vinyl planks, custom wood creations, carpeting and everything you need to do your next bathroom, kitchen or basement project at amazing prices and is as simple…

Let the Adventure Begin

We didn’t set out to be campers. In fact, after a crazy remote Colorado experience, my husband knows sleeping in a tent isn’t an option for our family—mostly me. We enjoy city dwelling and artisan coffee and spend much of our weekends watching our kids thrive in their activities. Even though we like our comforts, we don’t want them to…

Messner Bee Farm

You could call Erik and Rachael Messner a little old-fashioned, and they’ll probably take it as a compliment.

boomers get connected

Boomers Get Connected is a program started by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation in partnership with United Way to help baby boomers get involved in their community through the free, online volunteer database. Anyone can register for a free account and find hundreds of volunteer opportunities serving Eastern Jackson County. When you sign up with Get Connected, you’ll start receiving email listings of volunteer…


Ethical, responsible, green, fair-trade. You hear these words all the time and maybe don’t think much of them. But with climate change moving at such an alarming speed, maybe it’s time to learn a little about the clothes on your back—and in your online bag.

Vegan Spring Street Tacos

Shane Wilson came to be a vegan slowly—he started by cutting meat occasionally from his diet, then transitioned into full-time vegetarianism. Then he met his wife, Tara, a vegan with a knack for baking. Now, this vegan household finds tasty ways to eschew animal byproducts while celebrating the best of the season, as he does with these spring vegetable street…

Where Will Your Furry Friends Stay While You’re On Holiday?

Stephanie and Andrew Haddadi decided to turn their adoration and affection for God’s furry creatures into a true passion—offering them a place to relax and play for a day or extended vacation period, pampering by expert groomers, and cuddles. So, they opened Cuddle Up Pup, a veritable heaven for dogs complete with leather couches and Kongs stuffed with peanut butter and…

Letter from the Publisher

Our March issue is centered around the home—In other words, all of my favorite things. Due to my lifelong love of home and design, I felt it was the perfect issue to introduce myself to you as the publisher of Lee’s Summit Lifestyle. As a publisher, I am typically behind the scenes in the magazine, but I’m out and active…

March 2018 Around Town

Summit Christian Academy (SCA) is pleased to announce that junior international students William Feng and Doris Li were awarded first and second place in the 2018 Year of the Dog Chinese speech competition put on by the University of Kansas. William and Doris are both from China.

Get The Look

 Dining Room  
Our dining room is the first room guests see as they enter our home.  Even though we don’t use it to dine nightly, I want it to set the tone for our home and be welcoming.  Cozy Corner

ReNue Home Studio: 
Furniture Built With Faith

For Anna and Norman Bannister, every piece of furniture tells a story. The creative process that results in their line of custom-built, hand-painted furniture is often an adventure. It means plodding through the weeds at area farms and scouring vintage markets for unique pieces to reimagine in a fresh light for their reclaimed furniture line, ReNue Home Studio.

Lee’s Summit 
Provides A Peaceful Home Base for KC-Local Realtor

A sense of serenity comes over Ashley Kendrick as she drives over the lake to her home in Lee’s Summit’s Lakewood community.

We’ll Always Have Paris of the Plains

Brock and Erica Schulte are a power couple: He is the bar director and cocktail whisperer at the newest Country Club Plaza institution, The Monarch Bar. She represents Kansas City's own favorite spirits producer, J. Rieger & Co. Together, they have a full life and loving family, making the most of all that the Kansas City area has to offer.…

Rooted KC

It all began when my husband and I started to establish who we were in our own home by experimenting with design. It didn’t take long to realize that we had found our passion of revitalizing homes and that we wanted to share it with others. Long story short, we began to receive phone calls asking for advice and if…

Letter from the Editor

Our February issue is dedicated to makers and entrepreneurs, which is always a favorite theme of mine. It is so interesting to me to hear about what inspires people to go after a dream or to create something that is unique that they have put a piece of their heart and soul into—something that is their own that they share…

February 2018 Around Town

Just ahead of tax season, Lee’s Summit CPA Julia Hampton is taking her tax and financial knowledge to Raymore with the purchase of a portion of another CPA firm. Hampton is opening the new office inside Community Bank of Raymore, 801 W. Foxwood Drive. At that office, Hampton has announced the hiring of veteran accountant Eric Allee, a Lee's Summit…

Hollywood in the Heartland:

Trevor Hawkins, the driving force behind the new film "Lotawana," launched his moviemaking career with little more than a camera and a belief in the power of film to tell a compelling story.

Persaud Creative

Persaud Creative works with churches and nonprofits to build their brands. Michael Persaud, a native of Guyana, started Persaud Creative in 2011. Before that, he was instrumental in growing his church.

Madison Street Leather

While watching "Shark Tank" about five years ago, I saw a wooden bow tie. I immediately thought, “Somebody needs to make a leather bow tie.” Having never made anything with my hands, I just sat on the idea. By August of 2015, my wife and I welcomed our third child, Maxwell. He came to us with Down syndrome and would require…

Jack Gerding

Some children are brought into the world with no creative boundaries, encouraged to be inspired and shine. The oldest of three boys, Jack Gerding, a talented senior at Lee’s Summit High School, is the product of such a childhood. He has already blown audiences away on the theatrical stage with such presence it has attracted scholarships and is opening a…

Painting Petunias is a Creative Company that Inspires

Michelle Spigarelli embraces the artsy fartsy, crafty, crazy side of life, and her painted tea towels emulate her personality with flair and originality. The idea came about after her life journey led her to a particular place in her imaginative spirit.

DIY Pom Earrings

Colorful yarn
+ Scissors
+ Necklace chain
+ Clover Pom Pom Maker—
available on Amazon
+ Pliers
+ Jump rings
+ Earring hooks


Hi, I’m Vanessa, a Lee's Summit mama of three, and the face behind @the.urban.farmgirl. I started my IG feed as a creative outlet to channel my love of design and decor while simultaneously wrangling my kiddos. Here you will find posts of my own home with inspiration from my styling tips, DIY home projects, shopping finds and faves, and even some…

Hope Uncorked

More than 200 generous guests joined Marian Hope on November 10 at The Stanley for Hope Uncorked. Guests enjoyed a wine-tasting reception, auction and inspiring program while making a difference for children.

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Letter from the Editor

Happy 2018! It’s the start of a new year, which, for me, always means considering what changes or goals I have for myself. I usually have several house projects on my list (which unfortunately tends to carry over sometimes from the previous year’s list), and I always have a few personal goals as well.

Lee’s Summit Readers’ Choice Awards

Lee’s Summit Lifestyle recently honored the best local businesses at The Readers' Choice Award Ceremony. Hosts Shelly and Mark Neighbors of Platinum Realty and Starr Homes graciously opened their model home to accommodate local business owners. Awards were presented, food and drinks were provided by The Portable Chef and entertainment was provided by pianist John Hardesty.