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. 
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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…

Letter from the Creative Director

With June being our men’s issue, coinciding with Father’s Day, I wanted to pay tribute to a phenomenal man in my life: my dad. My father is a man of few words, but when he speaks, people want to listen because he is full of wisdom and love. He listens to understand first and doesn’t always have to be understood.…

How to Improve Your Golf Swing

Whether you are a new golfer or have been playing for decades, we all want the same thing: to be a single digit handicap or better. As an attorney, golfing with clients is a must, and slicing off the tee box can kill the deal. So, I dedicated the last two years improving my handicap from a 30 to an…

Men’s Fashion

ULAH located at 4707 Rainbow Blvd., Westwood

RESERVE AT STONEY CREEK

The floor plans for all three models, now open in the Reserve at Stoney Creek, are from Summit’s popular Signature Collection and feature the latest trends in home design with stylish finishes and fixtures chosen by the builder’s award-winning designer.

Garth Brooks in KC

After being away for ten years, Garth Brooks returned to Kansas City to perform seven sold out shows at the Sprint Center on his world tour. When asked why Kansas city, Brooks response was "It feels like coming home, and ten years is way too long to be away." Brooks is not only the top selling solo artist of the…

Comcast Cares

More than 150 Comcast and Accenture employees and their families beautified Nova Center for Comcast Cares Day on April 22. Independence Mayor Eileen Weir and Missouri Reps. John Rizzo, Donna Pfautsch, Bill E. Kidd, Mike Cierpiot and Gary Cross also joined. Maeson Moananu, a Comcast employee and Independence resident, brought 49 family members to volunteer.

June 2017 Around Town

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar unveiled its newest franchise location in Lee’s Summit, with a public grand opening during the May 19-21 weekend. H2B Restaurants LLC is the parent company’s second franchise to open since March and the first in a major metropolitan market. The restaurant/bar is in the popular Summit Fair Center on Blue Parkway just off I-470…

The Bike Shack

Working in a bike shop is the only job Jason Starforth can recall. His grandfather owned a bicycle shop off Blue Ridge Boulevard in the mid-1970s. At the age of 8, Starforth began cleaning the counters and learning how to fix bikes in his father’s store on Hickman Mills. Starforth purchased the cycling shop after his father passed away, and…

LIBATIONS & COMPANY

Each day, passerby peek in the front door of Libations & Company, the cocktail geek’s dream retail storefront, and ask owner Seth Allen if he serves cocktails. The answer is both yes and no. “I serve everything you need to make your own cocktail at home,” Allen says.

Letter from the Creative Director

I have had the privilege of having so many inspirational women in my life as role models, mentors and friends- women who build each other up and strengthen each other. As I reflect on the many amazing women who have touched my life and impacted me in so many ways over the years, I see the beautiful faces of so…

Pink Friday Trivia Night Benefits Stephanie Vest Foundation

The ninth annual Pink Friday Trivia Night took place on February 24th at the Stoney Creek Hotel. This high-energy event raised over $35,000 for the Stephanie Vest Foundation. All money raised stays in the metro and pays living expenses when a parent cannot work due to cancer treatment. StephanieVest.com

May 2017 Around Town

Formerly established Lakewood Montessori School at 951 NE Wildwood Drive in Lee’s Summit will soon reopen after an extensive renovation as Cuddle Up Pup, a premier pet resort with over 10,000 square feet. The boutique-styled doggie daycare experience will be unparalleled in setting, services and quality supervision. No expense has been spared during the renovation including bedroom-like pet suites with…

Travel Edit

Head to the desert in style with Steps of Style blogger Amy Dreyer for a girls trip filled with sun, fun and mid-century magic.

A Mother’s Love

There are stories of motherhood that sit deep in the soul, grapple with emotions and send waves of inspiration that challenge everything known about a mother’s love. For Julie Chamberlin and Jenise Miller, their story encompasses this but is also one wrapped in faith, hope and sacrifice. It is a story worthy of praise and a tale of motherhood that…

Inspirational Women of Lee’s Summit

You probably know her. She’s the vibrant spirit who, when life handed her a lemon, she took it and made the sweetest lemonade. Now she shares a cup with you as you sit on the back porch and chat about life. She enriches the lives of others through her unique passion and charitable efforts. She is a mother, a co-worker,…

Introducing Ashley Rodden

Ashley Maurin Rodden’s roots are right here in Kansas City, but her wings have taken her east to New York and Paris, chasing her fashion and beauty dreams. She founded LOVER® Cosmetics LLC in Kansas City in 2005 and moved to Paris a few years later to study makeup artistry at the Christian Chauveau school of makeup artistry. Returning to…

The City of Lee’s Summit:  A Mecca of Lake Home Communities!

Nowhere in Missouri or Kansas can you find so many lake communities in one city! Lee’s Summit is well-known for the selection of lake communities available to homeowners. Consider all the options: Lake Winnebago, Raintree Lake, Lakewood, Lake Lotawana and Woodland Shores on Prairie Lake to name a few. Each lake community provides a select set of amenities which include…

Portable Chef

Hiring a caterer for a corporate event, private party, luncheon or wedding is an extremely common occurrence in most metropolitan areas. The Portable Chef, a Lee’s Summit-based caterer celebrating its 20th anniversary in business, has set itself apart in the industry through an innovative business model and unique workforce.

April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Spring is here! I am so excited about what this season brings to our city with the amazing weather and the opening of so many outdoor venues. There really is so much to do in Lee’s Summit and surrounding areas as the weather starts to warm up, and best of all, warmer weather means my kids are constantly outside playing.