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. 

Deconstructed Salads

 Serves 12  Ingredients
1 12-ounce bag spring mix
1 6-ounce bag chopped cabbage
3/4 cup glazed walnuts
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup tart dried cherries
5 Fuji apples cored and cubed (Cut and toss right before serving.)  Ingredients for the poppy seed dressing 
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon dried mustard or Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt

Top Trendy Workout Breakdowns

For many of us, the new year is the perfect chance to improve our health and fitness after the indulgences of the festive season. But for some, starting an exercise program with all the choices can be overwhelming. To simplify things, we have broken down some popular workouts to help you find the best workout for you. Some of these can be done…

Life Threw Madison Cannon a Curve, Yet She Shines Brightly

High school is a challenging time for many, and 2010 Lee’s Summit High School graduate Madison Cannon understands that far more intensely than most. Madi, as her friends know her, has a positive, can-do attitude despite adversity.    

Establishing a Tranquil Space in Your Home

W hen we were building our home 10 years ago, I had a dream of incorporating a sunroom porch after realizing that the homes I loved included them. I have always loved the character, the mix of rustic brick and large open windows letting in tons of natural light. Most importantly, I loved the idea of basking in the warm sun and…

Healthy Eating Resolutions

We’ve swept away the sugar cookie crumbs, Googled healthy recipes galore and vowed to make a fresh start with clean eating in the new year. But let’s talk sustainability, and I don’t mean how thoughtfully our organic fruits and vegetables are sourced. Exactly how long are we going to stick out this healthy eating plan of ours?

Brain Balance Center Brings Hope to Lee’s Summit Families

Roxanne and Aaron Evans’ son, Ryan, struggled his way through elementary school. Nearly every school day brought new relational distress with other students and another trip to the "focus room" for discipline. Years of counseling sessions seemed to have little to no effect. The family had reached an impasse at helping their son when Roxanne heard an advertisement for Brain…

Letter from the Editor

The holiday season is upon us, and the spirit of giving is in full swing. This time of year can carry so many wonderful memories and is often a time to celebrate long-time family traditions and make new ones. For some, however, this time of year can be hard to get through for a variety of reasons. There are so…

December 2017 Around Town

On July 31, two Blue Springs South students, Grant Wall and Ryan Dykhouse, played 54 holes to raise money for The Stephanie Vest Foundation. This event was created by Grant, a junior on the Blue Springs South golf team, as a way to create community awareness for his favorite charity. In one day, more than $3,790 was raised for this…

Fashion for the Holidays

 Style Edit - All that Glitters  Shine bright this holiday season in gold, silver or just about anything that glitters. Metallics are all the rage at the moment, so electrify your look with these flashy statement pieces. 


Dick and Kay Biery have long enjoyed life in Kansas City—the arts, the culture and the architecture. Now that they are retired and ready for new adventures, keeping up their large home near the Plaza has become increasingly time-consuming.

Four Ways to Manage Holiday Expenses

From gifts to food to seasonal events, holiday spending can add up quickly. It can be hard to stay on top of a budget in the flurry of holiday celebrations. But it is possible to celebrate and give generously without going into debt. Here are four ways to plan for this year's holiday season and avoid those last-minute impulse purchases…

Little Warrior Princesses

It’s still difficult for Robin Wahrenbrock to talk about her twins' birthday without tearing up. The Lee’s Summit resident remembers doc tors coming into her dark hospital room when they thought the babies might arrive at 22 weeks and talking to her about statistics, trying to be comforting, but not offering much hope. When the babies did arrive via emergency…

Bringing Santa to Seniors

The holiday season is the time of year when families draw closer, warmth is shared and smiles blossom into memories and love. For many seniors, this time of year shines brighter due to the giving spirit of Home Instead Senior Care. Alana L. Titus, licensed clinical social worker, licensed master social worker, is director of operations, and in 2003, the…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar & Honey

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved, 
stems and ragged outer leaves removed*
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
Chopped pecans—optional

Victorian Gardens 

Winter blues do not have to get you down. Brighten up with crisp greens, soft cotton whites and cool blues. Keep it simple. To decorate your centerpiece, use the scents and smells of the season. A nix of woodsy evergreens, refreshing eucalyptus and boxwood can be picked up at Christmas tree farms or anywhere local that sells fresh trees. We…

Fun and Functional Decorating Brightens Lake Home

On a quiet autumn day, Joan Walker’s family home is beautifully reflected in the serene waters of Lakewood in Lee’s Summit. But on any given summer afternoon, the lake is alive with family and friends enjoying their backyard liquid playground. It is that fun and lively spirit that Joan wants to be reflected inside her home.

Letter from the Editor

So many moments happen around a kitchen. It is a gathering place for families and friends to eat, drink and talk about life. For my family, it’s the spot we always seem to congregate in, and food is the central part of almost every get-together. Food was important to both sides of my family growing up, and the gourmet dishes…

November 2017 Around Town

Massage Envy, a national massage and skin care service provider has opened a new location in the popular Summit Woods Crossing Shopping Center off of Chipman Road between Justice and Lane Bryant. The locally-owned franchise will offer customized massage, total body stretch, facials, chemical peels and microderm infusion by licensed therapists and estheticians. The owner, Jennifer Meents, is grateful to be…

Sunset Valley Elementary 
Second-Graders Focus on Spreading Kindness

Second-graders at Sunset Valley Elementary are focusing on spreading kindness. Over several weeks in late September and early October, students in Krista Hall’s classroom donated items to the residents of Summit Grove Senior Living Apartments in Lee’s Summit. They delivered gift bags, visited with residents and read them Halloween books.

Get Your Curve On Bridal Fashion Show

All My Heart Bridal hosted Kansas City's first ever Get Your Curve On Bridal Fashion Show, an event specifically for the curvy bride. Showcasing the latest trends in bridal, bridesmaids and accessories while promoting women with curves on the runway, it was the perfect event for inspiration and meeting the best professionals in the industry.