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…

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.”

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…

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…

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

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.…

Insta-Inspire

 Article and Photography  Kansas City blogger Annie Austen views her style, and shopping, as an an adventure. Her fashion finds are girly, eclectic and attainable. When she collaborated with Emily Bordner on the new EB accessories line, the two women sought to create styles that would be minimalist and beautiful – adding the perfect detail to every outfit, but with…

Pets enrich this Lee’s Summit Family’s World in Countless Ways

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Janie Jones     Hugs, kisses, feathers, honeycomb and fur babies!

Creating an Adventurous Space

 Photography Paul Versluis  Tell us a little bit about this space and what the goals were when starting the project on your son's room.  I wanted to design a space for him that would allow his curiosity and his imagination to grow.  I didn’t want bulky furniture taking up most of the room, so I choose this fun open bed…

Providing for Pets

 Article Natalie Fieleke  It seemed like a simple enough plan: Go to the pet store. Purchase fish tank water neutralizer. Go home. But our five-minute visit soon turned into a longer, more emotional trip as my son began naming mice to bring home, and my daughter fell in love with Bowser, a handsome tuxedo cat.  On the ride home, tears…

Introducing Ashley Corbello

 Article and Photography  Ashley Corbello, a graduate of the University of Central Missouri, is a Louisiana-born, realist painter of pet portraiture. Her works are a collective group of elements mixing a celebration of bright colors, a resonance of life in the subjects rendered, and built upon a genuine foundation of personal joy, borne from her love of her own pets…

Meet Mike! The Four-Legged High School Student.

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Janie Jones   Students at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School in Lee’s Summit love their classmate, Mike, an Australian Shepherd/Bichon, Aussie Chon puppy. He is the perfect friend and companion for students who may need a lift throughout the day or who may have trouble making friends.      “Mike rides to school with me every…

Now that’s Living!

 Article Allison Swan | Photography Provided  North Park Village in Lee’s Summit offers the best of suburban living in an urban enclave.  Located north of Highway 50 off Todd George Parkway with easy access to retail, dining and fun, this new home development has it all. With homes and floor plans in a variety of sizes, styles and design options…

Rockhill Orthopedic Group Provides Expert Care for Young Athletes Close to Home

 Article Natalie Fieleke  As adolescent athletes become competitive from earlier ages, along with the opportunity to excel in a given sport also comes the potential for injury. But with the proper treatment and rehabilitation, players won’t be sidelined for good. Acute ankle sprains and fractures, chronic overuse injuries and newly symptomatic flat feet are some of the more common foot…

Letter from the Editor

I have always been a person who adores kids. Growing up the second oldest of ten children, taking care of younger siblings sort of came with the territory, and I loved every part of it. That love of children continued in college as I chose a profession where I could work with kids daily and … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Dermatologist David Fieleke Opens New Lee’s Summit Office David Fieleke, MD, has opened Cornerstone Dermatology & Surgery Group, where his mission is to provide the highest quality of dermatology care for patients of all ages and stages, from retirees to their grandchildren. Fieleke is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a fellowship-trained … Continued

Dogs + Kids 

 Article and Photography  1)      They must be the center of your attention.  2)      When you’re on your phone, they want to be loud.

Cordial Craft

 Article Allison Swan | Photography Paul Versluis  Cordial Craft is Kansas City’s newest craft cocktail catering service specializing in fresh, made-to-order seasonal drinks using locally sourced produce. Brandon and Alyssa Burke, the bar-savvy couple behind the beverage business, traded their belongings for a motorhome and made the journey from California to the Midwest seeking adventure.   “Cordial Craft was started almost by…

Pets for Vets Provides Caring Matches

 Article Natalie Fieleke | Photography Provided  For the servicemen and women who lay their lives on the line for their country, was can continue to take a heavy physical and emotional toll. It’s estimated that as many as 20 percent of military veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. At the same time, millions of shelter animals await their forever home.…

Major Painting Is Right on Track for Success

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Janie Jones  Who hasn’t seen that red caboose in the center of Lee’s Summit? Downtown Lee’s Summit is home to dance parties, food, fun and community, and this red caboose, which is housed next to the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce office, is a staple.  Steve DeRousse and his company, Major Painting, painted it that…

Lea McKeighan Park

 Photography Janie Jones  The newly renovated Lea McKeighan Park is open! Enjoy the many new amenities and cool off in the splash pad, play some pickleball, explore the low ropes course and zip line or play on the musical instruments.   1. Climb on frog sculptures or pose for a fun photo op. 

Hero in the Sky

 Article Nicole Lavine  The family legacy of military service may have been the initial spark that inspired retired Lt. Col. Paul Amey to launch his military career. But he was the very first in his family to ever earn his aviation “Wings of Gold.”  It was in his sophomore year of college at Benedictine College when Paul came to terms…

Letter from the Editor

Every summer my family comes up with a bucket list of activities that we want to do over our three-month break from school. The kids each add their favorite activities, and invariably we always have several camps to work around. An all-time favorite to add to the list every year is visiting cousins that live out … Continued

Wild + Free

 Article Natalie Fieleke | Photography Dani Johnston  In August 2015, Dani Johnston was grieving the loss of her stillborn son two months earlier. So when her father invited her family to the lake to get away, enjoy the outdoors and kayak, she reluctantly went along. Experiencing nature together was a healing balm and a pivotal point for the Greenwood family.…

Summer Living

 Article and Photography  Raintree Lake and Lake Winnebago  Options range in both communities from casual-picturesque lakefront properties to high-end dream homes. These properties showcase homes backing to the lake with personal docks and boat lifts and also homes with picturesque views from patios with fire pits and large decks.

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…