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.


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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.


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


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…


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.

Apple Tart Topped with Salted Caramel Ice-Cream

Heat oven to 400º F. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and the flour in large bowl. Stir in apples. The sugar-flour mixture will not all stick to the apples; that’s OK.

April 2017 Around Town

Coming this summer, let us help your child catch up during the summertime. Camps will include an area of focus in social skills, speech and language, fine and gross motor skills and handwriting skills. Available camps for summer 2017 include “Little Ones on the Move,” ages 4-6 years; “Let’s Shape Those Letters,” ages 7-9 years; “Right Brain Meets Left Brain—Motor…

Mapping Mobile

Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Home to Alabama’s only marine science education and research laboratory, visitors learn about the four local ecosystems of the coastal area: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Gulf of Mexico. DISL.org


Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season.

Arrowhead Yacht Club

Charming. At Arrowhead Yacht Club (the AYC) the beauty of nature is the perfect complement for any special occasion. The serenity of a gleaming lake, the vivid viridescent lawn and the simplicity of the lush landscape all collaborate in creating a unique experience for anyone seeking to find an idealistic place for a noteworthy gathering. Boasting the splendor of Lake…

How to Make a Raised Garden

It started off as an innocent, cold Saturday in January project with my family. I packed my two kids up, and we found our way to Home Depot to look at the organic seeds. It had been a few years since we'd planted a garden at our previous house, and they were excited to help. They picked out corn, tomatoes,…


Combine all ingredients except oil and blend for 10 seconds. Slowly drizzle oil into the running blender to emulsify. Season to taste with salt and pepper A couple of years ago, I found myself in an argument with my father about the local and “organic” meat I had purchased. In his defense, he uttered “but all food is organic!” Unfortunately,…

Fig Tree Pioneers Farm-To-Table Fare in Lee’s Summit

Enter Fig Tree Café and Bakery, and a sheet pan of baklava rests alongside a luxuriously frosted chocolate layer cake on an antique glass pedestal, a hint at owners Tom and Robyn Altoom’s unique culinary perspective. At the restaurant—Middle Eastern café meets Ozark grandmother’s bakery counter–the Altooms pride themselves on preparing ingredients the old-fashioned way and in offering patrons the…

Letter from the Creative Director

This month we are featuring beautiful homes in the area that reflect different styles of design. Whether it be modern, contemporary, farmhouse, vintage or traditional, interior design is multifaceted and can change the feel and mood of a space. The clean, sleek lines of modern feels fresh and professional, whereas a vintage or farmhouse style gives a feeling of warmth,…

Steve Silverstein’s Shoreside Sanctuary

For Steve Silverstein, M.D., his home on the north shore of Lake Winnebago is more than a dwelling—it’s a labor of love turned into a luxurious shoreline sanctuary. “In everything, I tried to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility,” the successful and driven ophthalmologist says, describing how he’s integrated his passion for music and lakeshore living to create an…

Modern Oasis

Design features of the Byers residence include a cantilevered roof, expansive windows facing west, clerestory windows throughout, ground-source heating and cooling and a rain screen wall system with a natural cedar plank façade. The low-slung exterior was designed to respond to the Missouri prairie topography and offers a contemporary interpretation of prairie-style architecture. The home was designed by El Dorado…

Get the Look

This midcentury modern dining room is inviting and fresh. You can obtain the same look with these pieces.

Custom Window Treatments by Budget Blinds

Windows are the eyes of the home. They see the wonderful scenery outside while keeping the precious memories made inside safe. They provide a barrier from the elements but sometimes need a little something extra to make them perfect. That is where the ideal window covering comes into play.

Lauren Korte’s Home Décor Picks

Pair the 2017 Pantone color of the year with your favorite gold pieces for a fresh look this spring.

Modern Meets Gravel

When a local couple decided to move to the country, they knew they wanted to build a home that tested the limits of Midwest style and design. With a desire for modern edge in their rural setting, the homeowners enlisted the help of local designer Kerri Frazier, of Studio Blue Designs, to bring their vision to life. Throughout the custom-build…

come gather

The Browning home has always been a gathering place. Built in 1889 by the owner of the Lee’s Summit mercantile, Browning Drygoods, it was a hub for family life, even after the grown Browning children grew up and moved to homes next door. History has it that neither of the adjoining Browning residences had kitchens because everyone returned to the…

My Favorite Things

Top three items you can't live without: Water, phone and dark chocolate. 

Favorite spots in KC: The Plaza, Kauffman Performing Arts Center and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Letter from the Creative Director

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a person who likes to come up with new ideas. I am a bit of a dreamer and a problem solver, and I constantly find myself thinking up new business startups, inventions or ways to make products better. I can’t help it, and I have a hard time turning…

February 2017 Around Town

You may be eligible for an academic scholarship to help cover your tuition. The Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation (GLSHF) Scholarship cycle is now open. The deadline to apply is March 1. GLSHF offers area students educational scholarships in amounts up to $8,000. These scholarships support academic studies leading to a career in a medical or a health care discipline.…

D.E. Uhlig

D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's…