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…

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.