Gift Giving Guide

Enjoy some of our favorite gift picks to inspire you this gift giving season. 

Deck the Mantel

 Cedar Garland  Frosted pinecones  Snowball ornaments

Gather

The holiday season is such a wonderful time to reflect on the gifts that we carry with us all year long and not just the gifts that we hope to find under the tree. Some of the most valued gifts are given to us unconditionally, and many times it is in the least suspecting places.  As the year comes to…

Holiday Punch Bowls

The holidays grant us with a unique opportunity to bring friends and family together. If your family is anything like mine, gathering around the dinner table to share a meal and a few cocktails is a revered tradition. Being the only person in my family with a cocktail background, I am constantly playing barkeeper when I would much rather be relaxing…

Letter from the Editor

The holidays are upon us, and as the festivities approach, all of the warm feelings and memories that I hold dear from Christmas’s past come rushing to mind. This is most definitely my favorite time of year, and for many reasons. I love the traditions and the beauty of the season and watching my kids … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Granite Garage Floors Celebrates Milestone Granite Garage Floors celebrated a milestone of installing One Million square feet of professionally installed epoxy coating systems recently.  The locally-owned, Prairie Village-based business was founded nine years ago with a goal to provide a dependable, permanent & industrial-strength coating that protects and beautifies residential garage, basement and commercial flooring.  For more information, visit GraniteGarageFloors.com or … Continued

Lake Living

Whether by coincidence or by namesake, Doctors of Optometry Susan and Jason Lake are Lake People.  Six years ago, this husband and wife team took the plunge and moved to Lake Winnebago, an idyllic community seven miles outside Lee’s Summit.

Holiday Decor Trends

Megan Mosier is the designer behind Megan Gensky Interiors. After working for Magnolia in Waco, Texas and winning awards while working for a local builder, she decided it was finally her time to start her own design company. She stays busy during the holiday months setting up clients’ homes and offices for the holiday season. Besides holiday decorating services, she…

Lee’s Summit’s Santa Brings Holiday Cheer to Children in Need

Twenty-two years ago, Kriss Kringle donned a red velvet suit with plush white trim for the very first time. Back then, it was personal -- a fun way to commemorate his daughter’s first Christmas with his family. But as time has passed, the Lee’s Summit man has become one of Santa’s most special Kansas City-area helpers. He’s motivated by a…

Not Home for the Holidays

While the rest of us are gathering around the Thanksgiving table and decking our halls, some of our fellow community members are leaving behind their own families to work long shifts where they will care, protect and serve. This holiday season, we give thanks for their service and sacrifice. 

Flexible Giving Strategy

Now is the time of year to think about your giving, especially for those wage earners who will receive year-end bonuses.  But what if you want to take advantage of the tax deduction but aren’t sure what charities you want to give to yet? Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) are a simple solution.  Though not a new product, DAFs have received renewed…

The Creative Light Within You

If you find yourself looking for inspiration, hope, and creativity all in the same place, you might want to experience Lights On Mason located at Bella Patina in the West Bottoms on the first weekend of every month. Here you will also find Lee’s Summit resident, Larry Jones, the creator behind these incredibly unique and amazing light fixtures that have…

Resilient Splendor

It is interesting. When I reflect on my life, I would have never seen myself as this person.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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…

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…

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.”

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

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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. 

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…

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.…

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

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…

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.