Gift Giving Guide

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

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…

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

A Spring Table

 Photography Paul Versluis  Almond Pistachio Tartlets with Apricots  Ingredients

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.

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…

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

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…

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.

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.

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. 

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

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?

MIDWEST HERITAGE HOMES

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.

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…

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.

Chef Roundup

Colby and Megan Garrelts are the husband-and-wife chefs and owners of Rye and Bluestem restaurants. Both chefs are proud to be from the Midwest, with savory and sweet recipes reminiscent of generations around the kitchen table.

Burnt Finger BBQ’s Bourbon Brie 

 Makes 10 to 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes, grill or smoke: 25 minutes  1 13-16 ounce Brie cheese wheel
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup bourbon
1 cup chopped walnuts
Crackers, toast, or apple slices for serving. Tip: Ask your local baker to run bagels through the bread slicer for perfect little dippers.  Recipe by Megan Day

MEGAN DAY: ON FIRE

On the professional barbecue stage, Lee’s Summit’s Megan Day is reigning queen, bringing Kansas City-style barbecue to national TV audiences. Together, she and her husband, Jason Day, comprise the husband-wife competition team Burnt Finger BBQ, whose barbecue and business savvy have propelled the couple to the forefront of the industry and Megan to Food Network stardom.

Summit Christian Academy Gives Back

While most high school students were filling their summer with jobs, sports, vacations and social activities, the senior class at Summit Christian Academy in Lee’s Summit was reserving a week in July for something different. Together with faculty and staff, these students were preparing to travel to Camp Blessing for a mission trip.

Drink in the Ambiance of Stonehaus Farms Winery

There is a popular gem in Lee’s Summit where plump, flavorful grapes are lovingly grown, harvested, pressed and filtered into luscious wines to tempt even the most discerning palate.

Apple Cider Autumn Sangria

Mix up a classic fall favorite, apple cider, with a delicious sangria recipe that is sure to bring on the taste of autumn.