Jet Couture

I am Mary Burger, and I am the designer for Jet Couture Jewels. Jewelry designing is a creative process that involves imagination and visual artistry, the product of which can tell a story, evoke an emotion or offer a glimpse into the past that words cannot express.

Cella Jane

Leawood resident Becky Hillyard is Lifestyle Publications' newest monthly fashion contributor and the woman behind Cella Jane, a lifestyle and fashion blog which showcases her personal style on a daily basis. Thousands of followers both local and global go to Hillyard for fashion, beauty, motherhood and fitness advice; she offers inspiration to the everyday woman on the latest trends.

Jungmeyer and Suresh Dental Enterprises LLC

Growing up in Eldon, Missouri, Shelia Jungmeyer, D.D.S, worked alongside her father in his heating and air conditioning business all throughout high school and watched her mother manage her own real estate brokerage. When it came time for her to branch out on her own, Jungmeyer knew from her early experiences that she had the business acumen as well as…

Nickel & Suede

Nickel & Suede creates lightweight leather earrings and accessories designed with the active woman in mind. These handmade, modern and casual statement pieces were founded on the belief that jewelry should be both comfortable and stylish.

Brody Buster

When Brody Buster was 7 years old, his mother, Jan, placed a harmonica in his young hands. He soon taught himself to play and discovered a talent and passion that has blossomed into an amazing musical career. Brody brings the harmonica to life. Listening to him sing and play the blues is pure joy, and his love of performing reaches…

Introducing Marissa Richardson

Marissa Richardson, born and raised in Missouri, has lived in the Lee’s Summit area for the past 18 years, most currently residing in Lake Winnebago.

Destination Home Team and Pfeifer Homes

In 1987, Troy Pfeifer began building custom homes in Lee’s Summit. Today, Pfeifer’s original business, Pfeifer King Building Corporation, has evolved into a next-generation family enterprise that provides customers with a one-stop shop to both sell their current home and build the home of their dreams.

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,”…

Summer Eats and Treats

Instructions: Thinly slice meat, and layer remaining ingredients on corn tortilla. Drizzle with avocado sour cream dressing and serve.

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…

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 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…

LIBATIONS & COMPANY

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.

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,…

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.

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

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…

Farm-to-Table

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…

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…

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 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…

Post Coffee Company Expands to Goat Hill

You feel it when you walk through the door of Post Coffee Company in Lee’s Summit. It’s a sensory experience involving smell, taste, hearing, touch and vision. That’s because co-owners, Tanner Stevens and Levi Holland, have created a space that draws coffee connoisseurs of all age and genre.

Rob Ellerman

True modesty is not a quality that many possess. By definition, modesty is a character trait in which a person minimizes his or her talents, and even if that person was the recipient of many accolades, most would not know it. It is this kind of humility and a true appreciation of others that make Rob Ellerman one of the…

Brew of the Month

Flavor: An American style IPA, smooth malt backbone with a touch of toasted malt flavor which accents the hop forwardness. Strong citrus and pine flavors and aroma come from the triple dry hopping.

Fresh Catch

Growing up outside of Portland, Oregon, Brian O’Neil spent his summers on the sea, fishing for salmon in the waters of the Pacific Northwest with his father and grandfather. Brian came to attend college in Warrensburg, met his wife, Lisa, and eventually settled down in rural Missouri, but salmon fishing remains a way of life for the O’Neil family.

Now is Your Time. Get Healthy.

January is my favorite time of year for health & fitness. This is the time of year that I most commonly get to work with clients that are fresh, raw & usually extremely nervous. These are people that have unwillingly found themselves in a place where they are simply unhealthy, out of shape & overweight. They are apprehensive, intimidated &…

Raise a glass to wine’s health benefits

Health fads and foods may come and go, but for many, an evening glass of wine is an enduring habit whose benefits extend beyond enjoyment and relaxation. Studies show that consuming moderate* amounts of all types of alcohol can raise HDL (healthy) cholesterol, reduce blood clotting risk, prevent artery damage caused by high levels of LDL (harmful) cholesterol and improve…

Benefits of Pilates

How do Pilates and Yoga differ from each other? A very common question! Both are great for mind-body connection, balance, flexibility and strength. Yoga is done on a mat using small props. Studio Pilates utilizes an array of specialized equipment which helps people get into and sustain positions they might not be able to do otherwise. Likewise, aerial yoga provides…

Winter on the Lake

Many Midwesterners enjoy spending summertime on and around the lake. The hot and humid climate fits perfectly with activities such as swimming, boating, skiing and sailing. When the seasons begin to change, the lake does too. What was once a fluid vehicle for family fun, soon becomes a frozen obstacle, causing many lake goers to dock their boats and retreat…

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Mizzou Ball Cap at Sports Scene $ 29.99 Ocean & Sea Tee $32 Leather Monarch Wallets by Sandlot Goods $ 45 Standard Leather Journal Cover $118 Vikar Bronze cigar cutter and double torch lighter from The Cigar Room $200 Montecristo El Conde Classic Series from the Cigar Room $12.90 La Flor Dominicana Oro Tubo from the Cigar Room $13.50 Fedora…

Cookies & Cocktails

A fun holiday tradition amongst friends is a good ol' cookie exchange. It's a great excuse to get together and then return home with a plethora of sweet treats and festive goodies. I often want a big selection of baked goods around the house in December for family and guests, but often run out of time to make a huge…

Alex Talbott’s Journey

A popular question asked to young college graduates is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” For Alex Talbott this question seemed simple enough: happily married, studying dentistry, and a continued life of physical health and wellness, and for the most part all of these aspirations rang true. But along the way a pretty significant obstruction halted Talbott and…

A Trip to Ecuador with Children International Changes Two Lives

Matt Staub, founder of marketing agency Proxima, snapped hundreds of photographs and recorded video once he and members of Children International set foot in Ecuador. Staub and the Children International (CI) team made their way to the nonprofit’s community center in Guayquil, Quito, as part of a nine-day trip. Located high in the foothills of the Andean mountains, the center…

TABLES 
by Very Violet 
Boutique

Located at 111 SW 2nd St, Lee's Summit

Taking it to the Streets

When a massive fire and building collapse tragically claimed the lives of two firefighters at Independence and Prospect avenues on October 12, 2015, Scott Lamaster was there to comfort those who had lost a co-worker, a friend or their home. For 13 days he remained on the scene with his Greenwood-based nonprofit organization Taking it to the Streets, providing thousands…

Where the Wild Things Are Romp

The enjoyment of dressing up in a costume goes beyond just Halloween. They can turn parties in to a magical experience of fantasy and make-believe. Themed Parties, such as this literature-based “Wild Things” celebration can easily create a charming atmosphere for guests with just a few simple props, costumes and a creative food spread.

Meet the Maker: Chad Hickman

Chad Hickman grew up right here in the Heartland, in Olathe to be exact. As a kid, he dreamed of Royals baseball and one day hitting the ball over the wall in the bottom of the ninth to win the World Series. Baseball was one of his greatest passions. That is why he, like so many other kids growing up…

Creativity Flows from Brain and Brush of Lee’s Summit Artist

Bob Bond, a Lee’s Summit veritable artist in residence, has wowed such iconic personalities as Liberace, Barbara Streisand, Cher, Derrick Thomas, Elvis Presley, Burt Reynolds, Elton John and Batman! His canvas is not only paper, but the doors, hoods, bumpers and bodies of vehicles, safes, time capsules and a lot more.

Local film-maker showcases KC on the big screen

In their first feature film, Trust Fund, co-producers and husband and wife team, Sandra Martin and Isaac Alongi, felt passionate about filming most of the movie right here in KC. Sandra, a Lee’s Summit native, and Isaac, who grew up in Prairie Village, both believed that KC was perfect for showcasing their first film. In the movie, Kansas City successfully…

Healthy Lifestyle by Shawna Wright

Fall is one of my favorite seasons in Kansas City...the crisp air & colorful trees provide a beautiful backdrop for hours, upon hours of...youth sports. True story, fall is crazy busy for this (sorta) soccer mom and I struggle to find the time the time to make my own workouts a priority. This year, I called in a professional for…

Introducing 
Katie Curruthers

Growing up on Lake Lotawana, close to the outdoors, is a way of life that influenced local artist Katie Carruthers, in her love of science and nature as well as in her artwork. The subject matter in her work ranges in both abstract environments with large brush strokes and an array of colors, as well as realistic natural imagery, such…

Barb Cosgrove Lamps

When visual artist and Lake Lotawana resident Barbara Cosgrove sought to expand her audience beyond a limited number of patrons purchasing her original paintings, she decided to transition to designing lamps which she viewed as sculpture – art that could be designed, manufactured and readily accessible to anyone.

Big Slick

Once in a great while, maybe even once in a lifetime, we can have the sense that we are touching something truly remarkable and truly good. Many in the Metro Area know that Big Slick is a fundraiser for Children’s Mercy Hospital and that celebrities, David Koechner, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet and Jason Sudeikis who call KC home,…

Second Nature 
Outdoor Living 
and Landscape


When they moved to the country eight years ago, Todd and Susan Sexton knew that their longtime home of Lee’s Summit would continue to be an important part of their lives. With two successful businesses there, Lee’s Summit is where they continued to do the majority of their shopping and dining.

Katy Guillen and the Girls

Music often changes its sound from decade-to-decade, but when Rock and Roll came onto the scene in the 1950’s, it would make its way into our hearts forever. Rock and Roll wasn’t just a genre of music. It was an outlet with lyrics more suggestive and politically charged than other genres, and people couldn’t get enough of it. It became…