A favorite experience

Many teenagers dream of appearing in a movie, but for 15-year-old Hudson Harris of Lee’s Summit, it’s becoming a reality with next month’s nationwide release of “The Favorite,” featuring well-known actor John Schneider.

Up Close and Personal

From designing the space to intentional selection of furniture, brand director, Lucy Rieger, considered no detail too small while her team planned for the company’s expansion.

At Home with Becky Hillyard

Creative Becky Hillyard showcases her love of a neutral color palette, rich textures and workhorse statement pieces that will grow with her family on her lifestyle site, Cella Jane Blog. Named after her grandmother, the internationally popular blog is a place where Hillyard finds connection and shares inspiration on topics of fashion, beauty, fitness, baby, motherhood and more.

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.

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

Madison Street Leather

While watching "Shark Tank" about five years ago, I saw a wooden bow tie. I immediately thought, “Somebody needs to make a leather bow tie.” Having never made anything with my hands, I just sat on the idea. By August of 2015, my wife and I welcomed our third child, Maxwell. He came to us with Down syndrome and would require…

Brain Balance Center Brings Hope to Lee’s Summit Families

Roxanne and Aaron Evans’ son, Ryan, struggled his way through elementary school. Nearly every school day brought new relational distress with other students and another trip to the "focus room" for discipline. Years of counseling sessions seemed to have little to no effect. The family had reached an impasse at helping their son when Roxanne heard an advertisement for Brain…

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…

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.

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.


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.

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.

Yoga with a Twist

Kristi Sealer opened Good Life Yoga and Tea in downtown Lee’s Summit in April 2016 as a marriage of her two interests that contribute to health and wellness of mind and body. Studio classes at Good Life are pure yoga, a relaxing flow of breath, movement and meditation. The studio also offers tea classes that instruct students on loose leaf…

Lee’s Summit Doctor’s Caring Practice Grows

Lee’s Summit gastroenterologist Marc Taormina, MD, is a clinical educator. Talk with him for a moment about his job, and he’ll emphasize the importance of screening for colon cancer at age 50, or at age 45 if you’re African American and at higher risk for the disease. Or how a persistent case of heartburn should be evaluated to rule out…

Meet the Maker: Amina Marie Millnery

Amina Hood, designer and owner of Amina Marie Millinery, creates couture and one-of-kind headwear for clients and events around the world. Her designs have been featured in magazines, museum exhibits and on the runways.

Meet the Maker: Gina Seibel

In April 2015, Gina Seibel was riding high on the Royal’s 2014 season and in search of just the right T-shirt to express her love for the boys in blue and their swagger. But she encountered a snag. At 5’10, she found that most of the Royals women’s-fit T-shirts she tried on weren’t comfortable for her body type.So Seibel, a…

Experiencing Craft Beer in KC

Go out and try something new

Tapping Into the Home Brew Business in Lee’s Summit

For Brian Bixby, co-owner of Grains and Taps in downtown Lee’s Summit, the rising popularity of craft beer is embodied by his brewing supply store’s expansion. Bixby, moved from Nashville to open the craft beer and homebrew supply store with his business partner, Brad Boehm in January 2013. Boehme, a member of the well-established Lee’s Summit ‘ZZ Hops’ homebrew club,…


Dental implants are becoming a more frequent means of tooth replacement. There is some confusion, however, in how quickly they can be done. Some Dental offices advertise implants in one day. How is that possible? Why do some implants take months to complete?

The Generous Hearts of The Rob Ellerman Team Make Anyone Feel Right at Home

The late Anne Frank once noted, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” The Rob Ellerman Team with Reece Nichols has embraced that statement tenfold and through its accomplishments in giving, great success has been realized. However, success for this team does not just equate to its bottom line or the countless awards that adorn walls. This team’s success…

Seeing Clearly

Drs. Kyle and Katie (Hahn) Weeden are a husband and wife team with vision—literally and figuratively. As optometrists, they dedicated their professional lives to helping others see, literally. They’ve spent nearly a decade honing their skills and serving patients around the area. As a couple, they also have a different kind of vision, the type dreams are made of. Their…

A Stitch in Time Leaves your Voice Behind

No one knows for sure when quilting was originated, however the stitching together of layers of padding and fabric may date back as far as ancient Egypt. Although quilting has taken many turns down through the years, for the 21st century it is more of an art than a necessity. Rita Briner, owner of Quilter’s Station located at 3680 NE…

Pour On The Health

The Andersons also offered to sort out a few myths and facts about olive oil: “Light” Extra Virgin Olive Oil – There is no such thing as a light version. You can’t take the calories out of olive oil. This label is a marketing/selling point. “The Greener The Better” – Color has nothing to do with the quality of olive…

Smile! It’s Casual & We’re Family!

Dentists get a bad rap. The drilling. The numbing shots. That awful-tasting pink paste does … what again? Dr. Matt Niewald, whose Lakewood Dental practice has been treating patients since 2005, has heard all this before. He understands it. Nearly every day, patients freely concede they’d rather be anywhere but in that chair.

Giving Season

The Living Stone gift shop, located at 231 SE Main Street in Downtown Lee's Summit, is a store that brings peace of mind to your heart and to your soul. Its shelves are overflowing with inspirational and unique gifts that will touch the heart any time of the year, and especially during the Christmas season. For all the people in…


Not many companies are born of crisis. But this was a clear emergency, and in a way, the fretting bride-to-be on the other end of the line could be credited with kick starting one of Lee’s Summit’s best-known catering brands.

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

Check them out on Facebook at Peculiar Paw Spa & Canine Academy. The shop is open every day except Sunday. There’s a new spa in town! The spa is for dogs and the town is Peculiar, Missouri, just a short 20 miles south of Lee’s Summit on 291 Highway.

The Center for Rheumatic Disease

Dr. Michael Smith with the Center for Rheumatic Disease says he would be happy to be out of a job if they ever found a cure. However, until then, he will continue to treat and advocate against the painful and debilitating diseases affecting his patients. Millions of Americans suffer from some form of rheumatic disease, and thankfully, Smith says new…

Lee’s Summit Dealership Sells Peace of Mind

PULLOUT QUOTE: We have customers who come from as far away as Omaha for our service department.

Home, Naturally

To most moms, the moment might have seemed pretty ordinary. Misty Terrell had just finished mopping the floors. The surface wasn’t quite dry when her then-8-month-old daughter crawled across the shiny surface, took a seat at Mom’s feet and started sucking on her hand.