November 2015 Editor’s Letter

How blessed are we to live in a community of picturesque neighborhoods with homes and lawns and gardens that are well-maintained? Where people take pride in their homes? I find so much joy in living in a town where there are great parks and public spaces with fountains or public art and even parks for our dogs.

November 2015 Around Town

Heavenly Olive Oils, located in Summit Fair Shopping Center, celebrated their 5th anniversary in October. Owners, Steve and Mindy Anderson declared this a “Customer Appreciation Day” as Chef Mike Silber, of Silberspoon’s Catering, prepared pulled pork sliders, and other delicious recipes using their ultra-premium imported extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars for the guests to taste. More than…

26th Annual Oktoberfest

The streets of downtown filled with German culture during the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce's festival, where 70,000+ visitors enjoyed a carnival, biergarten, German food and dancing, live entertainment and the new Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition.

St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

Summit Custom Homes has been a proud sponsor of the walk since it came to Kansas City in 2013. This year the Summit staff and their families formed the top fundraising team in Kansas City, raising more than $22,000 in 
donations for the kids of St. Jude's.

The Lexus RC 350 is a High-Styled Sport Coupe

The 2015 Lexus RC 350’s 306-horsepower V-6 delivers a satisfying kick in the pants, the handsomely proportioned coupe body exudes performance and the cockpit-style interior surrounds you with comfort. But the “spindle” grille that looks a bit like a scowling catfish leaves me cold.

Area Company is Changing the Landscape of Lawns

Angela Grego, owner of Summit Flooring and Turf, knows what it’s like to take a gamble. During the height of the recession, she left an established career and headed for ‘greener’ pasture; literally. “My husband Kirk saw a need in the Midwest for synthetic grass, and once I met the family behind the brand of SYNLawn, it became an easy…

Homes that Cook

When Lettiann Southerland first arrived in Kansas City, she was desperately homesick. Leaving her home and family in Pennsylvania was a little more difficult than she believed it would be. Like many of us who have faced relocation away from our roots, she missed the family dinners, the wine and appetizers under the grape arbor, the laughter and the closeness…

New Addition Adds to Downtown Lee’s Summit

Located in the historic downtown of Lee’s Summit, Frankie 
 Farelane’s opened in July and is locally owned by the same folks who run Stuey McBrew’s. Unlike its sister’s full service restaurant, Frankie Farelane’s is a fast, casual concept featuring street style tacos, wings, sliders and salads.

Flight of a Lifetime

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind celebration of the Christmas season, complete with a champagne reception, Christmas cookies and candy canes. Their “modern day sleigh” is decked out with Christmas lights and mistletoe, and you'll hear festive Christmas Carols in your headset as you dash away for a reindeer’s view of Kansas City’s famous Plaza Lights.

Something Uniquely Different

The options for a unique eating experience in Lee’s Summit have expanded with the recent opening of Bonchon. Located in Summit Woods Crossing next to Payless Shoes, the Asian-category restaurant offers the best of both worlds: satisfying a craving for something totally different, or something traditional.


In one of the opening scenes of the movie Gladiator, General Quintus turns to Maximus (Russell Crowe) and says:

Vintage Travel Trailers Take Campers Back To A Simpler Time

Lori Thompson grew up camping. “When I was eight or nine years old we toured every summer in our family’s teardrop truck camper,” she says. “I remember the clicking of the curtain clips and the coffee-can potty. I have happy memories of good times.”

Family is at 
the Heart of 
this Home

Among the beautiful homes nestled in New Longview is a beautiful Craftsman-inspired home of Brad and Emily Klapmeyer. When they decided to plant their family roots in Lee's Summit, they worked with their builder Matt Faulkner to design a home around their dream of family life, and the result has provided a beautiful home where they are making many memories…

How Much House Does Your Dollar Buy in Lee’s Summit?

Home ownership has, for generations, been an integral part of the American dream. Generations after the phrase was coined, the purchase of a home continues to be the greatest investment many of us might ever make.


To those of us who can rattle off the phone number of the first home they lived in, (Willow2-1604) the pull of memory can be powerful and bittersweet. It can shape all our future place wishes, and rarely fades with time.

Need Help Cleaning Up 
Your Act?

“A place for everything and everything in its place.” Benjamin Franklin “Organization isn’t about perfection; it is about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” Christina Scalise “Organization is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” A.A. Milne