Preparing for Prom

You can’t help but smile when you walk into this brightly lit corner store. And it's not unusual for shoppers to stop and smile as they look up at the many display windows that wrap around the building. Wedding Expressions by Geri has been serving the community and surrounding areas for four years. Located in historic downtown Lee’s Summit, inside…

Happy 5th anniversary to us!

Anniversaries tend to sneak up on me. At the Harrison house, we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries in the evening, when everyone is home from work and school, giving me one more day to go out and get a gift and a card. As organized as I’d like to think I am, I was never going to be that wife or…

Take A Bite out of Stigma

More than 400 guests sipped and savored bites from Kansas City's finest restaurants and beverage vendors at 
Take a Bite Out of Stigma: A Culinary Experience. The fundraiser benefited ReDiscover's programs and services and also raised awareness about behavioral health needs.

Mantels & Martinis Magical Evening

Since 2012, this unique home tour delights guests with the inspiring holiday designs of local decorators who adorn homes in the New Longview neighborhood. Funds from the tour on the first Thursday in December support Special Olympics and New Longview Foundation.

Around Town

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s five middle-school CyberPatriot teams competed in the second round of competition on Dec. 4. The scores for this round and the first round were combined with the top-scoring teams advancing to the semifinal round. The second round proved to be more of a challenge than the previous one, and students had to secure three…

A Few of My Favorite Things

Dreams really do come true. Culinary dreams included—the kind you eat and the kind you make. Two of my favorite things in Lee’s Summit happen to be made by the same person at the same place: Sara O’Bryan at Bean Counter Cafe. When you bite into her utterly sublime creations, you are literally eating a dream come true, and I…

Summer’s 
In the Air

Four seasons a year, Summer’s in the air. Serious air. Like 15 feet every two seconds. For Summer Koogler, the sport of trampolining has been the vehicle that has helped this Lee’s Summit student athlete to soar. Maybe it’s her innate ability that sprung up as a 6-year-old gymnast. Maybe it’s her training schedule of three hours after school every…

Treating The Whole Person, One Individual at a Time

For Jim Leach, it was a battle with bipolar disease. For Aaron Price, it was a devastating car crash that led to being paralyzed. Each man had a very different challenge that lay before him, but each was able to turn to the same place for help: The Whole Person. This incredible local nonprofit aids people with disabilities so they…

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…

Use Nutrition to Meet your Fitness Goals

What was your New Year’s resolution? This year, instead of vowing to lose weight, why not vow to eat healthier? According to Brad McCleary, owner of Bodies Health and Fitness, improving your nutrition choices can not only help you lose or maintain weight but also can also help improve cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure and reduce inflammation around joints. This…

Food Ruts Can Happen Anywhere

Imagine an early evening in the 1970s, somewhere in Provence, France. The late Julia Child is at her vacation home, taking inventory in her kitchen. Fresh, hand-picked ingredients, ever so abundant in the local markets, are heaped on her counters. Culinary confidence emanates from her heart and mind, straight to her fingertips. Alas, it’s close to dinner time. But Julia…