There’s no place like…

I grew up on the movie The Wizard of Oz... back in the days when it was on TV once a year, and we’d make a whole neighborhood affair of the viewing. It holds an especially dear place in my heart because the little Kansas town I grew up in designated itself as Dorothy’s official hometown (never specifically named in…

Around Town

Megan Leong grew up in Lee's Summit and currently lives in Independence with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. She is a painter and has loved creating things for as long as she can remember. She studied art at University of Central Missouri and Kendall College of Art and Design (MFA). She has shown in galleries in Michigan, Chicago and Kansas…

Tip a Cop

Law enforcement officers from Lee’s Summit Police Department supported Special Olympics Missouri athletes by helping Habanero's staff deliver food and clean tables to earn "tips" for Special Olympics' year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Leading Ladies Women’s Conference

The Lee’s Summit and Grandview chambers partnered again to host the event at The Aspen Room at the Stanley. The event featured guest speakers Marti Hill (Living Proof), Laura Schmidt (notes to self, llc) and Mary Pulley (Fox 4) who shared their stories inspiring perseverance and achieving work-life balance.

Stephanie Vest Foundation’s Pink Friday Trivia Night

The 5th annual event raised $40,000+ to benefit the SVF. Held at the Emeline Ballroom with a sold out crowd - this unique event promotes the mission to pay-it-forward in our community. Proceeds help pay living expenses when a parent cannot work due to a cancer diagnosis.

Personalized Patio Dining & More

Started by a Johnson County mom, La Plates is an online boutique of customizable pieces, the perfect place to add style to your summer entertaining. From melamine to acrylic, you can pick designs, colors, monogram or customize text. La Plates makes the perfect personalized twist to any event. Clients can design a single item as a hostess gift or personalize…

The Leader In Me

This is the premise that The Leader in Me schools are built on. The Leader in Me, a FranklinCovey program, is a self-described transformation process that teaches leadership and life skills to students in more than 2,500 elementary and middle schools throughout the world. There are several The Leader in Me schools in the Metro area, including Olathe, Parkville, Independence,…

Jaguar’s redesigned XF Keeps Its Sports-car Soul

The Jaguar XF has been redesigned for 2016 with a new aluminum-intensive architecture, revised exterior and the choice of two supercharged V-6 engines. Jaguar has often used aluminum to reduce weight, and the all-wheel-drive XF is 265 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. The rear-wheel-drive version is 132 pounds lighter. Lighter weight means better fuel economy and the new car…

Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy

In women hormonal imbalance may cause symptoms such as night sweat, sleeplessness, lack of energy, forgetfulness, anxiety, depression and lack of libido. Bio-identical hormone therapy seeks to return women to natural hormone balance. Hormone pellet dosage is individualized for every woman. At his south Kansas City office Dr. Michael Barnthouse personally places the hormone pellets under the skin using a…

Mother’s Refuge

Their backgrounds are all different; however their goal is the same; to seek shelter and safety for their baby. Various reasons may bring them there: an abusive situation, rejected by family, being homeless or human trafficking. Whatever the reason may be Mother’s Refuge calls out to hurting young mother’s to provide an oasis of love and compassion.

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…

For Sale or Staying Put?

Whether you are getting ready to put your home on the market or planning to stay where you are for another 10 years, when was the last time you stood across the street from your home and gave the front of your house an honest critique? So often we drive into our garage and don’t give the front of our…

OPERATION 
LASER TAG

The old fire station next to Paradise Park has been undergoing some radical transformation that will soon offer an adventurous type of “mission-based” laser tag designed to appeal to older kids (8 and up...and young-at-heart adults, of course).

My Secret Weapon for a Happier Home

A little background: I’ve lived in the same townhome for 12 years. We moved in when my kids were little. Now my oldest is away at college and I have two teenagers at home. There’s enough space for us all to peacefully coexist, but, as so many built-about-30-years-ago homes are, the layout is outdated and choppy.

The Things We Collect

In the lobby of the library in my neighborhood, there is a square glass-topped display case with the intriguing sign “Things People Collect.” It draws me every time I'm there, to peek into the curious favorites of other people’s keepiness. I have dawdled over marbles in every color and pattern, vintage ceramic flower planters shaped like lambs and ponies, and…

Exceptional Lee’s Summit Homes

As we celebrate our homes in this issue, it seemed the perfect time to spotlight just a few exceptional area homes that are currently on the market. We reached out to a few of our neighbors and thank them for allowing us a glimpse of their homes, all of which are currently on the market.