Letter from the Creative Director

Craft beer has deep roots that go back centuries in time, and its increasing popularity is being called a 'beer revolution' by many. Recipes are created and refined by master brewers until they are perfect, and consumers are preferring a wide variety of flavorful, quality ingredients. There are so many variations of grains, hops, malt and process that it literally…

Around Town

Every year the Symphony entertains thousands including school aged children. Music provides many student benefits including higher engagement in school, improved language skills, improved test scores, and more. Founded to plant the seeds of future arts, their high quality, affordable concerts inspire the next generation of musicians. The Lee’s Summit Symphony has launched a new website to provide easy access…

Hillcrest Transitional Housing’s Nosh Nocte Event

Nosh Nocte KC was an adventure through 5 tasting courses of food, wine and coffee and in addition, KC's Scottish whisky savant, Clint Dunning, explored 4 Single Cask, Single Malt Whiskeys with guests. The event benefited homeless youth ages 16-20, reached by Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas.

Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair

The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair held their 6th Annual Summer Swing at The Alexander Majors Barn & Grounds featured 100 handmade & vintage vendors, food trucks, live music, a photobooth, and kid's crafts. The event raised funds for Pro Deo Youth Center.

CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Caped Fun Run

Under the banner “Every Kid Needs a Hero but Abused Kids Need Superheroes”, more than 1,000 people took part in the CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Caped Fun Run that raised $60,000. Each child received a SuperHero cape, there was a costume contest, and more.

Junie B. Jones Production at Summit Park Church

Members of the Bright Lights Institute camp put on a production of Junie B. Jones July 29 at Summit Park Church. Front row, from left, Brooklyn Moore, Ellie Kitchin, Jackson de Lautour, Tye Greer, Maggie Wooster. Back row, Katrina Needham, Kayley Cohen.

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…

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,…

Torn Label Brewing Company

Torn Label Brewing Company is a craft brewery founded in 2014 and located in downtown Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District. The majority of beer produced at Torn Label is distributed throughout the city to bars and restaurants in both Kansas and Missouri, but we also feature an on-site tasting room open to the public during limited hours Thursday through Sunday.…

Lake Lotawana Homes Tour

“Oh, what a beautiful morning”… rain or shine, you are invited to the Lake Lotawana Homes Tour. Let us entertain you that day! Be ready for lots of “eye candy”. Your heads will be swimming with innovative new ideas from SEVEN lovely homes.

The 4% Withdrawal Rule: 
An Outdated Retirement Strategy?

Many retirees wonder how much they can withdraw from their retirement portfolios each year, while still having a strong asset base. A common guideline has been 4%, known as the “4% Withdrawal Rule.” In recent years, this strategy has sparked major discussions among academics and professionals as to whether or not it’s still a viable guide for today’s retirees. Before…

DIY Wooden Wine Crate Coffee Table

When the party's over, what do you do with all the empty wooden wine crates? Well this fun project will solve your problem. A trendy coffee table is one such piece of furniture that can transform the look, feel and style of a whole room. Let's face it, building a coffee table may not be at the top of your…

Steps of Style | Travel Edit

1. Travel Edit - Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, shares her packing list for a trip to the "CIty of Love" - Paris

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…

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…