Letter from the Editor

Our February issue is dedicated to makers and entrepreneurs, which is always a favorite theme of mine. It is so interesting to me to hear about what inspires people to go after a dream or to create something that is unique that they have put a piece of their heart and soul into—something that is their own that they share…

February 2018 Around Town

Just ahead of tax season, Lee’s Summit CPA Julia Hampton is taking her tax and financial knowledge to Raymore with the purchase of a portion of another CPA firm. Hampton is opening the new office inside Community Bank of Raymore, 801 W. Foxwood Drive. At that office, Hampton has announced the hiring of veteran accountant Eric Allee, a Lee's Summit…

Hollywood in the Heartland:

Trevor Hawkins, the driving force behind the new film "Lotawana," launched his moviemaking career with little more than a camera and a belief in the power of film to tell a compelling story.

Persaud Creative

Persaud Creative works with churches and nonprofits to build their brands. Michael Persaud, a native of Guyana, started Persaud Creative in 2011. Before that, he was instrumental in growing his church.

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…

Jack Gerding

Some children are brought into the world with no creative boundaries, encouraged to be inspired and shine. The oldest of three boys, Jack Gerding, a talented senior at Lee’s Summit High School, is the product of such a childhood. He has already blown audiences away on the theatrical stage with such presence it has attracted scholarships and is opening a…

Painting Petunias is a Creative Company that Inspires

Michelle Spigarelli embraces the artsy fartsy, crafty, crazy side of life, and her painted tea towels emulate her personality with flair and originality. The idea came about after her life journey led her to a particular place in her imaginative spirit.

DIY Pom Earrings

Colorful yarn
+ Scissors
+ Necklace chain
+ Clover Pom Pom Maker—
available on Amazon
+ Pliers
+ Jump rings
+ Earring hooks


Hi, I’m Vanessa, a Lee's Summit mama of three, and the face behind @the.urban.farmgirl. I started my IG feed as a creative outlet to channel my love of design and decor while simultaneously wrangling my kiddos. Here you will find posts of my own home with inspiration from my styling tips, DIY home projects, shopping finds and faves, and even some…