Read the entire May 2013 issue of Northland Lifestyle Magazine.
In Land We Trust: The Platte Land Trust’s Founders May Be Intent On Curating The Area’s Coveted Expanses, But It’s About More Than Just Tree-Hugging.
Article Alicia McGarry | Photography Christine May of Click Photography As a boy growing up in Suburban Chicago, Bill Quitmeier spent much of his time exploring Cook County’s vast forest preserves, and remembers well how the natural expanse seemed to stretch infinitely before him. “I could go down Salt Creek and just wander for miles–I …View full post
Article Elizabeth Rosenberger | Photography Christine May of Click Photography “Over The River and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go” may be a forgotten tune in today’s generation, but at Peddler’s Wagon, the same artisan ambiance is thriving. Located in the historic riverfront community of Parkville, surrounded by bluffs and wooded vistas and …View full post
Article Alexandra Bush Photography Christina Sandberg In nearly a century of existence, the theater at 408 Armour rd. in North Kansas City has seen its share of name-changes, hand-changes and conversions. Its doors have opened and closed and opened again, and were threatened once more this year. Armour Theater began as a silent movie house in …View full post
It’s All Downstream From Here: Parkville grows from deep roots planted on the banks of the Missouri River
Article Matt Smithmier | Photos Christine May & Courtesy City of Parkville As a town grows up, it often wrestles with its own identity. Do I want to hold on to my quaint and old-fashioned atmosphere? Do I want to expand and grow? Do I have anything to offer new residents? Parkville is working on …View full post
Article Katherine Bontrager | Photography Christina Sandberg & Supplied Tom Stein is adept at magic—both the slight-of-hand and illusion variety. One he uses to wow customers at The Drop in Martini Corner; the other he uses to transform wood to creatively “hide utility in elegance.” Stein is a true Renaissance man, one whose story is …View full post
Underwater and Back in Time | Belize and Guatemala offer rich educational opportunities for kids and parents alike
Article Rachel C. Murphy | Photography Aaron Leimkuehler All parents struggle with vacation planning. How do you balance fun and learning opportunities? And even more than that, how do you make it fun for yourself as well? Luckily, there’s a world of opportunities for learning without ever sitting the kids in a classroom or cracking …View full post
Article Lisa Allen Photos Provided by St. Pius X High School Winning seasons seem to boil down to numbers. Wins versus losses, points scored and awards won can all be counted, and when all is said and done, it’s the bottom line that gets recorded, celebrated and memorialized. Unless you’re Chad Wright, Head Men’s Basketball …View full post
Local breakfast joint serves up smiles and eggs with equal aplomb Article Rachel C. Murphy | Photography Christine May of Click Photography If there’s a flurry of activity at 8002 north Oak Trafficway between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., it’s justified. The constant stream of cars in and out of the parking lot is a …View full post
The Andersons Are Welcomed Home: “716” Doesn’t Look A Day Over 100: The Andersons Revamp Century-Old Liberty Home
Article Cristin Walters | Photography Christina Sandberg While 716 W. Liberty Drive may be well-hidden from passers-by, the home nestled on the hill couldn’t hide its charm and potential from the Anderson family. Steve and Becki, their two daughters, Anabelle, 6, and Vivienne, 4, and the newest addition, a puppy named Mavis, call this century-old …View full post
Made in KC. This month’s theme would be so much easier if we had fewer options for locally-owned businesses. It’s hard to pick out one or two people that are doing something unique when we are inundated with innovative people doing such great grassroots things as we have in the Northland.
So we decided to focus on a few of the people that are literally hands on with their businesses. When it comes to quilting, people from around the region know that the Peddler’s Wagon in Parkville is the place to go, not only for supplies such as custom fabrics or high quality thread, but also for the wisdom of experienced quilters, eager to share their knowledge and draw new blood into their art.
For David and Kelly Hendrix, breakfast is pretty close to their hearts. At their breakfast and lunch spot, Kate’s Kitchen, they value the ability to put Bible verses on their receipts and their story of faith on their menus. As Hendrix says, “That’s something that you just don’t get to do in a corporate setting: share what God is doing in your life.”
Adam Roberts knows the value of community involvement in your business. When faced with a $100,000 digital projector conversion at the Screenland Armour, he reached out to the community through Kickstarter.com. And $30,000 later, he’s finding that people really do root for the little guy and value the independent cinema.
And then there’s Tom Stein. Tom is an old friend of mine and I remember when he told me of his idea for ManTables. His beer cooler in an end table concept made me laugh, but it also made sense. You know what they say about necessity; its offspring is often invention. In Tom’s case, he didn’t stop there. The need to create is strong and addictive.
That’s what’s so great about being made in KC. Passionate people doing what they love generated all these ideas. They didn’t stop to think about whether it was going to make them rich. It makes them happy and that’s enough. I’m happy just knowing that there are so many locally owned and operated options out there today.
Get out there and do what makes you happy!
Rachel Murphy, Editor
Wild Birds Unlimited-Liberty sponsored a spring clean-up event for Shoal Creek’s “greenbelt” waterway area March 30th. This area of Shoal Creek, a natural wildlife habitat for many local animals, is often littered with debris from the area retail businesses. Volunteers had a great time beautifying their neighborhood.
Northland Early Education Center is hosting its annual Pioneer Run on June 8 at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. The event will feature a 5K run and a two-mile walk at English Landing Park in Parkville, Mo. The Pioneer Run will benefit Northland Early Education Center’s early intervention and education services for children ages birth to five years who have special needs, as well as children who have typical needs, in the Kansas City Northland. To join the event and support NEEC, register online at NEECKids.org.
For additional information please contact Development Director Andrea McKown at 816.420.9005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last fall, Kyle joined 2.5 million kids ages 8-13 competing in the 2013 Elks National Hoop Shoot
Free Throw Contest. He advanced through the local, district and state levels of competition, sinking the most of 25 free throws in each round. On March 9, with a score of 22 out of 25 at the Central Region’s Hoop Shoot contest in Paris, Tenn., Kyle secured his spot as one of the 72 national Hoop Shoot finalists.
The Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals tip off was held on April 20 in Springfield, Mass.– the birthplace of basketball. At the contest, the 72 national finalists competed to sink the most of 25 free throws. One boy and one girl in each of the three age groups earned this prestigious title. These winners have their names permanently inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The 25th Annual Northland Walk for the Homeless is one of the longest running consecutive walks in Kansas City. This family and pet friendly event raises the necessary funds and awareness for local homeless families in Kansas City benefiting from the life changing programming Hillcrest Transitional Housing provides. As both Clay and Platte Counties come together, they need additional corporate sponsors, churches, and walk captains to raise pledges to walk alongside our formerly homeless families who are now joining forces with the community to end homelessness, one family at a time. As housing facilities have doubled in size, they hope to see over 1,000 walkers to meet the financial demands of expansion.
The walk, hosted by Zona Rosa, will take place May 18 in their Town Square.
“This walk is a way for all families in our community to celebrate the success of our local neighbors who’ve been helped by Hillcrest,” says Donice Yeater, director of Hillcrest-Platte County.
For more information regarding the event, please contact Yeater at 816.838.7442 or HillcrestTransitionalHousing.org.
Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is May 12th and Meierotto Midwest Jewelers has great gift options from Pandora, Waxing Poetic and many more! Give mom a Pandora sterling silver bracelet gift set that includes two beveled clips, one “Mom” charm, your choice of one charm up to $35, and a travel jewelry case for $200, regularly $250.
She can accessorize her favorite necklace with a sterling silver and brass Mom Heart Pendant from Waxing Poetic.
Visit our store at 4311 NE Vivion Rd or online at MJewelry.com.
The East Clay Rotary Club, lead by President Steve Smithmier, was excited to write four checks totaling $12,000 as a result of their “4th Annual Reverse Raffle Fundraiser” held at the Shoal Creek Community Church, Pleasant Valley, Mo.
The Reverse Raffle is one of the club’s primary fund raising events and was very successful this year. As a result, the club was able to increase the amounts initially established for the following organizations named this year as beneficiaries: Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, Mercy Alliance Intl. (an international effort in South Africa managed by Roy Moran of the Shoal Creek Community Church), Liberty Schools Early Childhood Education Center and the Liberty FIRST Robotics Team 1764.
The East Clay Rotary Club meets Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the LPS-Early Childhood Education Center (9600 NE 79th Street, Kansas City, Mo., 64158).